March 2012

Swirl by Swirl: Spirals In Nature

Nature is never more wondrous than when you’re a child and you are seeing everything for the first time. You begin seeing familiar shapes in the world around you and revel in the majesty of Mother nature.

Swirl by Swirl: Spirals In Nature shows children how spirals are plentiful and common in nature and in places that you never would consider. Everyone knows that a snail’s shell is spiral, but did you know that there are spirals in your ear and in rushing rivers?

Joyce Sidman, a Caldecott medalist and Newberry Honor-winning poet, delves into the wonders of nature by showing children how spirals make up much of the natural landscape. It’s not just in animals that we see spirals, but in weather, space and the rocks in the river. Children will be amazed when they realize such a unique shape is an integral part of nature

America's Neighborhood Bats

There are few nocturnal creatures that can create more fear and panic than the bat. For centuries, they have been vilified as bloodsucking vermin and demonized by modern vampire literature. When people think of bats, they see the giant vampire bats of the jungle and expect all bats to be that way.

 

In truth, bats are incredibly beneficial to the environment and your home if you would just give them a chance. Merlin Tuttle's America's Neighborhood Bats: Understanding and Learning to Live in harmony With Them gives you the honest truth of these amazing creatures and how your understanding of them is flawed.

Wild Comfort: The Solace of Nature

Life’s hard. We all know it. Few people live the fairy tale lives of the rich and famous where they never have to decide between paying the electric or the gas bill. When Kathleen Moore found herself lost in her own life, trying to figure out the untimely death of several loved ones, she decided to back to where it all began.

She started going back to nature and visiting some of the most spiritual and pristine forest, grottos and islands to gain ground in her life. The goal wasn’t only to travel, but also see and experience all that wonder the world had to offer from tracking otters to wading with migrating salmon.

Through nature, she was able to make sense of the world and her own life. The book chronicles her journey, what she found and how it impacted her. We can’t all go and see the world, but we can learn to appreciate the world we do have access to.

Moore visited national parks and tropical island, but we can find answers in the forest down the road or among the caves of the local state park. Nature is all around us and nothing is stopping you from taking a break and seeing the world for what it truly is. You’ll be surprised how tranquil life can become if you just take the time to see and experience nature.