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Outside Your Window: A First Book of Nature

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  637 ratings  ·  124 reviews
This gorgeously illustrated volume of poetry — sprinkled with facts and fun things to do — sows an early love for nature in all its beauty and wonder.

The buzz of bees in summertime. The tracks of a bird in the winter snow. This beautiful book captures all the sights and sounds of a child’s interactions with nature, from planting acorns or biting into crisp apples to studyi
Hardcover, 108 pages
Published February 14th 2012 by Candlewick
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Jun 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
GORGEOUS! I heart everything about this nature book. It's poems, the illustrations (!!), the paper it is printed on, and the earnestness in which it endeavors to interest children in nature. Well-done!
4 stars.

Wow. So much in this little book. More than I expected and a very good one if you are interested in nature and the 4 seasons.
Laura (Book Scrounger)
A beautifully illustrated collection of short poetry (mostly free verse) about various aspects of nature, organized by season. Full review here:
Apr 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Stunning illustrations. I don't know about the "first book of nature" subtitle- some of the material seemed a little sophisticated for that. I expected it to skew younger with that subtitle...
Patricia Powell
Oct 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
“Outside Your Window: A First Book of Nature” by Nicola Davies and illustrated by Mark Hearld (Candlewick 2012) is a stunning work.
The 110 page picture book progresses through the seasons, starting with spring. The poems are simple and straightforward for the most part. Which makes the author’s occasional metaphors and similes light up her poems.
The spectacular art, which we’re told is mixed media, draws you into the author’s observations of each poem. By the look, I’d say the artwork is a coll
Apr 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I must admit that I don't read a lot of children's poetry, but one of the things I've been trying to do is broaden my appreciation of children's books in general. I fell so in love with the illustrations & design of Outside Your Window that I ended up reading the poetry and not just the illustrations. While I try not to buy too may books, I kept going back to pick this one up and reasoned that if I waited to have children, it would probably be out of print, so if I loved it (and I do!) I had ...more
Emily Valenti
Aug 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
When my former colleague brought this book into school I fell in love with the beautiful illustrations and knew I had to buy it. Each and every page is rich with an exciting new landscape waiting to be explored through the poems and artwork. With its short verses and stunning illustrations in a sturdy hardback cover this book would be a joy to read to any class (Rec, Y1) where everyone can join in the experience. It would be valuable for a ‘Countryside’ topic as it could help to cover many aspec ...more
This is a lovely book that I shared with my granddaughter who is kindergarten age. She loved the first few poems that we read, but she lost interest rather soon. I don't think it was because of a poorly written book as much as it was her age and interest in the subjects. I think that her older brother would have liked it better because he is older and because he likes science. The information is presented in free verse poems. I enjoyed the language in many of them, but found some of them more li ...more
Jan 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Explore nature through the seasons in this lush book of poetry that starts with the first moments of spring with melting icicles and the green shoots of bulbs. Summer is filled with butterflies, chickens, baby birds and bees. Autumn comes with leaves, wind, geese and acorns. And winter ends the year filled with snow, deer and ducks. The poems range from merry verse with lighter tones to atmospheric pieces that make you stop and think. It is this range of moods and depth that makes the book so ve ...more
Apr 30, 2012 rated it liked it
The poems are lovely and the pictures have great depth. It's subtitled "A First Book of Nature" which in my mind indicates a very young audience but this book is far to sophisticated for that age group, the size is also awkward for small hands.
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
Somehow I didn't realize that this is a book of poetry around the theme of nature. Lovely book just in time for National Poetry month.

