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Hannah Bailey studied illustration at Brighton University, graduating in 2010. She is inspired by the natural world, growing things and history and has a growing collection of unusual non-fiction books from second-hand bookshops, which she endeavours to make use of on walks in the countryside and wanders around the city. Hannah lives in the South West of England. Follow her on Instagram here.
When the Whales Walked tackles a big, complex subject – the evolution of life on Earth – and succeeds in explaining it clearly, vividly and in way that will catch the imagination of young readers. It examines thirteen case studies, each describing the evolution of a different group of animals, from the earliest fish right up to modern Homo Sapiens. It explains the history of each group with the help of illustrations and diagrams, challenging children to spot the patterns in the ways that different animals have evolved. There’s a timeline of life on Earth, diagrams to explain the evolutionary tree and a cladogram, all there to help make the subject crystal clear. A book that thoroughly respects the intelligence and inquisitiveness of its readers and rewards their attention.
What makes us human, and where did we come from? How did a clever ape climb down from the trees and change the world like no other animal has done before? This large-format, highly illustrated book guides readers through the key aspects of the human story, from the anatomical changes that allowed us to walk upright and increased brain size in our ancestors, to the social, cultural and economic developments of our more recent cousins and our own species. Along the way, focus spreads take a closer look at some of the key species in our history, from the ancient Australopithecus Afarensis, 'Lucy', to our recent cousins the Neanderthals and ourselves, Homo sapiens. Looking beyond the anatomical evolution of humans, this book explores how our culture and way of living has evolved, from how trails of cowry shells reveal early trade between tribes, to how and why humans first domesticated dogs, horses, and farm animals, and began settling in permanent villages and cities. Through digestible information and absorbing illustration, young readers will be given an insight into their own origins, and what it really means to be a human.
From the earliest settlements at Mount Sandel around 7000 BC to the first meeting of the Northern Ireland Assembly in 2007, the book introduces the great moments in Irish history to children. Double page spreads are devoted to nine key moments: BATTLE OF CLONTARF DESMOND REBELLIONS BATTLE OF THE BOYNE 1798 REBELLION GREAT FAMINE THE RISE OF THE GAA EASTER RISING WORLD WAR 2 (concentrating on the Bombing of the North Strand - when the war came to Dublin) GOOD FRIDAY AGREEMENT And social history is not forgotten - here you'll also find the first publication of the Irish Times, Dana's Eurovision song contest victory, the opening of Dublin Zoo, Riverdance and Stephen Roche's victory in the Tour de France. Illustrated throughout in full colour, here's a perfect introduction for children to Irish history in bite sized chunks.
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