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Animal Life: Secrets of the Animal World Revealed (American Museum of Natural History) Hardcover – September 15, 2008


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Product Details

  • Series: American Museum of Natural History
  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: DK ADULT; First Edition edition (September 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756639867
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756639860
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 10.2 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #653,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Charlotte Uhlenbroek is an accomplished broadcaster, appearing in many prestigious documentaries produced by the BBC Wildlife Unit, and has published two books to accompany these series. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The photographs are amazing and the information is very interesting.
Dana Nicole
This particular book is a great example with a wide variety of animals covered.
David
We purchased this book for our 6th grader who is in love with wildlife.
Sarah A. Frederickson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Harnett VINE VOICE on November 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This color-drenched, fact-packed, museum-in-a-book falls open to a double-page spread of a rainbow-hued lizard with a catapulting tongue as long as its body caught in the act of snaring dinner. Or maybe a double-page spread of a maniacal hyena frightening off a pack of dogs. Not an image to share with your 5-year-old before bedtime. Or yourself, for that matter.

But it's not all big spreads of amazing pictures. The photos are great, but most are a lot smaller in order to fit as many in as possible. Like the Natural History Museum itself, the book aims to teach and inspire its readers and browsers to go out and learn more.

It begins with an overview of animal classification, followed by an exploration of the various anatomies animals have evolved to accomplish the basic tasks of circulation, support, digestion, reproduction, etc.

But the book's heart is behavior. Here we find the action shots and the awe-inducing factoids concerning eight major areas of life: Living Space, Hunting and Feeding, Defense, Sex and Reproduction, Birth and Development, Society, Communication, and Intelligence.

There's a marvelous spread of bats night fishing and smaller, more educational shots of their big ears and sharp teeth. We see cubs play fighting adorably and their parents putting those lessons to work in the real world. While the shots of fierce birds and cute mammals always draw the eye, some of the most fascinating creatures are the insects and amphibians we seldom see or pay attention to.

The Texas horned lizard, for instance, repels attackers with a squirt of its own foul-tasting blood and up to 100 male garter snakes will mob a female in a big squirming ball, from which she will choose just one.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Brager on December 17, 2008
Format: Hardcover
A beautiful book, as all DK references tend to be, this covers every aspect of animal life from taxonomy, and anatomy, to behavior. Because the magnitude of what the book chooses to cover is so broad, it has to be brief and skim some topics, but it is an incredible collection of animal facts assembled all in one place that is pertinent to either the lay person, even school age children, to zoologists, as I am. Even though I already know about much of the subjects, it is still a pleasure to look at the stunning pictures and detailed graphics. Highly recommended for anyone with an interest in animals.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By manoj pathiravasam on November 9, 2008
Format: Hardcover
02 days ago i recieved this magnificient tome via amazon.com.i've waiting for this book for some time.i own almost every dk visual books of this kind(animal,earth,universe,ocean,rainforest,human,bird,butterfly,frog,reef)by far this is the most amazing.if you want to learn every thing about animal life & their secret behavior while looking at the most astonishing wild life photography this is your ticket to heaven.this 6 pound book is a treasure for those who love nature,wild life & briliant photography.i love this superb book.cant wait what dk is planing for us next.go get this wonderful tome & be entraled.dk you are the best.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Shayna Sessler on December 17, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I ordered this book for an inquisitive, animal-loving elementary school child. The content is wonderful: interesting descriptions and beautiful photos. The problem is the size of the paperback book. The hardcover edition is 12" high, and the paperback edition is 2.5" smaller. A lot was lost in the reduction. Everything seems to be the same, just smaller. Some photos are not as easy to interpret, and worst of all, the text is miniscule. I have 20/20 vision and I feel I need a magnifying glass in order to comfortably read the text, particularly when it's white on black. While the book seems wonderful, this edition is not usable for either children or adults. Do yourself a favor and pay a little more for the hardcover.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steve C on January 31, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This was a Christmas gift for our child. The pictures are amazing, and it's front-to-back eye candy. But it's also a serious, detailed, and engaging overview of the animal world - when we read through parts of the book together I always learn something new and genuinely interesting.

It's potentially useful to a child for a decade. And it's huge. We're very happy that we bought it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By lubo on July 11, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a very nice book - good covers, paper, image quality, very interesting and informative. However, I read about 100 pages and when I opened to a random page, the book cracked between the two pages and it almost broke apart. Although it has hard covers, the pages are not put together well and the book is more like a cheap paperback one.

I still recommend buying the book because it is likely that I have a defective one and yours might be alright.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarah A. Frederickson on December 28, 2010
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We purchased this book for our 6th grader who is in love with wildlife. She loves this book. It has tons of amazing photographs. It has great small snippets of information to go with the photographs as well. It was well worth the price, which is way lower on Amazon than in the book stores.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Verlon R. Frost on January 16, 2009
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Great pictorial for adults and children of all ages. Beautiful photographs and well written comments.
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