Shane Casey Nature's Marvellous Adventures


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Author: Shane Casey

Date Published: 07-Jul-2019

The book contains three stories: ‘Mother Knows Best’, ‘A Salmon’s Tale’, and ‘The Bird with the Big Beak’. It also includes a short fact-file about Harbour Seals, Atlantic Salmon, and Curlews.

‘Mother Knows Best’: Mother seals are only with their pups for a few short weeks and must teach them to fish if they are to survive on their own. Celina is doing her best, but Samuel isn’t listening. Samuel is too distracted by the bull seals who chase the biggest and fastest fish. Can Celina teach him to fish before time runs out?

A Salmon’s Tale’: Not every salmon leaves the safety of their river, but Simon longed for adventure, and dreamed about swimming across the broad Atlantic Ocean. Far from home, he meets all manner of sea creature, and explores every nook, cranny, and shipwreck of the ocean. But then he remembers the promise he made to Sally…

The Bird with the Big Beak’: Kirsty had just caught her third juicy lugworm in a row, when she noticed all the other birds in the estuary staring at her. Curlew’s are renowned for the size of their beak, but that was no reason for everyone else to stare. Kirsty was beginning to feel a little self-conscious,
but then she realised something…

About the Author

Author Shane Casey grew up on his family’s farm in Fanore, Co.Clare and it is here that the story is set, between Blackhead mountain and the Caher valley.

Shane is the author of four other children’s books about Irish wildlife, but says his inspiration was a bit different for this one - see

‘Sarah’s farmer plays a secondary character in the story,’ says Shane, ‘but we find out in the end that his role is the most important for safeguarding the Burren as we know it. His way of life is shared by farmers across the Burren, including my own family. And there are parts of the story that many farmers will relate to, that maybe others have never experienced, such as the sweet smell when you open up a good bale of hay.’

There is something else that makes the book stand out. The design and layout of the book makes it dyslexia-friendly. A combination of special dyslexia font, colour schemes, and layout to make it easier for children with dyslexia to read.

What makes the books dyslexia friendly:

We use five simple techniques in our books to make them more accessible for dyslexic readers. While they may not work in every case, we have received a very positive response from parents, teachers, and children with dyslexia.

We use a special font called OpenDyslexic font. This is currently free to download at
We avoid black text on a white background. Instead we use dark blue text on a cream background.
We use only single spacing after all punctuation marks.
We avoid beginning the first word of a new sentence on the previous line.
We avoid justifying the paragraph format.

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