The Amazing Animal Atlas

November

C14806BF-CC09-4CFC-A720-B93C20BD2D62Well it’s time to celebrate National Non-Fiction November and boy do I have a wonderful book for you to do that with! The Amazing Animal Atlas by Dr Nick Crumpton and Gaia Bordicchia, published by the wonderful Flying Eye Books,  is an utter delight.

The subtle yet beautiful end pages invite us in to discover the many wondrous creatures the book has to offer. The oversize of this book invites you to share it with another bookish animal lover, bellies on the carpet, side by side. My 5 year old and I have so much enjoyed the book this way.

Whether you navigate your way through the pages via the contents or index, you won’t be disappointed. Every page is stunningly illustrated and shares interesting facts.

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I can see that this book would be well loved and used in both geography and Science lessons in KS2. There are many links with NC content. Check out these wonderful teachers’ notes from FCBG to make some of those links and see great lesson ideas.

I love the bite-sized chunks of succinct information and the use of Latin names. The illustrations are real and gorgeous. My 5 year old particularly loved The Arctic pages, discovering a current favourite a narwhal. What’s not to love about the ‘unicorn of the sea’!

The fold out pages are a particular delight. This book just keeps on giving!

The many diagrams and texts layouts in the book are great for developing retrieval skills. I could see a double page spread being used effectively in any reading lesson.

Finally, I love the strong message in the book that our world and its creatures are wondrous and precious. This book is sure to encourage children to care for their world and find ways to look after it.

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