Ben Hoare has featured here on the blog before with his spectacular book An Anthology of Intriguing Animals. He now has another book out complete with fantastic illustrations by Angela Rizza and Daniel Long.
The Wonders Of Nature published by DK, is a superbly presented non-fiction read. The book with its abundance of facts and wonderful photography and illustrations is recommended for 7 years old and up and equally one that will get older readers excited about the wonders of nature.
Divided into four sections readers can find the topics Rocks and Minerals, Microscopic life, Plants and Animals. There are so many wonders on our beautiful planet and it is great to see such an array of these presented in this read.
As well as readers being able to discover mythical facts about the various gemstones and organisms, they can also learn key facts about natural history. Facts such as the Ancient Greeks thinking that amber was droplets of solid sunlight when in fact it comes from trees. And a flower called the corpse flower that is the biggest single flower on the planet and can weigh as much as a turkey! Also, when open the flower gives a rather deadly stench, literally smelling like a corpse.
The visuals throughout the book are so engaging. Set against clean white backgrounds readers are able to see each wonder up close. The detail and colours each double page captures is astonishing.
There is so much for readers to discover making this a brilliant book for home and for a learning setting. There is a handy glossary section as well as a visual guide at the back of the book. There’s also a ribbon book mark to dip in and out of the book and the wonderful gold edged pages give this book a rather special feel indeed.
This could well be a read that inspires readers to explore the outdoors more closely and perhaps create their own wonders of nature diary. It is a super book and I’m sure anyone being gifted a copy will be delighted.
Disclaimer: I received this book from the publishers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.