Hollow is a Home

Henricus Peters reviews Hollow is a Home by Abbie Mitchell, illustrated by Astred Hicks. Take a peek into the world of tree hollows and the Australian animals that call them home. Trees are praised for many things, and rightly so: provider of nesting site for birds; perching place for beautiful flowers; the roots strengthen and structure the…

Animals make us human

Henricus Peters reviews Animals Make us Human by Leah Kaminsky & Meg Keneally Do you know what Sir David Attenborough, Greta Thunberg, the Dalai Lama and Beyoncé all have in common? (The answer is at the end of this review!)  This delightful and important book was born out of devastating circumstances. First the Australian bushfires of 2019–20, as the country’s…

A Tiger’s Message

Juliette Green reviews A Tiger’s Message by Martin D Hill & Marisa Morgan (illustrator) A Tiger’s Message is a beautifully colourful book that helps children learn about the wildlife of tropical rainforests, the threats that they face, and what people can do to help. At first glance, it appears to be a picture book aimed at Key Stage…

Darwin Comes to Town

Sue Shanks reviews Darwin Comes to Town: How the urban jungle drives evolution by Menno Schilthuizen  Darwin comes to Town is a thoroughly researched book delving into the many ways that plants and animals are exploiting the habitats which are available in our urban landscapes and through these interaction are themselves undergoing evolutionary adaptations in a relatively…

Bringing Back the Beaver

Henricus Peters reviews Bringing Back the Beaver: The Story of One Man’s Quest to Rewild Britain’s Waterways by Derek Gow The author image on the back flap reminds me of (sometimes controversial) television botanist Dr David Bellamy, a past president of our NAEE who passed away in 2019. A reasonably burly figure with a bushy white beard set on…