Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Book Review (and Giveaway): It's a Jungle Out There

The Conscious Shopper preps for summer vacation...

Last Monday, my husband arrived home from work and headed into the kitchen to grab his dinner, but he was distracted by a gloopy white puddle that was taking over one end of the table. He bent down to get a closer look. "What is...Is that glue?"

I replied, "Today was not our best day."

Yes, folks, summer vacation has arrived at the Conscious Shopper home, along with a whole lot of squabbling, mess-making, and complaining. If I hear "I'm bored" one more time...

Luckily, my summer began with the arrival of a new book about nature exploration: It's a Jungle Out There!: 52 Nature Adventures for City Kids by Jennifer Ward. We are now well-equipped with ideas for spending time outside (since I typically counter the complaint "I'm bored" with the command to "Go outside!").

Jennifer Ward, the author of I Love Dirt! and Let's Go Outside!, spent most of her life surrounded by nature. When she moved to a city, at first she felt starved for nature, but then she realized that the natural world was still thriving all around her if she took the time to look for it. Her experience led her to write her latest book, It's a Jungle Out There!: 52 Nature Adventures for City Kids.

I've written a couple times about my own attempts to introduce my city kids to the natural world, so y'all know this book is perfect for me. Most of the ideas are pretty simple and common-sense, but it's nice to have a compact reminder of many of the fun things kids can do to explore nature in an urban setting. I also really liked that this book is organized by season, and the 52 activities could easily translate into once a week planned nature outings.

For more ways to fill up your summer vacation with outdoor adventures, check out these resources:
And now for a giveaway!

I've jotted down a few ideas from It's a Jungle Out There! and am now ready to pass it and my copy of The Green Hour along to another reader. If you would like to win this book bundle, simply leave a comment telling one thing you like to do outdoors (along with a way to contact you if you win). I will randomly select one lucky commenter and will reveal the winner next week.


The winner is Carol N Wong who commented, "I love to go to a park and hike and even better go on a guided tour through a park."

(Fine print: These books are kid-centric, but you do not need to have kids to enter. You do, however, need to live in the U.S.A. Shambhala Publications sent me a free copy of It's a Jungle Out There! so I could write this review, but I was under no obligation to say anything positive and I received no other compensation.)


Candice said...

A simple walk on the neighborhood trail works for me.

Kate said...

Hah! When I was growing up if we said "I'm bored," it was interpreted as "please give me some extremely unpleasant and undesirable chore to do." I remember having to clean gross bathrooms or clean underneath my bed (oh, the horror!).
Ahem...I digress. We like to garden outside.

Carol N Wong said...

I love to go to a park and hike and even better go on a guided tour through a park.


Betsy (Eco-novice) said...

My kids love to search for "treasures" (fallen unripen fruit, snail shells, rocks) in the backyard, go for walks around the block, and hiking in a nearby county park.

I would love to read these books! I love menus of ideas. If I don't win I'm going to look for them at my library.

betsy (at) eco-novice (dot) com

SustainaMom said...

Like Kate, I learned very early that boredom was a request to clean bathrooms or stack firewood!

I was just reading about "I Love Dirt" at Amanda Soule's blog and added it to my PaperbackSwap list. I'll have to add this one too. I already have The Green Hour, so don't enter me to win. But thanks for sharing great reading suggestions with us!

Kristin said...

Since I live in south Florida our favorite outdoor activity is hitting the beach, we love snorkeling and hunting for shells!


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