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Living Paintings

A Coastal Odyssey

Suitable for: Book Clubs

An atmospheric trip to discover some of the marine animals that can be found on the UK coastline and in the seas surrounding it.

Listen to an audio clip

The scientific name is Cetacea, an order which includes whales, dolphins and porpoises.
The one which appears most regularly off our coast is probably the bottlenose dolphin. They are mainly found along the western, Atlantic coasts of Ireland, Scotland and Wales, but there are also resident communities in the North Sea, around the Moray and Cromarty Firths. Summer visitors sometimes also venture as far south as the English Channel.
Let's turn to the thermoform. In the bottom right corner you'll feel splashing waves and water droplets. Leaping up out of the water towards the top left hand corner of the page, is the beautiful, curved body of the dolphin.
Bottlenose dolphins live in the wild for between 25 and 50 years and have been known to seek out human company, especially if they've become separated from their family group.

What's inside

  • 10 copies of two or three raised tactile images.
  • Audio descriptions with music and sound effects in your chosen format of either CD or USB.
  • An A4 large print colour image pack, containing 10 copies of each topic.
  • Guidance Notes, for Book Club leaders, to help you make the most of using this book.
  • An ‘Articles for the Blind’ returns label for the free and convenient return of the box.

Touch to see image list

Puffin
Bottlenose Dolphin
Rock Pool

What our members say

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A Big Favourite All of our residents really enjoyed this book. Some members of the group with sight loss and speech problems appreciated touching the raised images. It was great having the different options to communicate the book to members in our group. The residents preferred to discuss the book as we went through it as opposed to at the end. Nature seems to be a big favourite amongst our residents Library Member
The animals featured really captures the imagination The animals featured really captured the imagination of the residents. Fully fascinating facts and so descriptive and brought up memories of holidays past. Library Member
Loved It ! Our residents loved it. The change in mood from music to spoken word kept them engaged and focused through out. Somme residents heard it a second time. Enjoyed by some residents in their rooms and others with the help of the coordinator who was there to assist when needed. Rose
They all loved the details on the animal They all loved the details on the animal. One member who was blind from birth told us about a memory of when he was young and he heard a dolphin splashing so he loved feeling the shape of the dolphins body on the thermoform as it jumped. They said that the rock pool thermoform was lovely as it had lots of different elements on the sheet. Library Member
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