Monday, September 17, 2012

Children Learn to Embrace the Natural World with Dawn Publications’ Books!

I’m a big fan of the children’s books published by Dawn Publications. All of them have a nature theme to help children see the beauty and uniqueness of our planet’s animals, plants, and habitats. They were kind enough to send me their two newest books for review. Read on to learn more about them!

Granny’s Clan: A Tale of Wild Orcas
By Dr. Sally Hodson
Illustrated by Ann Jones

Orcas are very social animals, and this beautiful book demonstrates the closeness of an orca family, one that spans four generations. This story is based on a real family of orcas that live in the Pacific Northwest and are headed by a whale called “Granny” who is believed to be about 100 years old. As a family, all of the orcas hunt, play, and travel together. They even cooperate in raising their young. Children learn that orcas need to come to the surface to breathe, how they use echolocation, what they eat and how they get it, and especially how they all rely on each other for protection and survival. This is a beautifully written and illustrated book about a very special orca family that will delight and educate children and their families.

Nature’s Patchwork Quilt: Understanding Habitats
By Mary Miché
Illustrated by Consie Powell

This book compares our natural world to a patchwork quilt: “It has many different habitats all pieced together to create our wonderful planet.” It describes life in a forest, desert, prairie, ocean, seashore, lakes and ponds, arctic and high mountain regions, rainforest, and even habitats made by people, such as cities and farms. It also shares the many ways in which people are working to preserve habitats by cleaning up rivers, planting trees, saving animals, writing books, organizing friends, and much more. I love how each page also introduces an important vocabulary word or phrase, such as interdependence, niche, and food chain. The colorful photos and diversity of creatures portrayed will have children leafing through these pages again and again.

These two books are just a glimpse at all of the wonderful books produced by Dawn Publications. You’ll also be happy to know that many of their stories are available as eBooks and/or apps, and they’re converting more all the time! Visit to learn more. And be sure to pick up their print books for your children’s home and classroom libraries!


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