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I Love My World [Paperback]

Chris Holland
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Book Description

23 Mar 2012
""This book is a must"" Michael Morpurgo I love my World is a new guidebook to rekindle the naturally playful spirit and develop a deep connection with nature from an early age. Full of bushcraft, environmental art, nature awareness and outdoor play activities, as well as mentoring tips and beautiful images, this book will make you want to pack your bags, step out and celebrate our wonderful world. It's for parents, outdoor educators, play rangers, forest school leaders, teachers, aunties, uncles...in fact anyone with a love of our world who spends time outdoors and enjoys sharing it with other people. There is a slideshow of the images in the book, many in colour at www.wholeland.org.uk. Signed copies available for £15.95, inc. postage, from Chris's website www.wholeland.org.uk

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Product details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: wholeland press; 2nd edition (23 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956156606
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956156600
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chris Holland is a leading inspiration in the field of nature connection and creative outdoor learning for families, schools and businesses in the UK and increasingly worldwide. He has a BSc in Environmental Science, has been involved in outdoor learning for 20 years, and became a self employed educator in 2001. He is an author and prize winning photographer and a "world class" didgeridoo player too. Chris has many things in his teaching bundle including a natural talent for working with groups of people, telling stories, sharing bushcraft skills, foraging, creating environmental art and playing the didgeridoo. He feels very proud because his first book, a playful hands on nature connection guidebook called I love my World, "is a must" according to children's laureate Michael Morpurgo. His latest project, The Natural Musicians is at the creative edge of nature connection and musical composition.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book! 15 Sep 2009
At first hold 'I Love My World' seems like a slim volume, and certainly slips comfortably into the hands. Deceptively, however, it comprises a fulsome 200 pages and manages to cover an extensive array of topics drawn from bushcraft, outdoor education and environmental play. In fact, it's really two books neatly rolled into one: a wide-ranging compendium of activity ideas for creatively teaching, mentoring and playing with children in the great outdoors, alongside words of gently distilled wisdom about how we can each live in closer harmony with the natural world. It succeeds in engaging at both levels. As a children's work practitioner, I immediately wanted to stuff the book in my coat pocket and head out into the woods to try out some of the activities for myself. There's plenty of new material that caught my eye and tickled my enthusiasm: Follow that log, Fairy plates, Elephant walk and Tribal wheel maps just for starters. But as I've dippped into the book again and again, it's the knowledge, ethos and attitude of the author that really shines through. Here is someone that genuinely believes in the value of what he does - sharing the joys and bounty of nature - and can communicate this with the both extensive first-hand experience of the wild and with the freshness of someone who understands children and their inherent playfulness. He uses some lovely language through the book too, phrases such as 'lost-proofing', that describe important concepts with appealing good-humour.

The book is usefully split up into 11 main chapters and further easily digested sub-headings. In particular the format of the activities is helpful and accessible, split into three parts: Ready (the underlying concept), Get set (what equipment and materials you need to prepare) and Go!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love My World 27 Feb 2011
By Diane
Dear Chris

I'm a recently qualified Forest School practitioner and must tell you what a valuable resource your book has been to me over the past year.

It all makes so much sense, every session I have used it to plan from has ended up being both inspirational to myself and my groups. So much so that I have planned a whole years programme from Early Years up to year Four around it.

Many thanks for passing your knowledge on in such a lovely way.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars inspiring 26 Aug 2009
By V. Mew
A worth-while buy! A great balance of practical guides, activities, ideas..with the energy and inspiration which is so often required to actually get you outside trying them. It is work, or perhaps I should say play, like this that will help those growing up now to know where they fit into their world and society. There are activities to cover passions of any child (or adult) by tapping into many creative outlets.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant! 21 Dec 2009
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I can't agree more, this book is amazingly practical and also a lovely gentle spiritual element to it. I've tried many of the things with various aged children and love it - well thought out but also many of the activities are easy to do with some thought. The best book I've found on outdoor activities with children.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love I Love My World! 27 Sep 2012
By Fi Ham
I Love My World
The highest recommendation I have for this book is that all my outdoor learning friends have deep 'book envy' when I show them my copy and many have gone on to buy it themselves rather than wait for me to lend it. (Which is good as I will be returning to it again and again and am reluctant to lend.)

