A Field Guide to the Familiar: Learning to Observe the Natural World by Gale LawrenceA Field Guide to the Familiar: Learning to Observe the Natural World by Gale Lawrence

A Field Guide to the Familiar: Learning to Observe the Natural World

byGale LawrenceIllustratorAdelaide Tyrol

Paperback | March 1, 1998

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Designed both to encourage beginning naturalists and to challenge more experienced observers to look at the familiar in new ways, A Field Guide to the Familiar offers an introduction to common plants, animals, and natural phenomena. Beautiful drawings add to the book's refreshing approach to nature study. Organized by the seasons of the year, each chapter focuses on one subject and one learning objective. From fall's first frost to the field crickets of high summer, this innovative guide explores in depth such familiar sights as bumblebees, rainbows, acorns, blueberries, and shooting stars. Each chapter includes descriptive information to help readers identify each subject, as well as life cycle information that shows how a subject functions within a grander scheme. Readers learn that every plant and animal - even the atmosphere - has its own story, and they begin to perceive the natural world as whole, interconnected, and continuous. Whether read sequentially or used as a field companion or handy desk reference, A Field Guide to the Familiar gives every reader a sense of the natural world as an accessible - and endlessly fascinating - place.
GALE LAWRENCE is a naturalist, lecturer, and teacher who writes for several Vermont newspapers and is also author of The Indoor Naturalist and The Beginning Naturalist. This edition of A Field Guide to the Familiar, first published in 1984, contains a new Reading Suggestions section.
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Title:A Field Guide to the Familiar: Learning to Observe the Natural WorldFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:March 1, 1998Publisher:University Press of New EnglandLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0874518652

ISBN - 13:9780874518658

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This field guide invites all aspiring naturalists to focus on one familiar plant, animal, or natural phenomenon at a time, and observe it in detail. It offers descriptive information on dozens of common subjects - from frost and fruit flies to blue jays and beech trees - and includes a drawing of each. Organized by seasons, it encourages readers to look more closely at the natural cycles of life in our world, and discover how much there is to learn. Whether read sequentially or used as a field companion or handy desk reference, A Field Guide to the Familiar (first published in 1984, and reprinted here with new reading suggestions) gives everyone a sense of the natural world as an accessible - and endlessly fascinating - place.

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“For the budding young naturalist, this book is a worthwhile guide to the non-arid natural world. From plants to animals, the author points out and explains the living world as though teaching a high-school science class.”—Kliatt Young Adult Paperback Book Guide