Put On Your Owl Eyes: Open Your Senses & Discover Nature’s Secrets; Mapping, Tracking & Journaling Activities Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-05-28 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings

"Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this advanced look into this book in exchange for an honest review.

More than activity book, Putting on your Owl Eyes, is an adventure. Whether your child is an explorer or a Saturday afternoon reader, this book can provide hours of education and seemingly endless adventures.

The author shares her experiences outdoors through the eyes of several animals from the places they habitat. She encourages our children to start in their own backyards before venturing further into their communities is genius. Her suggestions for drawing, journaling and reflecting provide a nature connection that can be shared by your entire family.
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"Put on Your Owl Eyes: Open Your Senses & Discover Nature's Secrets; Mapping, Tracking & Journaling Activities by Devin Franklin is currently scheduled for release on May 14 2019. This book is intended to help readers see the natural world around them with brand new eyes. It will teach them to follow its signs, hear its language, and understand its secrets. The book is written by expert environmental educator Devin Franklin, for kids aged 8 to 13 to read and build their own relationship with nature. From the Six Arts of Tracking (Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How) and making a habitat map to walking in smooth silence like a fox and learning the basics of bird language, exploration exercises lead young readers on a fascinating journey of discovery as they watch, listen, map, interpret, and write about the sounds, sights, scents, and patterns they encounter. There are journaling prompts, map-making activities, and observational tracking pages throughout.

Put On Your Owl Eyes is a book that offers personal accounts from the author, inspiration for readers to slow down and notice the wonders of nature, and activities and challenges that can help keep them engaged and interested. I really liked the balance between the personal stories, activities, and information. I think some readers with be skimming over some of the terminology that is explained, as if they are already interested in nature and the environment they will already know the vocabulary, however I am glad that the explanations are there because newcomers to the terms might feel left out or discouraged with out those explanations. It will encourage engaged readers to do further research and explorations- which is the point of the book. The photographs and text are well balanced, keeping the interest and focus of the reader moving. The journal entry spaces and writing prompts might be small for some readers, depending on their writing ability and style, but that is hard to judge since I was reading a digital copy rather than a paper edition which might be larger than I picture. As a whole I think this would be a fantastic read for middle graders that love the outdoors and want to learn more about nature, or have a reason to spend time outside exploring. I like that the activities can be revisited continuously and some are designed to become part of a routine. I also like that at the end of the book there is a message of accomplishment and encouragement to continue for readers, and a list of organizations in a few states that could be good resources for readers.

Put On Your Owl Eyes is an interactive guidebook for middle grade readers. It is not a book to sit and read through; it is a book to explore, fill with experiences, and return to as desired.
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"I am not 100% sure that we at the library I work at are going to purchase this book, but I also work for an outdoor education facility and we definitely have put this book on our radar to but when it is published for a wide variety of uses with our displays, hand outs, camps, and educational programming. A lot of these were concepts I was already familiar with personally but the book does a great job of breaking this down for younger readers or for a child and parent who maybe are not experienced with outdoor exploration as much. I really enjoyed the format of this book and think it's a great resource for getting our youth back involved with and inspired by nature!" said.

" You can tell that this book is written by an expert educator. Put On Your Owl Eyes is a guidebook for children who want to explore the everyday nature around them. The book brings details to life and encourages kids to experience nature with as many senses as possible. There are several activity pages, which may prove challenging for library collections, but will be a huge asset to elementary school teachers. " said.

" I am reviewing this book for Devin Franklin, Storey Publishing, and NetGalley who gave me a copy of their book for an honest reviewI’d have loved this as a child as I was well into the outdoors and wanted to know everything. It would have helped me busy away the long summer holidays. It is chock full of ideas and activities which can be done.Quite a bit of info so I reckon it’s for the junior aged children but it will certainly inspire kids to get out and about. " said.

" As a homeschooling mom this is a great book to add to our library. We love to do nature walk, hikes, and studies and this works perfect. " said.

" This is a very good book for kids about exploring our nearby nature. I wish I would have had such a book when I was a kid. This is very informative. I loved the activities. Definitely a thumbs up.Note: I received a free e-copy of the book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Special thanks to the author and publisher for giving me a chance to read it. " said.

" I received a digital ARC from Storey Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review:This is a wonderful tool for kids to use to study, reflect on, and appreciate their natural surroundings. The stories shared struck a deep cord with me, and the exercises were thought-provoking and meaningful to the work this book requests of its reader. I hope this gets in many hands. We need more awareness and reflection in the world. " said.

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