Hello, friends! Our book today is The Nature Girls by Aki, a delightful romp through some of nature’s biomes with an intrepid group of explorers.
The troop of sixteen inquisitive young minds from last year’s The Weather Girls is back, this time to explore the different biomes that can be found on our planet. From the dense and lush rainforest, to dry desert plains, to snowy tundras, the group travels across each biome by boat, plane, dogsled and even a friendly camel. And when they’ve visited them all, they’ll keep on exploring – the world is big, and there’s still plenty to see while sharing good times with friends.
Adorable! I hadn’t read the previous book in this series, but this made me want to pick it up right away; with sweet rhyming text and charming illustrations of a diverse group of young female friends showing curiosity, courage, and a sense of sisterhood, what’s not to love? The actual science of the biomes is not as in-depth as other books on the subject, as some are not even named in the text (though each gets a short paragraph of summary in the backmatter), and the spectrum of wildlife that lives in each is spotty biome-to-biome. However, as an introduction to Earth’s biomes, it gives a nice overview while encouraging the reader to go exploring themselves to learn more. The art is the best feature here, with lovely scenery and heartwarming scenes of the girls enjoying each other’s company, featuring adorable details in the lively (yet never too busy) group scenes. The length is perfect for any age, and JJ loved it. A joyful adventure for the little explorer in your life, and it’s Baby Bookworm approved!
(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)