In the Sky: Designs inspired by nature

In the Sky: Designs inspired by nature

By Author / Illustrator

Harriet Evans, Goncalo Viana


Non Fiction

Age range(s)



Little Tiger Press Group








Scientists often take a leaf from nature when devising inventions. Find out more and let your imagination soar!  Discover how nature has inspired some great creations, from the Wright Brothers' first aeroplane to Eiji Nakatsu's bullet train. Meet brilliant birds, boisterous bats, and family trees as we celebrate the creatures of the sky. Explore the human and natural world, from bee discos to the design of outer-space cameras.



What a lovely book! This non-fiction book is all about how different inventions have developed including planes, computers and radar technology. It explains how they have all come from things that fly such as bees, bats, birds and butterflies.

Each page is covered in colourful illustrations with facts scattered across them in easy to read chunks. It starts by explaining how planes have developed from the first Chinese kits in 400 BC into the modern Airbus, which has curved wingtips like a bird.

In The Sky is a great book for cross-curricular learning with the history of air travel, the geography of different homes and buildings, as well as scientific information on how birds and planes actually stay in the sky.  The whole book is filled with beautiful pictures which help to explain the information and there is a helpful glossary at the back too.

40 pages / Ages 7-11 years / Reviewed by Lucy Newton, teacher

Suggested Reading Age 7+


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