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I Love Dirt!: 52 Activities to Help You and Your Kids Discover the Wonders of Nature [Paperback]

By Jennifer Ward, Susie Ghahremani (Illustrator) & Richard Louv (Foreward By)
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Item Specifications...

Pages   153
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.52" Width: 5.58" Height: 0.49"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 13, 2008
Publisher   Roost Books
ISBN  1590305353  
EAN  9781590305355  


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Item Description...
Overview
Provides fifty-two outdoor activities for families to help engage children in discovering and learning about nature, including observing ants, tracing stars, and cultivating a garden.

Publishers Description
I Love Dirt! presents 52 open-ended activities to help you engage your child in the outdoors. No matter what your location—from a small patch of green in the city to the wide-open meadows of the country—each activity is meant to promote exploration, stimulate imagination, and heighten a child's sense of wonder.

To learn more about the author, Jennifer Ward, visit her website at jenniferwardbooks.com and to learn more about the illustrator, Susie Ghahremani, visit her website at boygirlparty.com.
“Here is the potential for much fun, many meaningful experiences—and a trove of shared stories.”—Richard Louv, from the foreword


“There may be no better way to ensure the well-being of the natural world tomorrow than to introduce children to its many small wonders today. Through a series of accessible activities designed to engage young minds and all five senses, this book reminds us of—even celebrates—the magic to be found right outside our own back doors.”—Todd Christopher, cofounder of National Wildlife Federation’s Green Hour

I Love Dirt! is a perfect book for parents, teachers, or anyone who cares about children and nature. A nature-lover herself, Jennifer Ward has done an excellent job creating a collection of fun, interactive ways for children everywhere to connect with nature and combat the growing negative impact of sedentary, indoor lifestyles on our youth.”—David Mizejewski, naturalist, National Wildlife Federation, and host of Animal Planet’s Backyard Habitat

“A perfect companion to your nature center and hiking trail excursions!”—Nashville Parent

“A wonderful resource for parents. This book could be the ticket to many wonderful memories for both parent and child.”—Portland Book Review
Jennifer Ward is the author of numerous children's books, all of which present nature to kids. Her award-winning titles have been featured in magazines such as Ranger Rick, Your Big Backyard, Learning, and Foreword, and she has been interviewed and featured on national television and local radio. She is a regular speaker at conferences and schools across the country, where she instills the importance of literacy and the wonders waiting to be discovered in the natural world. 

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More About Jennifer Ward, Susie Ghahremani & Richard Louv

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Award-winning author JENNIFER WARD and award-winning artist SUSIE GHAHREMANI are the creators of the wildly popular parenting book "I LOVE DIRT! 52 Activities to Help You & Your Child Discover the Wonders of Nature, "which has been featured in "Parenting" magazine, "Real Simple" Magazine, and on National Public Radio. Jennifer Ward has authored several picture books, including her recent "There Was an Old Pirate Who Swallowed a Fish. "Susie Ghahremani is the founder of boygirlparty(r), a whimsically illustrated stationery and gift brand with more than 300 products, that are popular everywhere from independent boutiques, galleries, and retailers such as Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters and Nordstrom. "What Will Hatch?" is Susie's debut picture book.

Jennifer Ward currently resides in Tucsun, in the state of Arkansas. Jennifer Ward was born in 1963.

Jennifer Ward has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Sharing Nature with Children Books
  2. Simply Nature Books


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Reviews - What do our customers think?
The Go-To Mom Gives "i love dirt" a hip hip Hooray!  Nov 16, 2008
Sometimes all parents need is a little reminder of how important the outdoors is. This book is a jump start and will spark parents to be mindful of how often they explore the great outdoors with their kids.

Another book you may enjoy, which is my all time favorite, Beyond Ecophobia.


Kimberley Clayton Blaine, MA, MFT
Licensed Child Therapist
Author, Mommy Confidence
founder, www.TheGoToMom.TV
 
You can do better  Oct 26, 2008
This is a little book with reminders about ways to enjoy nature with your children. Most of the suggestions are common-sense, broad suggestions like watching clouds, smelling the rain, and observing wildlife. There were not specific activities. If your family already enjoys spending time in nature together and would like to learn new things to do or have a "deeper" experience, this book is not for you. If you would like to gain some inspiration for getting you and your family outdoors more often, then pick this up since it is a quick read. On this subject, I prefer "Last Child in the Woods" by Richard Louv. The new addition has a large section in the back with many activities and resources for parents.
 
Getting back outside  Oct 6, 2008
"I love Dirt", is filled with wonder and knowledge. The book's title includes the line "52 activities to help you and your kids discover the wonder of nature". I would not call them activities but more along the lines of science exploration. The chapters are divided by season. The "activity" will suggest a part of nature to explore such as animals, plants, weather and space. Using a scientist's point of view you and your child discuss the elements.

Say there are falling leaves outside you could mention to your child why leaves fall, discuss gravity and the seasons, talk about the wind and the sounds it makes or how wind is used for energy. Interactions might include catching falling leaves, playing a game of collecting objects to see which ones can be moved by the wind. One idea I liked requires a game of hide-n-seek. First explain what camouflage is then ask your child to think about how different bugs and animals in nature use markings and color to survive.

I Love Dirt is a fun book filled with adventures to explore with the whole family. It is simple to read. And the best part is you do not need buy anything. In today's modern culture I think many of us forget the importance of slowing down, getting outside and allowing our children to explore and get dirty. For parents who need a little push and guidance this book is a perfect guide.
 
disappointed......  Sep 10, 2008
I was lucky enough to borrow this from the library before I decided to not buy it as a gift for a friend who loves to venture into the outdoors with her children. This has to be one of the most simplistic nature books for children that I have ever seen. All of it is common sense and things that most parents would already do with their children unless you have never been outside before and live in front of the TV. I can't believe this got published. Any parent who goes outside with their children could come up with these activities in an instant without needing this book.
 
if by activities you mean conversational pieces...  Jul 25, 2008
This book does NOT provide activities. It's a list of conversational pieces one could have with their children about nature -- mostly just questions. I gave it 2 stars, since some of the questions were good ones. However, I was expecting actual activities I could do with my kids. I judged this book by the cover... and was disappointed.
 

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