A First Book of Animals

A First Book of Animals

By Author / Illustrator

Nicola Davies, Petr Horacek



Age range(s)



Walker Books Ltd




Paperback / softback


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.



What a fantastic book! It is split into sections including big and small, colours and shapes, animal homes, animal babies and animals in action. Each is filled with beautiful, bright, detailed pictures of animals ranging from tiny insects to ginormous elephants. Throughout the book, information is presented about different animals in an very inviting way for young readers. It doesn't include too many facts and figures; it gives key pieces of information to spark the fascination of young minds into different species. Although it is a non-fiction book, you can read it like a story, with some pages rhyming - something many children really enjoy. I would recommend this book for a huge range of ages, starting with EYFS children all the way up to KS2 children. They will be drawn in by the beautiful presentation and enjoy the information it provides, whether it is out of pure interest and pleasure or for more specific research. This is a lovely book to have in any classroom or on any bookshelf at home. 107 pages / Ages 5+ / Reviewed by Lucy Newton, teacher

Suggested Reading Age 5+


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