To inspire kids to get outside and discover nature, Sharon Lamar has written and illustrated four children's books.
Her latest book, Wild at Heart celebrates a young girl’s unforgettable hike into the wilderness. Along the trail she and her family are in awe of all that nature has to offer. Each experience delights the senses - from meeting a hummingbird, to savoring juicy huckleberries, to fishing a mountain lake, to climbing a mountain peak for the first time. Throughout this original story the young girl’s kinship with nature is palpable. The lovingly rendered watercolor illustrations give an accurate portrayal of the forest, lakes and mountains of the great Northwest. This book belongs in the collection of anyone who is interested in connecting children to nature including librarians, teachers, parents and grandparents.
Mountain Wildflowers for Young Explorers: An A to Z Guide, is a user friendly field guide with vibrant, detailed watercolor illustrations along with precise descriptions of each flower’s key characteristics and habitat. The life-like watercolor paintings depict 26 flowers common to Western mountains and valleys, one for each letter of the alphabet. An illustrated glossary provides information needed to help children successfully identify wildflowers. Also included is the connection of each wildflower to one of the many Indian tribes of the North American West.
Western Butterflies for Young Explorers: An A to Z Guide is another beautifully illustrated field guide that helps children identify butterflies of the western United States from the Anise Swallowtail to Zerene Fritillary. Each entry presents a lovingly rendered watercolor of a specific butterfly along with a thorough description of its caterpillar, its coloring, and its wingspan, as well as its range, habitat and preferred host plant. In addition, there are fun facts about butterfly natural history including such topics as migration, eating habits, flight speed, camouflage and behavior. Did you know that butterflies identify their host plants by tasting them with their feet?
Montana Moonshadows tells the timeless story of the connection between nature and child. What appears to be a simple trek into the woods one moonlit December night becomes a lesson from nature in the classroom of the great outdoors.
These wonder-filled books are sure to inspire budding naturalists and their families to get outside to explore our public lands!
To order a book, contact Sharon at 406-754-2745
All of the illustrations are Sharon's original watercolor paintings. Her paintings and books are available for sale. For information about purchasing your own contact Sharon at 406-754-2745.
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