Concise Animal Encyclopedia

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This compact marvel covers the animal kingdom from the tiniest protozoan to the mightiest mammal. Organized by classification and packed with vibrant photographs and informative detail, this visual safari covers the gamut of phylums, classes, orders, families, and genuses, including invertebrates, insects, amphibians, mammals, birds, and reptiles.

Special feature panels that focus on various aspects of animal behavior including camouflage, migration, and hibernation enhance the ...

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Overview

This compact marvel covers the animal kingdom from the tiniest protozoan to the mightiest mammal. Organized by classification and packed with vibrant photographs and informative detail, this visual safari covers the gamut of phylums, classes, orders, families, and genuses, including invertebrates, insects, amphibians, mammals, birds, and reptiles.

Special feature panels that focus on various aspects of animal behavior including camouflage, migration, and hibernation enhance the clear layout. Easy-to-use, authoritative and a perfect gift for young animal lovers, this colorful volume is an ideal resource for the whole family.

Special features include

• Text that can be read section by section or as a complete article

• Cross-references

• Color-coded "Fact" boxes and fully annotated diagrams

• Glossary and index

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This attractive encyclopedia offers a fairly extensive list of animals, each with a brief entry including the scientific name, distribution across the world, and the size of the animal. Many entries include sharp, colorful photographs or color drawings with several illustrations per double page spread. The book begins by explaining the classification system for living things (kingdom, phylum, class, etc.) The animals are grouped in the book according to this classification system, a useful feature for budding young scientists. It is unfortunate that the entries on each animal are so brief, however. Each one is only a short paragraph in length, far too little for a child who might need to get information for a school report. This book would be more useful for children who might just want to pick up a little information on a wide range of animals, rather than for any kind of in depth study. Additionally, because only some of the entries include photographs, and because the variety of animals within a class is far from comprehensive, the book would not be useful for identifying unknown animals, like, for example, the Peterson's guidebooks. The book includes a glossary, and an index of both common and scientific names for each animal. This book would be a useful addition to many collections, although not as a substitute for more in depth sources of information about animals. 2003, Kingfisher,
— Leslie Rounds
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780753455906
  • Publisher: Kingfisher
  • Publication date: 6/20/2003
  • Series: Concise Series
  • Pages: 320
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.76 (w) x 7.67 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

David Burnie is an accomplished zoologist who was a nature reserve ranger before becoming a natural history author and editor. A prolific writer of many books, including several on dinosaurs, he has seen many of his titles win educational awards and science prizes. His titles for Kingfisher include Kingfisher Knowledge: Endangered Planet and The Kingfisher Illustrated Dinosaur Encyclopedia, which was nominated for the Aventis Prize for Science Books in 2002.

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