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Spending Time Outside

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’The book’s greatest strengths is capturing the magical moment of enjoying outdoor life through the use of powerful photographs’

Title: Spending Time Outside

Author: Helen J Bate

Publisher: Pictures to Share Community Interest Company

Reviewer: Daisy Chasauka-Maradzika

What was it like?

The book beautifully captures the importance of spending quality time outdoors while enjoying nature with family, friends or pets. It is a collection of poems, quotations and amazing pictures from old and current days. Raindrops keep falling on my head and Hopscotch with fantastic accompanying photographs, evoked so many good and warm childhood memories, which the book covered well. The book encourages and promotes activities necessary for both mental and physical wellbeing such as cycling, walking and mountain climbing, painting and going on those journeys by rail or road or simply resting. The book is well written and easily understood.

What were the highlights?

The book highlights that since time immemorial, spending time outdoors has always been promoted and enjoyed by all. Even in the light of technology, as much as it should be embraced, technology should not be a substitute for enjoying nature. I liked the content of this book as it is still relevant and should be promoted. I also liked the book’s portrayal of past practices such as parents leaving their children outdoors in prams for some fresh air, a sharp contrast to what parents/carers do nowadays. However, the fundamental principle emanating from such past practices is that fresh air is great for any one and should be promoted more so today.

Strengths & weaknesses:

The book’s greatest strengths is capturing the magical moment of enjoying outdoor life through the use of powerful photographs and real life examples such as hopscotching (rare childhood play games), a child enjoying raindrops falling on his/her face, and subtle messages such as having own initiative and not waiting to be pushed like a wheelbarrow to be creative.

Who should read it?

Parents, clinical nurse specialists and other general readers would most benefit from reading this book as one can easily read or follow through each of the pages. I believe the right audience would enjoy reading this book.

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