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Children's LiteratureJust reading the introductory pages to this book is likely to inspire a trip to the zoo. The author's descriptions of animals, tips on what to watch for, and best times to visit a zoo draw the reader in. What follows is an excellent resource for the zoo visitor, animal lover, or student writing a report. Divided into six sections, from invertebrates to mammals, each entry is thoroughly covered, including the animal's name, a detailed description, diet, habitat, behavior—and more. There are color photographs of each animal on every page, along with a map of the animal's home region. The layout is consistent throughout, so despite the wealth of information, the pages are uncluttered and facts are easily discernible by young readers. With far more animals that one could ever see all in the same zoo, this book is an excellent resource and teaching tool. 2004, Red Deer Press, Ages 9 to 13.