The Wild World Handbook: Habitats
by Andrea Debbink
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Pub Date 25 May 2021 | Archive Date 14 Feb 2022
The wonder of the natural world surrounds us—from the Amazon rainforest to the snowy peaks of Mount Everest to the green spaces in big cities. And as the threat of climate change grows, it’s more important than ever to show appreciation for our planet by taking action.
The first book in a middle grade series for young environmental activists and nature lovers, The Wild World Handbook: Habitats offers a roadmap for change and an invitation to explore the outdoors, alongside surprising facts and hands-on STEAM activities. Featuring nine habitats from around the globe, each section includes diverse biographies of outdoor adventurers, scientists, and artists who used their passion and skills to become bold allies for Earth’s natural diversity and resiliency.
Inside you will find:
• Nine Amazing Habitats
• Eighteen Inspiring Biographies
• Nine Kid-Friendly DIY Activities
• Nine Fun Field Trips
• And much more!
It’s up to us to protect this beautiful, awe-inspiring planet we call home! Perfect for fans of Explorer Academy, Planet Earth, and National Geographic Kids.
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Average rating from 44 members
By focusing on several aspects of each type of habitat, this book offers more than just the typical list of facts. Biographies of people associated with each habitat are well chosen, the "natural wonders" (or special places) are great specifics that bring relevant issues and interest to each place. The stewardship and DIY activities are more than just art projects and a nod to the good works being done, they are thought-provoking and accessible ways to become immersed!
This a beautiful and inspiring book that is accessibly to a wide range of children. As a teacher I am already thinking of ways that I could include this beautiful book into the curriculum.
In each section there are wonderful ideas and tips for how children could make their lives and the wider world more sustainable through engaging and well thought through ideas. Whilst inspiring the next generation it also helps to set the issues of global warming at a local, wider and global level.
This is a wonderful non-fiction book about nature and the ways we can enjoy and protect it. Split into nine chapters, the book explores nine habitats from mountains to forests to cities. The chapters provide factual information about the habitat, as well as inspirational stories from people who have explored or protected these environments.
The Wild World: Habitats is a fantastic book that will both educate and inspire about nature, cultures, conservation, climate change and more. It could be used in a educational setting or read purely for pleasure. It has gorgeous illustrations with large chunks of text, and I think it would be appropriate for children aged 10+ to read on their own. However, the book is definitely still accessible for younger or weaker readers and would be perfect to read with a teacher, class or parent.
The Wild World Handbook: Habitats is extremely well done. It is sectioned off by biome, even including Cities as a zone, which I think was an excellent choice. Every chapter has two biographies, a couple of nonfiction passages about specific examples of the habitat, and ways readers can do something- whether through activism or crafts. I love the structure, and think it will be really well received by elementary and middle school readers. I appreciate that the biographies are well rounded and highlight a diverse group of activists specific to the habitats.
While I don’t teach science, I’ll definitely put this in my class library and will recommend all of the science teachers do as well.
The illustrations in this book and the easy, aesthetic layout made this book wonderful to read! I love the different regions explored throughout, especially because they include examples of people and events. This book is a great introduction for kids to learn about the environment and our planet's climate change. I can't wait to see it on shelves everywhere.
This book is stunning, It is an excellent resource for examining some incredible places on this planet and how we can protect them. I loved how it had features of different people who have explored and made conservation of special places a priority in their lives. This book is a must have!
Looks to be my favorite book of 2021! The author's mix of biography, history, facts and personal actions regarding the nature around us is absolutely perfect. This is a book for any age. I will read this to my five year olds, but absorb it myself. Nature lovers, history lovers, any good human needs this book.
Where do I begin? This book is a wonderful mix of how-to guide, fun facts, and biography of people who are passionate about nature. The texts are so well-written and engaging, and the illustrations are lovely. The book is divided into different chapters (mountains, forests, etc) and on each chapter you get interesting facts, a short biography, a spotlight for one part of the world ("natural wonder"--aptly named!), an invitation for a "field trip" that encourages kids to get out and explore the nature around them, an example of someone taking action to protect the environment, and also a bit of DIY!
Reading this book makes me itch to go on a hike :)
What a great non-fiction book about nature. I finished chapter 1, and immediately suggested that our third grade order this for their biome study. I love how it combines facts about the different biomes with real people and tips for exploring nature. While I think it would fit perfectly in our curriculum, I could also see students really enjoying this book on their own as it does not feel "textbook-ish." It is well written, and at an accessible level for elementary kids - not too advanced but does not shy away from correct vocabulary. I highly recommend this book.
Wow wow wow. Kid Andrea would have devoured this book and Adult Andrea was no different.
I was able to get a copy of THE WILD WORLD HANDBOOK: HABITATS via #NetGalley and I am honestly blown away. This middle grade book comes out tomorrow and I 100% recommend! Each chapter delves into a different habitat (swipe to peek at the chapter covers) & includes:
🍃 Interesting Facts
🍃 Natural Wonders
🍃 Diverse Mini Biographies
🍃 DIY Nature Crafts
🍃 Ideas for Local & Global Environmental Activism
🍃 Conservation Success Stories
🍃 Suggestions for "Field Trips"
🍃 Gorgeous Illustrations
🍃 Accesible Text - Upper Elementary and Up!
Seriously, though, This book would make a fantastic gift for any young person who loves the great outdoors. (Or those of us young at heart, hehe.) And it's full of so many easy and practical ways to start helping the environment no matter where you live! It truly goes to show that you can be a conservationist at any age and in a myriad of ways.
P.S. Volume two (CREATURES) is coming out in November, so keep your eyes peeled. I will definitely be reading that one as well.
