We often talk about nature as if it were some sort of parallel universe-a Great Outdoors that we can only visit from time to time: seashore, mountains, zoo, farm, national park, bird sanctuary. The fact is, nature is all around us, every day, and we can learn a lot from it just by paying attention. The simple activities in this book respect the capacity of children and parents to share in the excitement of what's happening in the world around them, to wake up and have fun in the moment. There are no learning points or weighty intentions...only some gentle-but-insistent prompting to get you out the door. You'll soon discover your own motivations for whiling away hours amid nature's abundant delights.
What Color is the Wind? is about parents and children connecting with each other, the ground under their feet, the sky above them, and everything in-between. Societal pressures, busy schedules, 'virtual' entertainments and a daunting economic climate have been conspiring to limit the time parents spend with their children, in the open air most of all. In Ed Bieber's forty years as a naturalist/educator who has introduced thousands of children to the out-of-doors (and as a father of six, ages 7-26), he has found one sure-fire answer to what Richard Louv, author of Last Child in The Woods, has called 'nature deficit disorder.' It lies right outside our doors and windows. Open them wide, and get outside.