About Mammals: A Guide for Children

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This book simply outlines the two basic concepts that link all mammals while beautifully portraying their diversity. This excellent introduction includes additional information about each mammal featured. 2000, Peachtree Publishers, Ltd., $14.95. Ages 3 to 10. Reviewer: S. Kleven SOURCE: Parent Council Volume 8
Children's Literature - Lisa Phillips
All types of mammals are explored in this easy-to-read, informative guidebook for youngsters. Athough all animals share some basic characteristics, each has its own unique qualities. Some live in the cold Arctic region, while others live in hot, dry deserts. Some animals are born helpless, while others move about on their own soon after birth. The beautifully drawn pictures make this book a treasure that children will refer to even as they outgrow picture books. About Mammals is written with just a few words per page to hold the interest of even the youngest audience. For older kids, the book also includes an Afterward, which provides additional facts about each animal illustrated. About Mammals is a follow-up to Sill's critically acclaimed book, About Birds. She has also co-authored numerous popular bird guides, and her husband John Sill, a prize-winning wildlife artist, created the beautiful illustrations in this book.
Children's Literature - Lisa Phillips
All types of mammals are explored in this easy-to-read, informative guidebook for youngsters. Athough all animals share some basic characteristics, each has its own unique qualities. Some live in the cold Arctic region, while others live in hot, dry deserts. Some animals are born helpless, while others move about on their own soon after birth. The beautifully drawn pictures make this book a treasure that children will refer to even as they outgrow picture books. About Mammals is written with just a few words per page to hold the interest of even the youngest audience. For older kids, the book also includes an Afterword, which provides additional facts about each animal illustrated. About Mammals is a follow-up to Sill's critically acclaimed book, About Birds. She has also co-authored numerous popular bird guides, and her husband John Sill, a prize-winning wildlife artist, created the beautiful illustrations in this book.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2Soft, realistic, full-page watercolors are paired with minimal text in this introduction to mammals. Commonalities (hair, milk) are presented along with a variety of behavioral and physical characteristics (movement, diet). The paintings are presented in an Audubon-like format, as individual plates with identification labels, displaying each animal in its habitat. Many of the subjects could be encountered on a quiet walk through the woods; others live in distant places. The paintings draw viewers in with their warmth, charm, and accuracy and the large type, surrounded by white space, makes this an unusually attractive easy reader. An afterword offers small, color reproductions of each plate with a bit more information. More sophisticated than Jim Arnosky's Crinkleroot's 25 Mammals Every Child Should Know (Bradbury, 1994), this is ideal for storytimes and will balance well with Allan Fowler's It Could Still Be a Mammal (Children's Press, 1990).Susan Oliver, Tampa-Hillsborough Public Library System, FL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561451418
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 3/28/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 994,944
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.37 (w) x 8.81 (h) x 0.48 (d)

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  • Posted January 27, 2013

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    In this book ABOUT MAMMALS it shows images of mammals from t





    In this book ABOUT MAMMALS it shows images of mammals from the smallest to the largest, from mammals that live underground and those that live above ground, even mammals in the oceans.  Some with lots of fur/hair to those that have hardly any. 




    At the back of the book called the Afterword is more details on each of the mammals pictured in the book. 




    On the back cover of the book it has these questions:




    What does a mammal look like?
    What does a mammal eat?
    Where does a mammal live?
    WHAT IS A MAMMAL? 
    I find this series to be a wonderful go to for boys and girls to get them more involved with nature and wildlife.  My husband was very impressed the series.  I like that it relates to the very young and the old. I have already read a couple of other books by this author and illustrator and plan on making my way through the series and others.  




    I highly recommend this book to all children also parents, teachers, and librarians.




    Disclosure:  I received a free copy of this book from Peachtree Publishers for review.  I was in no way compensated for this review. It is my own honest opinion.

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