Here is a great book for wrapping up summer with a get-out-and-explore! The Common Objects of the Country by J. G. Wood includes those objects likely to be found in “fields, woods, and waters.” This free public domain eBook was written in 1897 in London, so the objects may be slightly different than those you will find in your own backyard — but not much.
The Common Objects of the Country covers:
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The language is engaging and is meant to guide the reader to be inquisitive and learn and discover!
In the following pages will be found short and simple descriptions of some of the numerous objects that are to be found in our fields, woods, and waters.
As this little work is not intended for scientific readers, but simply as a guide to those who are desirous of learning something of natural objects, scientific language has been studiously avoided, and scientific names have been only given in cases where no popular name can be found. In so small a compass but little can be done; and therefore I have been content to take certain typical objects, which will serve as guides, and to omit mention of those which can be placed under the same head.
Every object described by the pen is illustrated by the pencil, in order to aid the reader in his researches; and the subjects have been so chosen that no one with observant eyes can walk in the fields for half-an-hour without finding very many of the objects described in the book.
While it is true that the scientific names are mostly avoided, you will find those names on the color plates provided in the back.
Objects change so rapidly and so constantly, that there is hardly time to note a few remarks before the season has passed away; the object under examination has changed with it, and a year must elapse before that investigation can be continued.