Friday, July 29, 2016

Animal Planet Animal Atlas

Published by Animal Planet
May 2016
Nonfiction-Reference Book
96 pages
Review copy provided by publisher

Goodreads Summary
Animal Planet's definitive atlas of animal life takes readers on a continent-by-continent and habitat-by-habitat passport to adventure!
What is a habitat? How is the North Pole's animal life different from the South Pole's? How and why do animals adapt to their environment? Is a food web different from a food chain? Animal Planet Animal Atlas answers all of these questions and many more. Through detailed maps, fun infographics, simple charts, and Find It! Fact boxes readers can track their favorite animals across the globe, learning about how animal habitats are affected by climate, food and water availability, migration, and human environmental impact.

My Thoughts
This book is big and beautiful! Information about hundreds of animals is presented in this oversized volume. Organized by continent sections and sub categorized into biomes within the continent, it helps young readers see where animals live on the planet and within what kind of habitat. Biome maps of the continent at the beginning of each section help readers to see that a single continent can have many biomes. 
Image of pages 24-25 copyright National geographic 2016
Many reference books are not easily accessible to younger children. With larger print, simplistic fonts and big, colorful pictures, this is an atlas that young readers will love. There are many different text features used such as maps, a table of contents, a glossary and an index. Information is presented in colored text boxes with just a few sentences about each animal. Cute little cartoon animals also pop up here and there with talk bubbles containing extra information. 

I am excited to share Animal Planet's Animal Atlas with my students. I would recommend it for grades 2-5. 

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1 comment:

  1. My super sized atlas book is about to fall apart - I'll have to check this one out! Thanks for the review.