"Professor Lightfoot's Mushroom Expedition: In Search of Woodland Treasures" is an exploration of common forest mushrooms found in North America. Guided by Professor Lightfoot and his companion Truffles the hedgehog, readers encounter fabulous facts of fungi, including identifying Bird's Nest Fungi, Puffballs, Honey Mushrooms, Parasol Mushrooms, Oyster Mushrooms, and more. A handy list of mushroom expedition equipment is presented in the introduction, and children are reminded to "tread lightly and leave only footprints." The housekeeping purposes and life span of most fungi is explained briefly, and Professor Lightfoot's narrative includes characteristics of the many different types of mushrooms that can be found. With regard to mushroom edibility, Professor Lightfoot says "When in doubt, check it out!" Careful instructions for spore print making are included, along with instructions for free audio book digital download. "Professor Lightfoot's Mushroom Expedition" is embellished by earthen-toned illustrations that help young readers identify the different types of fungi. "Professor Lightfoot's Mushroom Expedition" is an illuminating nature study guidebook for children ages 6 and up.
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