The Most Important Animal of All (Hardback)Penny Worms with consultants Alex Morss etal, endorsed by the British Ecological Society

This is the most amazing book. Every household should have one! – Jules Button

  • Hardback
  • 40, Full colour illustrations and photographs Pages / Published 29th Jul 2021
  • 1 In stock



The Most Important Animal of All is a beautiful picture book, illustrated by award-winning Hannah Bailey, where a teacher challenges her class to decide which is the most important animal of all. Seven children champion a different animal for the top spot.

• bees – master pollinators, vital for plant reproduction and food for all
• beavers – ecosystem engineers that shape their wetland habitats
• bats – pollinators and seed dispersers that keep insect populations in check
• elephants – ecosystem engineers and who knew their poo could be so useful?
• krill – a foundation species, bottom of the food chain and vital for marine species
• sharks and tigers – apex predators that regulate the food chain?

There is lots of information about them, and other keystone species, plus photographs to see them up close and in their habitats.

This is a positive and gentle primer for young children from 5 years old about the issues of habitat loss, endangered species and climate change. This book encourages inquiry, discussion, and critical thinking. By learning why these animals are important, children should gain an understanding of ecosystems.

In July 2008, after a debate by scientists at the Royal Geographical Society, the Earthwatch Institute declared bees as the most important living beings on the planet.

“Captivating and informative. This book is a wonderful celebration of nature and the inspiring and diverse contributions that species make to the world we live in.” Professor Helen Roy, UK CEH

“Only if we understand, will we care. Only if we care, will we help. Only if we help, shall all be saved.” Dr Jane Goodall.

The staff of Woodbridge Emporium have been blown away by this book. Jules Button (Owner) says every school and household should have a copy of *The Most Important Animal of All*

A percentage of profits from the sale of this book will go towards Ecology – The Next Generation, which helps underrepresented young people kickstart their career in ecology. Classroom and teacher notes will be available for free on publication.

By buying this book from us you help Ecology, Animals and an Independent Bookshop 🙂

There are also FREE school resources, here is a link:

Additional information

Weight 467 g
Dimensions 235 mm



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Date of Publication

29th Jul 2021

By (author)

Penny Worms with consultants Alex Morss etal, endorsed by the British Ecological Society


40, Full colour illustrations and photographs




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