How To Read the Wilderness: An Illustrated Guide to the Natural Wonders of North America

Chronicle. Nov. 2022. 500p. ISBN 9781797206868. $35. REF
Known for its charmingly illustrated guide books, the Nature Study Guild returns with a new volume which will assist nature lovers in decoding the stories of the natural world. This sturdy book is not too thick and comes in a 6.5-by-10-inch trim size, making it convenient for explorers to carry with them out into the world. The book is divided into five overarching sections: “Trees,” “Flowers, Fruits, and Ferns,” “Mammals and Birds,” “The Ocean,” and “The Night Sky.” Within each is background information and, most importantly, flowcharts that help the reader to identify what they are looking at and the significance of their find. The vintage illustrations include labels to help differentiate features and functions of flora and fauna in various regions of North America. The text and illustrations combined helpfully delineate and illustrate the differences between similar species, imparting confidence in the novice nature explorer.
VERDICT This affordable, compact, and user-friendly guide is best suited for public library collections. Perfect for casual explorers, seasoned hikers, and students alike.
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