…a colourful cocktail
Flying High! [Discover the Poetry in British Birds] | By Annelies Emmans Dean | Brambleby Books | 2017 | Paperback | 136 Pages | 100+ Colour photos | ISBN: 9781908241504
The Publisher’s View: This guide to British birds is a colourful cocktail of entertaining poems, solid science and fabulous photos, all combined with humour. Season by season, the author introduces you to a wealth of facts about birds and their life cycles, along with top tips on how to identify them, attract them to your garden and record them.Flying High! is a great laughter-and-learning experience for children and grown-ups alike. It’s the companion volume to Anneliese’s award-winning book Buzzing!
Other Views: "…It hits a beautifully sweet spot, effortlessly combining very entertaining but informative poetry with lovely photographs and bite-sized but accurate facts. It is a book that adults and children alike will learn from and enjoy, and it lends itself very well to 'dipping in', either just for fun, or as a reference book. …This book does far more than introduce each species, however - readers will find themselves effortlessly learning about all sorts of things"
– Ben Darvill, BTO book reviews
"A marvellous little book"
– Sir John Lawton, RPSB Vice-President
The Author: Anneliese Emmans Dean is an award-winning poet and performer, and a life-long lover of birds. She performs her ‘edu-taining’ poetry shows, in which she brings her Flying High! and Buzzing! books to life, in schools, theatres and festivals nationwide. Buzzing! won the NS Teachers’ Book Award for Poetry and was shortlisted for the Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize. It’s a National Insect Week recommended book.Anneliese has been commissioned to write and perform poems by a wide range of people and organisations, including the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, the Radio 2 Arts Show, Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and the BBC World Service. She studied at Cambridge University and now lives in York. She has been recording the birds in her garden for the BTO Garden Birdwatch scheme since 1998 and is patron of her local nature reserve, St Nicks.
Fatbirder View: This is one I’ll leave for you to judge for yourselves. Personally I like my poetry more poetic and much of this is more Pam Ayres than Edmund Blunden, more Spike Milligan than Edwin Muir. But its full of fun facts and would, I am sure, spark an interest in those of the right age.
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28th September 2018