Review: Hello World Animals by Nicola Edwards and L’Atelier Cartographik
A lift-the-flap atlas which explores the wildlife by location, teaching readers simultaneously about wildlife and geography.
The book is a large-format with thick cardboard pages. There is something exciting about holding a book this size. It demands that you settle down and get lost in its pages. Inside are eight double-page spreads: one for each continent and one introductory section.
The introduction explains that some animals have spread across the world because of their relationship with humans while others are so adaptable they can survive almost anywhere. This was an interesting start because it didn’t shy away from the fact that human activity has had an impact on wildlife. This section also introduces the seven continents, giving a hint about what is coming in the rest of the book.
Each spread shows the map of one continent. Different animals are located on these maps, with information hidden under flaps. This interactive element will keep readers engaged and guessing what there might be to learn. Flaps also act as a great memory-game when readers are more familiar with the book. Around the maps are different fact files, with topics as varied as camouflage, the life-cycle of a butterfly and environmental crisis.
Although the format is friendly for readers as young as four, the facts are in-depth enough that this book will satisfy much older readers and it will certainly keep the adults interested.
A beautiful gift for any lover of wildlife or budding explorer and a wonderful way of learning more about our planet.
Thanks to Little Tiger Press for my copy of Hello World Animals. Opinions my own.