A Journey Through Nature by John Haslam and Steve Parker
|A Journey Through Nature by John Haslam and Steve Parker|
|Category: Children's Non-Fiction|
|Reviewer: Zoe Morris|
|Summary: An interesting and detailed look at the animals and their habitats, there's lots to learn here.|
|Buy? Yes||Borrow? Yes|
|Pages: 48||Date: April 2016|
|Publisher: QED Publishing|
|External links: Author's website|
I think a lot of children are interested in nature and animals, but I was not one of those, preferring science and space. And because you often pay attention more when you're interested, this is a roundabout way of saying there was plenty I didn't really know about nature, meaning I learnt quite a lot from this book.
Beautifully presented, this is a book that takes a worldwide look at the natural world, in both urban and rural locations. We start off in the city, looking at pigeons, the American racoon, the Australian possum and the South American Marmoset. I learnt three things from those first two pages, including what Kits are, how long babies live with the possum mothers and the pregnancy traits of the monkeys. We were off to a good start.
The book follows a logical and steady progression, into rivers and then the sea, moving into the desert and grasslands and beyond. Every page boasts wonderful illustrations and text that is easy to read but surprisingly informative too, going beyond basic facts for a little more insight into the species featured.
I really enjoyed reading this book and think it would make a super addition to any family bookshelf, either for everyday reading or to use as part of research for a project. It would sit nicely alongside A Journey Through the Weather by John Haslam and Steve Parker which takes the same fun, engaging and colourful approach to looking at weather phenomena.
The book comes with a mini quiz at the back, and a fold out poster (the reverse side of the book jacket). It felt like it could be slightly more useful than the poster from the weather book, slightly less likely to look out of place on a bedroom or playroom wall. Something to fill the gap between alphabet posters and One Direction posters, perhaps…
Overall, this was a fun (and educating) read and I'd like to thank the publishers for sending us a copy to review. For a more in-depth look at specific species, we can also recommend this series Animal Lives: Elephants by Sally Morgan
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