The Big Five (Hardcover)

By Bella Makatini, Judi Abbot (Illustrator)

Clavis, 9781605374574, 32pp.

Publication Date: June 25, 2019

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (6/15/2019)

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"A sweet celebration of family and introduction to some perennially popular animals." - Kirkus Reviews

Danny is spending the week with his grandpa. Grandpa has a painting of five animals. "Those are the big five," says Grandpa, "the most famous animals from my homeland." Grandpa tells Danny about one animal each day.

A playful and informative story about wild animals and about the love between a child and a grandparent. For animal lovers ages 3 and up.

About the Author

As a child, Bella Makatini (1980, Den Bosch, NL) liked to write. She asked notebooks for her birthday to fill them with her stories. She continued writing, also during her studies in communication sciences and sociology, and her job as a project manager in research. With The Big Five, Bella won the international children's story competition of Inclusive Works and Clavis Publisher in the toddlers category. The story is about a boy who, together with his grandfather, explores the elephant, the lion, the rhinoceros, the leopard and the buffalo. Judi Abbot was born and raised in Italy. She studied illustration at the art school in Milan. Now, she lives with her family in London. Judy usually works with acrylics, collage and color pencils, but she is also good with digital media. Next to her work as an illustrator, Judy organizes creative workshops for children in bookshops and in libraries.