From fungi, to algae, to stamens, and the general importance of plants to humans, the study of botany brings to light amazing connections between us, and our natural world.
But the process of leaning about this area of science can be a bit challenging, if one is homework phobic, or is a more visual learner (like this blogger right here).
I like to know where I am in the world and how I relate to that place or thing, I'm pretty sure I came into the world that way (my mother can tell you lots of embarrassing stories). This made my early years a bit difficult for those around me, but as I've grown up, its translated into a love of science. First geology, and more recently, botany. That's how I found this gem of a book, The Botany Coloring Book, by Paul Young.
Filled with just about everything you need to know about plants, their parts, how they reproduce, and what makes each kind unique makes this book a great leaning tool for anybody, young or old. But the best part, its a coloring book. Yes you heard that right, a coloring book.
To look at a sunflower bud, like the one above, and to name each part and why its there, and what is does is no easy task. But add in layers of learning like vocabulary, step-by-step explanation, visual association, and a self created review sheet, and this complicated science is made simple and fun.
The writing of the book is not difficult to understand, but may be a bit advanced for younger readers. I will say though that if a parent/guardian/teacher read and worked alongside a younger child, there isn't anything the two couldn't work out together.
I wish I had had a book like this when I was leaning about botany in school, and for every other subject for that matter.
I mean really, what's more fun than a coloring book?
P.S. The winner of our The Adventurer's Guide to the Outdoors giveaway is Tanja who wrote:
"So cool! The perfect book for my two young scouts!"
Thank you to everyone who participated!
* Last time in Boos and Stories: The Adventurer's Guide to the Outdoors