A First Book of Animals
Nicola Davies offers scientific observations about animals within a poetic text and uses a well-chosen blend of descriptive and technical vocabulary that both delights and astounds. Her poems demand to be read aloud, lifting the language and meaning off the page; each one celebrating the dazzling variety of wildlife with whom we share the planet.
Petr Horáček’s illustrations add depth and richness to this gorgeous book, exuding a sense of place and illustrating the individual character of each animal. The Blue Morpho Butterfly spread is a delightful example of the relationship between words and pictures, both reminiscent of Eric Carle’s seminal books, ‘Suddenly a flash of sapphire, bigger than a dinner plate…’ bringing to mind his ‘…flamingo fluting in my ear.’
A stunning book that will engage and inspire readers of all ages to learn about and protect these incredible creatures.
Also: A First Book of the Sea by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Emily Sutton (9781406391015), Walker £12.99