A dazzling collection of poems by Nicola Davies, featuring over fifty different kinds of animals - beautifully illustrated by Petr Horacek.
Nicola Davies, the award-winning author of A First Book of Nature, presents a spellbinding treasury of poems about the animal world, illustrated in breathtaking detail by Petr Horacek. Polar bears playing on the ice, tigers hunting in the jungle, fireflies twinkling in the evening sky and nightingales singing in the heart of the woods - there are animals everywhere.
From blue whales to bumblebee bats and everything in between, A First Book of Animals takes you all over the planet to visit all kinds of different creatures. This book is a glorious celebration of life in the wild in all its variety and splendour, and belongs on every child's bookshelf.
Shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal.
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Number of pages: 108
Weight: 720 g
Dimensions: 288 x 263 x 10 mm
'I may have wanted A First Book of Animals because of Petr Horacek's illustrations, but I will be looking out for other books from Nicola Davies, because her writing is beautiful. [...] this is one that will stay on our bookshelf for a long time to come.' - Diaryofafirstchild.com *
'An exquisitely written and illustrated book... This is a magical book - quite extraordinary in its lyrical language - and although non-fiction, it reads like a fantastical story of animals lives. Nicola Davies has a gist for creating original descriptions in both prose and poetry, which allow the reader to draw perfect visual pictures in their minds, whilst at the same time informing and educating with the idiosyncrasies of each creature's habits and habitat. I was enthralled, and confess to learning a huge number of facts which had me gripped and page turning. The illustrations by Petr Horacek are equally magical. The colour palette vibrant and exciting. The drawings are skilfully detailed enough without being too technical. [...] it is exciting, engaging and different.' - The School Librarian
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A First Book of Animals is quite a heavy book, with thick, glossy pages adorned with colourful images. It would be perfect for the use in primary schools, or a book to flick through on the floor at home.
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“AMAZING, AWESOME AND ASTONISHING ANIMALS”
A mesmerising, superb book. It's absolutely stunning. The illustrations by Petr Horacek are exquisite . The size of the book enables the drawings to almost come alive The colours are beautiful. They are a joy to... More
“A First Book Of Animals”
A wonderful introduction to poetry for all ages. With glorious illustrations, each poem inspires a fascination with the natural world. It’s a book to treasure, a book to give as a gift repeatedly. Definitely one to... More
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