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Be a City Nature Detective

Solving the Mysteries of How Plants and Animals Survive in the Urban Jungle

by (author) Peggy Kochanoff

Nimbus Publishing
Initial publish date
Apr 2018
General, Curiosities & Wonders
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2018
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Sep 2018
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 9
  • Grade: p to 4


How do bedbugs get into your home? Why are some grey squirrels black? Does goldenrod cause hay fever?

Naturalist and artist Peggy Kochanoff answers these questions and more in this illustrated guide to solving nature mysteries in the city.

From the author of Silver Birch-nominated Be a Nature Detective series comes a new adventure full of fascinating facts and original watercolours. From scuttling cockroaches to waves of starlings to burdock heads on your clothes, Kochanoff takes the reader through city streets to show them the amazing nature growing there. Features a glossary, identification page, and further reading.

About the author

“Peggy Kochanoff graduated from Cornell University with a degree in vertebrate zoology and spent a summer working at the Central Park Zoo in New York City. She is the author and illustrator of several books for children, including Be a Beach Detective and Be a Wilderness Detective, which was shortlisted for a Silver Birch Express Award. After marriage and travelling, she settled with her husband and two sons on a tree farm in Nova Scotia.

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Editorial Reviews

"This book is highly recommended for public and school libraries. The book is a good resource for families with young children to use on simple outings within their community. Educators as well can use this book for exploration within the school yard as well as class walks through the local community." —Resource Links (Pouch Cove, NF)

"Nicely rendered watercolor illustrations, with inserts for close-up details, add plenty of visual appeal." —Canadian Review of Materials (Winnipeg, MB)

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