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A First Book of Nature [Paperback]

Nicola Davies , Mark Hearld
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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Book Description

3 April 2014
From beachcombing to stargazing, from watching squirrels, ducks and worms to making berry crumble or a winter bird feast, this is a remarkable book - part poetry, part scrapbook of recipes, facts and fragments - and a glorious reminder that the natural world is on our doorstep waiting to be discovered. Mark Hearld's pictures beautifully reproduce the colours of the seasons on woodfree paper, and Nicola Davies' lyrical words capture the simple loveliness that is everywhere, if only we can look.

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  • Paperback: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Walker (3 April 2014)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 140634916X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406349160
  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 28.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An exquisite book that evokes a child's first experience of nature.

About the Author

Nicola Davies is an award-winning author, whose many books for children include The Promise, Ice Bear, Big Blue Whale and the Silver Street Farm series. She graduated in zoology, studied whales and bats and then worked for the BBC Natural History Unit. Underlying all Nicola's writing is the belief that a relationship with nature is essential to every human being, and that now more than ever, we need to renew that relationship. Nicola lives in Abergavenny, Wales.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Naturally Great 4 July 2014
There is a difference between a book for children that kids themselves will like and one that adults will like. A more mature person may like some interesting illustrations or imaginative story, but most of the children I know are happy just to see some dinosaurs in their pants. However, there are books that transcend this and can appeal to both groups. Books that may have slightly dry reading for the very young, but illustrations that will transfix and amaze - introducing `A First Book of Nature' written by Nicola Davies and illustrated by Mark Hearld.

`Nature' is a fantastic book to behold, it is a nice size, well bound and packed with over 100 pages of illustrations. Many `first book' non-fiction titles are full of photos and crammed with too many facts about the subject matter. Perhaps they are just page after page of animals with their names written bold underneath, or a book all about Space full of info tips that will melt your mind. Davies forgoes all of these and instead applies a more gentle and traditional feel to her title.

The book takes you on a journey through the seasons, but not just the stereotypical animals that represent them. One minute you may see an illustration of a squirrel, the next some gulls flying through the air near the sea. Each double spread is a joy to behold, full of colour and life. This is of course the work of illustrator Hearld and not writer Davies, but as the author notes explain, he was inspired by the words that Davies wrote. It has been a long time since I have read a book for children that has had me anticipating each page turn. The illustrations and print quality are truly exceptional and it is easy to understand why the book won awards.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for children! 13 May 2014
By LizzieL
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I first saw this book at the school where I work and I just had to buy it for myself. The pictures are beautiful and I love the collage style. It would make a wonderful gift. I'd love to give it to my grandson .... I'll have to buy another copy as he can't have mine!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply stunning 28 Jun 2014
By Soul
I love the pictures, the feel of the book. Absolute quality. Not all poems etc may be the greatest but they're still beautifully formed and it's as engaging for parents as kids.
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