A Filth of Starlings: A Compilation of Bird and Aquatic Animal Group Names

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Nominated for the Kate Greenaway Award, this is an eye-popping compilation of animal group names with a fresh, contemporary design approach

A school of whales, a flock of geese, a murder of crows: these are some of the animal group names we have grown up with. But have you heard of a congregation of crocodiles, a flamboyance of flamingos, or a smack of jellyfish? Then turn the pages of this book to discover a collection of lesser-known and sometimes more fanciful ones—a fever of stingrays, a storytelling of ravens, a battery of barracudas, and more, illustrated with bold, punchy shapes and colors that are powerful to the eye and the mind.


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Nominated for the Kate Greenaway Award

For children (and all teachers of literacy and/art) there were two beautifully produced books about words, images and colours which defy description. A filth of starlings and A drove of bullocks (both published by PatrickGeorge) are well worth seeking out. They could inspire magical language or art work with youngsters as well as being absorbing to read alone or better still alongside a friend to share thoughts about each page --UK Literary Association Newsletter There is a wonderful, uninhibited, colourful approach to these compilations of collective nouns. Full of charm and wit, the lively pictures are fun for all the family and immensely stimulating for young artists. The text is informative and accessible - some of the group names are very well known, but I'm certain you will enjoy the more fanciful ones. Challenge your Christmas Party guests to identify the illustrations! - Carousel magazine

Patrick George is an independent publisher that offers a full range of graphic design and illustration services. By focusing on unique designs and bold illustrations, they aim to produce books for kids that are witty and educational, colorful and accessible, challenging and stimulating, and--perhaps most importantly--fun.

General Fields

  • : 9780956255815
  • : PatrickGeorge
  • : PatrickGeorge
  • : January 2009
  • : 297mm X 210mm X 8mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 590.14
  • : 48
  • : 20 colour vector art illustrations
  • : Paperback
  • : en