When I picked up these books, I got a very vivid memory of my niece as a very young baby, sitting in the garden. We were curious about what she was playing with. As we got closer, we noticed she had a plastic cup in her hand and there was something in the cup. As we looked closer, we realised she was playing with bee! We all screamed and ran… but my niece had absolutely no fear at all and she has grown up to still have no fear of the creepy crawlies at all!
Now, I think these books would have been just the thing for her as a child, not so much anymore as she is an adult. But if you have a child who loved the outdoors and all things ‘nature’, then this series could really help keep that curiosity alive.
The series includes:
Spot 50 Trees
Spot 50 Butterflies and Moths
Spot 50 Garden Birds
Spot 50 Insects
Spot 50 Wildflowers
Each book is full of beautifully illustrated pictures of the various animals, plants and trees. The content pages are divided up into different categories and colour coordinated to match the pages in the book so your child is able to easily find the section they are looking for. The content page also allows your child to tick circles that are placed next to each species name when they have identified them.
I really do like how the pictures are labelled describing the characteristics of each species helping your child spot them when they are out and about. Each page gives you a detailed description of each species, a quick fact file and a scaled image of their actual size.
Skimming through Spot 50 Butterflies & Moths, I was amazed that some of these are huge and I know I would run a mile if I saw one! The Privet Hawk-Moth is extremely large and definitely not one I want to see!
With Spring on its way, (I hope!), these books are ideal to help your children enjoy those trips to the park or the woods, they can really make use of what they learn from these books and see how many species they can identify. Ticking them off can be just as rewarding.
Find out the difference between a Field Maple Tree and a London Plane, or a Blue Tit and a Coal Tit, these books will definitely help your child to do that. The detailed glossary will help your child to learn the meaning of key words while helping to increase vocabulary.
I cannot decide which of these books I like the most as they are all as beautifully put together as each other. You really have to have a look at these books to appreciate how well written they are. If you have a budding botanist or ecologist at home, these books might be just for them!
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