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Animals: A Visual Encyclopedia Hardcover – August 18, 2008


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This encyclopedia offers a thorough introduction to the animal kingdom for young readers, starting with a chapter discussing various animal behaviors, life cycles, and habitats. The book is arranged by the major groups of animals: mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates. Color coding along the edge of the page allows readers to quickly find their desired section. Within each section, students are introduced to the key features of the groups, families, and species that follow. For example, the section on mammals begins with discussions on such topics as being born alive and having hair. Following the introduction are profiles of specific creatures with information about habitat, geographic location, size, life span, and conservation status. “Fact Files” highlight specific information. Young readers will especially enjoy the graphics that indicate the relative size of animals compared to the average human. Also appealing for young readers are the speech bubbles that appear in some of the larger photographs. For example, the bubble “I’m ready to go fishing!” accompanies the image of a chimpanzee, along with an explanation that chimps have the ability to make and use tools to fish for ants and termites. The highlight of this book is certainly the stunning visual layout. The color photographs are vibrant and abundant. This engaging encyclopedia is certain to appeal to browsers and researchers alike and would be a welcome addition to any school and public library reference collection. Grades K-4. --Maren Ostergard
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: DK Children; Ill edition (August 18, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075664027X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756640279
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #685,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dad in Miami with 2 kids on October 18, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book is a feast for the inner biologist within you. It is comprehensive without going overboard. It covers many families of animals that other books might miss, and creatively packs in the information without feeling heavy. The pictures are stunning and awe one with the miracle of life. There is much information masterfully presented in a way that will fascinate equally a 4 year old as a well read adult. When I browsed this book in the store I was thinking, "do I really need to get yet another book about animals?" but this book wowed me, and my family and I are glad I purchased it.

Prepare to enjoy this feast, one page at a time!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mullerfm3 on December 31, 2010
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I bought this book as a Christmas present for my 10 year old daughter who loves to learn about animals. This book is packed with amazing photographs and tons of easy to read fun facts on every type of animal. Just perfect for keeping the attention of an eager mind.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 17, 2010
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I bought this book for my 3 year old who loves animals. she loves the book. It has many pictures, big and clear, with lots more animals for her to learn about. every animal has a key giving the relative size of the animal in comparison with a tree and a human. also their extinction information. which is good for older kids. Its worth the money!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By UP on July 19, 2010
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This book is a great asset. My kids love this book and the pictures presented.
All parents should have this book. great way informaiton is presented... lots of subjects covered. and the best part is pictures of animals...This is a "Best book" that opens a door to a new wonderful world we live in
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I wanted a general encylcopedia that covered all the basics in the animal world for my kids. This is THE book. My 5-year-old loves it. Everything in here is in color, beatufiully printed and arranged, and there are numerous photographs on each page. It's interesting for adults, too. My personal favorites are the deep sea creatures like the viperfish and giant sea crab. My daughter loves the spider and horse pages.

The sections include Mammals, Birds, Reptiles, Amphibians, Fish, and Invertebrates. Each section has dozens of sub-sections about many categories of animals. It has numerous two-page spreads showcasing different beetles, sea shells, moths and butterflies, eggs, and etc. aside from the informative pages. The informative pages are packed with beautiful images and short descriptions of different species and sub-species.

My daughter wants me to write, "This is the best book ever." I think it's an excellent choice for a general-purpose animal encyclopedia.
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By Mo on March 26, 2013
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This is a great book I got it yesterday. The photos are beautiful, clear and show a lot of detail. There are plenty of facts through out this book. It's a good hard back book if you love all kinds of animals. It is very well done. It could be interesting for grammer school aged kids on up to adults.
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Bought this book for my 7 year old son who loves anything about animals. (He would take the book from the library, bring it back and recheck it out!) Decided to buy it for him for valentines day to have for his own. beautiful pictures through out the whole book!
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