The Observologist: A Handbook for Mounting Very Small Scientific Expeditions

Gecko. Feb. 2024. 120p. Tr $24.99. ISBN 9781776575190.
Gr 3-7–What do a damp corner, wet pavement, and a weedy patch have in common? They are perfectly ordinary places for an observologist to hang out. An observologist is someone who is keen to notice the tiniest and most extraordinary scientific details specific to slugs, earthworms, flies, bees, ants, fungi, and other living organisms known to populate in small, often overlooked natural locations. Award-winning author/illustrator Clarkson’s unique visual representations of over 100 small creatures and their habitats will have readers thinking in miniature while realizing there is no limit to what can be noticed in the world around them. Her technically impressive renderings of earth’s small-to-microscopic creatures are vibrant, lively, and imaginative, while intricate text wraps around an environmental conservation approach that encourages us to observe with our undivided attention.
VERDICT An amusing approach to a traditional field guide, displaying intricate illustrations. Clarkson’s environmental book is well suited for developing naturalists as well as curious observers. It deserves a place of honor on every library shelf and will be a valuable asset in classrooms.

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