What a delightful way to present the habitats of the world—all in patchwork quilt designs! The comparison of quilt squares joined together to form a beautiful quilt to that of the habitats of the world combined to create our remarkable planet is presented in such a creative way through the illustrations of Consie Powell. As the pages unfold, readers will find themselves immersed in the desert, rainforest, or ocean habitat for example, with the vegetation and wildlife of that particular biome portrayed in the surrounding quilt-like border. Vocabulary such as interdependence, adaptations, and biodiversity are introduced and explained in a simplistic way for young readers to understand. A quilt design with each of its squares devoted to an environmentalist of the world is also presented including Rachel Carson examining ocean vegetation, John Muir exploring the forest, and Jane Goodall observing a chimpanzee. Two pages at the back of the book are full of author tips on how to incorporate this title into different areas of the curriculum. Classrooms and libraries will want to include this title in their science collections. Recommended for children ages 7 to 10.
— Ingram Book Co. (June 2012)
This is not a book for one reading! Like any rich tapestry or quilt, this piece provides numerous places for the eye and brain to contemplate. A dizzying array of plants, animals and habitats accompany the short but intense text on each page. The combination lets children slowly absorb ecological concepts and vocabulary while exploring the depths of each page. While the younger readers might grasp only one or two vocabulary words and mostly enjoy the photos, as they grow they will increase their grasp of the vocabulary. Rated for children 4-10 I can see this book in use for the entire six year period.
— International Wildlife Rehab Council – Kai Williams (Aug. 27th 2012)
Nature and the environment are made up of many things, and appreciating them all is the charm of the world. Nature’s Patchwork Quilt: Understanding Habitats is aimed at young readers to outline the many climates and settings of our world, with full color illustrations of each environment and the critters who call it home. From the oceans to the mountains, Nature’s Patchwork Quilt is filled with plenty to consider for young people interested in nature in all its forms, highly recommended.
— Midwest Book Review (October 2012)
A patchwork quilt is a bed cover that is made using lots of pieces of fabric. When the pieces are sewn together they create a picture or a pattern; the shapes and colors and the designs in the fabric complement one another to make a beautiful whole. Nature is similar. Many animals and plants live together, depending on one another, and making our planet a very beautiful and special place.
Understanding the science of nature can be difficult for young children, but in this book the author finds unique ways to help young readers grasp what a habitat is, how the animals in habitats are interdependent, and how, within habitats, animals and plants adapt to fulfill a “special role, called its niche.”
After a brief introduction, the author looks at some of the Earth’s principal habitats including grasslands, forests, oceans, seashores, and lakes. In each section she explores some aspect of ecology: explaining what food chains are, what camouflage is, why animals adapt over time, what a food web is, and how important it is for animals and plants to have survival mechanisms.
The narrative ends by looking at the role humans play in Earth’s natural world. Children will learn that we humans have created our own habitats, unfortunately often taking over areas that serve as homes for wild animals and plants. Encouraged by the efforts of environmentalists such as Sylvia Earle and John Muir, humans are slowly coming to appreciate that we, just like all animals, need to adapt so that we live in harmony with the needs of our planet and so that we do not harm the plants and animals who share our world.
At the end of the book the author gives her readers tips on how to become an environmentalist, how to learn more about nature, and more.
— Through the Looking Glass Children’s Book Review (November 2012)
Learning about the diversity of habitats for and interconnectedness of living things can be challenging for kids. There are many different concepts to understand. A new book from children and nature publisher Dawn Publications focuses on this topic, and does so wonderfully. In Nature’s Patchwork Quilt: Understanding Habitats, Mary Miché and illustrator Consie Powell use the metaphor of a patchwork quilt to show how organisms are essentially stitched to their habitats, and likewise all our connected to other animals and habitats.
Concepts such as biodiversity, niche, food chain, adaptation, domestication, and extinction (and many more!) are discussed while the artwork abounds with a variety of landscapes, plants, and animals. While reading through the book, my son enjoyed that in some of the representations of different habitats, among the variety of animals shown – as quilt pieces – you can find a person. A woman looking at a tree stump in one, a man looking through binoculars in another; a girl smelling a flower here, a boy exploring under water there. For Patrick, this ensured the understanding that humans are part of nature, not removed or separate from it. Inserting people into the variety of animals shown is a nice touch in this book. Here’s a sample page:
A page near the end of the book also introduces to the reader a number of environmentalists, both past and present. While the names Jane Goodall, Rachel Carson, Edward O. Wilson, and Theodore Roosevelt are familiar, new to us are such nature lovers as Archie Carr, Tierney Thys, William Hornaday, Margaret Murie, and Roger Payne (I am familiar with others that Patrick is not, like David Suzuki, Sylvia Earle, Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Henry David Thoreau, and Aldo Leopold). The last section offers information for teachers and parents, as well as related activities.
