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A First Book of the Sea

This sumptuous picturebook from this award-winning duo is a beautiful object, and would make a lovely gift to take on holidays or even to curl up with as the days get shorter and colder. Together with Davies’ A First Book of Nature and A First Book of Animals this title marks a new direction in…

Elias Martin

At seventeen, Elias Martin was driven north ‘by dint of not fitting in anywhere else’. For twelve years Elias lives a solitary life of constant struggle to stay warm and fed as he slowly learns the skills that allow him to survive in the harsh tundra of the far north. One day, he sees strange…

Hummingbird

Ornithology and anthropology, the wonders of biology and the beauty of story, meet in this gorgeously presented narrative about the hummingbird. Their incredible migration north and the joy they bring to the lives of people in Latin America, at sea in the Pacific, and those living in New York City provide the backdrop for understanding…

I (Don’t) Like Snakes

Zoologist and subject expert Nicola Davies’ success with Tiny: The Invisible World of Microbes in the picturebook category of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Excellence in Science prize is proven to be richly deserved. This book in the same Nature Storybook series looks a strong candidate for shortlisting next year.    As…

King of the Sky

A boy moves from Italy to another country. The weather, the landscape and the smell of the new place constantly remind him that this is not where he belongs. Yet, only the racing pigeons kept by Mr. Evans, an old man living in the neighborhood, awake his memory of home in Rome. Narrated by the…

Perfect

Perfect is a rare and wonderful picturebook by Nicola Davies. It tells the story of a young boy, coming to terms with the arrival of a baby sister with special needs. His sister’s condition is not explained or diagnosed, and the subtlety and artistry with which his journey from sadness at unfulfilled expectations to acceptance…

Poo

Many children enjoy mentioning the unmentionable. This inventive picture information book will allow them to do so legitimately, learning many useful things in the process. (Readers who are faint of heart may like to discontinue reading now!) This is non-fiction with a non-formal style, which will appeal to children. The cover introduces the topic with…

The Day War Came

Simple yet highly charged, this is one of the big stories of our time told in a form accessible to young children. More than ever in a post-truth world, art, here in the hands of masterful picturebook makers Nicola Davies and Rebecca Cobb, gets closer to the truth about the world we live in than…

The Pond

Beautifully conceived and constructed, The Pond is Davies and Fisher’s second collaboration with Welsh publisher Graffeg. Told through the eyes of a young boy grieving after his father’s death, ‘the muddy, messy hole’ left by the unfinished pond which Dad started to make, is a metaphor for the family’s sense of emptiness. Fisher’s images combine…

The Variety of Life

Lorna Scobie’s beautiful illustrations bring this book alive. Working in watercolour, she has created realistic drawings of mammals, birds, fish, insects and plant life, but all have an engaging picturebook quality that will encourage the reader to imagine the animals outside the book. This engaging quality is fully realised by the storytelling features of the…

The Wonder of Trees

The incredible duo that produced The Variety of Life has produced another gem, The Wonder of Trees – a big, bright and beautiful book all about ‘huge green beings’. Davies, a hugely popular nature writer, gives concise and clear information on all kinds of engrossing aspects of the lives of trees. Her captivating text is…

Welcome to Silver Street Farm

Nicola Davies is a zoologist, the former presenter of the popular BBC wildlife programme The Really Wild Show, and author of many books with animal and environmental themes, including Poo: A Natural History of the Unmentionable, The Gaia Warriors  and Ice Bear: In the Steps of the Polar Bear. Welcome to Silver Street Farmis the…

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