Field Trips

Bug Hunting, Animal Tracking, Bird-watching, Shore Walking

By Jim Arnosky; Jim Arnosky (Illustrator)
(HarperCollins, Hardcover, 9780688151720, 96pp.)

Publication Date: April 2002

Other Editions of This Title: Library Binding

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With Jim Arnosky as your guide, an ordinary hike becomes an eye-opening experience. He'll help you spot a hawk soaring far overhead and note the details of a dragonfly up close. Study the black-and-white drawings -- based on his own field research -- and you'll discover if those tracks in the brush were made by a deer or a fox.

In his celebrated style, this author, artist, and naturalist enthusiastically shares a wealth of tips. Jim Arnosky wants you to enjoy watching wildlife. He carefully explains how field marks, shapes, and location give clues for identifying certain plants and animals wherever you are. He gives hints for sharpening observational skills. And he encourages you to draw and record birds, insects, shells, animal tracks, and other finds from a busy day's watch.

About the Author

Acclaimed for his picture books that speak directly to young naturalists, Jim Arnosky enjoys researching different ecological areas with his wife, Deanna. His many awards and honors include the Washington Post—Children's Book Guild Award for overall contribution to nonfiction for children and the Eva L. Gordon Award for outstanding children's science literature. He has also written and illustrated numerous ALA Notable Books and Outstanding Science Books. Home base for the Arnoskys is a two-hundred-year-old farmhouse in northern Vermont. Their daughters and their families live nearby.

Praise For Field Trips

“…[T]his is an excellent resource for anyone who wishes to know more about the great outdoors…”
-Kirkus Reviews

“This four-part introduction includes sufficient information…to prepare and guide a family or group on several enjoyable nature hikes.”
-School Library Journal

“Four chapters on the rudiments of bird and bug watching, animal tracking, and shore hiking prepare novices for neighborhood naturalizing…”
-Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“They’re excellent models—…”
-Horn Book Magazine

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