Nature’s Patchwork Quilt is an attractive and effective introduction to ecology and environmentalism for children aged 4 to 10. It is well worth having in your classroom library, home bookshelf, or requesting your local library to purchase.
— Exploring Portlands Natural Areas – Michael Barton (October 12, 2012)
This book compares our natural world to a patchwork quilt: “It has many different habitats all pieced together to create our wonderful planet.” It describes life in a forest, desert, prairie, ocean, seashore, lakes and ponds, arctic and high mountain regions, rainforest, and even habitats made by people, such as cities and farms. It also shares the many ways in which people are working to preserve habitats by cleaning up rivers, planting trees, saving animals, writing books, organizing friends, and much more. I love how each page also introduces an important vocabulary word or phrase, such as interdependence, niche, and food chain. The colorful photos and diversity of creatures portrayed will have children leafing through these pages again and again.
These two books are just a glimpse at all of the wonderful books produced by Dawn Publications. You’ll also be happy to know that many of their stories are available as eBooks and/or apps, and they’re converting more all the time! Visit dawnpub.com to learn more. And be sure to pick up their print books for your children’s home and classroom libraries!
— Susan Heim on Parenting Blog (Chicken Soup for the Soul Editor) (Sept 17th 2012)
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 farms. As she does so, she also explains various ecology-related words like interdependence, niche, food chain, adaptations, food web, survival mechanisms, biodiversity, domestication, and extinction. What is your favorite habitat?
Illustrator Consie Powell uses folk-art style pictures of animals and plants, drawn in the fashion of patchwork quilts, to convey the beauty and diversity that are found in these habitats all over the world. The two do an excellent job of introducing environmental concepts to children in an easy-to-understand and age-appropriate way. The book has a couple of pages in the back with “Tips from the Author” on how to use it in an educational way with fun suggestions that pertain not only to science, but also to art, math, and history. In addition, at the publisher’s website there are free downloadable resources and activities for parents, teachers, and librarians. Pages 26 and 27 picture 21 famous environmentalists from the Earth Heroes book series by Dawn Publications, and students might do further research to learn more about some of them. Nature’s Patchwork Quilt would be very useful in nature studies.
— Home School Book Review – Wayne Walker (October 2012)
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 humans, plants and animals call home.
Using the variety of colors and patterns that exist in a quilt, the author compares a quilt to the biodiversity that exists on the planet Earth. Various habitats are used to explain everything from food chains to extinction. The concepts of Nature’s Patchwork Quilt are dealt with in language appropriate for readers ages 4-10 and the illustrations support the text with muted, but colorful images of plants and animals that exist is forests, deserts, beaches and mountains. The author and illustrator even include a city as a habitat where people and some plants and animals co-exist.
The last few pages of the book include suggestions for parents and teachers to take the concepts of the book further by using math, history, music and games. Notable people, such as Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Rachael Carson, that have worked to save the environment and various species are also included.
Although this is a book meant to educate and inspire children of all ages to learn and care for the world they live in, it is also an appropriate book for children who may not be reading yet. There are lots of pictures to look at that include a wide variety of animals and plants in their respective habitats. Preschoolers can look at pictures with adults or older children and talk about the animals that live in different regions of the world. Each page is designed like a traditional pieced quilt such as a Wedding Ring quilt, Log Cabin quilt, Pinwheel quilt or Chimneys and Cornerstones.
With urban development and housing, many of the wild areas of the world have already disappeared. Books like Nature’s Patchwork Quilt are good reminders of what has been lost and what can be saved if people join together.
— Examiner.com – Cindy Rose (July 2012)
I welcomed a chance to review Nature’s Patchwork Quilt: Understanding Habitats because the earth needs to be saved and the best way to do that is to encourage kids to one day become scientists. In addition to that, I just love books about animals and the environment. My own daughter is studying Geology in college, and I can testify that it was books like these that, from an early age, piqued her interest in the subject of studying the earth form. Written by Mary Miche, Nature’s Patchwork Quilt is a simple and clever way to present the many major habitats one finds on our planet.
Each beautiful 2-page spread of the book is visually presented as a quilt, with different plants and animals featured in each patch. The illustrations by Consie Powell are colorful and inviting.
Readers will learn about rainforests, prairies, the Arctic, lakes and ponds, ranches and farms, cities and more. I love the way the author, an environmental educator, weaves important vocabulary words into the text, such as biodiversity, food chain, extinct and more. In the back of the book are Tips from the Author with activities and information about environmentalists and other interesting facts. Nature’s Patchwork Quilt is a great way to introduce your young reader to the world of animals and their habitats.
