THE GREAT BIG BOOK OF IRISH WILDLIFE

Through the Seasons

Written by
Juanita Browne
,
Illustrated by
Barry Reynolds
The Great Big Book of Irish Wildlife

A beautiful picture book tracking nature through the seasons in Ireland. It explores nature in your back garden as well as weird and wonderful natural phenomena, such as the metamorphosis from Tadpole to Frog; the Red Deer rut in autumn; or a starling flock in winter.

Hardback:
€19.99
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Hardback:
80 pages
Size:
285x225 mm
ISBN:
9781847179159
Category Nature

A beautifully illustrated book that guides the reader through the seasons in Ireland. Explore nature in your back garden as well as in mountains, rivers, forests and sea. Learn about weird and wonderful natural phenomena, such as the metamorphosis from tadpole to frog; the red deer rut in autumn; or a starling flock in winter.

Introduces Irish birds, mammals, plants, insects, and amphibians. Overflowing with stunning photographs and engaging, child-friendly cartoons accompanied by clear accessible text.

A wonderful gift for children to help open their eyes to the natural world, from a real expert.

Juanita Browne, a Zoology graduate with an MA in Media Studies, has almost 20 years’ experience across television, radio, magazines, books, and newspapers. She works on natural history documentaries for television, including the multi-award-winning ‘Secret Life of the Shannon’ and ‘On a River in Ireland’, ‘Wild Cities’ and ‘Wild Ireland’. She has also worked on children’s wildlife television shows for RTE, including ‘Shutterbugs’ and ‘Wild Things.’ Juanita has produced two radio documentary series for RTE Radio 1, titled ‘Nature on One’, consisting of 16 half-hour documentaries. Juanita’s books include ‘Ireland’s Mammals’ (2005); ‘Kildare’s Natural Heritage’ (2008), ‘Put the Kettle On – the Irish love affair with tea’ (2013); and ‘My First Book of Irish Animals’ (2014), which was shortlisted for the Literacy Association of Ireland Children’s Book Award 2015. Juanita also edits Biodiversity Ireland, the magazine of the National Biodiversity Data Centre. Her latest job involves working with the National Biodiversity Data Centre, on a project called the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan – conserving bees, bumblebees and the wildflowers, hedgerows they depend on.

Dubliner Barry Reynolds is a character designer/concept/visual development artist and illustrator who has worked on the Oscar-nominated, animated movie The Secret of Kells, on Aardman and Sony Pictures Animation’s Arthur Christmas, and on Irish language graphic novels, An Táin and Deirdre agus Mic Uisnigh, where his artwork helped these Irish legends to a new readership. As a child, Barry saw The Jungle Book and announced then that he intended to be an artist, and he has realised that dream, apart from a few brief flirtations with wanting to be an astronaut, a dinosaur hunter and a zoologist … the last of which came in handy when working on The Great Big Book of Irish Wildlife.

brimming with simple, interesting and meaningful facts about Irish wildlife … it contains everything you would want children to know about Irish wildlife … suitable for children aged five – 12 years old and is the kind of book you would refer to season after season to investigate changes in nature. Additionally, this book would be an invaluable resource in any school and would enhance the teaching of geography (natural environment) and science (living things)  in all classes. It also contains suitable information texts about Irish animals which could be integrated into an English reading lesson and would facilitate the use of a KWL chart

InTouch Magazine

A fun, accessible guide to Irish animals, with a focus on the different seasons. Browne is an accomplished naturalist and her carefully researched text is complimented by photographs and brightly coloured illustrations

Irish Independent

vibrant … The world of Harry Potter can wait when you have a guide to our own fantastic beasts and where to find them

Irish Examiner

instantly appealing

Irish Garden Magazine

packed with pictures, illustrations and facts, this hardback will appeal to primary school children

Belfast Telegraph

a must for any household

Leinster Leader

For young nature enthusiasts 5+ The Great Big Book of Irish Wildlife Through the Seasons is an ideal introduction to Irish wildlife and the concept of hibernation, migration and much, much more

RTÉjr

As the trees begin to shed their leaves, there is no better way to chart the changing seasons than with a beautiful book ... The book reads like a diary of the seasons, drawing a connection between animals, their environment and the climate shifts that mark the passing of time. Browne directs the young reader’s attention to changes they can spot themselves, in their garden, local park, forest or beach, and the text is accessible, both in content and in form. There are practical tips for helping animals make the most of their habitats, as well as reminders of what animals and environments are best left alone. Barry Reynolds’s illustrations are intermixed with documentary photographs that reinforce the amazing wildlife all around us, even in urban environments, and the role that children can play in ensuring they thrive.

Irish Times

your little ones will be so intrigued about Irish wildlife after they have turned the final page, that they won’t be able to wait until spring to experience it the magic of the great outdoors

Irish Country Magazine

beautifully illustrated book … outstanding illustrations by Barry Reynolds, and a really attractive, easy-to-follow layout … overflowing with stunning photographs and engaging, child-friendly cartoons accompanied by clear accessible text … perfect to encourage children to discover their local wildlife, and a lovely gift

Parents in Touch

a beautiful publication, packed full of interesting facts, great illustrations and fabulous photographs. I would loved to have had such a book (and a big hardback at that) when I was growing up, but I must admit that even now I have learned more than a few things I didn’t know! … excellent publication

Kate McAney of The Vincent Wildlife Trust

far from being a spotter’s guide to Irish nature, it is a celebration of its wonders, providing an introduction to a vast topic and hopefully inspiring further exploration

Evening Echo
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