When Serea and Kai spend a weekend at their Grammy and Papa’s home, it’s always a time of discovery and fun! Join them as they encounter the wonders of backyard nature, from the microcosm of life under rocks and compost piles, to the joy of learning why thunder sounds scary and rain clouds are black. With Serea and Kai as their guides, children and adults will be encouraged to join in exploring their own backyards in search of those fascinating moments of discovery fostering inquiry learning and the riches of playing in nature.
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What Others are Saying
Robert Pruett, President/Publisher
of Brandylane Publishers, Inc.:
“Dave is a stellar presenter who brings integrity, passion and knowledge to his audiences. He brings his book to life for kids, and as a veteran teacher, also teaches an important lesson to young readers, especially to those who spend entirely too much time in front of digital media. I’m confident that parents and children who attend the expo will learn from Dave’s unique activities, and they’ll have fun at the same time. After 30 years in the business, in my view, few children’s book authors rise to Dave’s level in terms of his commitment and mission to inspire kids to explore the natural world.”
Beth Staebell, Librarian (Amherst Public Libraries):
“The children thoroughly enjoyed Dave Bauer’s Creative Nature Play Program! Taking time out to look around, breathe in the air and observe one’s surroundings is so important in these hurried days of technology. Standing under a tree, picking up rocks, looking up to the sky and down on the ground… hours of play right in our own backyards. I recommend Dave’s program – he will get children thinking and learning about nature in a creative, fun fashion.”
The Midwest Book Review:
“What’s Under That Rock Papa?” is a fascinating series of nature exploration adventures enjoyed by a grandfather and his two grandchildren. There are also story reading and indoor activities with the grandmother and grandchildren who are named Serea and Kai. Based on the actual experiences of the author with his own grandchildren, “What’s Under That Rock Papa?” teaches patient, quiet observation of nature to children. The children call their grandfather “Papa,” and their grandmother “Grammy.” Darkening clouds indicating an oncoming thunderstorm, bugs and insects under a rock, worms crawling in the grass, all these things are examples of nature studies that Papa loves to explain to Serea and Kai. To help them learn to relax and focus in nature, the children’s mom likes to train them to find peaceful spots in nature, sit quietly, and relax their breathing. Kai and Serea enjoy many learning experiences in nature with their Papa, and their mother and Grammy also help them to continue learning from books and daily activities. Enchanting illustrations help depict the mystical nature adventures of Kai and Serea in a whimsical, fun, natural style. At the end of the book is a helpful list of fun suggestions for nature activities and adventures, including visiting a creek, lifting big stones or a log to see what is underneath, making “worm” pancakes, looking for spider webs, fireflies, or frogs or toads, and more. “What’s Under That Rock Papa?” is a great way to begin family nature studies with children.”
Katie Bishop, Grade 4 teacher (St. Mary’s School)
“My students and I recently experienced “Creative Nature Play” through Dave’s storytelling and outdoor expertise. Dave was able to engage the students while sharing his book, “What’s Under That Rock, Papa?” and with hands-on examples. His activities appealed to the three basic learning styles; visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. Through inquiry and investigation, Dave helped the students understand and appreciate the wonders of nature.”
Interested in Purchasing
You can purchase “What’s Under That Rock, Papa?” from local independent book stores and online.
List Price: $19.95