Nature has done a spectacular job designing fascinating shells. Each is unique and purpose-built for the animal that carries it or lives in it. Now it’s your turn!
Choose an animal (or a human!) and design a shell for them. What does it look like and how will it empower its owner? Show us your creation and tell us what makes your shell special.
Edward, age 7, Harlow
“This shell is for an Australian spider to protect it from fire. It can also help spiders to fly as well as helping them to swim in water and through lava. A very versatile shell, I’m sure you’ll agree!”
Esme, age 10, Newton Stewart
Shell for Koala Bears and Kangaroos
Gaia, age 8, San Lazzaro di Savena (Italy)
My Own Shell!
“Here is my shell, I hope you’ll like it. It’s meant to protect me from the dangers of school!”
Evie, age 11, Chippenham
Rock and Roll Bees
Joshua, age 5, Diss
“Joshua decided to draw a kaleidoscope shell on a baby garden rabbit to protect it from our cat! The brightly coloured shell would reflect the sun and scare the cat away keeping the rabbit safe and happy!” Joshua’s mum
Sophia, age 7, Cardiff
Matilda, age 10, Kenilworth
Lylah, age 11, Leominster
Luke, age 7, Leigh
Chloe, age 10, Girona (Spain)
Charlotte, age 12, Matlock
Beatrix, age 8, Dunoon
by Carron Brown
Illustrated by Katy Tanis
Are you ready to meet some of the most incredible Olympians in the world? This fascinating book examines the amazing abilities of animals from around the globe with a captivating and original conceit – in the Animal Olympics. Readers will discover all kinds of astounding animals, from the bar-headed goose, which flies at heights of up to 6,300 metres, to the flic-flac spider, which cartwheels across the Moroccan desert.
More information at: www.quartoknows.com
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In our ‘Nature’s Music’ summer issue, we asked you to write a song or short story about a music-loving dolphin. Thank you to everyone who sent us their entries. We loved reading your stories, poems and songs.