Storyworlds: Nature by Thomas Hegbrook

Storyworlds: Nature

Written by Thomas Hegbrook
Illustrated by Thomas Hegbrook

5+ readers   Reluctant Readers   Books for Boys   
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The Lovereading4Kids comment

Opening with an exhortation to readers to ‘discover, inquire and wonder’, this is another example of the exciting trend in non-fiction for beautifully illustrated, handsomely produced information books for children. Striking wordless scenes of wildlife and plants challenge children to work out the stories being told: some are stories of defence against attack – an armadillo curling into a ball, a squid squirting out ink; others are stories of courtship – a male Gentoo penguin dropping pebbles at his mate’s feet; while other beautiful pages illustrate the life cycles of a butterfly and ladybird. Illustrations sometimes fill whole pages, elsewhere spreads are divided into eye-catching strips. Endnotes on each image provide readers with additional information. A book that brilliantly demonstrates the rich variety of life on earth as well as its interconnection. ~ Andrea Reece

A Letter from the Publisher:

Dear Reader,

How does one put together a large format picture book with one hundred separate illustrations?

I could detail the meticulous planning; the writing and re-writing of text that will never be read; the hours of researching and verifying the facts; the careful planning of colour balance and atmosphere; the sleepless nights putting paint to paper and the in-depth discussions of paper stocks, cover finishes and format variations. Or I could just tell you why...

The premise is simple. Events from nature ~ or stories as we are calling them. A book that opens our eyes to the natural world around us and forces us to observe it and ask questions. A book that encourages the use of imagination without spelling everything out to the reader and enables parents to converse with their children about nature, with a simple ‘what do you think is happening here?’

It’s about heart.

We’ve created a book that is close to our hearts. It is the kind of book I hope my son will enjoy. I want him to be aware of the world outside his window, to ask questions about it, to engage with it, and to feel.

I hope you do too.

Thomas Truong

Publisher, 360 Degrees


Storyworlds: Nature by Thomas Hegbrook

StoryWorlds: Nature explores and depicts a selection of the wondrous stories found every day in nature, from penguins proposing to the dangerous lure of a venus flytrap. Children will have hours of fun learning to read stories in images as well as understanding more of the world around them.

Beautifully presented with illustrations clearly constructed to captivate, show and tell without the need for words, StoryWorlds: Nature is a visual feast, as well as an intriguing learning tool. Let your imagination go wild with a book that can be enjoyed by everyone from the age of 5 to 95.


“Observe, inquire, wonder.” – Kirkus

“Intriguing and beautiful, it's a brilliant book to share with children and for developing visual literacy.” – The Bookseller

About the Author

Thomas Hegbrook combined his love of nature with a talent for illustration and design to create this labour of love. When he's not creating beautiful books, he likes to spend time with his wife and son and their two dogs.

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Book Info


64 pages
Interest Age: From 5


Thomas Hegbrook
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Caterpillar Books Ltd an imprint of Little Tiger Press Group

Publication date

7th March 2016




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