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Camilla de la Bedoyere was a teacher for 10 years before she became a full-time non-fiction author. She studied Zoology and Geology at Bristol University, and has subsequently written or edited more than 250 books for children and adults, many of which aim to explain and explore the natural world and our relationship with it Camilla is a specialist literacy teacher at a London high school, developing reading skills and encouraging a love of learning through books.
Amazing True-Life Tales; Astounding Wildlife Facts | A mix of inspiring true stories and fascinating facts and information, all presented across bright, colourful pages with striking, atmospheric illustrations, this is a terrific book for anyone who loves animals. Amongst the animal heroes whose stories we hear are Balto, a sledge dog who helped deliver live-saving medicine in the Alaska winter; Wojtek, the bear who became a favourite with Polish soldiers in World War 2; and Machli, a tiger who fought with an enormous crocodile to save her cubs. There are lots more too, animals who were never given names but whose actions demonstrate incredible intelligence and resilience. As Jess French says in her introduction, there’s always something new to learn about animals, and this book proves that time and time again.
Stunning images from scanning electron microscopes give a close-up view of incredible minibeasts, revealing every hair on the back of a flea, the beautiful scales on a moth's wing, and the amazing compound eye of a fly. Discover what a fly likes to eat and how it digests its food or how a pond skater can skim across the surface of water. Learn how a colony of ants communicates, and find out if your garden might be home to the fastest beetle in the world.
Discover some amazing and unusual facts about monkeys in this imaginative book full of humorous scenarios that children can relate to. Using everyday activities as a comparison, children find out more about the lives of monkeys in the wild. Highly illustrated throughout with lively and colourful artwork that will appeal to young audiences.
Splash! Playing in water is great fun, for animals as well as humans, but of course there are other reasons for animals to go into water. Divided into four different sections – ocean, water-hole, river and pond – this book shows how different animals act in water and teaches young readers about the natural world. There are photos of kingfishers, dolphins, elephants, crocodiles and caimans, even an orang-utan. Simple, informative lines of text explain what the animal is doing and why. Some of the photos are simply stunning, and there’s lots of information here to intrigue young animal lovers. ~ Andrea Reece
This bright, attractive book, part of an innovative non-fiction series, imagines elephants in everyday situations to convey information about the animals in a clever and highly memorable way. For example, what would happen if an elephant went to school? Well, the library would be the best place for it as elephants need to raise their trunks and trumpet loudly to communicate. Children will learn a great deal from the book, not least the importance of asking ‘What if …’. ~ Andrea Reece
Large and extremely handsome, this book brings together a host of extraordinary creatures, past and present, on beautifully illustrated double page spreads. Prehistoric monsters share pages with their modern descendants, grouped under intriguing headings: Strange Spikes for example features a Styracosaurus from the Early Cretaceous period, alongside a Proganochelys from the Late Triassic, and a modern Thorny Devil. There are more than 250 creatures and each page presents new wonders and surprises. The layout, which has a real scrapbook feel, will encourage hours of browsing and could also inspire children to get out their pencils and start sketching the creatures. ~ Andrea Reece
An attractive picture book which is also a highly informative information book. It includes lots of fun questions about what a penguin might do if it suddenly turned up in the young reader’s world. How would a penguin swim in a swimming pool? Would a penguin be able to play football? What would a penguin eat if it came to dinner? How would a penguin sleep in a house? The answers are full of surprises all of which are entertainingly illustrated.
Could An Octopus Climb A Skyscraper will be sure to keep young readers entertained whilst also helping them to understand and retain animal facts. A fun and engaging introduction into the life of an Octopus. Following on from the popular What if a Dino series, QED is publishing four new titles on ocean animals: Could a Shark do Gymnastics? Could a Whale Swim to the Moon? Could a Penguin Ride a Bike? Could an Octopus Climb a Skyscraper?
This bright, attractive looking book takes a quirky approach to natural history. Colourful artwork and higgledy-piggledy type create outlandish scenarios to explore animal characteristics. Children will love the absurdity of questions such as ‘Could a shark do gymnastics?’ Or ‘What if a shark went to the dentist?’, but the answers are surprisingly informative, and memorable too. It turns out that sharks’ strong, bendy bodies are perfect for gymnastics – they can leap more than 2.5 metres, higher than any human. There’s a more conventional fact file at the end too, complete with smiling cartoon shark, pointer in hand! See the partner volume too Could a Whale Swim to the Moon? ~ Andrea Reece
Part of a fun and informative series (see also Could a Shark Do Gymnastics?) this book imagines a whale in some pretty bizarre situations: trying karaoke for example, and flying through the air strapped underneath an aeroplane! It’s a fun and clever way of demonstrating the whale’s size and other characteristics. As for the question, ‘Could a whale swim to the Moon?’ – the answer is yes: a blue whale will swim about one million kilometres during its lifetime, further than going to the Moon, and back. The pictures are bright and appealing, and the absurdity of the questions is bound to appeal to 6 – 8 year olds. ~ Andrea Reece
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - September 2014 Book of the Month A bumper book of stunning animal pictures classifying all kinds of creatures according to species, colour or habitat. Produced in a striking large format this also includes beautiful spreads of gorgeous animals in tens from 10-100. Lovereading comment.. Lead your child through an amazing menagerie of more than 300 lavishly illustrated animals, this fantastic collection introduces young animal lovers to new animals they may not be familiar with, whilst also helping with numeracy and adjectives. With beautiful illustrations covering mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, insects, spiders and other invertebrates, there is something to engage and delight your child on every page.
