A World of Plants by Martin Jenkins – Book Review

A World of Plants by Martin Jenkins – Book Review

A World of Plants by Martin Jenkins

A World of Plants

Author – Martin Jenkins
Illustrator – James Brown
Publisher – Walker Studio
Pages – 64
Released – 7th November 2019
ISBN-13 – 978-1406388565
Format – hardcover
Review by – Stacey
Rating – 4 Stars
I received a free copy of this book.
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A stunningly illustrated guide to the fascinating world of plants and botanical history.

Discover incredible facts and marvel at what plants can do in this beautiful book from conservation biologist and award-winning author Martin Jenkins, stylishly illustrated by print-maker James Brown.

Covering over twenty-five topics, learn all about the different types of plant – from carnivorous, to climbing, to tropical; explore the world of trees; discover how plants have evolved and continue to survive in extreme environments and most importantly, how crucial they are to our life on Planet Earth. From the domestic to the international, there is something for the whole family here. Whether you want to learn the basics of photosynthesis, or explore the hidden world of Victorian plant hunters, this is a lively, engaging and visually stunning look at the world of plants.

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I’m really not sure how the green-fingers missed me given the fact that my grandfather was a gardener and my parents used to be avid gardeners and even my eldest sister has inherited the floral gene, me, not so much. My garden consists of flags and a tiny patch to one side where some flowers live – the ones I deem colourful and pretty, not because I know what they are or whether they would suit my south-facing garden.

So I delved into A World of Plants expecting to know next to nothing. The first thing you notice about this book is how big it is, at 37cms in height and 27cms in width this book is quite a lot bigger than the average children’s book. There are also 30 different sections including the science of plants, how their seeds move around, and even topics such as plants that eat animals and plants in peril.

The bold illustrations throughout bring this book to life especially as most include diagrams that are easy to understand. In fact, the whole book is easy to understand given that it has been written for children who most likely have no knowledge of any of the subjects within.

This is a very informative book and I believe that older children who might just be starting to learn about things such as pollination and photosynthesis might find this book useful too, especially if they are struggling with some of the scientific jargon associated with the topics.

A wonderful big book that certainly gave me plenty to think about and hopefully remember.

Book Reviewer – Stacey

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About the Author

Martin Jenkins, a conservation biologist, has written several nonfiction books for children, including Ape, Grandma Elephant’s in Charge, The Emperor’s Egg, and Chameleons Are Cool. He lives in Cambridge, England.

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