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The Bumper Book of Nature: A User's Guide to the Outdoors

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  49 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
When was the last time you climbed a tree? Picked blackberries? Held a snail race? Made maple syrup candy, an old-fashioned quill pen from a bird feather you found, or a plaster cast of an animal track? If the answer is "can't remember" or quite possibly "never," The Bumper Book of Nature will inspire you to get outdoors and enjoy the very best kind of free entertainment f ...more
Hardcover, 257 pages
Published June 15th 2010 by Harmony (first published April 2nd 2009)
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I got an uncorrected proof of this book through the Amazon Vine program. Overall it is a great book and gives you some interesting information and activities to do outside. It is aimed at kids, but as an adult I found some of the information included to be interesting.

This book is broken into five sections. The first section talks about things you can do in nature all year round; then there are sections on spring, summer, fall, and winter. The content of each section is somewhat random: info on
Suzanne Barrett
Mar 21, 2011 Suzanne Barrett rated it it was amazing
Stephen Moss hits a home run with this useful and charming book of activities for children and adults alike. My copy is an Advance reading Copy, but the retail edition will be chock full of whimsical color illustrations by Patricia Wynne.

The dedication sets the tone: "For David and Martine Osario for allowing us to be free-range children instead of cotton-wool kids." Doesn't that make you just want to dive in?

The book is divided into sections titled: All Year Round, Spring, Summer, Fall and Wint
Sarah Sammis
Feb 15, 2014 Sarah Sammis rated it it was ok
Recommended to Sarah by: Karissa
The Bumper Book of Nature: A User's Guide to the Great Outdoors by Stepehen Moss

The book is beautifully crafted but it is flawed. Essentially it's written to recapitulate the author's child (with a heaping of load of "kids these days" condensation). So it starts with the insulting introduction to parents who are too stupid to let their kids play out back (or even to know what grows near them) and moves on from there. While the book contains some lovely color pages of "typical American" flora and
Nov 07, 2010 Myra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fabulous little book full of all those things I did as a kid but that many children never get to experience these days. It includes things like catching butterflies, making leaf rubbings, making daisy chains, seeing who like butter using buttercups, identifying wildlife, and hatching tadpoles. Aimed at probably late elementary and middle school children (although my library has it cataloged in adult non-fiction), it is broken down into seasons as well as a section of activities that ca ...more
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This nature guide is appealing in format and organization. It provides quick-reference guides to a variety of natural elements, and creative outdoor activities to fill each season. Moss includes both urban and natural settings in what he discusses, providing ways to interact with nature in both.

A great recommendation for kids who love the outdoors, perfect for families planning camping trips, and also useful for programmers of outdoor activities for ki
I do like this; I definitely think nature-based activities are wonderful. It's geared toward children despite not being in the children's section of my library. I wish I could find something like this geared toward the Pacific Northwest as books like this are so often geared toward the eastern United States (and why?! Our nature is wonderful!!!). There's a lot of interesting ideas and information in here alongside commonly known facts, but it all looks very nice and is all very nicely done. A go ...more
Jan 06, 2013 Lici rated it it was amazing
We picked up this book from the library and I just fell in love with it. Sometimes our family gets so bogged down with our daily junk that we forget to put in time doing what we really love, getting outside. This book reminded and motivated us to get out there. It has charming illustrations, good activities and identification pages that would be great to use as scavenger hunts.
Anna Marie
This family friendly book is full of facts and activities to help you enjoy nature. It overviews everything from identifying basic trees and plants to understanding bird calls. The information was sometimes repetitive, and the topics were sometimes all over the place, but overall it was a cute book and would be a great project for a family with small children.
Aug 25, 2011 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was such a neat book, with tailored illustrations and lots of fun suggestions for getting outside. The text does seem to be aimed at children, but that did not take anything away from the usefulness of the book. If I was still teaching, I would have a Nature Table in my room!
Jan 11, 2011 Kate rated it liked it
Shelves: skimmed
They should have put this on the kids' shelf at my local library, but I'm glad I found it so I could flog it to my kids. In the vein of the "Dangerous Book of (whatever) for (Boys/Girls)" and chock full of neat ideas and good nature info.
Elizabeth Lund
May 30, 2016 Elizabeth Lund rated it liked it
The audience (child or adult, US or British?) was somewhat unclear. But I enjoyed it enough to read it the whole way through.
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Lots of great ideas for kids AND adults
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Good, not by style.
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Sep 10, 2011 Chelsea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: random-groovynf
I adore this. If only there were all the time in the world to explore the outdoors...sigh
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