The Most Important Animal of All
The BES is proud to support the publication of children’s book, The Most Important Animal of All, by Penny Worms and Hannah Bailey.
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, 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 – master pollinators, vital for plant reproduction and food for all
• beavers – ecosystem engineers that shape their wetland habitats
• bats – pollinators and seed dispersers that keep insect populations in check
• elephants – ecosystem engineers and who knew their 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?
This books encourages inquiry, discussion, and critical thinking. By learning why these animals are important, children should gain an understanding of ecosystems. A positive and gentle primer to the larger issues of habitat loss, endangered species, and climate change.
Captivating and informative. This book is a wonderful celebration of nature and the inspiring and diverse contributions that species make to the world we live in. Professor Helen Roy, UK CEH
A percentage of profits from the sale of this book will go towards Ecology – The Next Generation, which helps underrepresented young people kickstart their career in ecology. Classroom and teacher notes will be available for free on publication.
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