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Invisible Nature
Invisible Nature

Invisible Nature

A Secret World Beyond our Senses

By Catherine Barr, Illustrated by Anne Wilson


40 Pages, 10.8 x 9.4

Formats: Hardcover Picture Book

Hardcover Picture Book, $18.99 (US $18.99) (CA $25.99)

Publication Date: May 2020

ISBN 9781910959671

Rights: US & CA

Otter-Barry Books (May 2020)

Price: $18.99


There are sounds no human ear can hear, scents no-one can smell, colours our eyes cannot detect, waves of radiation that pass right through us without our noticing, but known and used by many different animal species. They have dangers as well as uses, but are vital to all life on Earth. This fascinating unseen and secret world is revealed in Catherine Barr's latest book.Fourteen colorful spreads display the impact on human and animal life of microwaves; ultra-violet and infra-red light; electromagnetic waves; ultrasound and infrasound and scents and smells beyond human detection. Understanding these hidden forces enables us to use them in many ways. But many animals also use them. They help cats to catch mice, elephants to find mates, vampire bats to find victims. Ants 'talk' by exchanging smells. Indeed, without 'Invisible Nature', life on Earth would not exist at all.

Author Biography

Catherine Barr specializes in clear explanations of ‘big issues for small people’. She has worked with Greenpeace and London's Natural HistoryMuseum before becoming a full-time researcher-writer. She describes herself as "interested in writing non-fiction stories that spark questions and conversation". Her bestselling book, The Story of Life, explaining the principle of evolution, was shortlisted for the English Association Picture Book Award in 2016. Her previous book for Otter-Barry Books is Red Alert! 15 Endangered Animals Fighting to Survive (2018). Catherine Barr lives near Hay-on-Wye.