I (Don’t) Like Snakes by Nicola Davies, Illustrated by Luciano Lozano

A bold, bright and fascinating Nature Storybook about one of the world’s most hated creatures – the snake!

A bold, bright and fascinating Nature Storybook, by award-winning writer and zoologist Nicola Davies, about one of the world’s most hated creatures – the snake! Perhaps it’s the way they slither, or maybe it’s their slimy, scaly skin … whatever the reason, many of us shiver at the thought of a snake – and so does the little girl in this book. But the rest of her family loves them and as they tell her more about snakes (did you know they have no eyelids, smell with their tongues and can swim?) she has a change of heart, and by the end of the book she loves them too. Luciano Lozano’s stylish, colourful and informative illustrations perfectly match the warmth and humour of the text.

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Deadly! By Nicola Davies Illustrated by Neal Layton

Meet the animal kingdom’s most competent killers in this fascinating natural history book.

Stabbing and strangling, poisoning and drowning, electrocuting, exploding, dive-bombing and even death by glueing! Throughout the animal kingdom, creatures great and small have evolved to become masters of murder: from dive-bombing peregrine falcons to exploding carpenter ants, from electric eels to spitting cobras. The ingenious and often hilarious means of survival that both predators and prey employ are entertainingly explored in this celebration of all things deadly. With fantastically funny illustrations by Neal Layton and highly original explanations and advice on how we can all peaceably share our world, this book cannot fail to enlighten and engross. This is one of six books in the Animal Science series – the best biology series ever!

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The Promise by Nicola Davies illustrated by Laura Carlin

The Promise is a story about hope, community and change. It sends a positive message about the power we have as an individual to make a positive impact on our surroundings.

The story begins in a bleak and hopeless cityscape, where poverty, crime and misery are rife within its streets. The community is broken and its people dejected and mournful. Urban disorder and vandalism fill the neighbourhoods. Nature has been exploited, modified, altered, privatized, commercialized and transformed without any thought of the consequences.

The protagonist, a young female street thief, attempts to snatch the purse of an elderly woman. Struggling back and forth, the woman agrees to let go on the condition of a promise. She asks that the young girl make a promise to ‘plant them all’.

When finding a bag full of acorns, she is taken on an unexpected and life-changing journey that transforms the world around her and that of her community for generations to come.

The book reminds us that it is essential for us to coexist with nature in harmony and balance, that the protection and respect of nature is crucial for the survival for all species on our planet.

Earth is the only home we have. The Earth does not belong to us; we belong to the Earth.