The Nature Activity Book: 99 Ideas for Activities in the
Natural World of Aotearoa New Zealand (2020)
Rachel Haydon, ill. Pippa Keel
Te Papa Press, 175 pages, paperback, NZ$35
Over the last decade Te Papa Press. has produced a number of brilliant books, for both young people and former young people. I would pint out the collection, Maui’s Taonga Tales and Simon Pollard’s Genius of Bugs and Why is that Lake so Blue? One of the best was The Art Activity Book and now we have its companion volume The Nature Activity Book.
There are loads of activities, all of them designed to reinforce some aspect of our understanding of the world: birds to be fed, insects to be identified, forces to be measured, cloud types to be identified, wind direction to be measured, compost to be made, bug hotels to be built and habitats to be created. Readers will find themselves writing, dancing, reflecting and learning te reo terms for everything from cloud shapes to the phases of the moon. Pippa Keel’s pictures and Kate Barraclough’s design make this a comfortable book to handle and write in.
For the young scientist and natural philosopher in all of us.
27 Aug 2020