When was the last time you climbed a tree? Picked blackberries? Held a snail race? Made maple syrup candy, an old-fashioned quill pen from a bird feather you found, or a plaster cast of an animal track? If the answer is "can't remember" or quite possibly "never," The Bumper Book of Nature will inspire you to get outdoors and enjoy the very best kind of free entertainment for you and your family. Who wouldn't love to discover a colorful butterfly hibernating in a woodshed for the winter or look at a snowflake under a magnifying lens? In warmer weather, why not explore rock pools by the seaside, pick wild meadow flowers (and then fry up elderflower fritters!), or go on a city safari? Whether you live in the heart of the city, the suburbs, or the deepest countryside, The Bumper Book of Nature will bring out the child in you with its treasure trove of offbeat, playful nature activities arranged by season. With lovely full-color illustrations as well as related trivia, quotes, and bits of poetry, it's a wonderful keepsake as well as a one-of-a-kind field guide.
About Stephen Moss
STEPHEN MOSS works at the BBC Natural History Unit where he has produced programs including How to Watch Wildlife and Birding with Bill Oddie. He is the author of the "Birdwatch" column in the Guardian, and lives in Somerset with his wife and children.
"[T]he spirit of this sweet book is such that one is inclined…to think: 'What a great idea!' And there is no doubting that Mr. Moss is onto something…this winning, lightly illustrated volume might be just the thing to bring on a family summer vacation — provided everyone is willing to shut the laptop and turn off the cellphone for a while. Mr. Moss would like to see us stop pecking at BlackBerrys and start picking blackberries—and good for him." —Wall Street Journal
"Simple in the best kind of way, this is a wonderful collection of naturalistic explorations....[A] bible of things you ought to do and know, complete with pretty line drawings of flora and fauna, rules for games, charts of information, and steps on how to explore the great outdoors as children used to do. For adults, this is a warm and homey walk down memory lane, a remembrance of simpler times and the joy of just being outside." —Library Journal