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Back-to-Nature Books for Independent Readers

Celebrate spring with these outdoor-themed books.
 
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Big Bug Surprise
by Julia Gran Illustrated by Julia Gran
Think DIARY OF A WORM meets OLIVIA....
Introducing Prunella--an irresistibly irrepressible, independent, bug-loving little girl, sure to create quite a buzz!
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Butterfly Eyes and Other Secrets of the Meadow
by Joyce Sidman Illustrated by Beth Krommes
Discover the hidden world of the meadow in this unique combination of poetry riddles and science wisdom.
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Charlotte's Web
by E. B. White Illustrated by Garth Williams

American prose stylist E.B. White presents one of the best-loved stories of all time. And a heartwarming portrait of one of the best-loved pigs of all time.

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Paperbacks : $7.19

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The Prince of the Pond: Otherwise Known as de Fawg Pin
by Donna Jo Napoli Illustrated by Judith Byron Schachner

Having been turned into a frog by a hag, a frog-prince makes the best of his new life as he mates, raises a family, and instills a new kind of thinking into his frog family.

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Rabbit Hill
by Robert Lawson Illustrated by Robert Lawson
It has been a while since Folks lived in the Big House, and an even longer time has passed since there has been a garden at the House. All the animals of the Hill are very excited about the new Folks moving in, and they wonder how things are going to change.
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The Secret Garden
Series: Apple Classics
by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Wonderful. Magical. Secret.

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Paperbacks : $4.99

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Song of the Water Boatman: & Other Pond Poems
by Joyce Sidman Illustrated by Beckie Prange
From spring"s first thaw to autumn"s chill, the world of the pond is a dramatic place. Though seemingly quiet, ponds are teeming with life and full of surprises. Their denizens--from peepers to painted turtles, duckweed to diving beetles--lead secret and fascinating lives.
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Three Rotten Eggs
by Gregory Maguire

Spring has come to sleepy Hamlet, Vermont, and trouble is in the air. The students in Miss Earth's class are supposed to be concentrating on the charity egg hunt, but instead they're fighting with each other. The hunt is a near disaster.

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The Wind in the Willows
by Kenneth Grahame Illustrated by Tim Raglin

When Mole and Rat visit Badger in the Wild Wood, they tell Badger about Toad's problem with buying and smashing up cars.  After Badger decides the friends must lock Toad in his room, an adventure begins for Toad that should change his ways for sure.

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A Kid's Spring Ecojournal
by Toni Albert Illustrated by Margaret Brandt
Use this entertaining activity book to explore nature and participate in enriching springtime projects.
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The Big Bug Book: Discover the Amazing World of Beetles, Bugs, Butterflies, Moths, Insects, and Spiders
by Barbara Taylor , Jen Green , John Farndon

Stunning picture sequences zoom in even closer revealing the metamorphosis of a butterfly, how a spider spins its web, and a wasp community building their nest.

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Bird Songs
by Les Beletsky

Drawing from the collection of the world-renowned Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Bird Songs presents the most notable North American birds including the rediscovered Ivory-billed Woodpecker in a stunning new format.

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The Burgess Bird Book for Children
by Thornton W. Burgess Illustrated by Louis Agassiz Fuertes

Renowned naturalist and author of children's books on wildlife successfully blends information and entertainment in his book about birds, among them saucy Jenny Wren, Redwing the Blackbird, Melody the Wood Thrush, Spooky the Screech Owl, Creaker the Purple Grackle, Downy the Woodpecker, and other feathered friends. Th

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Fun With Nature
by Mel Boring

"Fun With Nature" helps kids discover the incredible world in their backyards.

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Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots: Gardening Together With Children
by Sharon Lovejoy

Plant a pumpkinseed with a child, and cultivate wonder. This simple act of reconnecting with children with nature is Sharon Lovejoy's purpose and joy and gift.

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Sketching Outdoors in Spring
by Jim Arnosky

Another lovely book in which the artist-naturalist shares his pleasure in sketching the world around him.

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