— Good Reads with Ronna – Debbie Glade (August 30, 2012)
Today, I’m presenting a beautifully written and beautifully illustrated picture book for your enjoyment. The book itself will not be released until September 1st, but there are so many free activities to go along with it, this seemed perfect for Freebie Friday.
Nature’s Patchwork Quilt compares nature to a homemade quilt and does so in a way, I believe, even young children will be able to grasp. This comparison will help children understand how the different ecosystems in our world work, and how all life is intertwined and stitched together in a complex network covering the planet earth.
There are so many fun lessons to incorporate along with reading this book. The author has provided many activities and links to find more if you need it. Are you a teacher who is looking for a new way to present a unit on the environment? Check this book out. Are you a parent, looking for a good interactive book? The pictures in this book can provide hours of wonderful discussions. And look for which ecosystems involve humans. Can you spot the person amongst the wildlife? Look closely.
— The Castle Library – Jackie Castle (August 24, 2012)
The early pages of Nature’s Patchwork Quilt by Mary Miché tell the reader that “Nature is like a patchwork quilt. It has many different habitats all pieced together to create our wonderful planet.” With large pages filled with visual detail, the entire book follows a quilt motif – instead of differing fabrics there are different animals and environments pieced together to help explain how interdependent we all really are. When my husband began reading the book to our four year old daughter he remarked on how much he liked it and I enjoyed it as well.
Consie Powell’s realistic drawings take us through the forest, desert, prairie, ocean, seashore, lakes and ponds, arctic and high mountain areas, the rainforest, and even towns and farms. The farming portion is matter of fact though the depictions are idyllic (open fields, uncaged cows and chickens, etc.) and describes ranches and farms as habitats made by people that were once other types of habitats, adding:
More and more natural habitats are being taken over by human habitats.
When a natural habitat is gone and plants or animals don’t have any place left to live, they die. When the last plant or animal of a species dies, the species is extinct.
I especially liked how children can see their place in the world and the inclusion of a two pages featuring environmentalists show children and adults alike that they can make a difference. In the teaching tips at the end of the book there are ideas for preschoolers and older children to further explore how they too can care for “our Earth.”
— Vegbooks – Homa Woodrum (October 4, 2012)
Just imagine all of nature—mountains, prairies, oceans, and all—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. Here in this beautiful package are revealed the key concepts of natural science. This patchwork quilt of nature covers the whole Earth, your home—yours to learn about, to enjoy, to care for, and to love.
This is a great book teaching children about different habitats, animals, science terms, and how we can take care of them all in a responsible way. At the end of the book, they list other resources, activities and concepts you can use to take learning about habitats to a new level. When you go to dawnpub.com, you can find all sorts of fun activities to go with the book. Since my son loves “I Spy,” we did one of the activities they suggested of finding the hidden kids throughout the book and had a blast with it!
Get your child excited about learning and going back to school with these books! Enjoy!
— Your World Natural Blogspot – Cara Nitz (Sept. 3, 2012)
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 gorgeous artwork illustrations. I could very well picture a kiddo pouring over this for hours just staring at all the pictures and seeing how things work together in their kingdoms. There are bold words for vocabulary emphasis and at the end of the book there is a few pages of activities and suggestions for further learning. While I haven’t heard of these author/illustrator team or this publisher before I’m quite impressed with the digital galley and I think that the actual physical book must be just as impressive if not more so depending on the materials they used to publish it. I’m going to have to look for this one, and right now would not hesitate to recommend it.
— IBPA Net Galley – Margaret Child-CreativeMadnessMama.com (October 9, 2012)
Some of the biggest, most important ideas about how nature works fit gracefully and colorfully between these two covers. In your hands is an accurate and enjoyable interpretation for children of complex natural processes. Nature’s Patchwork Quilt shows respect for diverse ecosystems and how they work together as habitats.
— Tim Merriman, PhD, Exec. Dir., National Assn. for Interpretation (July 2012)
Our first goal as nature educators is to create opportunities for children to be at home with nature and, ultimately, to fall in love with her. How better to celebrate that feeling of “at-homeness” than through the art of the quilt. Combined with Mary Miché’s simple yet engaging prose, this is more than just another picture book. It´s an heirloom, at once comforting and inspirational.
— Nathan Gray, Founder and Co-Exec. Dir., Earth Train (July 2012)
Children have an innate curiosity about the natural world, but its underlying scientific principles can be difficult for kids to understand. This book does an excellent job introducing ideas such as adaptation and biodiversity in an easy-to-understand, ageappropriate way. It’s a must-have for any parent or educator to introduce kids to natural science.
— David Mizejewski, National Wildlife Federation Naturalist (July 2012)