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Barbara Taylor - Author

About the Author

Barbara Taylor has written more than 120 children's books and encyclopedias. She was previously Science Editor at London's Natural History Museum. She has won the American Association of Physics Science Award and the National Literacy Association Wow Award.

 

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Inside Animals

Inside Animals

Author: Barbara Taylor Illustrator: Margaux Carpentier Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/08/2021

Did you know that a frog can stop its heart from beating? Or that an elephant's tooth is heavier than a brick? Or that the brain of an ostrich is smaller than its eyeball?In this book, there are 21 cross-sections that show how skeletons, organs, nerves and muscles fit together inside creatures from across the globe. Animals can have some body parts in common with us humans, such as the brain, heart and lungs - but each creature has its own unique body to help it survive and thrive in the wild. This means that there are all kinds of weird and wonderful organs and senses in the animal kingdom, such as the honey stomach in a honeybee or the ink sac of an octopus. Prepare to be dazzled as you discover incredible information to wow your family and friends with. Uncover some truly amazing facts: did you know that the blue whale has arteries that are so big, a human could swim through them? Learn about surprising ways in which animals have adapted to their environments, such as a scorpion's ability to glow in the dark! Special spotlight sections throughout are packed full of absorbing details about skeletons, organs, muscles and more. Brilliantly bright artwork makes every animal picture fascinating to look at again and again. Featuring mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and insects, turn the pages and uncoverwhat's happening inside animals. It's the perfect gift for curious readers everywhere!

The Dinosaur Awards

The Dinosaur Awards

Author: Barbara Taylor Illustrator: Stephen Collins Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/04/2021

Roll up, roll up! The Dinosaur Awards are about to begin - and you're invited! Who will win the Terrifying Toes Award? Who will be crowned the Lizard King? And who will take home the Loudest Trumpeter Award? Celebrate the prehistoric past with 50 dynamic dinosaurs. Readers can learn all about the dinosaurs' features, diet and habits as well as discover what makes each one so prize-worthy - and there are 10 comic strips to enjoy, too. With easy-to-understand, humorous text by Barbara Taylor and joyful illustrations from cartoonist Stephen Collins, this is the perfect book for dinosaur-loving kids everywhere. There are pronunciation guides, time periods, and vital statistics for each dinosaur, as well as an index to peruse. Featuring: Velociraptor * Tsintaosaurus * Pegomastax * Caudipteryx * Mamenchisaurus * Argentinosaurus * Spinosaurus * Titanceratops * Gigantoraptor * Tyrannosaurus Rex * Compsognathus * Carcharodontosaurus * Yutyrannus * Euoplocephalus * Majungasaurus * Coelophysis * Gigantosaurus * Utahraptor * Triceratops * Hypsilophodon * Archaeopteryx * Deinonychus * Maiasaura * Ankylosaurus * Pinacosaurus * Sauropelta * Gastonia * Pachyrhinosaurus * Sichomimus * Sauroposeidon * Pachycephalosaurus * Stegosaurus * Parasaurolophus * Kamuysaurus * Lambeosaurus * Corythosaurus * Troodon * Sciurimimus * Gallimimus * Therizinosaurus * Ouranosaurus * Avimimus * Sinosauropteryx * Mircroraptor * Anchiornis * Diplodocus * Oviraptor * Dromaeosaurus * Cryolophosaurus

The Bird Atlas A Pictorial Guide to the World's Birdlife

The Bird Atlas A Pictorial Guide to the World's Birdlife

Author: Barbara Taylor Illustrator: Richard Orr Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/01/2021

Take a peek inside the beautiful and absorbing world of birds with this lavishly illustrated children's bird atlas. From the Amazon Rainforest to the Arctic, this fully-fledged bird guide will take you on a guided tour, continent by continent, to meet some of the most spectacular birds in the world! Inside the pages of this children's atlas, you'll discover: - A visual guide to the birds around the world, their habitats, geography, and climate with exquisite, hand-drawn illustrations and maps from Richard Orr. - The different countries and continents of the world and the birds that live there - Why some species are endangered and what can be done to protect them. - Fascinating facts about birds including: why flamingos are pink, which bird can sprint faster than a horse, and how the booby got its name. Get ready to journey through different biomes, like rivers and desserts, to discover fun facts about birds that will fascinate and inspire every budding ornithologist. Packed with hundreds of life-like illustrations, this educational book is a pictorial guide to the birds of the world. It showcases birds from every continent as you've never seen before with detailed maps pinpointing where different species of birds can be found. See magnificent snowy owls in the Arctic, tiny three-wattled bellbirds in the Caribbean, and towering ostriches in Africa. A Truly Breathtaking Celebration of Birdlife The Bird Atlas is arranged in order of continent - Europe, Asia, Africa, Australasia, North America, South America, and Antarctica. Every continent is introduced with an overview of the ecology, climate, and landscape, and the typical and incredible birds that live there. This children's bird book is the perfect introduction to our feathered friends and makes a great gift for the new generation of birdwatchers. More from DK Books: Don't miss out on more fascinating atlases! After exploring the world of birds in The Bird Atlas, your child can move on to The Body Atlas to discover the inner workings of the human body. Next up is The Animal Atlas that takes children on a tour to meet the animals of the world.

