Yuval Zommer

The Big Book of Birds

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The fourth in the ‘Big Book of…’ series, ‘The Big Book of Birds’ is every bit as fascinating as the others. The large format makes it perfect for sharing and each spread is presented in Yuval’s playful style. A brilliant family book, younger children can spot the eggs hidden on each page ( a guide to locating them is included at the end) whilst older ones can enjoy the information. Everyone will love the illustrations!

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A clear index shows ‘who’s inside’ the book and each section starts by posing a question which is then answered in the text. There are spreads focusing on particular birds and others on more general subjects, such as eggs. Advice for the potential bird spotter makes it clear that patience is needed to spot birds and that nests and eggs should not be touched. A comprehensive index at the end makes it easy to locate information.

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The pages on flamingos explain their pink colouring, how they eat, try to impress a mate, cool themselves down and stand on one leg to sleep. There is enough information here to entertain or to act as a starting point for further investigation. Other spreads look at the hummingbird, kingfishers and hoopoes. Each is full of fascinating facts abut their appearance, feeding habits and nests.

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In school, children could present further research in Yuval’s style, using his artwork for inspiration and carefully choosing snippets of information best suited to their design. The pages about giving garden birds a home might provide a starting point for looking after birds in the school grounds. Designed to capture interest and feed the intellect, ‘The Big Book of Birds’ is perfect for the budding ornithologist, birdwatcher or nature lover.

The Big Book of Birds Yuval Zommer

Thames and Hudson ISBN: 978-0500651513

You can read our review of ‘The Big Book of Bugs’ (shortlisted for our Information Category in 2017) here.

You can read our review of ‘The Big Book of the Blue’ here.

Yuval Zommer at Waterstones, Bath

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As soon as I heard the lovely Yuval Zommer was going to be in the Waterstones in Bath today, I was determined to pop along and say hello! Here at JAB HQ, we are huge fans of his books and love sharing them with our classes, book groups and families and it's always a pleasure to see him. 

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Yuval started by sharing some of his books with the children who had gathered to listen to him. They loved trying to find the little fish hidden on some of the pages of 'The Big Book of the Blue'  and were fascinated by 'The Street Beneath My Feet' as Yuval showed them that the book was taller than one of the fathers watching!

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We were then treated to a sneak preview of Yuval's next book, 'The Skies Above My Eyes', partner title to 'The Street Beneath My Feet'. Rich in detail and full of fascinating facts, this is sure to be another winner and I can't wait to get a copy!

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Yuval had prepared some shapes for children to use as a starting point for creating their own underwater creatures. They had great fun and Yuval gave each child advice and praise.

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It was a lovely session and over all too soon! 

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Yuval also visited Mr B's Emporium to paint their window! 

The Big Book of the Blue

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Having treated us to the wonderful worlds of Bugs and Beasts, Yuval Zommer now takes us under water to celebrate all the creatures of 'the Blue'.  Starting with an introduction to ocean families- mammals, reptiles, crustaceans, etc- and how they move and breathe underwater, the book then focuses on different creatures, dedicating two beautifully blue pages to each.

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Seahorses, penguins, dolphins and pufferfish are just a few of the marine creatures that are featured here. Fascinating facts are surrounded by Yuval's wonderful illustrations, making this a book to linger over again and again. Did you know that a boxfish is square? Or that dragonets swim along the sea floor? Did you even know dragonets existed?! And did you know that one of the deep-sea fish (depicted on a suitably dark background) is called an ogrefish? There is so much to learn on these pages!

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With a section on 'fishy phrases' and hidden sardines to find throughout the book, there is plenty of humour to enjoy, although, the in book's final pages, the reader is reminded of the dangers posed to the oceans by our thoughtless actions. 

Published on the 10th May, 'The Big Book of the Blue' is a brilliant introduction to the wonderful world of water!

The Big Book of the Blue   Yuval Zommer and Barbara Taylor

Thames and Hudson    ISBN: 978-0500651193

You can read our review of The Big Book of Bugs here.