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Youth literature

Lá fora

Lá fora

Maria Ana Peixe Dias

Inês Teixeira do Rosário

Ilustrações de Bernardo P. Carvalho


(Portuguese edition)

Who does this footprint belong to?
What’s that worm doing there?
Is that a toad or a frog?
What’s the name of this tree?

Even if we live in a big city, there’s always nature outside: clouds and stars, trees and flowers, rocks and beaches, birds, reptiles or mammals.

So what are we waiting for?
Let’s get off the sofa and start exploring!

Created in collaboration with a team of Portuguese scientific experts, this book aims to pique curiosity about flora, fauna and other aspects of the natural world. It also includes suggestions for activities and many illustrations that will help to get the whole family involved, challenging us to leave the house, to go out and discover – or simply admire – the amazing world that exists Outside.

Youth literature
Planeta Tangerina

Maria Ana Peixe Dias

Born in Caldas da Rainha, Portugal, in 1976. Maria received her degree in Biology from the Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon, and continued on to achieve her PhD within the same institution, studying the wader birds of the Tagus estuary (focused mainly on those species that chase the tides).

She then embarked on other adventures, to the remote islands of Selvagens and Desertas. There she studied the migration of seabird species such as Cory’s shearwaters and Bulwer’s petrels. Most recently, she has herself migrated to another Atlantic Island – Great Britain – to work with BirdLife International, the world’s largest nature conservation partnership.

Maria has lived almost her entire life in Oeiras, close to Lisbon. Very early in her childhood she showed a particular interest for the insects and plants taking over the suburban gardens and vacant plots of her local neighborhood. These early explorations, together with the many books of her childhood, were the likely foundations of her ongoing passion for science, and in particular biology.




Inês Teixeira do Rosário

Born in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1973, Inês Teixeira do Rosário moved to Alentejo when she was only 3 years old. There, she discovered the joys of living outdoors and running around freely. It was probably there, outside, – among fields and dams – that she began to appreciate nature.

Inês received her degree in Biology from the Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon, and continued on to achieve her PhD within the same institution, in Ecology.

She studied reptiles, amphibians and mammals. She observed the places where chameleons live and mapped the places where they roam and nest, their behaviours and habitats. She has also worked has an environmental consultant and participated in environmental impact studies and ecological monitoring.

The focus of her PhD was a particular mouse (Cabrera’s vole), a vulnerable species in the Iberian Peninsula.

Nowadays, besides mice, bats or chameleons, Inês still enjoys many other things and continues to look for special subjects to study.




Bernardo P. Carvalho

Bernardo was born in 1973 in Lisbon, and studied Communication Design at the College of Fine Arts in the same city.

In 1999, he co-founded Planeta Tangerina and he’s been working here ever since.

Over the years, he has received a number of prizes and distinctions for his books and illustrations, including the Opera Prima and Non-fiction Awards at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, the Portuguese National Illustration Award and the Gustav Heinemann Peace Prize.

“Lá fora” — a guide to exploring nature, with over 300 illustrated pages ­— is his most awarded book to date, having collected over ten awards and distinctions from all over the world.

Bernardo’s work has been published in Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, South Korea, Norway, Brazil, Greece, Guatemala, Germany, The Netherlands, England, China, Sweden, Russia, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and United States of America.

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