You would be hard pressed to find a more original way to journey through millions of years of natural history than in the pages of these stunning, illustrated fact-filled books.
Explorer: Mammals! and Explorer: Plants! are the latest super-clever books in the amazing Explorer series developed by What on Earth Publishing in partnership with London’s Natural History Museum.
This inventive series features four titles which give youngsters a fantastic close-up look at dinosaurs, bugs, plants and mammals, with each book including a spectacular, almost two-metre long, illustrated timeline to put each topic in its evolutionary framework.
The books have been developed alongside experts from the museum. Nick Forshaw, a British author with a love of the natural world, provides the text while William Exley’s spectacular and intricately detailed illustrations bring nature to life in all its extraordinary colour, detail and diversity.
In Mammals! and Plants! we join super-sleuth, senior librarian and time explorer extraordinaire Ada Osprey – aka Agent Osprey – of the Eagle-Eyed Explorer Club as she leaves no stone unturned to uncover the mysterious world of plants, and the fascinating history of the animal kingdom’s fierce and friendly mammals.
Follow the intrepid Osprey as she files a top secret report on the entire history of mammals, travelling back millions of years in time to look at ancient beasts, like the huge, scaly, lizard-like Dimetrodon with its snout full of sharp teeth, right through to creatures of the present day such as huge elephants, lemurs that are only found on the island of Madagascar, and mountain goats which can withstand the freezing cold of the Himalayan mountains.
And in Plants!, we again meet up with Agent Osprey as she uncovers some of the wonderful plants that have survived and thrived down the centuries. Discover early forms of plant life that lived under the sea – cyanobacteria which were made up of one single cell, lived in the ocean and discovered a unique way to stay alive – and marvel at how plants have constantly adapted to new environments.
By delving into the timelines and reading Osprey’s fascinating journals, young explorers can discover for themselves how creatures and plants managed to evolve, adapt and thrive.
Each title in this exciting series is packed with information and illustrations, a multiple choice quiz to test the knowledge of family and friends, and the fantastic pull-out and detachable timeline which is perfect for hanging on a bedroom, library or classroom wall.
The perfect way to turn your young naturalists into experts!