Wind’s Woodland takes the reader on a whirlwind adventure through a nearby woodland. Accompanied by a moustached beetle, a peculiar wind, and a curious dog, children learn about nature’s connections from creepy-crawlies in the soil to the kooky sounds of the woodpecker to the ways the sun feeds the earth. The watercolor images and whimsical words of the story are followed by an educator’s guide to related place-based lessons. Parents or teachers can use the story as an introduction to important environmental topics such as observations, life cycles, and adaptations using the step-by-step guide featured as an appendix.
About the Author
Leoncia Cruz is the founding Environmental Education Specialist at The Nature as Teacher Preserve for Education. She designs and implements nature-focused programs for people of all ages. These programs align with the South Carolina State Educational Standards and provide opportunities for exploration, inquiry, and creativity. Cruz also develops programs for home-school groups and community groups that blend established interests with nature themes.