Our first adventure Geocaching. We didn’t even know what we were getting into, now we’re completely addicted! Geocache folks, do it, you won’t regret it! Here are a couple of nifty apps from Google Play just for Geocaching: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.groundspeak.geocaching.intro&hl=en and https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=cgeo.geocaching&hl=en
On this day we saw over 40 Cedar Waxwings up close! These birds are so completely secretive that one will never see them easily, it was truly a highlight of this new adventure and I daresay an amazing surprise that will keep us going on more nature hikes!
So, on to my list SO FAR of some of our family’s favorite read-alouds, some of these offer E-Book formats that are either FREE (woohoo!) or VERY reasonable priced on Kindle and NOOK apps. E-Books have been such a great alternative for our family since it’s getting to be us or the books competing for living space in our house! Also, E-Books are terrific for “hoot-owl” readers. 🙂 I will be adding to this list over time.
- Thornton Burgess Bird Book for Children – Thornton W. Burgess: http://www.amazon.com/Burgess-Children-Dover-Childrens-Classics/dp/0486428400/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1429644176&sr=8-5&keywords=thornton+burgess – EBOOK Available
- Parables From Nature – Mrs. Alfred Gatty (This lady has a fascinating bio,*see below): http://www.amazon.com/Parables-Nature-Yesterdays-Classics-Alfred/dp/1599150050/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1429644237&sr=8-1&keywords=parables+from+nature – EBOOK Available
- Owls in the Family – Farley Mowat: http://www.amazon.com/Owls-Family-Farley-Mowat/dp/0440413613/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1429644367&sr=8-1&keywords=owls+in+the+family
- Owl Babies – Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson: http://www.amazon.com/Owl-Babies-Martin-Waddell/dp/0763617105/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1429644481&sr=8-3&keywords=Owls+Babies – EBOOK Available
- Little Red – Norma Doremire: http://www.amazon.com/Little-Red-His-Friends-Yard/dp/1436397618/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1429644559&sr=8-1 – EBOOK Available
- The Boy Who Drew Birds: A Story of John James Audubon – Jacqueline Davies: http://www.amazon.com/Little-Red-His-Friends-Yard/dp/1436397618/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1429644559&sr=8-1 – EBOOK Available
- The Adventures of Grandfather Frog – Thornton W. Burgess: http://www.amazon.com/Adventures-Grandfather-Childrens-Thrift-Classics/dp/0486274004/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1429644748&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Adventures+of+Grandfather+Frog – EBOOK Available
- Big Book of Animal Stories – Thornton W. Burgess: http://www.amazon.com/Animal-Stories-Dover-Childrens-Classics/dp/0486419800/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1429644809&sr=8-1&keywords=Big+Book+of+Animal+Stories – EBOOK Available
- Madam How and Lady Why – Charles Kingsley: http://www.amazon.com/Madam-How-Lady-Charles-Kingsley/dp/1427002274/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1429644885&sr=8-10&keywords=Madam+How+and+Lady+Why – EBOOK Available
*Mrs. Alfred Gatty – via Wikipedia: While many see her interests in literature and science to be independent, she used the combination of children’s literature and scientific curiosity as a way to argue against Charles Darwin‘s Origin of Species. Primarily with the Parables from Nature, Gatty was able to preach to children in a way that they enjoyed that God and nature were never to be treated separately. The publication of the Parables came out right around the same time as evolutionary theories, so her writing was an influence on children’s attitudes towards science. Her writing tended to have a strong moral tone, and often used religion and God to influence the upbringing of children. Victorian children’s literature at the time was designed to teach children lessons and morals rather than capture their attention. With the increased use of illustrations and folk and fairy tales, children were enjoying reading and were enjoying Gatty’s writing.