Friday, August 24, 2012

Nature's Patchwork Quilt by Mary Miche

Happy Friday dear readers!
Today, I'm presenting a beautifully written and beautifully illustrated picture book for your enjoyment. The book itself will not be released until September 1st, but there are so many free activities to go along with it, this seemed perfect for Freebie Friday.

Nature's Patchwork Quilt compares nature to a homemade quilt and does so in a way, I believe, even young children will be able to grasp. This comparison will help children understand how the different ecosystems in our world work, and how all life is intertwined and stitched together in a complex network covering the planet earth.

There are so many fun lessons to incorporate along with reading this book. The author has provided many activities and links to find more if you need it. Are you a teacher who is looking for a new way to present a unit on the environment? Check this book out. Are you a parent, looking for a good interactive book? The pictures in this book can provide hours of wonderful discussions. And look for which ecosystems involve humans. Can you spot the person amongst the wildlife? Look closely.

Happy Reading,
The Queen.


Author: Mary Miche                                                                         Illustrator: Consie Powell

Book Information:

Publisher and date: Dawn Pubns (September 1, 2012)
Reading level: 4 to 12
Book Info: 32 pages - fully illustrated - 11 by 9
Genre: non-fiction nature picturebook

Curriculum Components: Habitats • Adaptation • Biodiversity • Food Chain

Book Summary from
Just imagine all of nature—mountains, prairies, oceans, and all—lying on your bed as a patchwork quilt! Take flora and fauna in their unique habitats, fold them up and you have a book, this book. Earth’s major habitats are spread before you, ready to be examined. Here in this beautiful package are revealed the key concepts of natural science. This patchwork quilt of nature covers the whole Earth, your home—yours to learn about, to enjoy, to care for, and to love.

The Prairie Habitat page
© Consie Powell,

Activity Adventures:

On the last pages of book, you can find several activities for both homeschooling and classroom use. Click the links below for more ideas.

Young Readers:
Draw your own nature pictures and create a paper quilt. Go to the park, or your backyard and draw what you see.

Classrooms can create a bulletin board of various environments and quilt them together.

Older Readers:
Pick an environmentalist and do research on that person. There are a list of them in the back of the book.

Crafty Ideas:
Print animal pictures, or cut from magazines. Now, play a sorting game by drawing various ecosystems on sheets of paper. Which animals belong in the correct system?

Authors Arena
from Dawn Publications website

Mary Miché has been an environmental educator since 1972, when she began her work in outdoor education schools. She completed her masters degree in environmental education in 1982. She has visited hundreds of schools since then, singing her nature and science songs for children. This book was inspired by her many trips to and concerts in Yosemite National Park. Mary has worked with children in public schools for over thirty years. She is especially concerned with helping children to understand environmental processes and to take care of our earth. Visit her website at

 Consie Powell loves to “muck around in nature’s lovely untidy places,” as she puts it, and then to illustrate the complexities of nature. She has spent
time in all of the habitats illustrated in this book, her trusty sketchbook and a small tin of watercolors in hand. She has illustrated a dozen children’s picture books about nature, seven of which she also wrote. Although she grew up in sunny southern California, Consie now lives in the far north woods of Minnesota with her husband and their Newfoundland dogs. Visit her website at

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