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  • Paperback: 740 pages
  • Publisher: Benediction Classics (Aug. 25 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849020442
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849020442
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 4.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #387,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By A Customer on Aug. 16 1999
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful book for studying ANY aspect of nature (except ocean life.) Thoroughly discusses all details of any living thing that you could dream of...want to know where a cricket's ears are located? How to tell if you have a male/female? What should you feed your cricket? Ever wondered why a lightning bug "lights up"? How can you tell if you have a male or female? Covers birds, fish, reptiles, wild animals, farm animals, pets, trees, flowers, rocks, weather, stars, etc, ETC!!! Many labled diagrams. A GREAT book, and written to fit in wonderfully with a Charlotte Mason philosophy. Geared towards elementary grades and complete with lessons, questions, projects, etc. Over 800 pages of easily understood information. As the original was published in 1911, be aware that the photos are not in color, nor as clear as modern nature guides, but the book MORE than makes up for this in so many ways! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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The Handbook of Nature Study by Comstock is a wonderful book with a lot of great information. It will bring out the love of nature in everybody. Such a great book deserves to be properly published. This printing ("Benediction Classics": red cover with a chipmunk)is aweful. The pictures are hard to make out, some writing are badly printed. It looks like it was simply photocopied! Not only that, but one whole section is missing and there is no index!! There are about 200 pages missing!! I am very disappointed!!
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Have you ever taken the time to learn more about the nature that surrounds us? From a tender age, I always loved discovering the outdoors. Okay, I will admit I am not a huge outdoor fan but I like walking in the woods, observing the birds and seeing the chipmunks scurrying around. And I want my kids to discover more about the nature at camping or just in our city. I try as much as I can to guide them in the observation of life and the creatures living in the woods or even in the backyard (we have two rabbits there!).

I will admit that I had found a free copy of this Handbook of Nature Study on the internet but I had mixed feelings about carrying the iPad in the woods. So I decided to see if I could get a copy of the book through Cornell University Press. I had not heard back from them and I was debating between purchasing it as a hardcopy from amazon.ca. Imagine my surprise one day when I received a package and I had no clue whatsoever what was in it. I opened the envelop and right then and there I realized that it was my copy of the Handbook of Nature Study. Since it's arrival, I am devouring the chapter called "The Teaching of Nature-Study" and I love it.

The book is quite thick - more than 887 pages. But it is packed with information about everything you can find in nature; birds, fishes, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, insects,plants, rocks and minerals, soil, climate and weather, skies and more. There is something for everyone in this marvelous jewel - hum I mean book. For me this book is indeed a jewel in itself as it is opening numerous opportunities to our family. You see we love to camp and we do explore our campground but having this book will help to go on a scavenger hunt and discover the woods a bit more.
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This book was originally written for elementary school teachers with little knowledge of common plants and animals. The book is as helpful and relevant today as it was when first written in 1911---dandelions, toads, leaves and constellations have changed little since that time! Whether you live in the mountains or on a farm with wide expanses of Nature spread before you, or whether your Nature Study involves the bugs and flowers of a small urban backyard, you'll find easy directions and valuable information about studying firsthand the natural world and it's wonders.
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By A Customer on Aug. 28 2003
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We purchased this book for our two little ones and have enjoyed running to get the book when we see unusual and interesting bugs, leaves, etc. outside in our natural wonderland of a back yard! We even keep the book on the bookshelves in the kitchen for fast reference! I have noticed that not everything we have wanted to look up is in the book but not everything can be and we are very pleased with the book as a whole. I do wish there were colored pictures to help me identify certain creatures when I'm not 100% sure "that is it".
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This handbook was written for school-aged children by a professor at Cornell University in New York. The plant and animal life represented is therefore specific to the New York area, but most of these animals can also be found across the northern continental US and southern Canada. There are some useful sections that would apply to Hawaii, but I agree that they are few. For example, it includes Astronomy and Geology. Finally, this book excludes oceanographic studies, so to round off your child's nature studies, you will need to purchase a separate book, such as "The Edge of the Sea," by Rachel Carson. Of course, if you are really serious about nature study, you will probably have several good books on related topics.
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By A Customer on June 10 1999
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While I do not agree with everything the author asserts about teaching methodology, I doubt there is any other book on the market that is as comprehensive as this one. What other textbook can be used with equal effectiveness in both kindergarten and high school? Lessons are short and easy to follow. It covers almost everything including agriculture, wildlife, geology, astronomy, etc. Marine life and oceanography are not included. Some minor flaws. For example, the author confuses selective breeding with evolution theory. However, such flaws can be overlooked and they do not detract from the value of the lessons.
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