This is a fantastic book on so many levels; educational, practical, spiritual. It is easy to engage with at which ever level is most comfortable for you. Chris Holland writes an 'idiot's guide' to activities without patronising. The deeper meaning of the activity is explained so that the learning or well-being needs being addressed are clear. He also generously gives recommendations to other worthwhile publications.

The book will satisfy outdoor learning practitioners at all levels of experience and all delivering to all stages. Go buy it and see for yourself!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I bought this bought as I am training to be a Forest School Practitioner.
The book is very informative and the way the activities are set out will make them very easy to apply to Forest School sessions.

The major letdown of this book, as other reviewers have said, it the diabolical print quality of the images, which renders them practically useless. A colleague who was reading the book over my shoulder commented on how dated the book looked.

For the price of the book, I would have expected better quality images.

I would rate it 4 out of 5 for the content but 1 of of 5 for the print quality
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for any self respecting parent 8 Jun 2010
A wonderful collection of ideas, projects, games, information full of inspiration
for kids of any age or gender as well as their parents. I only wish I had this book
when my kids were younger.
Buy it!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
There are a lot of books out there, full of ideas, encouraging us as parents, rangers and forest school leaders to go into the great outdoors and re-engage people with nature. As a Forest School Leader and Trainer I've bought a lot of them, but for those who want to read one book on the subject, then this is the one I recommend. This lovely little book distils all the elements of nature awareness, bushcraft and survival, outdoor games, story telling, plant lore and more, and mixes it with care,understanding and gentle humour.
As a practical handbook it is outstanding, with all the activities laid out in a clever 'ready, get set, go' format which encourages you to go out and get started straightaway. Often there's an additional paragraph detailing things which might happen so that you can tailor the activity to your own situation. When you get the time, I also recommend that you start at the beginning and read it right through to the end. That way you will pick up on Chris Holland's deep love and understanding of the subject which might encourage you to look at and readjust your own way of working, just as I have.
What about the pictures? It's true that the illustrations in the first edition were poorly presented and unclear. That problem has now been resolved, and in the 2nd edition they are clear and really practically useful. Yes they are still in black and white, but if this was a glossy colour production, the book would probably live on your bookshelf, not in your rucksack which is a much better place for it to be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read.
Bought this book during an outdoor learning course and even participated in some outdoor fun with the author. Great book.
Published 1 month ago by hepburn
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff
This was a present for a friend bought because it is such a useful, lovely book and I didn't want to loan mine out!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Useful read
Great book for ideas for forest school practitioners and anyone wanting ideas for outdoor learning . Easy to read and dip into .
Published 9 months ago by treehuggerjmb
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book!
A book that sang to me and has given me so many ideas for my nature therapy group. Well worth buying! Read more
Published 12 months ago by J. Lutas
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely ideas
Brilliant book for arty crafty things to do in the great outdoors..... put the great back into taking kids outdoors... Fab book with good detail.... love it
Published 15 months ago by suey
4.0 out of 5 stars Full of really good ideas for outdoor learning
A very helpful book for teachers and outdoor educators; the games and activities are described clearly and generally need a minimum of equipment beyond a suitable outdoor... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Jane Major
4.0 out of 5 stars I love my world
my son was pleased with the book "I love my world". The description and "look inside" facility was helpful to me when choosing.
Published 21 months ago by Minette Elliott
3.0 out of 5 stars If you go down to the woods today...
This book describes itself as `the playful, hands-on, nature connection guidebook' - and so it is.

If you spend any time with children out of doors then this book will... Read more
Published 22 months ago by mia
5.0 out of 5 stars I love my world
From the outset Chris' book was not only easy, relaxed reading (almost like chatting to him in person), but packed with deceptively simple yet incredibly powerful activities which,... Read more
Published on 23 Sep 2012 by C. Pearce
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