In Focus: Big Beasts

In Focus: Big Beasts

Author: Barbara Taylor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/08/2018

Which animal is the biggest on the Earth? Where do the most big beasts live? Which big animal is the most dangerous in Africa? In Focus: Big Beasts has the answers! In Focus is a cool, information series that's perfect for curious kids. These fun books feature modern, magazine-style pages, including top 10 lists, fast facts, and more! With pages packed with vivid photography and fun facts, kids will have fun learning about the world around them! Each In Focus book features a contents page, glossary, and index.

In Focus: Reptiles

In Focus: Reptiles

Author: Barbara Taylor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/09/2017

Which amazing animal can change the color of its skin? Which terrifying creature is so big it was confused for a dragon? Which tricksy reptile pretends to be a toad? In Focus: Reptiles has the answers! In Focus is a cool, new information series that's perfect for curious kids. These fun books feature modern, magazine-style pages, including top 10 lists, fast facts, quickfire quizzes and more! With pages packed with vivid photography and fun facts, kids will have fun learning about the world around them! Each In Focus book features a contents page, glossary, and index plus front and end gatefold flaps on the cover.

Eve and the New Jerusalem Socialism and Feminism in the Nineteenth Century

Eve and the New Jerusalem Socialism and Feminism in the Nineteenth Century

Author: Barbara Taylor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2016

A new edition of Barbara Taylor's classic book, with a new introduction. In the early nineteenth century, radicals all over Europe and America began to conceive of a 'New Moral World', and struggled to create their own utopias, with collective family life, communal property, free love and birth control. In Britain, the visionary ideals of the Utopian Socialist, Robert Owen, attracted thousands of followers, who for more than a quarter of a century attempted to put theory into practice in their own local societies, at rousing public meetings, in trade unions and in their new Communities of Mutual Association. Barbara Taylor's brilliant study of this visionary challenge recovers the crucial connections between socialist aims and feminist aspirations. In doing so, it opens the way to an important re-interpretation of the socialist tradition as a whole, and contributes to the reforging of some of those early links between feminism and socialism.

The Last Asylum A Memoir of Madness in our Times

The Last Asylum A Memoir of Madness in our Times

Author: Barbara Taylor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2015

The Last Asylum is Barbara Taylor's haunting memoir of her journey through the UK mental health system. A RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK SHORTLISTED FOR THE RBC TAYLOR PRIZE In July 1988, Barbara Taylor, then an acclaimed young historian, was admitted to what had once been England's largest psychiatric institution: Colney Hatch Lunatic Asylum, later known as Friern Hospital. This searingly honest, thought-provoking and beautifully written memoir is the story of the author's madness years, set inside the wider story of the death of the asylum system in the twentieth century. It is a meditation on her own experience of breakdown and healing, but also that of the millions of other people who have suffered, are suffering, will suffer mental illness. 'Personal story, psychoanalytic process, the experience of madness, the feel of being an inpatient in the last days of Friern, the history of the asylum . . . A beautiful memoir, engrossing' Independent 'Moving, brave and intelligent' Susan Hill, The Times 'Dazzling. A great achievement, full of life and hope' Sunday Telegraph Barbara Taylor's previous books include an award-winning study of nineteenth-century socialist feminism, Eve and the New Jerusalem; an intellectual biography of the pioneer feminist Mary Wollstonecraft; and On Kindness, a defence of fellow feeling co-written with the psychoanalyst Adam Phillips. She is a longstanding editor of the leading history journal, History Workshop Journal, and a director of the Raphael Samuel History Centre. She teaches History and English at Queen Mary University of London.

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