Spotting wildlife is a thrill, but it’s not easy. When Cole comes to visit his friend Helena, he can’t wait to see all the wildlife the forest has to offer—and disappointed when all he sees are a few birds. Together the kids set out on a hike and encounter plenty of animal signs along the way. Through observation and her knowledge of animal behavior, Helena helps Cole learn what each of the signs means: something had been there; something had done that.
Been There, Done That tells of two friends, Cole and Helena, who walk through the woods looking for animals. Cole has seen plenty of birds, but not much else. During their walk, Helena points to trees, grass, and other parts of nature to show that something had "been there, done that".
This is a story of what markers or signs can be found in nature to determine what wildlife had been there. Not only does it illustrate what specific clues Helena discovered, it also tells of which animal had been to that specific spot and why.
The "For Creative Minds" section in the back of the book has an Animal Signs Matching exercise that allows kids to match each animal sign or track to the animal that left it. There's also directions on how kids can make their own Cast of Tracks. And, to further educate, there's a section on different animals and what kinds of tracks they make. For instance, you might discover where an eagle's been by looking for white spots on top of dead trees and near the trunks of live trees.
Been There, Done That: Reading Animal Signs is a Spring 2016 book release by Arbordale Publishing.
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