What's in your Garden

What's in your Garden

A book for young explorers

This book is all about exploring and discovery. It encourages children, age 7-11 years, to take an active interest in the natural world around them and to explore it, starting with their own garden. It includes numerous line drawings by the author to stimulate children to draw for themselves and thereby more closely observe wildlife. In addition, the many questions asked aim to make children think for themselves rather than just absorbing 'pre-packed information.

The paintings on the coverand inside are by Isla Woiwod.

Author: Colin Spedding
Publisher: Brambleby Books
Year of Publication: 25 May 2010
Format and Pages: Paperback, 88pp
ISBN: 97809553928-1-8
Retail Price: 7.99
Our Discount Price: 7.20

Sample text from What`s in your Garden

Butterflies and Moths

Can you tell the difference between a butterfly and a moth?

Butterflies are out during the daytime; moths come out at night - but not all.

Butterflies usually rest with their wings folded above their backs. This has the advantage of hiding the brightly coloured upper parts of their wings, so that birds, which eat them, are less likely to see them when they're not flying. Moths rest with their wings streched out. Many butterflies are brightly coloured, whereas moths are mostly pale cream or brown, although some, especially day-flying ones, can be very colourful.

Do you know what causes the colour on their wings?

The wings are covered in tiny scales (about 0.1mm in length) and these reflect the light in different ways, producing the colours. .......


Probably when you think of nests you immediately think of bird's nests. But lots of other animals make nests too - bumblebees, for example.

Why do animals build nests?

With birds, of course, the answer is easy - to lay their eggs in. All garden birds do, although in the case of pigeons this is usually a platform of twigs in the branches of a tree. And in fact, some birds don't build nests at all. Certain seabirds just lay their eggs on a rocky ledge.

But why, you might ask, do birds need nests to lay eggs in?

One good reason for a nest is to put eggs out of reach of those who would eat them - predators. .......

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Reviews and readers' comments

...The illustrations are what really make this book. It is a feast for both the eye and the brain with a mixture of colourful paintings, photographs of the author's own discoveries, and wonderfully clear but detailed sketches... All in all this is a lovely little book and one that is small enough to pop in your rucksack and take out for your travels in the countryside. --Anusha Edwards, The Biologist, March 2011

...There is so much information packed into one small book it would undoubtedly complement the delivery of outdoor science at key stage 2. I would also recommend it as a useful tool for teachers; I personally really enjoyed reviewing it and discovered some new and exciting facts in the process. --Kathy Schofield, Primary Science, April 2011

Recommended as complementary material to the Key Stage 2 National Curriculum. Dr Kate Baker, Head of Science, Melbourn Village College, Cambridge.

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