Thursday, May 18, 2006


Kate Petty (author) , Jennie Maizels (illustrator) and Corina Fletcher (paper engineer) have won the Royal Society's Aventis Junior Prize 2006. Lord Rees of Ludlow, President of the Royal Society and Professor Uwe Bicker, Member of the Board of Trustees of the Aventis Foundation, presented the £10,000 prize to Kate, Jennie and Corina for their book The Global Garden (Eden Books).

A judging panel, chaired by Anne Fine, selected a shortlist of six titles before handing over the final judging decision to over a thousand young people in groups across the UK.

The Global Garden helps children to explore their natural world and discover the origins of products that we all use on a daily basis. Friendly bees and moles help the intrepid reader to negotiate the secret flaps, levers and windows that reveal where jeans grow, what a bicycle plant looks like and how photosynthesis occurs. The book encourages younger readers to engage with environmental issues from an early age, and to consider the impact that their little home has on the winder global garden. Tabby (aged 14) said "We wish our text books were like this"....

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