Sarah Walsh

Wild Lives

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‘Wild Lives’ is a wonderful book which celebrates fifty remarkable animals from around the world, telling their exceptional stories. Each is a powerful tale. many full of courage and love, and each is a joy to read. The range of animals whose stories form part of this collection is quite incredible, reminding the reader of just how extraordinary animals can be.

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The adventures of two special felines are recorded here- Bob, the street cat who became very famous, and Simon, a cat who made his home on a warship. Dogs also feature- Greyfriars Bobby and Sergeant Stubby stories are perhaps better known, but the reader can also find out about Pickles who discovered the World Cup after it had been stolen, earning the gratitude of the England team who won it four months later! Balto (a husky from Alaska) also earns a place in the book for being the lead dog in a team transporting essential medication through howling gales and blizzards which saved the lives of ill children.

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But it’s not just dogs and cats who are celebrated here. Huberta (a hippo), Sam (a koala), Lin Wang (an elephant) and Moko (a dolphin) are just a few of the other creatures represented. The book is organised into different categories- Rescue and Protect, Adventure and Explore, Change and Solve, Discover and Pioneer and Inspire and Influence- and offers a comprehensive glossary and index, making it easy to locate specific information or to simply enjoy browsing. There is also a map of the world, showing where each creature was born.

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Published in the same format as JAB favourite, ‘HerStory’, ‘Wild Lives’ is a beautifully produced book, full of lovely illustrations, but also including photographs, documents and quotes. It is a fascinating collection, perfect for inspiring young readers.

Wild Lives Ben Lerwill, illustrated by Sarah Walsh

Nosy Crow ISBN: 978-1788005098

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You can read our review of ‘HerStory’ here.

LONG LIST REVIEW: HERSTORY

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"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world."

Harriet Tubman

This is the story of brave leaders, talented artists, gifted healers and scientists- it is the story of fifty women and girls who did extraordinary things. It is truly inspirational.

Organised into five different sections- Believe and Lead, Imagine and Create, Help and Heal, Think and Solve and Hope and Overcome- 'Herstory' gathers the women by theme rather than in chronological order, making it perfect for dipping in and out of. A timeline is included at the end of the book, allowing the reader to place a figure in 'herstory', but this is not as important as the inspirational role they played. 

There are many familiar names here, but also some less well known. A double page spread is devoted to each woman, with photographs, illustrations and quotes, allowing the reader to familiarise themselves with women from a range of periods, cultures and countries. The book emphasises the significance of each, valuing and celebrating the contribution they made and the lessons that can be learned from their lives and experiences.

I have always been obsessed with history and as a child, used to scour libraries and bookshops for books about the women of history. I was always interested in the queens and the daughters, but had to hunt hard to find little information. Books like this are essential for all readers- not just girls- to allow those unheard stories to become as well-known as those of Ghandi, Churchill, Dickens, Brunel, Ramesses II and Martin Luther King.

HERSTORY: 50 Women and Girls Who Shook the World

Katherine Halligan, illustrated by Sarah Walsh

Nosy Crow     ISBN: 978- 1788001380