Forest Magic

A Guidebook for Little Woodland Explorers

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Pub Date 08 Mar 2021 | Archive Date 04 Aug 2021
Nimbus Publishing, Nimbus Publishing Limited

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A beautifully illustrated, compact, interactive nature guide to exploring the forest for young readers.

What do you notice when you walk in the forest? Different types of trees, plants, and mushrooms? Maybe you hear a squirrel chattering or birds singing. Can you feel all the different kinds of moss? And look there! Hidden animal homes and interesting bugs.

With this compact non-fiction guide, young readers will be equipped to seek out, identify, and appreciate the woodland magic that exists all around them. Featuring rich vocabulary words like "nurse log," "lichen," and "sapling," this beautifully illustrated book is the ideal companion for little forest explorers. Incorporating all five senses and encouraging imaginative play, it even includes pixies and fairies (pixie cup lichen and fairy slipper wildflowers)! Forest Magic will be the book you reach for on the way out the door to explore your own backyard.

There's so much to see in a forest. What will you discover?

A beautifully illustrated, compact, interactive nature guide to exploring the forest for young readers.

What do you notice when you walk in the forest? Different types of trees, plants, and...

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ISBN 9781771089265
PRICE $14.95 (USD)

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Beautifully illustrated informational book about all things that live in the forest. Gives you a page of things that are safe to touch and a page of things that are not. Educational and fun with interactive activities.

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Lovely illustrations identifying different creatures and plants of the forest. I liked how every couple of pages the author included a question to guide discussion with kids about how saplings grow, about different types of flowers or animals, and on what's safe to touch or not safe to touch in the forest. A cute book for kids about learning about the forest (note: perhaps a bit TOO much detail for some littles, but lots of pictures to point to and identify things!).

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A perfectly pleasant primer for early forest explorers. The art is great – both able to convey the wonderful sylvan paradise and give all the scientific detail of the diagrams. We cover only a few topics and only very lightly, but it's a book that encourages us to learn more from nature, whether it be lichens, or what we smell and hear in the woodlands we can wander in. No, it won't be a book that means much to everyone, for not all youngsters can follow in the creator's footsteps and witness this for themselves, but those that have that chance will find it most appealing to do so after these pages. Four and a half stars.

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A lovely picture book teaching children about plants and animals and the rhythms of a forest. The illustrations are very transporting and the facts interesting.

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What a beautiful book! This offers so much rich detail for forest exploration, including questions, activity prompts, and identification guides.

The illustrations are lovely and very detailed. They really capture the wonder and magic of nature!

This would be a great independent or one-on-one read with a caregiver, but even better as a take-along book for an excursion into a local forest preserve or natural area.

Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review!

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Beautifully illustrated and informative children's book about life in the forest! It did not hold my kids' interest as long as I had hoped, but it was still a great book.

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I loved this book, we love nature and it was such a lovely book to read. It felt as though we were taking a walk through the forest and exploring all the tiny things you can find as well as the giant trees touching tbd bark and smelling the crisp air.

We loved the illustrations, they look so realistic and drew us into the book.

It’s very factual and full of useful information about what not to touch and what is safe to touch in the forest.

Can’t wait to explore the forest next.

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This is a nice book about nature. Beautiful illustrations and a simple story makes this a nice addition to a nature based curriculum. I look forward to using this book with my class in the future.

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Forest Magic has lovely illustrations, wonderful information about forest life, and interactive questions. The last few pages about safe to touch and do not touch are a great addition. We can start teaching children very young how to interact with nature and the importance of knowing your surroundings.

Thank you Netgalley and Nimbus Publishing for this ARC. Although I am a secondary librarian, I will share this book with our elementary librarian. I think it will be a great addition to our library. Also, my nieces and nephews love spending time outdoors and a book like this would teach them a lot about nature.

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Forest Magic is a beautifully illustrated guide to the forest for small people by Sarah Grindler (Nimbus Publishing, 2021). It’s a non-fiction journey that had a story feel to it.
If your little ones love being outdoors (or you’d like them to love it as much as you) then this is a great book choice.

It’s picture book short, but rich with forest facts on every page. You’ll learn about different leaves and wildflowers, mushrooms and moss. Take it out with you and see what you can spot!

I particularly liked the section on what is safe to touch and what isn’t; it’s continually useful to reinforce these messages!

For forest school leaders, this would be a good one to read if you bring children together for stories at any point. Then send them out looking for the wildlife and nature in the book.

However, it is a Canadian book, and it does not fully translate to a U.K. woodland. For example, I wouldn’t be comfortable telling children that the fluffy caterpillars are OK to touch, as over here those ones tend to be the irritants. While a lot of the flora translates, my forest school groups will never see a skunk. So just bear that in mind — nature is different everywhere and that’s what makes it wonderful.

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Forest Magic is a beautifully illustrated picture book guide to discovering nature and its many little surprises.

This picture book is not only a gorgeous book to look at; it's perfect for taking right out into the world as a guidebook!
You can learn to identify trees from their leaves, which birds and animals make the forest their home, different types of wildflowers and fungi and lichens, and how these things all play a part in a balanced ecosystem.

It's a fantastic introduction to nature with lots of identification labels for tree leaves, animals, wildflowers, fungi, and lichen! We especially loved the fungi pages, as we so rarely come across mushroom identification in picture books and have been on the lookout for some! The mushrooms are accurately illustrated, as is everything in this book! There's even a 'Do Not Touch' page that shares which animals, plants, and fungi to avoid!

Perfect for outdoor storytime and/or wildschooling!

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Sarah Grindler has created a lovely guidebook for the youngest explorers with her book, Forest Magic. The book helps young naturalists to seek out, identify, and appreciate the many wonders found within a woodland setting. With appreciated vocabulary usage, the book will help inspire young scientists while helping families to explore the natural world around them.

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great book for kids to show what lives and goes on in a forest. How important it can be. nice illustrations

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I received an advance reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers.

Forest Magic is a beautifully illustrated children's guide book to exploring nature, woodlands and forest areas around them.
This book had a very calming effect and was beautifully set out.
The book introduces some of the basics a child can expect to find in almost any of these types of environment such as owls, mushrooms, leaves, trees, flowers, insects.
I lived how the book featured a page with things that are safe to touch and things that are not safe to touch too.
This is a great book to get children interested in nature from a young age.

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