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What’s Wild Outside Your Door? by Peter Wohlleben & Belle Wuthrich

What’s Wild Outside Your Door? Discovering Nature in the City is a non fiction guide to the wildlife that can be found on our doorsteps, especially in more urban environments.

After an introduction from the author we get ready to explore. Suggestions for equipment are given including a rucksack and binoculars plus a gentle warning that some creatures could hurt us if we touch them and some plants may be poisonous. With ideas about how to record our findings and preserve plants we’re ready to go…

The book is split into five sections: Getting Ready To Explore, Adventures In The City, Exploring Close To Home, What You Can Do To Help and Nature All Around You. The pages have a beautiful cream background, the headings are bold and eye catching and clear photos and illustrations are interspersed throughout.

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As well as the main text we love the little sun illustrations which advise children to stay safe in particular situations. Readers are also given ‘Insider Info’ and encouraged to ‘Dive Deeper’ into a concept. The smaller text boxes convey interesting information in easy to read chunks.

There’s a wealth of information in this book which tells us about the many places that you can find wildlife in the city including underground, nestled in roofs and in parks. We were fascinated to read about pocket gophers and raccoons as well as the different kinds of birds that make their homes in cities and the plants that seed themselves in pavement cracks. We love the way that children are encouraged to use their senses by smelling sweet scents and stinky trees and listening to various animals and insects.

Closer to home we are given ideas on growing edible plants including radishes, nasturtiums, herbs and avocados. There are also suggestions as to how you can help wildlife by providing them with snacks and shelter.

Fabulous explanations about the sun, moon and stars and thunder and lightening precede details of fun experiments including electric lemons, making rainbows and a sundial. There are also instructions for making your own compass.

An alphabetical index at the end of What’s Wild Outside Your Door? helps you find information and facts quickly. It’s impossible to mention all the fascinating information and fun activities that are included in this book, it’s such a fantastic resource for introducing children to the city wildlife that lives all around us.

Age Range: 7 +

Author: Peter Wohlleben / Illustrator: Belle Wuthrich / Photographer: Jens Steingässer / Translator: Jane Billinghurst

Thank you to Greystone Books for sending a copy of this inspirational book which also gave us insights into Canadian wildlife.

What's Wild Outside Your Door? by Peter Wohlleben & Belle Wuthrich - Story Snug

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14 responses to “What’s Wild Outside Your Door? by Peter Wohlleben & Belle Wuthrich”

  1. RaisieBay avatar

    What a great book, I can remember spending a lot of time with my kids in our garden seeing what wildlife we could find.

    1. Catherine avatar

      This book can help to instil an appreciation of the natural world. Activities like bird watching, snail racing and planting vegetables are all fun but also free 🙂

  2. Jayne @ Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs avatar

    I love nature books! You can do so many fun activities alongside them.’What’s Wild Outside Your Door?’ looks like a fab book and super interactive too! 🙂

    1. Catherine avatar

      It is a fab book, so full of fascinating information 🙂

  3. Amila avatar

    It is nice to find such books about outdoor and specially about exploring the city. I’d love to read this book with my son because we can easily explore our city neibourhood. Thanks for introducing.

    1. Catherine Friess avatar

      You’re welcome Amila! It’s fascinating to discover just how much wildlife there is in our cities 🙂

  4. Kim Carberry avatar

    What a great book for little ones to learn about the world we live in and the creatures we share it with. x

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s absolutely fascinating. I learnt lots too!

  5. Carol avatar

    I love this book and it covers very important topics of discovering nature wherever we live – even in a big city! #MMBC

    1. Catherine avatar

      I love the way that the book concentrates on city wildlife, it’s amazing how much can be found in urban areas!

  6. mehsi avatar

    Oh, I am really intrigued, it sounds so good! Great review, definitely will have to check out this book~

    1. Catherine avatar

      There is so much more that I could have included in this blogpost, the book is absolutely packed full of information!

    1. Catherine avatar

      It is! So full of fascinating facts and information 🙂