STEAM | 10 March 2016Outside, A Guide to Discovering Nature Share article facebook twitter google pinterest This blog post focuses on Outside – A Guide to Discovering Nature, a book designed to highlight ways to find and enjoy the nature all around us, whether you live in the city, the suburbs our the countryside! Winner of the prestigious Bologna Regazzi Opera Prima award 2015, and brought to you in collaboration with a team of Portuguese experts, this book features gorgeous, vibrant pantone inks throughout, designed to inspire you to get up, get out and get active! Outside uses heart-warming illustrations to capture the attention of its young audience, beautifully detailing the almost mystical relationship mankind once shared with nature, and setting up the steps with which we can restore a little of this to our own modern lives. The book is full of fantastic and exciting ways to get back to nature! What’s more adventurous than a nocturnal adventure to the wetlands, where you can actually hear amphibians singing!? Or how about learning where to spot the fastest animal on earth – the Peregrine Falcon – in your own street or town! Aside from all this wildlife, the book also teaches you to examine the environment itself – and the ways in which it shapes our surroundings and our planet. We learn about the trees and how to identify them, flowers and where to find them, as well as a whole lot more besides that. In fact, with the threat of deforestation and climate change now more important than ever, this is a title designed to gently promote the importance of the environment throughout the entire family – in as less an intrusive a manner as possible! The quirky, bold colours utilised throughout the book (as above) bring an element of fantasy to the already humorous and charming depictions and illustrations. But even without the stunning colours used within Outside, trees are incredible things! And can grow to incredible sizes, just look at the below image of the world’s largest tree! This is General Sherman, a giant sequoia tree in the Sequoia National Park, California. He’s 275ft tall and nearly 25 ft in diameter! He’s also between 2,300–2,700 years! Outside is the definitive guide to getting to grips with all forms of nature, delivered in accessible and easy-to-follow chunks and guaranteed to get you out and enjoying the beauty to be found all around us! Now although you might not necessarily be encountering trees quite as large as General Sherman, all trees are incredible living things, and deserve to be respected regardless. Below are some examples of how nature can be found in all different parts of the world, in all different settings! As nature has a tendency to flourish in even the most unexpected of places! Author/Illustrator: Maria Ana Peixe Dias, Inês Teixeira do Rosário, Bernardo P. Carvalho Format: Hardback Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books Buy from an online retailer UK: Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.