Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

In The Meadow

In The Meadow

Uwe Linke
Illustrator:  Fabienne Boldt 
Novelty Board Book
For ages 3 to 6
North-South Books, 2007   ISBN: 0735821267

Have you ever been out into a meadow on a warm sunny day, and have you ever got down on your hands and knees to get really close to the flowers and grass, the little beetles, the ants and the other creatures? Well, here is your chance to do just that. With this moving book in hand you will have your own little meadow to explore, and with its built in magnifying glass you will be able to see all kinds of things that you may never have seen before.

All you have to do is to unfold your moving book and off you go. Look through the magnifying glass and tell me what you see. Why, over here there are a pair of snails that are having a snack. Over there I can see a black and red butterfly drinking nectar through its long straw-like mouthparts. If you sit up and look around you might even see the whiffling nose of a hedgehog poking through the grass.

In addition to the beautifully illustrated and carefully annotated moving book, which little children will find very engrossing on a number of levels, the author has also included further information about meadow ecology in a fold out leaflet which is attached to the moving book’s container. Here he describes the life of the firefly, he suggests how one might explore a meadow, and he shows his readers how to make a home-made magnifying glass.

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