Author: John Hanson Mitchell
Publisher: The Countryman Press
Release Date: 2014-03-31
Here is a book to enhance our appreciation of the small citizens of the world and to introduce us to the neighbors we never knew we had, from spotted salamanders to meadow voles, from snowy tree crickets to ambrosia beetles, all living within steps of your door. “If there is grass and a few scraggling trees, there will be wildlife,” suggests John Hanson Mitchell, an internationally recognized naturalist and advocate for tuning your senses to the wonders of your environment. Whether your yard consists of a small stretch of grass or a rambling mix of forest and field, Mitchell will introduce you to the wealth of plants, insects, and animals that share your corner of the world. Learn how the behavior at the birdfeeder mirrors that of the wild woods; get an inside view of the rich ecology of the woodpile; learn why you might want to welcome a skunk into your garden. In short, you’ll get to know the neighbors you never knew you had who make their homes all around yours. With wisdom and humor, this book reacquaints you with the denizens of your own local habitat.
Just for kids: A guided nature journal to see, write, and sketch every discovery. Wild creatures, cloud formations, plant habitats, and more--nature is full of wonders to behold and explore! In this nature journal, young naturalists will get all of the guidance they need to study and record their experiences of the natural world. From developing observational skills to sketching and using all senses, Exploring Nature Journal for Kids encourages curious minds to think creatively and scientifically about the world around them. Complete with activity prompts and journaling ideas, this book is a must-have to make every outdoor adventure an opportunity for discovery. The Exploring Nature Journal for Kids includes: Nature Journal 101--Teach kids how to hone their powers of observation with essential guidance for taking field notes, using descriptive language, drawing, and reflecting on what they've seen! Handy Guidance--Get inspiration for outings, journaling ideas to spark writing, along with clues for what to look for and where. Space to Explore--Jot down thoughts, sketch, and engage your little naturalist's creativity. There is a world of discovery waiting outside--and this nature journal is the kids guide to experiencing it.
Recent research in the cognitive sciences gives us a new perspective on the cognitive and sensory landscape. In The Multisensory Museum: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives on Touch, Sound, Smell, Memory, and Space,museum expert Nina Levent and Alvaro Pascual-Leone, professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School bring together scholars and museum practitioners from around the world to highlight new trends and untapped opportunities for using such modalities as scent, sound, and touch in museums to offer more immersive experiences and diverse sensory engagement for visually- and otherwise-impaired patrons. Visitor studies describe how different personal and group identities color our cultural consumption and might serve as a compass on museum journeys. Psychologists and educators look at the creation of memories through different types of sensory engagement with objects, and how these memories in turn affect our next cultural experience. An anthropological perspective on the history of our multisensory engagement with ritual and art objects, especially in cultures that did not privilege sight over other senses, allows us a glimpse of what museums might become in the future. Education researchers discover museums as unique educational playgrounds that allow for a variety of learning styles, active and passive exploration, and participatory learning. Designers and architects suggest a framework for thinking about design solutions for a museum environment that invites an intuitive, multisensory and flexible exploration, as well as minimizes physical hurdles. While attention has been paid to accessibility for the physically-impaired since passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, making buildings accessible is only the first small step in elevating museums to be centers of learning and culture for all members of their communities. This landmark book will help all museums go much further.
Voyages of Discovery is the journal of the continuing travels of a wandering swagman on a manly adventure in the lands down under. First off, follow his manful exploits as he joins the English explorer Matthew Flinders on a circumnavigation of Australia, a voyage of discovery that includes extensive explorations of South Australia and Western Australia, the two states not journeyed to while on the first manly adventure in the land down under. Then, and as if that isn't manly enough, follow his manful exploits as he joins the English explorer James Cook on an exploration of New Zealand. On the North Island, he explores the volcanic White Island, fishes for rainbow trout on the beautiful Lake Taupo, hikes along the legendary Tongariro Crossing, and ventures into the underworld of the Waitomo Caves. On the South Island, he kayaks the rugged Abel Tasman coast, cruises the magnificent Milford Sound, and climbs the glaciers and mountains of the awe-inspiring Southern Alps. Follow him also as he hones his manly virtues in the many excellent BrewPubs in both Australia and New Zealand. Needless to say, this wandering swagman's most recent feats are still seldom seen in these, less than manful times.
Includes, beginning Sept. 15, 1954 (and on the 15th of each month, Sept.-May) a special section: School library journal, ISSN 0000-0035, (called Junior libraries, 1954-May 1961). Also issued separately.