A Field Guide to the Familiar: Learning to Observe the Natural World

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UPNE, 1984 - Nature - 274 pages
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Designed both to encourage beginning naturalists and to challenge more experienced observers to look at the familiar in new ways, A Field Guide to the Familiar offers an introduction to common plants, animals, and natural phenomena. Beautiful drawings add to the book's refreshing approach to nature study. Organized by the seasons of the year, each chapter focuses on one subject and one learning objective. From fall’s first frost to the field crickets of high summer, this innovative guide explores in depth such familiar sights as bumblebees, rainbows, acorns, blueberries, and shooting stars.

Each chapter includes descriptive information to help readers identify each subject, as well as life cycle information that shows how a subject functions within a grander scheme. Readers learn that every plant and animal – even the atmosphere – has its own story, and they begin to perceive the natural world as whole, interconnected, and continuous. Whether read sequentially or used as a field companion or handy desk reference, A Field Guide to the Familiar gives every reader a sense of the natural world as an accessible – and endlessly fascinating – place.
 

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User Review  - Kate Bandzmer - Goodreads

If Mother Nature herself needed a lawyer, Lawrence could defend her with ease. While she emphasizes answers to the most obvious, riddling questions we all have about the flora, fauna and natural ... Read full review

Review: A Field Guide To The Familiar: Learning To Observe The Natural World

User Review  - Kate - Goodreads

If Mother Nature herself needed a lawyer, Lawrence could defend her with ease. While she emphasizes answers to the most obvious, riddling questions we all have about the flora, fauna and natural ... Read full review

Contents

Learning to Look Closely at a Wild Flower
6
Learning to Observe
12
Learning to Observe Bird Behavior
18
Learning to Observe a TurtleI
24
Learning to Observe
30
Learning to Understand
36
Learning to Observe Reeds and Grasses
45
Learning to Observe
51
Learning to Observe Metamorphosis
184
Learning to Observe
190
Learning to Observe
196
Learning to Look at Moss
202
Learning to Observe
213
Learning to Observe a Bird
216
Learning to Observe an Inheritance
231
Learning to Admire Toads
246

Insect Reproduction
164
Learning to Observe a Mimic
172
Learning to Observe
178
Reading Suggestions to Help You in Your
259
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About the author (1984)

GALE LAWRENCE is a naturalist, lecturer, and teacher who writes for several Vermont newspapers and is also author of The Indoor Naturalist and The Beginning Naturalist. This edition of A Field Guide to the Familiar, first published in 1984, contains a new Reading Suggestions section.

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