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First Animal Encyclopedia (Dk First Reference) Hardcover – May 17, 2004
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Grade 2-5 - Browsers will enjoy these attractive offerings that feature the publisher's signature full-color photos with lengthy captions. Encyclopedia describes the animal world in five sections: mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians, "creepy-crawlies," and fish. The reference section includes animal superlatives such as the largest, the loudest, the fastest, and the tallest mammals or the deadliest snake. Each section begins with a quiz challenging readers to identify several cross-sections of animal bodies pictured in the chapter. Children learn about different species' parenting, daily life, courtship, defense, and eating habits. While fascinating facts abound and intriguing close-ups will delight children, the information is spotty: one entry may cover quirky eating habits, another, a unique defense mechanism. Thus, report writers will need to look elsewhere. Atlas begins with an introduction covering the continents, biomes, and information on how to read the featured maps. Maps of each area include capitals, towns, mountains, borders, and rivers. In addition, small pictures identify famous landmarks, native animals, national sports, and products. Each area is highlighted on a globe in a corner of the page. "Get going" notes offer simple recipes, crafts, and activities. Vibrant photos of wildlife, landscapes, natural phenomenon, and people are included. Small reproductions of the flags of the world are appended. While there is much to look at in this appealing resource, The National Geographic Beginner's World Atlas (National Geographic, 1999) offers larger, easier-to-read maps. - Barbara Auerbach, New York City Public Schools
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At the bottom of each page is a trivia question. These are fun but there is no image of the animal in question so it falls short for us. There's always the internet but it would be nice if the trivia question was about one of the animals discussed on that page.
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