This Book Was A Tree: Ideas, Adventures, and Inspiration for Rediscovering the Natural World is just the right type of book to cozy up with on a chilly afternoon along with some tea… and then become inspired to put the book down and get outside! Written by blogger/mother/ teacher/nature lover Marcie Chambers Cuff, this book is a guide for helping adults to reconnect in small and easy ways with nature and become “modern pioneers,” joyfully reclaiming our connection with the earth and the natural world around
This Book Was a Tree offers great bonding opportunities with kids and teens too, exemplified through the interactive nature of the book: Cuff urges the reader to write down ideas, draw pictures, and check off lists while reading, learning, and digesting the information she puts forth.
Divided into twelve chapters, the book guides readers through nature-based projects, scientific explanations, and musings on modern life and how to live more simply and in tune with our environment. Projects cover a huge range of ages and skill levels, include building a pinhole camera (for the “Change Your Perspective” chapter), constructing a bee coop, creating and maintaining a terrarium, and making seedbombs.
Most of Chambers Cuff’s ideas are not revolutionary, but that’s the point: appreciating, respecting, and partaking in nature is something we have been doing for thousands of years. It’s only recently that our world has become so indoors and technology focused, and This Book Was A Tree aims to gently inspire us to return to our roots. This Book Was a Tree is a lovely guide to bring with you on nature hikes (the author includes common bird call sounds and urges us to identify the ones we hear), or to keep in a well-frequented spot. Her list of seasonal activities to get outside for and the ecological calendar are fun ways to observe our world in its ever-changing glory.
Sprinkled throughout the This Book Was A Tree are fun facts (such as bees having a preference for white, purple, and orange flowers) and inspiring quotes. The book also features Chambers Cuff’s own pen and ink illustrations which will delight readers (young and old) as they page through this work, chapter by chapter.
This Book Was A Tree is written in a pick-and-choose manner, perfect for our busy lifestyles and the changing interests of our families. You don’t have to read it start to finish (though it’s a quick and entertaining read), but by simply picking the projects and ideas that interest you or your children you will be on your way to becoming a modern pioneer. Coming April 2014. In the meantime, check out the book’s beautiful trailer.