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Want to save cash and get your kid off the smartphone and into nature? This is the book you need. Packed with great photos of real families in the outdoors, Born to Be Wild contains easy-to-follow instructions for fun family activities and crafts that require nothing more sophisticated than a child’s imagination and access to a little outdoor space.
Organized by season and then by material, it lets parents skip straight to Spring, and then to “Blossom,” “Grass,” or “Earth,” according to their present need. Everything you need to engage in all of its hundreds of activities can be found in your kitchen. No expensive art supplies or outdoor kit required. All you need is the “Toolkit” listed at the front of the book. These ordinary household essentials include recycled food containers, scraps of paper, string, glue, and an empty jar or two.
Along the way, Hattie Garlick talks to families, organizations, cultures, and communities who have rebuilt their relationships with nature--with inspiring results--and introduces scientists, psychologists, and other experts who explain why nature matters in our children’s modern lives.
Hattie Garlick is a former journalist for the Times and now contributes to the Guardian, the Telegraph, the Sunday Times, and Mother and Baby magazine. Hattie also interviewed all of the 100 Leading Ladies, photographed by Nancy Honey for her 2014 exhibition.
Nancy Honey has been a professional photographer for over thirty-five years. Her work has been widely published and exhibited. Her monographs include Woman to Woman, Entering the Masquerade, Poodle Parlour, and 100 Leading Ladies.
"With this title nearby, even smartphone-obsessed kids will be clamoring to plan an outing . . . A lively and endearing book . . . The photographs offer a work of art beyond their instructional nature. Enthusiastically recommended." - Library Journal
"Nature and imagination are a potent combination, exposing children to all sorts of delights, and this book provides endless remedies to the indoorsiness of urban life." —Publishers Weekly
"You can see why Hattie Garlick has written this book, her love for the outdoors and her passion for developing children's imagination are quite obvious." —spanishmummy.co.uk
"It's a fantastic ideas book with simple, easy to do, no fuss activities." —rainydaymum.co.uk
"Born to be Wild is a lovely new book packed to the rafters with fabulous ideas." —babybudgeting.co.uk
"Who knew that a little pond dipping could be so much fun?" —mummconstant.com
"The great thing about this book is that you don't have to be an amazing outdoor guru, you can be a total 'townie' and still be able to complete the activities . . . It is the perfect book to get everyone outside a little bit more and having oodles of fun." —blogbybaby.com
"Born to be Wild is rammed with unexpectedly practical ideas to help you and your loved ones enjoy time together." —Natural Health
"Born To Be Wild is a treasure-trove of an activity guide, natural history lesson, call for parent involvement in getting their kids outside, and overall appreciation for what connecting to nature means." —Exploring Portland’s Natural Areas