Friday, January 8, 2016

Animal Planet: Animals-A Visual Encyclopedia

Animal Planet: Animals-A Visual Encyclopedia

Published September 22, 2015
by Animal Planet
304 Pages
Reference Book
Review copy provided by publisher

Goodreads Summary
More than 2,500 animals from the seven major animal groups: mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, insects and arachnids, invertebrates, and fish are featured in 1,050 stunning full-color photos, plus dynamic illustrations, maps, and charts.

Special book features include:
A giant, removable poster featuring record-breaking animal kingdom facts and amazing photos of animals in action Embedded QR Codes that transport readers from the book page directly to Animal Planet's L!VE animal cams across the world A comprehensive glossary, index, and study resources for extended learning in geography, climate change, biology, and ecosystems Animal Planet's R.O.A.R (Reach Out. Act. Respond.) facts throughout discuss conservation and animal rescue efforts 

Highly accessible for both curl-up reading and dip-in reference needs, care has been taken to offer animal-loving families less work and more wow by weaving the taxonomic and biological information throughout the individual sections rather than putting it all up front. Specialist authors and life science experts offer, in words and pictures, the most up-to-date view of the animal kingdom, making it an ideal homework helper and a crucial family reference for the school years and beyond.

My Thoughts
This book is like one-stop-shopping for animal information. It is organized by classifications in the animal kingdom with different types of vertebrates and invertebrates organized into numerous subcategories. Since it is an encyclopedia, the animals are organized alphabetically within their category. 
The information is nicely organized into boxes next to colored pictures of the animal. Each entry includes the animal's size, habitat, and food followed by a brief description of the animal. 
I can see young children paging through it to look at the spectacular pictures and older students enjoying the pictures while learning about new animals. 

I would highly recommend Animals: A Visual Encyclopedia for any classroom or home library. It would also make a wonderful gift for any animal lover or budding biologist. 

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