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Born to Be Wild: Hundreds of Free Nature Activities for Families


By: Hattie Garlick (Author), Nancy Honey (Illustrator)

256 pages, 500 colour photos and colour illustrations

Bloomsbury Publishing

Paperback | Mar 2016 | #228051 | ISBN-13: 9781472915337
Availability: In stock
NHBS Price: £16.99 $21/€19 approx

About this book

Want to save cash, your child's imagination and possibly even the planet? This is the book you need.

Packed with great photos of real families in the outdoors, Born to Be Wild contains easy-to-follow instructions for activities that require nothing more sophisticated than a small person's imagination and access to a little outdoor space. Organised seasonally and then by material, it lets parents skip straight to Spring and then to 'Blossom', 'Grass' or 'Earth' etc. according to their present need.

Everything you need to engage in and create all of its hundreds of activities can be found in your kitchen cupboard. No expensive art supplies or outward-bound kit required. All you need is the 'Toolkit' listed at the front of Born to Be Wild. These ordinary household essentials include recycled food containers, scraps of paper, string, glue and an empty jar or two.

Along the way Hattie Garlick talks to families, organisations, cultures and communities who have rebuilt their relationships with nature with extreme or inspiring results, and introduces scientists, psychologists and other experts who explain why nature matters in our kids' modern lives.


About us
Ten tips
The toolkit
The benefits
A kind of code of honour

Rivers and Streams
Dandelions and Daisies

Shells and Sand

Autumn leaves
Mushrooms and moss

Puddles and rain
Snow and ice
Sticks and stones


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Hattie Garlick is a former journalist for the Times, where she wrote features, comment and news, and now contributes to the Guardian, the Telegraph, the Sunday Times, the Sunday Telegraph's Stella magazine, the Financial Times magazine, and Mother and Baby magazine, as well as to Radio 4's Food programme. Hattie also interviewed all of the 100 Leading Ladies photographed by Nancy Honey for her 2014 exhibition and book.

Nancy Honey has been a professional photographer for over 35 years. She loves photographing people, especially children and teenagers, who she finds refreshing, idiosyncratic and constantly inspirational. Her work has been widely published and exhibited internationally and she has received numerous awards, commissions and prizes. Her monographs include Woman to Woman (1990), Entering the Masquerade (1992), Poodle Parlour (2008), and 100 Leading Ladies (2014).

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