Enjoy the wild side of life with this children's book
Large-format children’s book offers an inspiring way to get back to nature
Illustrations by Melissa Doran from the book ‘Naturama’
A fox stands unconcernedly on a Georgian street; stags lock horns in front of Áras an Uachtaráin; swifts flit across city skies. The large-format, full-colour new book for children, Naturama, is a glorious compendium of wildlife in 21st-century Ireland. But it doesn’t present nature as something “out there” which you see on the telly. Instead it aims to bring kids, and their parents, right into the action. It encourages its readers to go rooting in hedgerows, paddling in ponds and turning up stones to discover the surprisingly varied life that lies just inches from our eyes.
Naturama starts in spring and works its way through each season. It focuses on habitats which are accessible to everyone – the suburban garden, the city park, the countryside – and it’s crammed with the sort of facts that kids adore. Bet you didn’t know that slugs have 27,000 teeth and green blood – and that for every one you find above ground (gardeners, look away now) there are 95 under the earth. Or that the Irish for jellyfish, smugairle róin, means “seal snot”.