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Nature's Surprises cover

  • Paperback Edition
    • 978-1-03-918336-0
    • 8.5 x 8.5 inches
    • Standard Color interior
    • 36 pages
  • Hardcover Edition
    • 978-1-03-918337-7
    • 8.5 x 8.5 inches
    • Standard Color interior
    • 36 pages
  • Keywords
    • Multigenerational story,
    • Nature,
    • Perseverance,
    • Goal setting,
    • Animals and plants,
    • Curiosity,
    • Asking questions

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Nature's Surprises
by Wendy Barrick Rhead

A grandfather and his grandchild find a plant growing in an unlikely place. How did this plant flourish in such a strange location? Encouraging his grandchild’s curiosity, the grandfather shows that when faced with a challenge, nature, from the smallest plant to the largest animal, perseveres and finds a way to achieve its goals. Nature’s Surprises is a remarkable intergenerational story with dramatic illustrations. This story demonstrates resilience displayed in nature, including in humans. By being curious and asking questions, children learn perseverance and determination.

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Wendy Barrick Rhead is a retired teacher, mentor and Learning Facilitator. Along with her love of reading and writing, she is passionate about hiking, camping and exploring all that nature has to offer. She resides on the shore of Lake Simcoe, Ontario with her husband David and dog Jezzie. Wendy has won three writing awards through The Ontario Writers’ Conference and has recently contributed to a Canadian Heritage Publication. This book, Nature’s Surprises, is the second children’s book in a series. Are You as Strong as a Seed? was Wendy’s first children’s book. Her website is


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