Edward Sullivan
May 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, nature
A beautifully illustrated collection of poems celebrating nature organized by the four seasons.
Read-Aloud Revival recommendation for April picture books. One of my favorite children's book to date. The hand-lettering, the illustrations, the range of nature study content...everything in this book is well-done and gorgeous. The book itself would be an amazing volume to add to a home library. We found our copy at the library, but I'll definitely be purchasing one.
Micha O'Connor
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, picture-books
A hefty volume worthy of ownership, or at least multiple checkouts from the library! This volume of poetry is divided among the seasons with titles such as “Lamb’s Tails” and “Five Reasons to Keep Chickens” for any occasion. Perhaps it will even inspire little poets to write their own works about the world outside their windows.
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
The artwork is gorgeous and how each page is filled with season related poems and paragraphs about nature. I loved every page.
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful book. The art and the poems truly captured the essence of each season. It made me reminisce fondly of my less complicated and less media driven childhood.
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
Such a sweet book for beginning readers or read-to's. Nature introduction at its finest.
Feb 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: nature, picture-books
Beautiful artwork by Mark Hearld. The text was not very engaging.
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, je
This is about the four seasons. My daughter loved the illustrations.
Gwenn Wright
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous book, both the illustrations and the thoughtful prose. Our three year old was so drawn to the pictures. I want our own copy.
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Inspiring mixed media artwork -- a gorgeous book. Full of science, poetry, and beauty. A must for getting little ones curious about nature.
Benjamin Smith
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
A wonderful book. Beautiful illustrations and lovely poetry.
Julie Rand
Oct 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-book
The first thing I noticed about this book was the size. The large format lends itself to the beautiful illustrations and the subject matter: the breadth and wonder of nature.

The opening pages are just as inviting as the collage image on the cover and include a page on which the child can write his or her name. Through a series of poems organized by season, Davies invites children and their caretakers to experience nature using all the senses of sight, smell, feeling and sound. Reading the poems
Meghan Collins
I have to start by saying the illustrations in this book are amazing! This book is a first look at nature, and the illustrations did just that. They are so descriptive and take up the entire page. While a teacher is reading these poems to students, they are becoming involved in these stories because of the illustrations. For the younger students, these illustrations will really help them comprehend what is being read to them. I loved this book for this reason, and this is what resonated with me ...more
Michelle Murphy
Oct 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"Outside Your Window: A First Book of Nature" written by Nicola Davies is a dazzling read in it's lyrical presence and it's brilliant illustrations. Written in free verse poetry, this book follows the seasons and observes it's patterns and changes. Eyeing stars, birds constructing nests, apples ripe for fall, snow falling all around and other naturally occurring developments are all beautifully described and cataloged.

This book is for young readers, especially readers who are interested in poetr
Iowa City Public Library
Nicola Davies is a zoologist and an award-winning author who’s written many books for children. Of writing Outside Your Window, she says, “I cast off my grown-up self and found the me I was at five or six. From inside that younger self I could see the world as I saw it first–not just the sights and sounds of nature but also the feelings and the thoughts about it that ran through me, strong as the tide. This book comes to you from that little girl, who sat in a barley field at dusk and felt the w ...more
Dec 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Lovely and graceful poetry, accurately evoking all of the feelings of being outside during all four seasons. During the spring poems, I could hear the rain, during the summer poems, I could practically feel the warmth of the sun on my face (though maybe that was the building's heat going a little overboard...). I could feel the fall's crisp air and taste its delicious treats, and winter feels warm and cozy from inside.

I especially loved the Pond Dipping poem - makes me feel like I am 10 years ol
Apr 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
It's rare indeed to find books of children's poetry so enormous these days. The 58 poems in this collection pay homage to the seasonal wonders of nature with 14 poems celebrating spring, 18 extolling the wonders of summer, and 14 focusing on fall. Poor winter only elicits 12 poems. There are free verse poems here as well as rhyming lines, but most of all, the lines remind readers to pay attention to the intriguing natural world that lies just outside their windows. There are wonderful sensory im ...more
Dec 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Such a busy week with company and wonderful Christmas celebrations. I’m trying to read all the poetry nominations for the Cybil’s awards before I am given a list of the finalists for the 2nd round judging. This time I found Outside your Window, A First Book of Nature by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Mark Hearld. It’s a beautiful compilation of poems and information about nature through all the year, beginning with spring. This will be read over and over to young ones, showing them different asp ...more
Mar 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, picture
This beautifully written and illustrated collection of poems follows the changing seasons and introduces children to natural processes like bulbs sprouting in spring and dandelions turning to seed: (“Dandelions bloom like little suns./but the flowers don’t last long-/they fold up like furled umbrellas pointing at the sky”). Zoologist and author, Nicola Davies evokes the feel of each season with concise and observant free verse: “Winter is a slow, low time. Everything/is hiding from the cold; jus ...more
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