Jan Paul Schutten

Ruik eens wat ik zeg

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.

Schutten writes in a clear and direct style that fills his readers with enthusiasm.

NRC Handelsblad

Jan Paul Schutten

Jan Paul Schutten (b. 1970) is one of the Netherlands’ most celebrated writers of non-fiction for children. His work, in which the emphasis is on history, nature and science, has twice been awarded the Gouden Griffel for the best children’s book of the year. His book about evolution, Het

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Ruik eens wat ik zeg. De taal van planten en dieren (2003). Kinder- en jeugdboeken, 121 pagina's.

Age: 9+
Illustrations Sieb Posthuma


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