North And South: A Tale Of Two Hemispheres

Author(s): Sandra Morris

Animals | NZ Non Fiction

This beautiful non-fiction picture book contrasts, month-by-month, some of the world’s most-loved Northern and Southern Hemisphere animals and the ways the climates in those regions affect the way they breed, feed, adapt, hide and survive.


In the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, animals deal with changing seasons in various ways. Whichever hemisphere they live in, they need to be able to read the sign of the changing seasons to survive. This beautiful nonfiction picture book tells the tale of life for some of the planets most-loved animals and what they’re up to throughout the year. Each spread contrasts, month-by-month, some of the world’s most-loved Northern and Southern Hemisphere animals. North and South marks a beautiful and engaging introduction to the natural world and conservation for young readers, with in-depth facts throughout and a full index and glossary adding interest for older readers.



  • Gorgeous watercolour illustrations allow the animals to take their turn in the spotlight with a focus on movement and grace.

  • Perfect for readers interested in viewing the world's animals and their activities in a new light.

  • A range of local and international creatures makes for a book that will appeal to readers everywhere.

Ruth's Review:


In January in the Scottish Highlands, a mountain hare is camouflaged from predators in its white winter coat, while in New Guinea a bright-green tree python guards her eggs. When autumn comes to the north, monarch butterflies start migrating south, just as bar-tailed godwits set off from New Zealand to their breeding grounds on the Alaskan tundra.


Morris's beautiful new nature treasury leads readers through the months of the year in both the northern and southern hemispheres, with an eye to how 25 various species adapt to the changing seasons. Her lovely watercolour illustrations depict the creatures, which include our own Brown Kiwi, in their environments, and the engaging text describes each animal or insect and the way the climate in their regions affects the way they breed, feed, adapt, hide and survive.


Topics covered in each double-page spread include camouflage, building a home, travelling in numbers for safety, migration and the search for food, and Morris warns how climate change is affecting these animals' survival. A tiny map on each page shows where in the world they live and an index, glossary, links to extra reading and full world map are included.


Morris, whose other books in print include A New Zealand Nature Journal and Discovering New Zealand Trees, has created a wonderful resource that children aged 8+ will find invaluable.

$30.00(NZD)

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Product Information

Sandra Morris is an author/illustrator from New Zealand and also runs her own illustration agency. She has a Masters in Fine Art. Her first book, One Lonely Kakapo, won the 1992 Russell Clark award for illustration. Since then Sandra has gone on to win numerous awards. Her two Walker Books titles, Sensational Survivors and A New Zealand Nature Journal, were both finalists at the New Zealand Book Awards and the LIANZA awards.

General Fields

  • : 9781925381801
  • : Walker Books Australia Pty, Limited
  • : Walker Books Australia
  • : February 2021
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  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Sandra Morris
  • : Hardback
  • : English
  • : 40