Invisible Nature

A Secret World Beyond Our Senses

By Catherine Barr
Illustrated by Anne Wilson

Sounds no-one can hear, scents no-one can smell, colours we can't see, magnetic waves we can't feel – but some animals can, and use them every day

Without 'invisible nature' life on our planet would not exist. This book shows how animals use it, and also how humans have learned how to tap into its powers in all sorts of important ways.




Age 6+

Apr 8, 2020





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Winner of the Teach Primary Book Awards 20 - Non-Fiction



"A fascinating look at how creatures use light, scent, sound and forces beyond human senses."

Fiona Noble - The Bookseller


"If your little ones have inquisitive minds and a love for all things nature, the fascinating new book by Catherine Barr will light up their imaginations."

Discover Animals


"The first book for younger children to attempt to explain the unseen but powerful natural forces that govern life on our planet. A fascinating combination of natural history and scientific principles."

Achuka - Book of the Day

Catherine Barr


Catherine Barr is the author of many information books, including the bestselling The Story of Life, Catherine has a special talent for books on "big issues for small people". She studied Ecology at Leeds University and worked as a campaigner for Greenpeace. She lives in Herefordshire, England.

Anne Wilson


Anne Wilson has as MA in illustration from Central St Martins College of Art, London and has been practising as an illustrator for over 15 years. Much of her work is inspired by everyday life; pattern, colour and shape, She incorporates figurative elements, layers and textures, with mixed media, printmaking and computer techniques. She illustrated Catherine Barr's Red Alert. Anne Wilson lives in Goring-on-Thames, Berkshire.


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