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Dianne Hayley and Pat Wishart
Illustrated by Jo-El Berg
Edmonton, Lone Pine Publishing, 1993.
170pp, paper, $14.95, ISBN 1-55105-038-2.
(Knee High Nature series). CIP

Subject Headings:
Nature study-Canada-Juvenile literature.
Winter-Canada-Juvenile literature.
Creative activities and seat work.

Grades 4-8 / Ages 9-13

Reviewed by Peter Croskery

Volume 22 Number 4
1994 September

Several years ago, when I reviewed the original "Knee High Nature" Alberta series, I strongly recommended the acquisition of the four seasonal publications. Since that time, authors Hayley and Wishart and illustrator Berg have revised their original winter theme book in an attempt to improve on their earlier publication.

Keeping with their earlier format, the publication is coil bound, 8 by 10 inches, and covered with a heavy-duty paper cover. This time round, the printing has been done with blue ink, making the pages "softer" to the eye. It is also forty-seven pages longer, meaning more information and more activities are included.

In the original publications, each section ended with a bibliography and recommended reading list. For the newer release, these have been removed, with all bibliographic information combined together at the end of the book. (And there is no supplemenltary reading list provided.) For this kind of publilcation these are not seen as positive changes.

Added to the new edition are sections on hibernation, winter nights, snow and ice, and staying warm, to name but a few. Dropped in this publication are activities involving catching mice and moles. Collectively, these changes amount to less than 25 per cent new material.

As I reported in my previous review, the "Knee High Nature" publications are recommended for any adult interested in working with children. I still feel this way. However, if you have an earlier edition, it's not necessay to replace it with this new release.

Peter Croskery is a biologist, freelance writer and instructor specializing in environmental issues in Grimsby, Ontario

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