Synopses & Reviews
The simple act of gardening with children is wonderful, but when elevated to embrace wildlife, it can become an even more exciting and joyful family experience, full of surprise and delight. When you work your garden so that it invites wildlife—the flutter of butterflies, the croak of toads, the quick zip of hummingbirds—a wider world of nature opens up for investigation and inspiration. Discover the plants that attract colorful birds and bugs. Embrace the sensory experiences that a garden can bring, from the symphonic rustling of seed pods to the calming drip of water from a sprinkler. Understand the ecosystem of your yard and how the landscape, plants,and animals all work together.
In this family-friendly guide to wildlife gardening, April Pulley Sayre leads readers on a path to discovery, where trees are transformed into habitats, sunny spots are revered for dragonfly viewing, and where your garden is an active and alive kingdom. See your yard from an animal's perspective and discover the simple ways you can more actively support the wildlife in your immediate environment, no matter where you live.
"Sayre (Rah, Rah, Radishes!) has written a guide to how families can build fertile habitats in their own backyards by providing the food, water, and shelter on which wildlife depends. For those who think this consists of filling a few bird feeders and buying a butterfly bush, the author has a bigger vision in mind. She encourages readers to get outside and closely observe the wildlife and ecology in their own yards. Then she provides guidance on how to provide hospitable environments for native flora and fauna. There is enough basic horticultural advice on soil testing, planting, and composting to get the youngest gardeners going. As would be expected, she also provides much information on the importance of conservation and native species. Most helpful are the suggestions for getting the younger members of the family outside and awakening their interest. Although she does not provide much specific advice on plants, she has ultimately created a field guide of field guides that points readers to online resources, books, organizations, and tools that will deepen their appreciation of the world outside their back doors. Color photographs throughout." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
April Pulley Sayre is the award-winning author of over fifty natural history books for young readers. Sayre has a biology degree from Duke University and editorial experience working at the National Geographic Society and the National Wildlife Federation. She has written books about the climate, weather, andecology of every continent and every biome on Earth, including a twelve-book series on Exploring Earth's Biomes for middle school readers. Her books have been lauded for their lyricism and originality.