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Outside Your Window: A First Book of Nature By Nicola Davies

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“‘Seeing animals in the wild delights me, and it’s that delight I want to share with my readers.’”-Nicola Davies


Outside Your Window: A First Book of Nature:

This stunning book takes us through the 4 seasons and beacons us out into the natural world. From listening to the pond in Spring to seeing bird tracks in the snow, this exquisite column of nature poems captures the sights and sounds of a child’s experiences from building dens to planting acorns, watching the birds above and tasting a crisp apple. Children soon appreciate that whatever is outside their window they are free to venture and explore.

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Author Nicola Davies is a zoologist and the award winning author of Surprising Sharks, Extreme Animals, and Gaia Warriors. While writing Outside Your Window she cast off her grown-up self and found again her inner 5 or 6 year old. By doing so, she saw once again nature as if it were the first time. Nicola doesn’t remember a time when she wasn’t fascinated by animals. From the moment she could walk, she was out in the garden watching ants and worms, and collecting snails as pets.

You and your family can view nature as if its the first time by experiencing the seasons.

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  • Watch as Ice turns to flowing water
  • Bulbs
  • Listen to the Pond
  • Listen to the Springtime Bird song
  • Dandelions: Play with blooming suns and blow wishes out to the wind
  • Bird Migration: What new birds have returned home?
  • Cherry Blossoms
  • Birds Nesting
  • Rain and Rainbows
  • Making Compost
  • Planting Seeds

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  • Summer songs from birds, toads and frogs, bees
  • Caterpillars
  • Butterflies
  • Bees and honey
  • Pond Dipping
  • Tide Pooling
  • Collecting Shells
  • Watching for Lizards
  • Listening and seeing what’s in the Night Sky
  • Moths in the light
  • Gardens Growing

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  • Feel the wind get cooler
  • Playing with Leaves
  • Watch the Geese fly Over
  • See the spider’s silver web
  • Find feathers on the ground
  • Pick up Acorns
  • Pick an Apple, eat an Apple
  • Watch for Squirrels going on a nut hunt
  • Bake a loaf of wheat bread
  • The Harvest from the summer garden

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  • Look at the trees with all their leaves gone
  • Look at the starlings flying all together. What shapes do you see?
  • Look at the animal tracks in the snow.
  • Take some bread and go feed the ducks
  • Look at the winter night sky
  • Going to the beach in winter is the perfect time to look for shells
  • Save seeds from last years plantings
  • Make Bird cake bird feeders

Accompanying all of these wonderful things to do are the most beautiful paper cut and painted illustrations by Mark Hearld. Inspired by the natural world and Nicola’s text, Mark created prints, paintings, and collages as well as textiles and ceramics.

A perfect book for anytime of year.

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“I have no doubt about the book itself. I know it’s extraordinary and I know too that it’s timely, that the idea that nature and our connection with it matters, is in the air right now”- Nicola Davies. We would be giddy with glee if you took a moment to leave us your thoughts, opinions, and reviews in the comment box below. Don’t be shy, we’d love to hear from you!

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9 thoughts on “Outside Your Window: A First Book of Nature By Nicola Davies

  1. The illustrations are simply delightful, beautiful, and nostalgic. And, the story is just what our nature-living family would be drawn towards. What a wonderful treasure you have found to share with us!

    1. Sounds like a happy book check-out. There are a couple of books that stick in my mind that my children constantly checked out from the library. As it is, this one keeps moving all around the house with each reader. 🙂 I’m always searching for it. Happy Reading to all of you.

  2. aaaahhhhh….. I was looking at the book exactly yesterday in a bookshop and my fingers were SO itchy to buy it. The illustrations are simply stunning. Interesting to see a different illustration has been chosen for the US/North American edition (UK has a squirrel on the front)

    1. The minute I saw this I couldn’t resist. It’s been a constant read since we brought it home. It sort of wanders around the house and lays on a variety of tables. I find it fascinating the different covers they come up with for different nations. So glad you found this little treasure too on your side of the pond.

  3. This is a perfect book about nature for my little boys. The illustrations are bright and colorful, and I love how it is broken down into seasons. We have two little birds making a nest right outside our window, and this book would be a perfect companion read!

    1. It’s such a beautiful book and I’m sure you’re family will enjoy it. Happy Reading.

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