Want to save cash, your child's imagination, and possibly even the planet? This is the book you need. Packed with great photos of real families in the outdoors, Born to Be Wild contains easy-to-follow instructions for activities that require nothing more sophisticated than a child's imagination and access to a little outdoor space.Read more...
Want to save cash, your child's imagination, and possibly even the planet? This is the book you need. Packed with great photos of real families in the outdoors, Born to Be Wild contains easy-to-follow instructions for activities that require nothing more sophisticated than a child's imagination and access to a little outdoor space.
Organized by season and then by material, it lets parents skip straight to Spring, and then to Blossom, Grass, or Earth, according to their present need. Everything you need to engage in all of its hundreds of activities can be found in your kitchen. No expensive art supplies or outward-bound kit required. All you need is the Toolkit listed at the front of the book. These ordinary household essentials include recycled food containers, scraps of paper, string, glue, and an empty jar or two.
Along the way, Hattie Garlick talks to families, organizations, cultures, and communities who have rebuilt their relationships with nature--with inspiring results--and introduces scientists, psychologists, and other experts who explain why nature matters in our children's modern lives."
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-05-02
- Reviewer: Staff
Journalist Garlick, also a mother of two, provides simple instructions for hundreds of activities that parents can do with young children outdoors. This chatty guide is meant as a jumping-off point, as Garlick convincingly shows that wild places contain endless opportunities for fun. The photographs—depicting children focusing deeply on feathers, exhibiting plucky happiness as they galumph through a meadow, or sweetly embracing yoga poses—will make readers of all ages antsy to get started. Garlick begins with a basic toolkit, listing helpful ordinary household items (such as scissors, rubber bands, ribbons, and old cardboard scraps) and including general guidelines for “nurturing nature instead of knocking it about.” The activities are organized first by season and then by material. Spring, for example, includes numerous ways to play with grass (build a nest, make a grass crown, etc.), and the autumn season makes use of acorns and pinecones (build an acorn man, make a conker mobile). Some activities are quick fixes (e.g., roll down a hill); others require an afternoon’s time or a day trip to the beach. Nature and imagination are a potent combination, exposing children to all sorts of delights, and this book provides endless remedies to the indoorsiness of urban life. (May)
Lifestyles: For DIY-minded moms
“Kids, go play outside!” This weary cry is familiar to parents everywhere, perhaps even more so in our sedentary era of technology overload. Here to rally the troops is Hattie Garlick, a mother and writer whose Born to Be Wild is a joyful compendium of all the ways families can explore and play in the natural world together, even if they live in the heart of the city. Garlick’s intro sets a chilled-out, wry tone that most moms will adore (“[T]his book is not telling you what to do. It would not dare.”), and her suggestions for investigating and creating in nature are easily executable with a few household items and tools, making each one either low-cost or free. As she notes, you don’t really need her to tell you how to roll down a hill, but her helpful how-tos for seasonally organized projects like a Jam-Jar Fairy Garden, Moss Collage or Blossom Crown provide welcome inspiration. Garlick’s writing throughout is funny and infectious.
THE STITCH SITCH
A bounty of bright, bold prints and sewing patterns, Sew Happy compiles stylish designs from Karin Ziegler, the creative force behind the popular German lifestyle and fashion brand Blutsgeschwister. Ziegler fancies polka dots, plaid, hounds-tooth, stripes, florals, geometrics and plenty of color: There’s nothing understated about her fun, exuberant clothes. But the designs in this guide are for everyday-wear pieces, from jersey dresses and a fleece poncho to a reversible hoodie and jogging pants with heart-shaped pockets. Comfortable meets fashionably eye-catching—a welcome combination—in Ziegler’s designs, and her bold prints play harmoniously with one another. Sew Happy includes visual step-by-step instructions and begins with a rundown of sewing basics—the tools you need, instructions for patternmaking, cutting and seaming—but this isn’t a novice’s primer. If mom is a savvy sewer who loves playful design, then she’ll have a blast with this book.
TOP PICK IN LIFESTYLES
Mothers of the world, it’s time to ramble freely with open eyes, ears and minds. Keri Smith, creator of the bestselling Wreck This Journal, is back with a new book that grew out of an encounter with an annotated copy of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass and a mysterious, covert organization that “holds a belief in the intrinsic power of wandering as a way to transcend the problems of modern society, access a higher plane of consciousness, and participate in direct experiences of everyday life.” The Wander Society follows Smith’s attempt to gather Wander Society ephemera and articulate its tenets, thereby marking a trail for others to follow—er, wander. An artful assemblage of images and text introduces readers to a lineage of famous wanderers, and then instructs them in a “detective hunt of sorts.” Curious and bewitching, this book serves as an antidote to modern consumer culture and a gateway drug to the poetry of Whitman, the “Bard of Democracy” himself.