Young botanists have a field day

Tom Pattison enjoys the Plants Are Amazing book from Disney's The Wonderful World of Knowledge series.
Tom Pattison enjoys the Plants Are Amazing book from Disney's The Wonderful World of Knowledge series.

FROM Asia to Africa and the Americas to Australasia, the Children of the World are united in this week’s edition of Disney’s The Wonderful World of Knowledge.

The full-colour book takes young readers on a magical journey through all the countries of the world, explaining traditions and costumes, everyday life and learning and the many different cultures.

There’s lots of information to pick up, plenty of amazing facts, and of course your favourite Disney characters can be found throughout.

It is primarily aimed at five to 10-year-olds, but there’s ample for the whole family to enjoy.

Next week, the series shows us just why Plants Are Amazing, describing how they work, different varieties across the globe and how we use them in everyday life.

The Herald’s expert gardener Tom Pattinson had a closer look.

He said: “This is one of the most informative plant-related books for this age range that I’ve ever read.

“The hardback cover and interior will certainly attract children, with colourful Disney characters acting as their guides. The mixture of real-life photographs and first class annotated illustrations hold the attention, and once inside you realise that some elements of this book could appeal to a wider age range.

“It is easy to see an adult guiding a child through the fact-packed pages, responding to deeper questions, and sharing enjoyment of the experience.

“I’ve read many plant-orientated books over a lifetime of teaching and gardening but how I wish this one had been around for past generations of school garden club members. What an acquisition for the junior home library or first/ middle school classroom.”

Morpeth schoolgirl Poppy Rule, who is in Year 4, also enjoyed a preview of the book.

She said: “I think this book about flowers is for a boy or a girl and the age group will be for eight to 13 years. I think it would be three stars to rate it.

“I really like the book. I think other kids would really like it and it would teach young people a lot. I especially like Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Pluto and Goofy.”

Each book in the collection costs £2.99 and is available from participating newsagents with the Morpeth Herald.

If you have missed a title, visit our office in Newgate Street, Morpeth, or call us on 01670 517171 and we can arrange for copies to be provided.