Penny Worms

Hannah Bailey

Release Date:
January 2022


275x235mm 40pp Picture Book

Age group:
5 to 8 years


The Most Important Animal of All

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In July 2008, after a debate by scientists at the Royal Geographical Society, the Earthwatch Institute declared bees as the most important living beings on the planet. In this beautifully illustrated picture book, endorsed by the British Ecological Society, a teacher challenges her class to come to their own conclusions about the most important animal of all. Seven children champion an animal for the top spot. Is it:
  • bees as master pollinators, vital for plant reproduction and food for all
  • beavers as ecosystem engineers that shape their wetland habitats
  • bats pollinators, seed dispersers, and night predators, they keep insect populations in check
  •  elephants ecosystem engineers and seed dispersers – who knew poo could be so useful?
  • krill a foundation species, bottom of the food chain and vital for marine species
  • sharks and tigers apex predators that regulate the food chain?

As with the Earthwatch debate, this book encourages inquiry, discussion, and critical thinking.  By learning why these animals are important, children will gain an understanding of ecosystems.  A positive, gentle primer to the worrying issues of habitat loss, endangered species, and climate change.

Key Words

#EarthWatch #BritishEcologicalSociety #ClimateChange

Key Selling Points:

  • Beautiful illustrations and photos bring the information to life
  • Primary science – a positive and enriching introduction to ecosystems
  • Endorsed by the British Ecological Society
  • Free classroom activities, teacher notes and animal-related downloads available on publication
  • Schools competition to be announced
  • Printed on FSC paper and a percentage of the profits will go to the BES Young Ecologist Summer School for 16 to 18-year-olds, and a wildlife charity that protects endangered species

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