Jan Paul Schutten
Just Smell What I’m Saying
De taal van planten en dieren
The language of plants and animals
Can we talk to the animals? Do you understand what your pet is telling you, or what birdsong means? Animals and even plants have a great deal to say. How does maize send out SOS messages? If a monkey learns sign language, what does he talk about? Why do some frogs mime? Why does your cat nuzzle you? Is it true that barking dogs don’t bite? Are baby birds given singing lessons? Why do midges dance?
Just Smell What I’m Saying decodes the secret language of nature, explaining in simple terms what the sounds, smells and colours of the forest really mean. Jan Paul Schutten describes what some plants do to avoid being nibbled and how brightly feathered birds of paradise turn out to be less faithful than those with duller plumage. Each chapter contains humorous black-and-white drawings and fascinating facts to keep children amused for hours. Just Smell What I’m Saying shows what fun learning about nature can be.