Posted by Lorren on October 15, 2009
When I was asked to review Nature Friend magazine, I was pretty excited. My daughter loves Your Big Backyard, and my little boy really likes Wild Animal Baby. I thought that a Christian nature magazine would be just perfect for my daughter. My little girl loves getting Your Big Backyard every month, would she feel the same way about Nature Friend?
After reviewing Nature Friend, I have concluded that my daughter is not ready for the magazine. There were some things that she loved about it, but there were some things that were a little difficult for her.
The things that she loved included the vivid photography and the “invisibles” (hidden pictures). The articles were great, but they were too hard for her.
I think that the magazine is great. There are articles about different kinds of animals, pictures and poems sent in by readers, puzzles, a how to draw segment, and experiments that you can do. The issues come with a study guide that help you enhance your learning. In a year or two, I think that my daughter would really like this. Perhaps this will be the magazine that we choose when she outgrows Your Big Backyard, because I’ve heard that Ranger Rick promotes evolution heavily, which is a shame, because I enjoyed it as a kid.
The magazine does not contain advertising, and is about 23 pages long.
I think that Nature Friend magazine would be great if they expanded and created a magazine for younger children, as well as what they are doing now.
If your child is ready for Nature Friend, and you’d like to order a subscription before November 30th, don’t use the Amazon.com link! You can get a better deal if you order straight from the source at Nature Friend Magazine. Use coupon code BLOG93 to save $3 off your order. They also sell a year’s worth of back issues at a time, and between now and November 30th, you can get them for 30% off, on their site, if you use the coupon code HBV30P .