Caernarfon Herald

KIDS’ BOOK OF THE WEEK

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NATURE TRAIL

By Benjamin Zephaniah, illustrate­d by Nila Aye, Orchard Books, £12.99 (ebook £8.99)

★★★★★

Poet Benjamin Zephaniah’s latest book taps into the feelings many of us have had during the lockdowns of the past year. We’ve found new joy in nature – and anyone trapped in a flat or self-isolating without access to the outdoors will fully understand the heartfelt cry at the end of the book: that we all deserve a garden of our own.

This beautifull­y illustrate­d picture book is a joy to read with small children, with lots of charming creatures like beetles in feather boas and hedgehogs playing cards, and the poetry makes it a delight to read out loud.

It encourages you to look at nature, and notice everything from the snails searching for food to the caterpilla­rs waiting to turn into butterflie­s.

The illustrati­ons make it very inclusive, so children will be able to see themselves reflected in the pages.

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