Secrets of the Forest is a beautifully illustrated book of 15 bedtime stories, inspired by the natural world. This charming anthology guides children into the woods to meet the amazing animals that live there – each forest contains a thousand secrets..
- A squirrel hunts for an elusive corn buried earlier in the year
- An Alaskan wood frog that (temporarily) freezes itself for winter
- A reindeer finds its herd, in snowy Scandinavian woods
- A chameleon that changes colour, in the forests of Madagascar
Children will also learn about:
- Monarch butterflies
- Wild cats
- Walking fish!
- A tree that lives thousands of years
- Forest-dwelling penguins!
Each story is based on real biology. And at the end of each tale, readers will find out more about the science that inspired each story. So as young ones drift off to sleep, they will know a little bit more, about the world around them.
England used to be covered in forests, and today we have lost most of our natural woodland, though more affluent counties like Surrey seem to preserve more of it. It was only due to a massive petition at 38 Degrees that the government reversed on a previous plan to sell most of our remaining woodlands off to private companies. Keeping our forests intact is not just good for the planet (trees!) and native wildlife, but also for the physical and mental health of us! Activities like ‘forest bathing’ (which is basically just walking through a forest taking in the sights and scents and smells) is one of the best forms of ‘mindfulness meditation’ there is.
About the Author
Alicia Klepeis was born in Boston (USA) and taught geography for years before moving to New York State with her family to raise their children, and become a writer of children’s books. Illustrator Kristen Adam is based in the city of San Francisco (USA).