DK Eyewitness Books: Mammal

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Be an eyewitness to the lives of your remarkable relatives, the mammals -- from hedgehogs and bats to elephants and bush babies. Discover why a wallaby has a pouch. Find out how to recognize mammal footprints. See how newborn mice develop.

Photographs and text examine the world of mammals, depicting their development, feeding habits, courtship rituals, protective behavior, and physical adaptation to their various ways of life.

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Overview

Be an eyewitness to the lives of your remarkable relatives, the mammals -- from hedgehogs and bats to elephants and bush babies. Discover why a wallaby has a pouch. Find out how to recognize mammal footprints. See how newborn mice develop.

Photographs and text examine the world of mammals, depicting their development, feeding habits, courtship rituals, protective behavior, and physical adaptation to their various ways of life.

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Editorial Reviews

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This book is nothing short of breathtakingly beautiful. It is more than informative; it is engaging and awe inspiring. The wildlife photography is top-notch and records the diverse world of mammals not only in their natural habitat but also in all their wonderful quirkiness. From aardvark to zorrillas (a polecat), this book covers the world in its search for every living mammal known to humankind. From the evidence of their complex prehistoric appearance to the alarming rate of their extinction, mammals are shown in all their wonder and mystery. The authors provide ample textual information to accompany the hundreds of pictures. They include classification charts, a glossary of important words, and an excellent index. In addition, they include a few pages on the role of mankind in the demise and conservation of mammals and comment on particulars throughout. Broken into sections by continent and by oceans and seas, the book offers readers clearly defined maps orienting them to the climate, terrain, and size of each area of the world. This information is especially helpful in understanding which mammals live and survive in certain conditions. From forests to wetlands, grassland plains, and mountains, the habitats of mammals are as diverse as the animals themselves. This reviewer cannot think of a reason not to have this book. Students doing projects in science and English will use it repeatedly, but its biggest fans will probably be those who just are fascinated with the natural world. Librarians would be wise to buy two. VOYA Codes 5Q 4P M J S A/YA (Hard to imagine it being any better written; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult-marketed book recommended for Young Adults). 2003, DK, 216p.; Glossary. Index. Illus. Photos. Charts. Chronology. Ages 11 to Adult.
—Elaine O'Quinn
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756607036
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/2004
  • Series: DK Eyewitness Books Series
  • Pages: 72
  • Sales rank: 199,018
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Table of Contents

The mammal world 6
Making sense of mammals 8
The evolution of mammals 12
The mammals diversify 14
Mammal senses 16
Flying mammals 18
Furry coats 20
Hiding in the open 22
A spiny coat 24
Designs for defense 26
What is a tail for? 28
An early birth 30
Fast breeders 32
Nine lives 34
Unique to mammals 36
Growing up 38
The game of life 40
Keeping clean 44
How to deal with a meal 48
Grippers and grinders 50
Food for later 52
At home in a nest 54
Life underground 56
How many toes? 58
Tracks and trails 60
Mammal detective 62
Did you know? 64
Mammal classification 66
Find out more 68
Glossary 70
Index 72
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