A Child’s Eye

What Color Is the Wind?

A Feel Guide to the Out-of-doors for Parents with Young Children

Ed Bieber

Hard cover, spiral bound


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We often talk about nature as if it were some sort of parallel universe - a Great Outdoors that we canonly visit from time to time: seashore, mountains, zoo, farm, national park, bird sanctuary.  The fact is, nature is all around us, every day, and we can learn a lot from it just by paying attention.  The simple activities in this book, seasonally arranged, respect the capacity of children and parents to share in the excitement of what's happening in the world around them, to wake up and have fun in the moment. There are no learning points or weighty intentions . . . only some gentle-but-insistent prompting to get you out the door.  You'll soon discover your own motivations for whiling away the hours amid nature's abundant delights.

What Color Is the Wind? is about parents and children connecting with each other, the ground under their fee, the sky above them, and everything in-between.  Societal pressures, busy schedules, 'virtual' entertainments and a daunting economic climate have been conspiring to limit the time parents spend with their children, in the open air most of all.  In Ed Bieber's 40 years as a naturalist/educator who has introduced thousands of children to the out-of-doors, he has found one sure-fire answer to what has been called "nature deficit disorder."  It lies right outside our doors and windows.  Open them wide, and get outside.

This book will help you do just that.  With joy.

Under the Sky

Playing, Working and Enjoying Adventures in the Open Air

Sally Schweizer

A Handbook for Parents, Carers and Teachers



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Sally Schweizer presents a fresh world of possibilities for children in both urban and rural areas, opening doors to expanded experiences of life in the open air. Packed with anecdotes, games and practical activities, Under the Sky is a vibrant resource for parents, teachers and carers.

What can children do outside? How about singing, whittling, chatting, climbing, digging, and making dens? They can build, run, watch small creatures, count tree rings, listen to stories, perform puppet plays, learn woodworking, and investigate the many forms of bark. Outside, children can enjoy quiet conversations or make a big noise, be alone or be with others. And that's just the beginning ...

Under the Sky is an invaluable guide for everyone who wants to help children cultivate play and imagination. It features ideas for planning expeditions and adventures, toys and equipment, and activities for the four seasons and the four elements! It includes plans, tips and advice on child-friendly outdoor design, materials, surfaces, seating, gardening, pets, wildlife—even campfires, picnics and train journeys. Under the Sky also includes a chapter on how educators can work toward formal “early years” government goals.

Hiding in the Green

Children Discovering the Garden in Poetry and Photographs

Nancy Free Martin and Millie Reith

Includes audio CD with 2 songs



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Sweet poems, happy songs, engaging photos all lead children and adults into the garden and into nature's magical world through the wonder packed between the covers of this dear little book.

This is not a didactical discourse on how to teach children about nature - Hiding in the Green is simply a collection of songs and poems paired with beautiful photos of children in a vibrant garden.

You can use this book for story time, you can learn the poems and use them for garden circles, games and joy. I predict that the poems and songs will become a part of daily life for you and for any children in your care. What a lovely celebration of nature!

Nature Ways in Story and Verse

Dorothy Harrer

Illustrated by Robin Crofts Lawrence



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Nature Ways is filled with lilting stories that will captivate the children to whom they are read. It is, in fact, intended to be read aloud by parents, grandparents, and, yes, teachers, too. These stories and poems share the magic of nature that occasionally breaks in upon us all -- even when we, like the character Twig, aren't particularly happy with the way things are going.

A golden Waldorf classic - for children in the early grades.

Eric Sloane's Weather Book

Eric Sloane



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Eric Sloane is one of my all-time favorite authors, and the reappearance after many years of his fascinating book on weather and weather lore is an event to be celebrated. This is a book that anyone teaching meteorology will want to have available -- absolutely no student could fail to find the subject interesting if you share Eric Sloane with them.

In simple language, Sloane explains the whys and wherefores of weather and weather forecasting - and does so in a universally appealing way.

With humor and common sense shining through in a book that's also lively and informative, Sloane shows readers how to predict the weather by "reading" such natural phenomena as winds, skies, and animal sounds. This beautifully illustrated and practical treasure trove of climate lore will enlighten outdoorsmen, farmers and sailors as much as it will your students. Anyone who has ever wondered what a large halo around the moon means, why birds "sit it out" before a storm, and whether or note to take an umbrella when leaving home will love this book.

Field and Forest Handy Book

D. C. Beard



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A year's worth of outdoor activities and projects from the author of The American Boy's Handy Book.

This is the Handy Book I wish I had when I was growing up. I longed to know how to go out into nature and create shelters, find food, keep myself safe. It's all here in this great book which introduces young people to the pleasures and challenges of camping. There are chapters on packing a horse, on making clothes and moccasins, on camp cooking, on building piers, boats, and sleds. Not to mention the serveral designs for simple shelters - from lean-tos to cabins sturdy enough to last the whole summer.

Beard also suggests any number of projects, plans, and schemes to entertain those whose travels take them into the open fields and forests, who want to know everything from how to build kites and birdhouses to snow houses and snow men.

Hard to imagine ever hearing "I'm bored" with this book around!

The Book of Camp-Lore and Woodcraft

Daniel C. Beard



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This is the fourth "handy book" by Dan Beard, the founder of the American Scouting movement, who believed that having boys build things with their hands was not only a detriment to making mischief, but also the basis for building great lives. Today, I would hasten to add that it's not such a bad idea for girls, either. In this belief, Beard was indefatigable, and every Scout worth his merit badge was expected to read his classic tract on camp-lore and woodcraft.

This is my favorite among the handy books, though the Field and Forest Handy Book comes in a close second. In Camp-Lore, he takes boys on a camping trip and instructs them in the art of building a fireplace and lighting a fire, designing a campsite, cooking flapjacks (not to mention muskrats and porcupines), packing a trail horse, pitching a tent and handling an axe. His texts were successful, and continue to be successful, because they threw boys back to their own devices, encouraged initiatives, and gave a convincing argument that the outdoors provided excitement and could be enjoyed by anyone who took the time to prepare.

We need more of this in our world and our children need more of this in their lives. I hope there are many children who are given the gift of being able to put to hand many of the things in this and Beard's other books. It's "just the ticket" to the healing of so much that ails us.