Mudlark Find Number 7 is an award-winning book published by Roaring Brook Press that is great on many levels for supporting outdoor play and ecological connection.
The artist’s paintings are evocative, textured and beautiful, each page leads the looker-reader to anticipate the next, and it has a good environmental message – ending with the colour ‘forever green’.
Most of all, I like the attention it gives to the subtlety in colour and the names we give to all the different greens we can notice and enjoy. The language used for this is also excellent: “jungle green, khaki green, fern green, wacky green; slow green, faded green, glow green, shaded green” – superb! This should make children and educators and alike want to go searching and look much more closely at what we mean by green – and to give those greens their own names…
With this section of my website, I share some of the many wonderful treasures I dig up while researching and supporting outdoor play for children from birth to seven. I hope they inspire you too, and help you to create motivational, meaningful and satisfying outdoor play experiences for all the children you work with.
Mudlarking is the ancient practice of digging in the mud of the Thames to find treasures. It still goes on today, uncovering and recovering some amazing artefacts from the life of London city through the centuries. Click on this link for more information about mudlarking.