A Natural History
Beginning with the origins of Caninae and ending with a directory of 32 popular modern breeds, this colourful volume surveys the biology and behaviour of dogs, how they think and how they interact with people. Written by a team of experts, the book discusses the life of wild dogs as well as the different roles they play as companions, guard dogs, herders and co-workers, and also considers the future for canines in our changing society.
Christmas Paper Play
Play, Make, Decorate!
Incorporating over 40 activities with concise, easy-to-follow instructions, this collection offers games, doodling, colouring and puzzles, while also inviting readers to cut out and make paper chains, garlands, skittles, crackers, an advent calendar and photo props, including a Santa hat and beard, using pencils, crayons, scissors and glue. Age 6+
Build! A Knight's Castle
Paper Toy Archaeology
The first section of this activity book encourages readers to think like an archaeologist; the second shows an excavation and the third contains press-out pieces for a castle, which readers will be able to build using the knowledge gained in the first two sections. Age 7+
The Extraordinary Form & Function of Bones
Evolving from fish scales 500 million years ago, bone is a remarkable material that is capable of strength, lightness and flexibility; in a range of skeletal arrangements it can support the weight of an elephant or a bird in flight and provide the dexterity of a human hand. Through a series of line drawings and extended captions, this accessible introduction examines the different forms and structures that have evolved across the animal kingdom.
Practical Landscape Painting
Materials, Techniques & Projects
These seven lessons, focusing on watercolour, cover various aspects of landscape painting, from tone and texture to composition and perspective, each including clear instructions for tackling a relevant project, including a desert view, a brooding sky and a Hawaiian beach scene. The book also offers practical information about materials and a detailed account of a sketching trip along the West Coast of Ireland.
An Exploration of Avian Intelligence
Different species of birds have demonstrated tool use and advanced spatial and navigational awareness but recent experiments have begun to reveal a more sophisticated and self-aware problem-solving ability. This highly illustrated introduction to the subject explains the current state of knowledge, explores the anatomy and workings of the avian brain and describes some of the most notable recent studies that suggest that some birds have an intelligence that could be compared to dolphins or elephants.
How to Make Tea
The Science Behind the Leaf
With 5,000 years of history, 2,000 styles, and 250 different species of the plant genus Camellia, this guide covers everything there is to know about tea. Sections include information on the tea-growing regions, how the plant is harvested and processed, and detailed instructions on how to make the perfect cup, from getting the right temperature, to steeping times and how to use a teaspoon.
Portraits of Champion Breeds Preened to Perfection
Admired by humans since the earliest civilizations and prized for their mousing, the keeping of cats purely as pets developed from the 17th century and the first show demonstrating 'fancy' breeds took place in 1868. This portfolio presents 40 studio portraits of modern champion breeds from Siamese and Russian Blue to the hairless Sphynx and provides details about each pedigree and a brief history of cats and cat shows.
Astronauts need to know how to breathe, eat and stay fit in space as well as fly their spaceship. This colourful book introduces aspects of space travel such as rocket propulsion, weightlessness and orbits and encourages engagement for young space cadets with a host of interactive games and suggested activities. The book comes with stickers, a press-out spacecraft model and a board game. Age 6+
Chicken & Egg
An Egg-Centric Guide to Raising Poultry
Concerns over commercial poultry farming as well as a trend toward the organic, local and home-produced has led many people in recent years to keep a handful of hens for their own supply of eggs, and sometimes meat. This introduction to chicken-keeping reviews the principal egg-laying breeds and how to house, feed and care for them, as well as providing notes on the origins of the bird and the biology of egg production.
The Complete Guide to Quilting Techniques
Essential Techniques and Step-by-Step Projects for Making Beautiful Quilts
This comprehensive guide explains how to perfect the three techniques of patchwork, quilting and applique through making 15 individual projects. These include a patchwork pillow, a Noah's Ark crib quilt and an appliqued table centrepiece. Chapters on equipment and materials are followed by the detailed projects, each with clear, step-by-step diagrams and a photograph of the finished piece. Templates for all the motifs used are included at the end.