Michelle has a passion for supporting and enabling children’s creativity and she has created this book with that very much in mind. Her interactive book provides many opportunities for children to write, paint and draw - stimulated by stories, poems, and her own very individual artwork. These are supplemented with interesting sections of relevant information.
This book would appeal especially to children of junior age (circa. 7-10 years). Many will be able to undertake the activities with little or no adult support, others may benefit from this and from seeing photographs of the creatures they are invited to draw. To an extent this depends on their country of origin. For example, children in the US may well know exactly what a zebra finch looks like whilst UK children could struggle with that. Alternatively, they could be encouraged to invent their own version.
Nevertheless, this book has a great deal to commend it. I particularly like the way in which children are invited to become equal partners in completing its contents and to have their contribution acknowledged by an invitation to sign their names alongside the author’s. Equally powerful is the way in which the book enables children to deepen their understanding of the natural world in an effortless way and develop their artistic skills. More than this it is a book which encourages them to question, to imagine and to express that imagination productively - thus helping them develop their creative abilities.