In Focus: Forests
Libby Walden et al
360 Degrees (Little Tiger Group)
Ten exciting illustrators showcase some of the world’s most famous forests in this smashing book that’s been put together under the stewardship of Libby Walden.
Herein is a wealth of information about the natural flora and fauna of these stunning green places as well as associated facts on such things as, in the first and hugely biodiverse location – The Black Forest – things to do, the Brothers Grimm and more. Grace Easton is the illustrator of this place.
Gate fold flaps are employed by each artist, the second being Julie Colombet who explores The Anatomy of Trees;
Suzanne Washington takes us to the Rainforests; with the artistic work of Sol Linereo we visit National Parks.
Stephanie Fizer Coleman dives deep to the Kelp Forests to show us the sea otter and many more amazing inhabitants.
Forest Mythology is the next focus, illustrated by Irene Montano;
the Amazon Rainforest wherein we ‘meet two famous British naturalists, is illustrated by Marc Pattenden;
Alessandra Santelli portrays peoples of the Forest; Aaron Cushley, Mangrove Forests and the final topic is Produce and Preservation (including the tree hugging, Chipko movement) illustrated by Jenny Wren.
Each spread is totally absorbing and the entire chunky volume is sure to draw you in to what are probably my favourite places – forests – and hold you there for a considerable time.