Welcome, young naturalist!
The next time you’re out on a walk with your family or friends, bring this journal, a sharp pencil, and a keen eye along with you. Look up, look down, look over and under, then record what you see. Maybe you can spot some of the same animals that artist Molly Hashimoto has illustrated, or maybe you’ll find others that are native to your part of the world. If you don’t know exactly what an animal is called, try to capture as many details as you can about it. Colors, unique markings, size, sounds, location, and time of day are all interesting details to record in your sketchbook. Then when you get home you can conduct research to find the creature’s common name and scientific name.