Slow Down by Rachel Williams, illustrated by Freya Hartas and published by Magic Cat Publishing contains 50 stories from the natural world that aim to encourage us to stop and appreciate the remarkable things that are happening all around us.
So many things happen in the world without us even noticing, or perhaps they happen so reliably that we’ve stopped noticing, or maybe they are so small we don’t see them, until that is, we take a moment to look. Slowing down and pausing 50 of these remarkable, every day happenings, Slow Down walks us through their magic through simple stories and delightful illustrations.
Every double page spread is dedicated to a different story, some are huge like a rainbow that fills the sky or tiny, like a spider weaving a web but each holds its own in its significance to our world. From the amazing transformations of frogspawn to frogs, raindrops to snowflakes or seeds to flowers, to the unique ways that woodpeckers find their food, how snails move or how flowers track the sun.
Every story is as engrossing as the next and even though we’ve seen clouds form, dew appearing in the morning or ladybirds flying countless numbers of times the stories show them to us in a new way, allowing us to marvel at their quiet brilliance as something to be explored and appreciated. When you stop and watch, the intricate mechanics of a ladybirds wings are truly a thing to be marveled. This and all these little miracles are captured perfectly in Freya Hartas’s captivating illustrations.
This is truly a non fiction book to be treasured and enjoyed by all ages, it is sure to inspire us all to see the world in a different way. Instilling an appreciation of our natural world is so important as it can only lead to an understanding of the need to respect and protect it.
Buy Slow Down from Waterstones.