Dave Gunson. 64 pages softcover
At first glance, it might seem that the average New Zealand garden is not the best place to find wildlife ¬– but look again. Bugs and ants are climbing trees while geckos wait in the foliage for their lunch, hedgehogs are sleeping in the back hedge and spiders are getting kicked out of their homes by tree wetas – there is indeed a whole lot going on! The immediacy of the backyard inspires many opportunities for environmental discovery. Young New Zealand children spend time examining animal, insect and plant life without really knowing much about it. All About New Zealand’s Garden Wildlife, written and illustrated by artist, children’s book writer and nature lover Dave Gunson, introduces over 60 of the most interesting and remarkable garden creatures and plants. Each page features profile illustrations and lively text descriptions as well as habitat and life-cycle illustrations; a cross-section of a bee hive, an ants’ nest and the monarch butterfly life cycle. In addition, children will be able to identify birds’ eggs and the webs of different spiders.