Out of Doors: a Selection of Original Articles on Practical Natural History

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    MR. WOOD is well known as one of the most Successful popularisers of natural history. He has himself an extensive and thorough knowledge of his subject, as well as a genuine love of it, and his genial enthusiasm cannot fail to infect the minds of the fortunate boys and girls into whose hands his books may fall. The present volume consists of a number of thoroughly readable papers which have already appeared in various periodicals. They are written in an easy, graceful, chatty style; and while apparently trying only to amuse his readers, he manages to convey a great deal of valuable information about animals and plants, especially about such as anyone who likes to take the trouble may observe for himself. Some of the papers are concerned with exotic animals, as in that describing “A January Day at Regent's Park,” in which are contained many facts concerning the inhabitants of the Zoological Gardens. Most of them are, however, about the “common objects of the country,” as is indicated by such titles as “A Sand Quarry in Winter” “Under the Bark,” “My Toads,” “The Children of the New Forest,” “The Repose of Nature,” the last concerned with hybernating animals. In “Medusa and her Locks,” and “Life on the Ocean Wave” (describing a visit to the Crystal Palace Aquarium), “The Green Crab,” &c., we are introduced to the denizens of the ocean. The book is an excellent one to give to a boy or a girl, who, we are sure, would enjoy it, as indeed would many whose boyhood or girlhood is only a sad memory.

    Out of Doors: a Selection of Original Articles on Practical Natural History.

    J. G.

    Wood

    By the Rev. (London: Longmans and Co., 1874.)

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    Out of Doors: a Selection of Original Articles on Practical Natural History . Nature 10, 519 (1874). https://doi.org/10.1038/010519b0

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