One of the benefits of small children is that I get to indulge my love of books even more. The children’s book market is so amazing at the moment and the children are spoilt for choice in terms of the books that adorn our shelves.
Last year Wide Eyed Editions published a book called The Wonder Garden and I instantly knew that I’d be purchasing a copy at some stage. At Christmas time I was searching for ideas for my young cousin and knew that this would be a perfect gift for her, so of course I sneaked a copy for myself too.
The book itself is breathtaking. It is packed, cover to cover, with sumptuous illustrations and detail that begs to be poured over. It is a large hard-back book so perfect for laying out on the floor and looking at together.
The book is split into five main sections, The Chihuahuan Desert, The Amazon Rainforest, The Black Forest, The Himalayan Mountains and The Great Barrier Reef. The children have been really taken with the Great Barrier Reef section and like to point out the fish and other creatures they can see.
Each section starts with a double page title page which is packed from edge to edge with illustrations or animals to stop. Then follows an introduction to the section which gives you a real feel for the scene. Next there are some more double page spreads which are a visual feast as you read more about the animals and creatures that inhabit that particular ‘garden’ or zone.
The children love the Great Barrier Reef – Mr D has a bit of a fixation on Australia at the moment and I think we will be doing a small project on animals we might find in Australia, so will use this as an introduction to the underwater world. My favourite section is the Black Forest – spot the snail on page 37!
The level of detail in this book is astounding, and whilst not strictly an educational book there is plenty to whet the appetite and inspire. I bought it for my cousin hoping it would inspire her to want to learn more about the natural world.
At the back of the book there are some websites listed that you can visit to learn more about the natural world – which I am sure children (and adults!) will want to once they’ve read this book.
I am thrilled that the team at Wide Eyed Editions are offering the chance for one of my readers to win a copy of this beautiful book. To be in with a chance, please complete the rafflecopter entry form below. Good luck!