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Read our reviews of a selection of terrific non-fiction books.

A Day with Musa

A day with Musa (CAFOD / Matthew James Publishing, big book £12.50, small book £4.50, combined price for two £15)

Learning about other countries and cultures not only helps young children understand the wider world, it can also enable them get to grips with their local environment. This big book is chock-full of photos and simple descriptions of a young boy’s life in Bangladesh. As we follow Musa in his daily routines, children are encouraged to think about similarities and differences with their own lives. It’s a bright, colourful book and children will enjoy the look of pride on Musa’s face during his guided tour.

A day with Musa also includes extensive linked activities covering a range of curriculum subjects.

Mad About Minibeasts

Mad About Minibeasts by Giles Andreae and David Wojtowycz (Orchard Books, £10.99 HB)

Combining facts with a picture book format is notoriously difficult but this title succeeds with panache. In this funny, feisty introduction to minibeasts, Wojtowycz’s illustrations are wonderfully vibrant and appealing, while Andreae’s quirky verse never descends into sickly sweetness.

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