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A First Book of Animals

Written by Nicola Davies

Illustrated by Petr Horacek

A First Book of Animals Synopsis

A dazzling collection of poems by Nicola Davies, featuring over fifty different kinds of animals - beautifully illustrated by Petr Horacek. Nicola Davies, the award-winning author of A First Book of Nature, presents a spellbinding treasury of poems about the animal world, illustrated in breathtaking detail by Petr Horacek. Polar bears playing on the ice, tigers hunting in the jungle, fireflies twinkling in the evening sky and nightingales singing in the heart of the woods - there are animals everywhere. From blue whales to bumblebee bats and everything in between, A First Book of Animals takes you all over the planet to visit all kinds of different creatures. This book is a glorious celebration of life in the wild in all its variety and splendour, and belongs on every child's bookshelf. Shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal.

A First Book of Animals Press Reviews

An exquisitely written and illustrated book [...] This is a magical book - quite extraordinary in its lyrical language - and although non-fiction, it reads like a fantastical story of animals lives. Nicola Davies has a gist for creating original descriptions in both prose and poetry, which allow the reader to draw perfect visual pictures in their minds, whilst at the same time informing and educating with the idiosyncrasies of each creature's habits and habitat. I was enthralled, and confess to learning a huge number of facts which had me gripped and page turning. The illustrations by Petr Horacek are equally magical. The colour palette vibrant and exciting. The drawings are skilfully detailed enough without being too technical. [...] it is exciting, engaging and different. * The School Librarian * I may have wanted A First Book of Animals because of Petr Horacek's illustrations, but I will be looking out for other books from Nicola Davies, because her writing is beautiful. [...] this is one that will stay on our bookshelf for a long time to come. * Diaryofafirstchild.com *

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406378122
Publication date: 1st May 2019
Author: Nicola Davies
Illustrator: Petr Horacek
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 108 pages

About Nicola Davies

Nicola Davies is an award-winning author, whose many books for children include A First Book of Nature, A First Book of Animals, Tiny, The Promise, King of the Sky, Ice Bear, Big Blue Whale, Dolphin Baby, Just Ducks, Poo and the Heroes of the Wild series. She graduated in zoology, studied whales and bats and then worked for the BBC Natural History Unit. Nicola lives in Wales. Visit Nicola at www.nicola-davies.com, or follow her on Twitter under the handle @nicolakidsbooks. Petr Horacek trained at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague before becoming a graphic designer, painter and ...

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