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Australian Wildlife

Australian Wildlife

by Pat Slater, Steve Parish

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Australia is teeming with some of the most unique and fascinating wildlife found in the world. While even the youngest readers are sure to be familiar with the popular kangaroo, most have not heard of the bandicoot or the numbat. The pages of the "Nature Kids" volume by Mason Crest Publishers are brimming with facts about wildlife in Australia. Multi-colored headings guide young eyes through the easy-to-read text and vibrant color photographs found on every page. Marsupials like the kangaroo and their joeys are introduced and furry koalas make their appearance. Lesser known small marsupials such as wombats, quolls and Tasmanian devils are carnivores. Bandicoots are also marsupials that live on the ground and feed at night on insects. Young readers will be amazed at the marsupials called gliders that really do glide through the air from tree to tree. The odd-looking platypus is introduced along with the spiny-backed echidna that rolls up into a spiky ball to hide from its enemies. Dingoes, sea lions, parrots and flying feathers are sections of the book that will enjoyed along with the sections that reveal a variety of frogs, crocs, frilled-lizards and brilliantly colored butterflies. Endnotes include an index and list of resources to locate more information on these creatures. This is an important resource for home and school libraries. 2003, Mason Crest Publishers,
— Sue Reichard
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-Oversized titles that include striking photos but provide minimal information. Rare and Endangered is the more focused title, but relies heavily on visuals. Terms are briefly defined and a "What can we do to help?" page offers advice directed to Australian readers. Australian Wildlife serves as a glossy catalog, roughly organized by type of animal. However, this approach must be inferred by readers since the text provides no overarching framework. Some groups, such as frogs and butterflies, receive only a general paragraph without reference to species unique to Australia. Caroline Arnold's Australian Animals (Morrow, 2000) has quality photos and is organized by habitat. Tessa Paul's Down Under (Crabtree, 1998) includes fewer animals but provides more information about each one. Libraries in need of visual material might consider adding these newer titles, but don't expect much substance.-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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Mason Crest Publishers
Publication date:
Nature Kids Series
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 11.50(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
8 Years

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