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What The Dog Knows

Author: Cat Warren

Part of a series: A World Book Night Book 2018

Publisher: Scribe 2016 (2013)

A NEW YORK TIMES-BESTSELLING BOOK ABOUT THE EXTRAORDINARY ABILITIES OF MAN’S BEST FRIEND When Cat Warren adopted Solo, an unruly German shepherd puppy, she soon began to wonder what she’d let herself in for. Solo’s boundless energy was what made him loveable — but it also made him exhausting, and difficult to train. Then she struck upon an idea: what Solo needed was something to do. Like many dogs, Solo was destined to work: using his nose to help the police locate missing people. In this lively, accessible book, Warren details Solo’s journey from troublesome pup to expert cadaver dog, and explores the fascinating hidden world of animals that do essential work and the handlers who train them.

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Why Flamingoes Have Red Legs

Author: Hannie Truijens

Publisher: Nelson Thornes Ltd (1989)

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Why Is The Sky Blue?

Author: Geraldine Taylor

Publisher: Ladybird Books Ltd (2008)

The perfect first book for young children interested in the world they see around them. Packed with real questions children have wondered about, such as "Why is the sky blue?" and "What do birds say when they sing?"

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Wilding

Author: Isabella Tree

Publisher: Picador (2019)

In Wilding, Isabella Tree tells the story of the ‘Knepp experiment’, a pioneering rewilding project in West Sussex, using free-roaming grazing animals to create new habitats for wildlife. Part gripping memoir, part fascinating account of the ecology of our countryside, Wilding is, above all, an inspiring story of hope. Forced to accept that intensive farming on the heavy clay of their land at Knepp was economically unsustainable, Isabella Tree and her husband Charlie Burrell made a spectacular leap of faith: they decided to step back and let nature take over. Thanks to the introduction of free-roaming cattle, ponies, pigs and deer – proxies of the large animals that once roamed Britain – the 3,500 acre project has seen extraordinary increases in wildlife numbers and diversity in little over a decade. Extremely rare species, including turtle doves, nightingales, peregrine falcons, lesser spotted woodpeckers and purple emperor butterflies, are now breeding at Knepp, and populations of other species are rocketing. The Burrells’ degraded agricultural land has become a functioning ecosystem again, heaving with life – all by itself. Personal and inspirational, Wilding is an astonishing account of the beauty and strength of nature, when it is given as much freedom as possible.

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