Author(s): Janet Hunt
There are many guides to trees, birds and insects but nothing that puts them all together in one handy book that can be put in a backpack and taken into the bush. Including full-colour photographs, it looks at the bush in layers, starting at the forest floor, concentrating on things you can see easily, and moving up to the forest canopy. There is detailed information on each individual tree or plant or insect or bird, with excellent material on how to identify them.
Shortlisted for New Zealand Post Children's Book Award: Junior Fiction 2005.
The author: Janet Hunt is the author of A Bird in the Hand, winner of the Non-fiction category and Book of the Year award at the 2004 NZ Post Children's and Young Adults Book Awards. Janet writes in a concise and meticulous style yet is humorous and down to earth. The photographer: Rob Lucas is a lecturer in horticulture at the Open Polytechnic in Lower Hutt and his photography appears in numerous books, including Nature Guide to the NZ Forest.