This wonderfully illustrated guide is perfect for anyone who cares about nature and the world around them, whether they're young or old! This was an absolute delight to read and is sure to be well-loved by many children and those who are young at heart.
The Wild World Handbook is split up into sections by habitat type and is very well organized. Each section features fun facts, interesting mini-biographies of those who have loved and defended the habitat, easy DIY projects, ways to help, and more! I adored everything about this book, but I especially appreciated how the "ways to help" section is divided into personal, local, and global goals. It gives kids easy ways to get started changing the world in ways they can see.
This is an essential addition to any little adventurer or world wanderer's library, and I cannot wait to see what The Wild World Handbook: Creatures has in store!
❧ 5 ★
This is a beautiful, engaging, hands-on, fact-filled book perfect for 3rd to 5th-grade learners, and outdoor enthusiasts. The book helps children to explore their world by examining nine different habitats, such as the mountains, forests, and even a city and encourages good stewardship through well-chosen activities and suggestions for action. Each section contains: facts about the habitat, a brief biography of a famous person in the field, hands-on activities that relate to the habitat, are unique, and lots of fun, a story - including myths and legends, more activities relating to the habitat, and ideas for ways the reader can help protect and preserve the habitat.
A fun and informative read that will be great to use in class to spark discussion and investigation into different habitats.
Focussing on all different habitats around the world, from jungles to cities, this book highlights what makes each habitat unique, as well as providing information about people who have made progress in protecting the planet.
It teaches children the importance of different environments and encourages them to follow in the footsteps of the people highlighted to help protect the planet.
The Wild World Handbook: Habitats is an amazing book that I cannot wait to add to my classroom library. This book showcases habitats from multiple angles including, biographies, science, environment and art. Not only will it be a wonderful resource for teaching habitats from both a science and geography standpoint but it incorporates multiple genres, text structures and text features that will make great mentor texts in our reading and writing lessons. The added activities quickly make this book a wonderful STEAM reference as well. This book would be the perfect gift for any young adventurer, artist, scientist, or activist in your life.
The Wild World Handbook: Habitats
This is a call to all nature lovers, and to those who love the world we are living in.
An amazing book, with lovely illustrations that teach us about all the different habitats we can find in the world, from the snowy peaks of Mount Everest to the Rainforest, this book got it all.
Fun facts, real adventures, natural wonders, ideas dor environmental activism, some suggestions for field trips, it’s all wrapped into this amazing book with stunning cover.
I love nature, I kind of grew up surrounded by mountains, small rivers, waterfalls and with no neighbor in sight. And I loved it and appreciated it so much. And obviously when I got older, I wanted to go to the big city, and now 6 years later, I’m back surrounded by mountains and the river called L’Ardèche.
We should cherish nature, seeing the forest burning, or humans kill the forest in order to get more space to live, breaks my heart. Animals that et extinct, because of their habitats are getting destroyed, is just horrifying, and I’m not sure what the future will give us…
The Wild World Handbook: Habitats, is not only a book for kids, we adults could learn just as much from it. A real read for a real nature lover.
This is a wonderfully illustrated and interesting book about habitats around the world, and what we can do to help our planet. I really enjoyed the stories about specific people who have worked to positively impact their environments. It helps tie in a personal angle to the amazing habitat information.
What an excellent text for use in the primary school. I have added this to my website. I think the hybrid nature of the forms of writing will really appeal to both children and teachers. This would certainly enhance the teaching of non-fiction in the classroom but would also link well to fiction texts. I shall be recommending this on my courses. It will be good to get hold of a hard copy to show teachers.
Age: upper elementary/middle grade
Curriculum Use: science units (habitats, landforms), biography units
This illustrated guide would be a great addition to a classroom library or as a curriculum resource as it introduces academic vocabulary and provides engaging illustrations and stories from around the world. The text is written at the upper elementary/middle grade level but could be used in teacher-led activities and lessons. There are nine chapters, each focusing on a different habitat, including one on cities. Each chapter includes habitat facts, two short biographies, information on natural wonders, field trip/outdoor activities, environmental success stories, DIY art projects, and stewardship pages. Two-thirds of the biographies are about people of color and women. One biography centers a person who uses a wheelchair. The book also explains how colonization and industrialization have harmed Indigenous communities and habitats while noting how current and past generations are restoring the land. This guide provides examples of young people making a difference and ends each chapter with ways readers can take action at home. This book would make a great gift for young explorers and nature lovers.
The Wild World Handbook: Habitats is a fantastic exploration of all the different major habitats in our world, with a focus on conservation that is perfect for nature-loving children.
This middle-grade nonfiction is split into 9 chapters that cover the mountains, forests, rainforests, deserts, grasslands, polar lands, the ocean, freshwater, and cities. Each chapter includes two biographies, a natural wonder, a field trip idea, a story of environmental success, a DIY project, and ideas for good stewardship in that particular environment.
The field trip ideas are very interactive, prompting the reader to research or visit (or both!) a mountain or forest or ocean in the area and gives many questions to find answers to as well as how to wander, explore, and record their findings. The DIY pages are especially fun and the Stewardship pages give lots of great ways to care for or repair nature.
There is lots to learn and do in this fun look at our world's habitats!
The Wild World Handbook is a stunningly-illustrated exploration of the far reaches of our wonderful planet. It would be perfect to use alongside a Geography topic on environments, continents, biomes, etc. Illustrations are detailed and eye-catching, and explanations are well=pitched for an UKS2 audience, with just the right amount of information and technical vocabulary to give pupils a good depth of knowledge without being overwhelmed.