A dazzling collection of poems, featuring over fifty different kinds of animals from all around the world.
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
- Over 50 different different animals in five sections: "Big and Small", "Colours and Shapes", "Animal Homes", "Animal Babies" and "Animals in Action".
About the Author
- Finely observed, informative poems by biologist and children's author Nicola Davies, accompanied by magnificent illustrations from Petr Horacek, one of the country's finest illustrators.
Nicola Davies is an award-winning author, whose many books for children include A First Book of Nature, A First Book of the Sea, Tiny, Lots, The Promise, King of the Sky, Ice Bear, Big Blue Whale
and the Ariki series. She graduated in zoology, studied whales and bats and then worked for the BBC Natural History Unit. In 2016, she became the first ever recipient of the SLA’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Information Books.
Nicola lives in Wales.
About the Illustrator
Petr Horacek trained at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague before becoming a graphic designer, painter and author-illustrator. His titles Strawberries Are Red
and What Is Black and White?
won the Books for Children Newcomer Award in 2002.
Born in Czechoslovakia, Petr now lives in Worcester with his wife and two daughters.
"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."
"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
"A book to treasure for years."