The Nature Bookclub is back for another round of sharing! Our theme this month is small mammals. Join the linkup at the bottom of this post. There’s also a great giveaway for you, so keep reading.
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While I was browsing the shelves at the library – in between checking to see that Rafe was actually in the playroom and not pulling books from the shelves – I came across Meerkat Mail by Emily Gravett. Forget the whole “don’t judge a book by its cover” thing – the cover was what sold me. Just look at that cute face.
Meerkat Mail is the story of Sunny, a young meerkat who lives with his family in the Kalahari Desert in South Africa. One day he decides he’s had enough of the hot desert life, and goes to visit family members who stay in different environments. In the end, he comes to realise that there really is no place like home.
What I liked about Meerkat Mail was its presentation of factual information about meerkats and their relatives in a fun way. Sunny sends a postcard from every location. The information about each animal is mentioned briefly on each postcard. It’s the bare minimum, which is great for young readers and pre-readers who aren’t interested in mountains of facts. It’s fun for them to try to pronounce the scientific names.
I didn’t want to take too much focus away from our nature study for school (which is still birds) so I thought it would be fun to do an art project for this book. My intention was to paint a desert scene featuring a meerkat, but the girls wanted to copy postcards from the book. So, that’s what they did.
Angie wrote some meerkat information on the back of her postcard. Emmy told me what she wanted to say and I wrote it for her. I wouldn’t trust the postal service with these postcards, so we slipped them into an envelope to protect them.
We actually saw some meerkats at the bird gardens we visited last month. They’re pretty cute in real life. And so, so little!
Welcome to The Nature Book Club Monthly Link Up No 2.
The Nature Book Club is a monthly link up beginning on the 20th day of each month.
It’s a monthly book club devoted to connecting children to nature. There is a theme for each month in 2018. We welcome your nature book and activity related links!
February Nature Theme: Small Mammals
The Nature Book Club is brought to you by these nature loving bloggers! Be sure to follow them.
Here are the bloggers, their choices of books, and activities for the month.
Small Worlds Preschool
The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin – Peg doll squirrel and owl
Rule This Roost
Build, Beaver, Build!: Life at the Longest Beaver Dam – Beaver Dam Building
Our Foray Into Squirrel Taxidermy – Taxidermy
Easy Details to Remember
- Choose an engaging nature book, do a craft or activity, and add your post to our monthly link up.
- The link up party goes live at 9:00 a.m. EST on the 20th of each month and stays open until 11:59 p.m. EST on the last day of the month. Hurry to add your links!
- You can link up to 3 posts. Please do not link up advertising posts, advertise other link up parties, your store, or non-related blog posts. They will be removed.
- By linking up with us, you agree for us to share your images and give you credit of course if we feature posts. That’s it! Let’s party!