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Nature's Patchwork Quilt: Understanding Habitats

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  33 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Just imagine all of nature, mountains, prairies, and oceans lying on your bed as a patchwork quilt! Take flora and fauna in their unique habitats, fold them up and you have a book, this book. Earth's major habitats are spread before you, ready to be examined. This patchwork quilt of nature covers the whole Earth.
Paperback, 28 pages
Published September 1st 2012 by Dawn Publications (CA)
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Apr 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kathryn, Gundula, Abigail, Chandra
Simple explanations of nature's interdependence, executed with the metaphor of a patchwork quilt. Real patchwork patterns are used in the paintings. The simple text could be used with a second grade class. The beautiful pictures can be a little too busy but children will want to pore over the illustrations themselves, to see how many plants and animals they can identify, for example. Unfortunately, there is no key in the book: readers need to go to the website for that, and for m ...more
Adriana Villagomez
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever stepped out in the open air and admired the many different types of animals and living things around you? In the Nature’s Patchwork Quilt, it will inspire you to take a look at nature through a different lens and will give you a glimpse of the many different habitats that this Earth offers. Living in Chicago my whole life, I am only exposed to certain animals and plants on a daily basis, but after reading this book, it made me realize how beautiful other habitats are and the differ ...more
Wayne S.
Oct 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Do you know what a habitat is? Can you guess how a habitat is like a patchwork quilt? A habitat is an area where plants and animals live together. A patchwork quilt has many pieces that fit together, and nature has many different habitats all pieced together. With a brief, simple text, author Mary Miche discusses different kinds of habitats, such as forests, deserts, prairies, oceans, seashores, lakes and ponds, Arctic and high mountain regions, rainforests, towns and cities, and ranches and far ...more
Margaret Chind
Oct 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Margaret by: NetGalley
What a beautiful book this is! (I read an electronic galley format, and would love to have a real copy for our shelves!) I actually stumbled across this looking for something with quilts, but I’m delighted to have made this discovery. Nature’s Patchwork Quilt is a book that I could easily picture being sold in museum and field trip gift shops as well as being using for a nature or ecology class. A definite jewel for homeschool or otherwise.

Every page is fascinating to look at with absolutely gor
Jul 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Although the world seems to be shrinking everyday and society may seem to be growing more global with each passing minute, there is still biodiversity left to learn about and preserve. In a children's book about science concepts, the author and illustrator take on the job of explaining some of the world's various habitats. It may seem like a difficult task, but "Nature's Patchwork Quilt: Understanding Habitats" does an excellent job of educating readers about the beautiful and mysterious places ...more
Mattie Weck
May 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Personal reaction – I love the way this book uses the metaphor of a quilt to describe nature’s interdependence. I also liked how the idea of a quilt is also shown in the folk-style illustrations. The way the book’s format spreads out the habitats so that they can be easily examined by the reader kept me engaged while looking at this book.

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• Read aloud to make a curricular connection: This book would be a great choice to share with a class when learning about habit
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This is a great little book for introducing a variety of animals and their ecosystems. Every page has a variety of familiar and new animals for children to wonder over. There are many different areas and climates within, from oceans and deserts to forests and towns.

The author introduces a great deal of new vocabulary, from niche to phytoplankton, in easy-to-understand terms. All of the animals on the page are related to the new vocabu
May 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Important natural science concepts such as habitats, biodiversity, and adaptation are covered in simple language in this intriguing book. Because the text and illustrations are linked to different patchwork quilt patterns with their own unique but interlocking designs, readers will quickly recognize how the effects of one species or habitat affects another and another. Particularly appealing is how the essential science fact being introduced is in the center of the page with the rest of the desi ...more
Lauren Barone
Most children will love to read this book and learn new things about different habitats all around the world! The illustrations are beautifully done and flow so well with this book. Children will love getting to know the environment around them as well as the different environments around the Earth.
Feb 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful book about animal habitats. This would make a good read aloud if you could share the detailed illustrations too as an ebook or by using some type of projection system. The tips from the Author section in the back of the book has suggestions for some science activities to go along with the book.
Dec 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is great book for fifth graders, it teaches them the meaning of important scientific words. Children can really learn from this book, about habitats. The author was really creative and made children think of habitats like patchwork quilt. This is an awesome book.
Rachel Otting
A book relating habitats and quilts. Explains all the different types of habitats and what makes them unique and different from the other.
Edward Sullivan
Oct 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
A beautifully illustrated introduction to habitats, ecosystems, the food web, and biodiversity.
Aug 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Review to follow - having a mini read-a-thon of children's books trying to get Mt TBR down and clear out my iPad kindle box
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