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Sunday 18 April 2021

Review: North & South: A Tale of Two Hemispheres

Weather can be really different depending on where in the world you are.

The seasons, be they wet or dry, or spring, summer, autumn or winter, differ in their timing and extremes, from the tip of the southern hemisphere to far reaches of the northern hemisphere, and everywhere in between. 

Animals make the most of this, and often have special characteristics that help them survive and thrive in different weather.

Our wildlife are dependent on the environment, and climate change puts many of them at risk.

In North & South: A Tale of Two Hemispheres, author and illustrator, Sandra Morris takes us on a trip around the world, starting in January and ending in December.

 It's a calendar of a special kind.

As you move through the months, you'll uncover animals with talents such as camouflage (the Scottish Ptarmigan) and hibernation (Hazel Dormouse), animals who migrate (Monarch butterflies), and animals who mate during specific seasons (Caribou). Parenting, food, and more are also covered.

Each month is given a double page spread, with one of the pages featuring the northern hemisphere and the other the southern hemisphere. The conservation status and location of the animals is depicted using a labelled map. And there are beautiful large illustrations of each animal, along with explanatory text describing life cycles, lifestyles, and how they adapt to their environments.

North & South is supported by an excellent glossary, index, key references for further information, and tips on how you can help wildlife and the climate.

Lovely end papers feature a world map labelled with icons of the featured animals and their homes.

Both younger and older readers can travel and explore the world with North & South, a beautifully designed and illustrated book, showcasing the importance of wildlife and how the environment is critical to them.

Title: North & South
Author/Illustrator: Sandra Morris
Publisher: Walker Books , $ 27.99
Publication Date: February 2021
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781925381801
For ages: 7+
Type: Junior Non-Fiction