Following on from the best-selling An Anthology of Intriguing Animals, author and wildlife journalist Ben Hoare brings us The Wonders of Nature, a beautifully illustrated compendium that, alongside a selection of amazing animals, features plants, rocks, minerals and microorganisms.
The hardback book features wonderful designs, photography and imagery to draw children into a world of fascinating facts. Particular highlights are the gilded edges, a contents page featuring brilliant symbols as well as words, and a visual index guide.
Find out how the world’s tallest bamboo grows as high as a 10-storey building, how dolphins tease porcupine fish to make them inflate for fun and how cassowary birds lay huge green eggs that the male looks after. There are entries on the more well-known species such as bears and eagles, through to the more unusual excerpts on microscopic life such as coccolithophore.
It certainly captivated my children, and will be one to keep in the collection for years to come.
Published by Dorling Kindersley, The Wonders of Nature is written by Ben Hoare, and illustrated by Angela Rizza and Daniel Long. It is suitable for ages 7 and above.