September 2014 Book of the Month An attractive picture book which is also a highly informative information book. It includes lots of fun questions about what a penguin might do if it suddenly turned up in the young reader’s world. How would a penguin swim in a swimming pool? Would a penguin be able to play football? What would a penguin eat if it came to dinner? How would a penguin sleep in a house? The answers are full of surprises all of which are entertainingly illustrated. From the 'What If A....' series which also includes Could an Octopus Climb a Sky Scraper?
Could An Octopus Climb A Skyscraper will be sure to keep young readers entertained whilst also helping them to understand and retain animal facts. A fun and engaging introduction into the life of an Octopus. From the 'What If A....' series which also includes Could a Penguin Ride a Bike?
In Small Worlds Earth, explore nature up close. Look at what happens under the leaf litter in a forest, find out what lives in a single desert oasis, examine the top of a Brazil nut tree in the Amazon and much more. What will you find when you explore these small worlds? Prepare to be surprised by the variety of life on each page of this gorgeous lift-the-flap book. A fascinating exploration of the life and cycles in nature's small worlds.
There are reptiles everywhere! Some of them live in jungles, some of them in the savannah, and some may be in your back garden! There are Reptiles Everywhere is the third in a series of non-fiction books from Britta Teckentrup. Young readers will learn where in the world all sorts of reptiles can be found, and the weird and wonderful things about them that they never imagined were true. This is non-fiction with spark and personality from a much-loved illustrator.
Bright, engaging and fun, this is the perfect package of inspiration to spark a little one's interest in the great outdoors. Split into four clear sections: Plants, Bugs, Birds and Animals, plus a glossary at the back, discover how seeds grow, why some bugs are stripy, how penguins live, why chameleons change colour and much more. Jane Newland's charming illustrations are accompanied by carefully written text for young readers by children's natural history author Camilla de la Bedoyere. There's a ladybird to spot in every scene for an added element of fun.
Living Planet is a perfect addition to any home or school library - it is packed with high impact imagery and information tailored to a Key Stage 2 reader. Watch incredible videos that play on the page with the free augmented reality app - see a volcano erupt, watch the plants and animals of the rainforest, follow in the footsteps of a storm chaser, and see right to the Earth's core in this unmissable exploration of the amazing world we live in. Explore nature in all its glory, from the formation of the Earth and prehistoric life to the varied habitats of our world today. Discover what our planet is made of, and how humans have made an impact on Earth's changing climate.
Make the chameleon change colour with the sparkly two-way sequins on the cover. Then see if you can spot all the real-life undercover animals hiding inside! This book of amazing camouflaged creatures shows off the animal kingdom's sneakiest tricksters. Test yourself to see if you can find the hidden animal in each photograph, then turn the page to discover more about them.
Which bird can fly backwards? How do penguins keep warm? Does an ostrich really bury it's head in the sand? Find out the answers to these questions, and lots more, in this book featuring dancing, hooting, running and pecking birds. Wow! is a fantastic series not only filled with the best and most amazing facts about popular science topics, but each book also includes beautiful illustrations with fun and interactive artwork clues that lead readers through the book and stimulate discussion. This appealing series is certain to make readers say Wow! over and over again.
Where do loggerhead turtles lay their eggs? Which is the biggest animal in the ocean? How many kinds of shark can you name? Learn more surprising facts about the world's oceans in this colourful, information-packed book by expert nature author Camilla de la Bedoyere. Wow! is a fantastic series not only filled with the best and most amazing facts about popular science topics, but each book also includes gorgeous illustrations with fun and interactive artwork clues that lead readers through the book and stimulate discussion. This appealing series is sure to make young readers say Wow! over and over again.
How many legs does an insect have? What's the difference between an arachnid and an arthropod? Why do monarch caterpillars only eat milkweed plants? Find out the answers to these questions and lots more, in this book featuring slimy, scary, stinky and strange creepy-crawlies on land and in water. Wow! is a fantastic series not only filled with the best and most amazing facts about popular science topics, but each book also includes beautiful illustrations with fun and interactive artwork clues that lead readers through the book and stimulate discussion. This appealing series is certain to make readers say Wow! over and over again.
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