Chippy Chipmunk Babies in the Garden will encourage your child to become a “backyard scientist.” Miller captures all the activity that takes place in the garden in 60 close-up photographs. Most of these garden creatures go unnoticed by humans. The chipmunk babies are absolutely adorable, and Miller tells us more about these busy little chipmunks and their natural habitat. This could lead into a talk about the creatures that live in your backyard. Let your child draw pictures of the insects, birds and animals they see. Encourage older children to keep a journal of their own scientific observations. Keeping a special “nature box” is a great way for the family to observe and talk about the specimens they gather, like pinecones, fossils, snail shells, etc. You can use a shoebox or buy a compartmented box at a craft store. Quietly observing nature with your child can help nurture respect for our fellow creatures, while having fun together too.