A First Book of Nature

By Nicola Davies

Illustrated by Mark Hearld

An exquisite book that evokes a child's first experience of nature.

From beachcombing to stargazing, from watching squirrels, ducks and worms to making berry crumble or a winter bird feast, this is a remarkable book – part poetry, part scrapbook of recipes, facts and fragments – and a glorious reminder that the natural world is on our doorstep waiting to be discovered. Mark Hearld's pictures beautifully reproduce the colours of the seasons on woodfree paper, and Nicola Davies' lyrical words capture the simple loveliness that is everywhere, if only we can look.

Categories: Anthology

For readers aged: 3+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Hardback
  • ISBN: 9781406304916
  • Published: 03 May 2012
  • Price: £20.00
  • Size: 288 x 260 mm
  • Pages: 108

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Customer reviews


'From beachcombing to stargazing, this is lyrical and lovely guide to nature for young children. Beautiful production too.' The Bookseller

'It's a book to cherish and share, one to keep and reflect upon and to pick up and read when the pressures of life get a bit much. It's a lovely way to encourage children to enjoy the world around them and to make them take note and care for that world.' Parentsintouch.co.uk

'With lots to see in the richly-coloured spreads, this is a very special book to explore together and to treasure.' Booktrust

'this volume of poetry – sprinkled with facts and fun things to do – sows an early love for nature' Selvedge

'How could a child not adore this book?' Good Housekeeping

'a simply stunning book with eye-catching illustrations...a special gift that will instantly win a place in your, and your little one's, hearts.' baby&me

'A First Book Of Nature by Nicola Davies is a treasury of poems, pictures and recipes, taking children on a journey through the seasons and showing them the beauty of the world around them' Sunday Express

'“Hearld’s nostalgic illustrations are the perfect accompaniment to this lovely chronicle of a child’s first experiences of nature.”' BookTrust

'There have always been lots of nature books for kids – wonderful authors like Nicola Davies help children to connect with and understand the natural world.' The Guardian

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