On Our Nature Walk

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 23 Oct 2019

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I received an arc of this title from NetGalley for an honest review. This is an excellent first look at the environment and what role we play in it and is written for kids.
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I should not be surprised that this book is well done.  The entire series has been.  This one looks at the environment in a way that a child can understand, and that can create discussions between children and adults.  It does not talk down to kids, which I really like.  I do wish they would have shown real pictures of the people or the inventions that were mentioned in the pages.
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Our impact on the environment and how to make changes...

This book helps young readers explore some of the difficult questions related to the impact humans have had on the environment. Age-appropriate language introduces elementary children to the topics of littering and pollution. The author includes an honest viewpoint about the impact that humans, and their trash, have had on the environment. At the same time, the author introduces readers to their idea of using their imaginations for innovation. I appreciate the way that the author empowers young readers to utilize problem-solving skills in order to innovate and discover a solution for the harm humans have caused our planet. 

This book would be a good addition to a school or classroom library. Teachers could use this book to introduce the concepts of pollution and innovation and then challenge students to problem-solve in order to identify ways they could have a more positive impact on the environment.

I received a free copy of this title from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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A good introduction for kids to get in on the topic of the environment and what problems have come up and some solutions that are happening. Nice visuals and explanations.
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Thank you to netgalley for providing this book for our review. This book was great to start a conversation with my 4 year old about littering, pollution, and helping the environment. It’s perfect for early elementary aged kids and would be good to pick up before doing a cleanup of litter at a park or beach.
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This is a great series with engaging photographs that teaches and introduces tough topics to young children. I highly recommend.
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A good beginning book of exploring the environment for 2nd to 4th graders. I liked that is talked about picking up trash, conservation, and the outdoors.  It's also inspiring to read a book that encourages children to use their imaginations to maybe someday develope ways to improve life on earth.  The illustrations  were nice and I thought the photos were nice, but sort of unnecessary I mean the photos of useful things, for example, the solar panels and wind turbines, were great! But where were the captions explaining what they were?? Photos of overflowing trash cans was not quite the same as a photo of trash along a highway or street. It would have been far more meaningful and had a greater impact.
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Great book like always with this collection. This time it focus on environment, pollution and how we can change things. Not over dramatic and with simple solution that we can all use in our daily lives. Perfect to make kids aware of the environment and might help some old folks to realize that there is an issue here!!
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"On Our Nature Walk," written by Child Psychologist, Dr. Jillian Roberts is an important book for kids to learn about the world around them. It teaches them about littering and pollution. It teaches kids to be good stewards of this unique place we call earth that is unlike any other planet in our solar system and any other planet we have ever found in the entire universe.

Dr. Roberts also provides short biographies from super kids such as Greta Thunberg and Ann Makosinski who are making a difference in their world despite their age. There are short blurbs on each page that take a concept deeper for kids to learn about what is going on and how they can make a difference.

One of my favorite aspects of this book is how Dr. Roberts encourages kids to use their imaginations to come up with creative solutions to solve the problem. That instead of only coming up with reasons for why we should give up or it won't make a difference, young people today are working towards solutions that exist only in their imaginations.

I received this eBook free of charge from Orca Book Publishers via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. I did not receive any fiscal compensation from either company for this review and the opinions expressed herein are entirely my own.
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Sorry, but this was such a disappointment. I was so happy to review it as nature is a huge part of our family's life and our homeschooling (and I've written books about nature studies and foraging myself). This isn't really a book about a nature walk at all, as much as it's an incredibly depressing book about pollution and climate change for young children who are likely to feel depressed and overwhelmed by it.

Honestly, we don't need to worry young kids any more about the mess we've made of the world. They know. The author says she was inspired by some Google quote about not to ask kids what they want to be when they grow up but what problems they want to solve, but let's not make it kids' problems to solve the mess we've made of the world. Even the illustrations have the kids looking depressed. For goodness sake, this is part of why our young people have so much anxiety, depression and hopelessness.

I wholeheartedly support the idea of teaching children environmental stewardship and to love nature -- and I agree with the message that we've got to turn things around and starting taking care of our world. But kids deserve the message to come with optimism and encouragement, and we don't really have time to wait for them to grow up and care enough to change things.

A book with a title about a nature walk shouldn't just show pollution and sad images of traffic jams and forests strewn with litter. Teach kids to love nature and how to help it in a positive, uplifting way. We all need a little more of that right now.

I read a temporary digital ARC of this book for the purpose of review.
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