A First Book of Animals


I have wiled away this sunny afternoon reading Nicola Davies’ facts and descriptive verse about the animals selected for her beautiful book, ‘A First Book of Animals’ sumptuously illustrated by Petr Horáček.

I love the additional pages that address scientific information, such as stripes and spots, or tool using animals. I adore Petr Horáček’s wax resist crayon pictures in such empathic colours. There is so much to learn and wonder at.

I will give copies of this title, but keep my own, for the text and images are superior and glorious. Readers will be drawn to ‘stroke’ the pages, to look, review and compare.  The verses offer endless opportunities to memorise and learn, albeit fascinating, relevant information. This is a truly special ‘forever’ book,


A First Book of Animals

Nicola Davies and Petr Horáček

(Walker Books)

‘A First Book of Animals‘ is an indispensable introduction to the animal kingdom for first readers.  The text is pitch perfect and fascinating. Petr Horáček’s pictures are almost touchable. This is a classic title that merits a place in every home and school.
This is the very definition of a ‘forever book’.


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