The Variety of Life Hardcover – 19 Oct 2017
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this is a pretty wonderful book to be had... a real take-away natural history museum (The Bookbag)
Exploring the diversity of life on earth and filled with wondrous facts - as well as endearing illustrations from Scobie - it will have kids treasuring their planet. (Hannah Beckerman)
crammed with cheerfully wide-eyed creatures...in bright watercolours...alongside zoological facts (Nicolette Jones The Sunday Times)
If your child loves animals, this is the perfect gift, a generous hardback, featuring all manner of life, from beetles and spiders to fish and whales. The delicious watercolour and ink illustrations by newcomer, Lorna Scobie are a joy to share. BEST CHILDREN'S BOOKS OF 2017 (Irish Independent)
We learned so much from this book! The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous. (Angels & Urchins)
There is something to delight on every page... Accompanied with stunning illustrations by Lorna Scobie (BookTrust)
As a book for sharing or research, children will enjoy spotting the animals they're familiar with as well as lesser known creatures. (The School Librarian)
A beautiful, vibrant and engaging celebration of diversity within the Animal Kingdom.See all Product description
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I don't even want to recommend an age that this book would suit best because I truly think that anyone can read it and enjoy it. It has loads of animals and facts that even I, a real animal lover, didn't know about.
The book is a brilliant large size so it is easy to see all of the pictures in their detail. It is also a very sturdy hardback so not flimsy and easily bent or ruined.
The illustrations themselves are absolutely beautiful. I love the colours used and the detail given to all of them. I especially loved the pages about the different types of mice because they all looked so different and a lot of effort had been put in to making them detailed.
I enjoyed the sheer variety of animals that were in this book. There were many species which might not be in other animal books (mice being an example). There were also examples of species that someone may have never heard of as well as the more well known ones, for example on the shark pages.
This book captured my imagination and I have no doubt that any child (or even adult) will love it too!
This has lovely illustrations, some more cartoon like and others more realistic, all watercolours.
It's a very large sized hardback, Which is good quality and I like the large size which helps to keep the attention of the twins, the large size also means that the two of them can enjoy the book at same time. when it's small there is a push and shove to get to it.
Intro paragraphs all larger than normal font size. This will be good for learning reading. Not quite there yet.
Each animal/plant picture has its own sentence of info specific to that animal/plant.
Small selection of each breed shown, but a good mix of each. Also a
good selection of animals used, from domestic to wild, sea to land. It could never be complete but very happy with selection.
Pictures create lots of interest for small children. A nice large format book for younger children which will last a long time. I would recommend as something useful and enjoyable.
- covers a lot of animals; each page is a grouping of animals
- there are a couple of facts for each animal, although I do feel a bit more information would have been great
- large variety of animal types which is nice
- lots of illustrations of each animal; this is the best part as the illustrations are bright and colourful.
Overall this is a nice, bright book for young minds. It doesn't provide enough information for research or perhaps homework but it does give a good grounding and I'm sure will keep adventurous minds busy for quite a while! I would recommend this for 3-6yr olds...