How do we see the wonderful world

Know what we read The wonderful world of the oak

Why is?

A large tree is the starting point in this non-fiction book to focus on animals and plants that have one thing in common: They find their ideal living conditions in and on the majestic oak tree.

The structure of the book is really exciting: Because the animals and plants are not listed arbitrarily. Rather, the author and illustrator travels from the ground to the crown. It literally says: "In this book we can slide up the trunk like an invisible elevator and slide further through the branches of the big tree. In this way we succeed in looking at all the living beings that normally escape our view."

How does the book manage to captivate me?

I myself always like to refer to myself as a "city child", who unfortunately has little knowledge of flora and fauna and recognizes them even less without the help of the Internet. But this book manages to show me the diversity that lives from and with a tree. There are over 150 animals and plants that can feel at home near a single tree.

The drawings - the real highlight in the book - convince with their attention to detail, just like the accompanying text.

Jana Rehse

Individual animals and their peculiarities are described briefly, but sufficiently and, above all, clearly. Due to the diversity, everyone can probably learn something new.

Who wrote it?

Thomas Müller, born in 1955, studied at the University of Graphic and Book Art in Leipzig. He has now illustrated and written several books on animals for children (and adults). All in a similar style. The "handwriting" of Thomas Müller therefore catches the eye here as well.

Thomas Müller: "The wonderful world of oak", Gerstenberg 2020, 72 pages, € 20, ISBN 978-3-8369-5680-2

How is it written

The book is aimed at children from the age of 6 - but is ultimately suitable for everyone who would like to learn more about nature.

I leafed through the book with my 7 year old son. He and I were fascinated by what can be found in a single tree and feel good. But he found it even more exciting to discover the differences between individual beetles, butterflies and birds.

He followed the exciting additional information about bats and cuckoo eggs with great interest. The explanations are neither too long nor too simple, so that even adults do not have the feeling that they are reading a children's book. Of course, he cannot memorize every one of the 150+ animals presented in the book. But that doesn't have to be the case.

What is stuck?

I think the design of this book is unique. Starting from a tree, a large number of different animals and living beings are described and illustrated in detail. And these are presented in the order of the altitude in which they live. Great idea!

I don't get bored reading and looking through it, because I don't get too detailed information about a single species, but a great overview of a wide variety of living beings. My son and I have picked out a few animals to look out for on our next walk. With a little luck we might see one or the other.

looks at knowledge and non-fiction books for children for us: "With two small children of kindergarten and elementary school age, I like to read and discover knowledge books for the little ones. What is very important to me: I want to show the children from the start that non-fiction books are not boring per se, but the world of science has more exciting information to offer than some children's stories. "