The Fish: Story of the Stickleback ¦ The Beaver
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The illustration on our cover for this issue is by Gary Chalk and is taken from the cover of Flight from the Dark the first book in the new Lone Wolf fantasy role-playing adventure by Joe Dever. (Sparrow, 0 09 935890 5, £l.50). We are most grateful to Sparrow Books for help in using this illustration.
The Fish: Story of the Stickleback
Illustrated by John Butler
Good to have these excellent books in paperback - the work of a naturalist who cares about her subject - and cares about children and language. I've read the first one as a 'story' to lower juniors. The writing is direct, poetic and the pictures catch changing seasons and action: see the zig-zag courtship dance.
The essentially hazardous nature of the creatures' existence is well conveyed - as it is in The Beaver, where the hardships of food-gathering and lodge-building are not glossed over. Points about conservation are never didactically 'pushed', yet the young sense that they are in touch with an expert who turns the 'facts' of topic work into ideas. Essential for class reference collections and very popular for personal buying.