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No less than 2,500 animals are included in this oversize encyclopedic reference. The organization reinforces lessons learned in science class, as it is separated into vertebrate and invertebrate animals and then further subdivided by phylum. Each species gets its own page with dynamic color photos of creatures in their natural habitat, while authoritative information on variations within the species celebrates the diversity of animals across the globe. Biologist and author Spelman establishes an undertone of conservation and utilizes a rating scale for the endangered status of all species included. Range maps are pervasive and attention grabbing, while the records section for each phylum includes superlatives that are always favorites with readers, such as the world’s most toxic frog, highest-flying bird, and longest-living animal. Back matter includes a color-coded and keyed list of all mentioned species. As expected with any National Geographic title, science and geography are in perfect balance to create a strong interdisciplinary resource. Grades 4-7. --Erin Anderson
“No kids, or animal-lover of any age, should be without the new National Geographic Animal Encyclopedia. This has to be the coolest book from NGK!” —Cookies and Clogs blog
Dr. Lucy H. Spelman is a veterinarian board-certified in zoological medicine--one of 150 in the world. Her patients have included giant pandas in China, Asian elephants in Burma, giant river otters in Guyana, and mountain gorillas in Rwanda. She is also a writer and educator with a keen interest in exploring new ways to use the arts to communicate and interpret science.Â In 2008, she published her first work of creative nonfiction," The Rhino with Glue-on Shoes," a collection of 28 short stories; her contribution gives the book its name. In October 2012, she published her second book in collaboration with National Geographic Children's Book Division, a new edition of "The National Geographic Animal Encyclopedia."
Currently, Lucy is the Exotics specialist at Ocean State Veterinary Specialists in East Greenwich, RI, and part-time faculty at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), a unique position that allows her to collaborate with artists and designers.Â She teaches three courses: the Biology of Human-Animal Interactions, Evolutionary Biology and the Art of Communicating Science. Her research interest is in the area of one-health medicine, an emerging field of study that examines the interactions between animal, human and environmental health.
In addition, she is a course developer and instructor for the Rhode Island Technology Enhanced Sciences (RITES) program. She serves on two non-profit boards: the Karanambu Trust in Guyana, South America (since 2009), and the Wildlife Rehabilitators Association of Rhode Island (since 2013.)
Lucy's passion for science education and outreach stems from her prior work experience which includes zoo administration, media consulting, and writing. She is an accomplished public speaker and has been the subject of various news interviews and television documentaries.Â
Lucy grew up in West Redding, CT. She earned her bachelor's degree in biology from Brown University (1985), and her veterinary degree from the University of California at Davis (1990.) She then completed a one-year in internship in small animal medicine at Ettinger and Associates in Los Angeles, CA, and a three-year residency in Zoological Medicine at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. In 1994, she received her board certification from the American College of Zoological Medicine. She worked for the Smithsonian Institution 's National Zoo (1995-2004), first as Associate Veterinarian, and then as its first female Director. She was a media consultant for Discovery Communications in 2005 and then moved to Rwanda where she served as the Field Manager for the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project (2006-2009). She returned to the United States to teach at Brown University as Visiting Assistant Professor for a year, and then moved to RISD in 2010. She started teaching for RITES in 2010, and working at Ocean State in January 2011.
Although the pictures in this book are beautiful, some of the information is flat out wrong. There is a picture of a Sting Ray labeled "Red Ant". There is a picture of a King Vulture labeled as an Andean Condor. Another picture shows a Ground Squirrel, but is labeled as a Prairie Dog. The labels for the Sea Nettle and Urchin are reversed. I expected more from National Geographic.
It is amazingly hard to find a large format encyclopedia of animals. This book was perfect though as it has beautiful photographs of all the animals with a bit of text relating to each, and is large enough to cover a broad range of creatures. Of course, the photographs are excellent given it is authored by National Geographic. This is the perfect book for kids interested in animals who will enjoy leafing through the pages and looking at the pictures. I think it is directed at and perfect for the 3 to 8 year olds; plenty of photos with good overview text. It is certainly a hit with my four and six year old!
My 6 year old son loves learning about animals and he really wanted to order those animal info cards that come in the mail every month. After looking into them I learned that they could end up costing a fortune and taking years to complete the set. I went looking for an alternative and found this book. My son loves it! The pictures are spectacular and the info is great!
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I bought this book for my 4 year old daughter for Christmas and it just arrived. The photo quality is amazing. I am beyond pleased with it. The text that goes along with the photos is fairly advanced, and will be over her head, but it is rated for ages 8 and up so I expected that. I think this is definitely a book that can grow with her.
Perfect gift for little animal lovers. I have already recommended it to friends.
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I bought this as a Christmas present and figured I would give it a flip through before wrapping. O-M-G This book is amazing. The photographs are exactly the kind or perfection you would expect from National Geographic and they give you a lot of information and side facts and some animals get a 2 page spread with information from someone in the field who has dedicated their lives to the animals. Child or adult, this book is definitely neat to have on hand whether you just like factoids or animals or collect N.G. stuff. Buy this book, you wont be disapointed!
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