“The wildlife and its habitat cannot speak, so we must and we will” – Theodore Roosevelt.
Where in the Wild by Jonny Lambert is an engaging picture book which shows the reader the beauty of different habitats and the animals that live within each one.
On each double page spread we learn about the plants that make the space habitable for the diverse group of animals who choose to make it there home – but there is a great aspect to each page which young children will love.
On each page is a window to another page which shows how some animals can live in two different types of habitats – even when they are quite different – we loved guessing where they might lived the first time we read the book and enjoyed talking about how they can live in both habitats on subsequent occasions.
On each page are colourful pictures of the animals, plants and insects interacting accompanied by rhyming story and also some small facts about different types of animals.
Where in the Wild by Jonny Lambert is a great book to raise awareness about how animals need special places to survive and it is up to us to ensure there are more of these areas – not less.
So what else can you do with this book?
In your local area is there habitat for different animals? Find out who lives here and how they live in this environment.
Can you make your local green spaces better places to live for local animals? Try planting more trees and having less grass or built up space.
Where in the world do large rates of deforestation occur and why? (Geography Link, Numeracy Link)
Explore why people chop down large areas of trees and which country is most responsible – is it the country where the trees are or countries that buy the products or two own the land?
Explore the life cycle of different animals and why they need certain habitats as they change and grow. (Science link)
Which animals in the world can only survive in certain areas?
How many different types of animals are on each page? Explore a favourite of yours and the area they live in.
And – come over and join my facebook group where we discuss how we can help our students and children understand and take action on these big issues!