- Series: American Museum of Natural History
- Hardcover: 512 pages
- Publisher: DK; First Edition edition (September 15, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0756639867
- ISBN-13: 978-0756639860
- Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 1.4 x 12.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,168,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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.Read more ›
I still recommend buying the book because it is likely that I have a defective one and yours might be alright.
It's potentially useful to a child for a decade. And it's huge. We're very happy that we bought it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My son, now 17, is a walking and talking animal encyclopedia and has not put this book down. Beautiful images and plenty of not only interesting but very thoughtful and... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Elias Mancilla
It's a very nice book, though a lot of big bug pictures, which sort of freaked out my wife.Published 1 month ago by Martin F White
Beautiful coffee table book. Our whole family loves to pick it up and dream away. We also got the one called Oceans. They are beautiful and educational.Published on January 12, 2014 by M. Grant
I like to learn facts in short, concise bit of information, and that is what this book provides. This book is worth purchasing.Published on December 28, 2013 by Christina A. Mason
I can't say enough good things about the books that DK Publishing is putting out. There is plenty of pictures, plenty of text, and the bindings are top notch with heavy glossy... Read morePublished on August 11, 2013 by David
I thought I'd reviewed this already....this book is beautiful and is organized by things like camouflage, etc. which makes it really great to browse. Read morePublished on December 26, 2011 by Yvette Masullo
From the first pages of this book I was mesmerized. The photographs are amazing and the information is very interesting. Read morePublished on August 6, 2010 by Dana Nicole
This book is among my favorites. . .The details that are in here are so amazing! WOW what an eye opener. Excellent job!Published on March 5, 2009 by Shawn Rohbock