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On Our Nature Walk
Our First Talk About Our Impact on the Environment
By (author): Dr. Jillian Roberts Illustrated by: Jane Heinrichs Foreword by: Bob McDonald
Dr. Jillian Roberts ,

Illustrated by :

Jane Heinrichs ,

Foreword by :

Bob McDonald


Orca Book Publishers - Victoria



Product Form:


Form detail:

Picture book, Sewn, Paper over boards, Printed dust jacket
Hardcover , Picture book, Sewn, Paper over boards, Printed dust jacket


Juvenile: Age (years) 6 - 8, Grade (CAN) 1 - 3, Grade (US) 1 - 3, Reading age 6 - 8
Mar 03, 2020
Print Run: 10000
$19.95 CAD


8.5in x 10 x 0.38 in | 460 gr

Page Count:

32 pages


25 Colour illustrations , 30 Halftones, color
FSC certified – mixed sources C023083
Orca Book Publishers
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Environmental Conservation & Protection
Children’s / Teenage social topics: Environment, sustainability and green issues|Children’s / Teenage general interest: Nature, animals, the natural world|Interest age: from c 6 years
North America
CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection 2020, Commended
  • Short Description
Young readers are introduced to environmental issues in their own neighborhoods in this illustrated nonfiction picture book.
What’s your impact on the environment around you?

A gentle introduction to the important topic of the environment.

Crafted around a conversation between a grade-school-aged child and an adult, this inquiry-focused book using age-appropriate language and tone will help children shape their understanding of the natural world and how they participate in protecting it. Dr. Roberts starts the discussion with the types of pollution and trash that children might notice on a nature walk or a trip to the beach, how they are caused and how to work to improve things in their own lives and communities.

The World Around Us series introduces children to complex cultural, social and environmental issues they may encounter outside their homes, in an accessible way. Sidebars offer further reading for older children or care providers who have bigger questions. For younger children just starting to make these observations, the simple question-and-answer format of the main text will provide a foundation of knowledge on the subject matter.

Key Selling Points

  • This book discusses the environment through an organic conversation starting with a common observation and continuing with follow-up questions that would naturally come from a young child. Sidebars define larger concepts for further discussion with older or more curious children.
  • Contains a foreword by Bob McDonald of CBC’s Quirks & Quarks.
  • Subjects discussed or defined include littering, pollution, natural resources, human impact, sustainability, innovation and renewable resources.
  • On Our Nature Walk includes profiles of young innovators who are making a difference for the planet, including Ann Makosinski, Deepika Kurup, Param Jaggi and Greta Thunberg.

Dr. Jillian Roberts is a child psychologist, author, professor at the University of Victoria and mother of three children. Considered a go-to child psychology expert for journalists, Dr. Roberts is a regular contributor to HuffPost, Global News and CBC. She is the author of two bestselling and award-winning series of children’s books: the Just Enough series explains topics like birth and diversity to children ages 3–6, while the World Around Us series introduces kids ages 5–8 to issues like poverty and online safety. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

Contributor Website

Jane Heinrichs is a children's book writer and illustrator. She is the author/illustrator of the hybrid graphic novel Every Home Needs An Elephant. Jane starts her day at a clear desk with her huge sketchbook (for books) and her tiny sketchbook (for daily drawings) but usually ends up sitting on the floor, surrounded by a collection of paints, pencils and papers. She lives in the UK with her family.

Contributor Website

Bob McDonald has been communicating science internationally through television, radio, print and live presentations for more than 40 years. He is the host of CBC Radio's Quirks & Quarks, the award-winning science program with a national audience of nearly 500,000 people. He is also a regular reporter for CBC Television's The National as well as Gemini-winning host and writer of the children's series Heads Up!.

“The Q-and-A format works to bring in different topics...Accessible and informative.” - Kirkus Reviews

“The text is informative and manages to treat weighty issues seriously without being too scary.” - Booklist

“A useful resource to spark conversations...Encourages collaboration and innovation. Highly Recommended.” - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“Provides readers with a broad perspective of our natural world and how we relate to it daily…Added illustrations are drawn in a realistic style that engages the reader.” - School Library Connection

“To young people who are trying to help the world, she covers a lot of ground and does it well.” - Kiss the Book blog

“Accessible and inspiring, this is a worthwhile introduction to an essential topic.” - School Library Journal

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