The Kingfisher Animal Encyclopedia

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Meet an amazing menagerie of creatures on this breathtaking safari through the animal kingdom. Written by an award-winning author, The Kingfisher Illustrated Animal Encyclopedia spans the earth from pole to pole, covering 2,000 animals from the tiniest protozoan to the mightiest mammal. Each entry describes the animal's characteristics, behavior and distribution, and gives Latin names. The meticulously researched information is highlighted by clear, authoritative writing and more than 1,000 photographs and ...

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Overview

Meet an amazing menagerie of creatures on this breathtaking safari through the animal kingdom. Written by an award-winning author, The Kingfisher Illustrated Animal Encyclopedia spans the earth from pole to pole, covering 2,000 animals from the tiniest protozoan to the mightiest mammal. Each entry describes the animal's characteristics, behavior and distribution, and gives Latin names. The meticulously researched information is highlighted by clear, authoritative writing and more than 1,000 photographs and illustrations. Throughout the book, special feature panels focus on various aspects of animal behavior such as camouflage, migration, and hibernation. With comprehensive back-matter including a glossary, alternative name index, and general index, this one-stop reference is perfect for research or for browsing by animal-lovers of all ages.

An illustrated encyclopedia describing the physical characteristics, behavior, and habitats of a variety of animals.

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Editorial Reviews

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School Library Journal

Burnie dazzles readers with the number and variety of animal species still on this planet (at present two million). . . . the title is ideal for ready-reference collections.

Children's Literature - Amy S. Hansen
Filled with stunning photos and an incredible listing of animals with which we share the planet, Burnie and the book designers have created a reference book that will get you to turn the next page so you can see the next beautiful picture. After a brief description of how animals are classified and how the book will discuss them, Burnie delves into segmented worms, mollusks, arachnids, and so forth. The beginning of each section gives a brief overview on the type of animal. For example, the Arachnid section begins: "There are about 100,000 species of arachnids including spiders, scorpions, mites and ticks. After insects, Arachnids make up the second-largest group of arthropods. Many are predators and have a poisonous bite." While each animal has a less than100-word description, the ones shown in the bright pictures also get a caption, which focuses on what makes these animals unique. This book will be enjoyed by upper middle grades and older readers. Backmatter includes an index. Reviewer: Amy S. Hansen
School Library Journal
Gr 5 Up—After an introduction that warns of widespread extinction, Burnie dazzles readers with the number and variety of animal species still on this planet (at present two million). The basic principle of animal classification is explained to ground and guide readers. Entries are grouped by class and proceed from simple animals, such as rotifers, to mammals. Pieces cover familiar creatures as well as some truly unusual examples of each species, and include a brief paragraph about the animal that gives its scientific name, where it lives, and its size. Inset boxes on topics such as symbiosis, parental care, and feeding explain how some traits connect seemingly unrelated animals-blue whales and flamingos both filter feed, for instance. There is some cross-referencing among entries, but it is not consistent; the 11-page index will be the most useful tool for finding particular animals. Scientific terms are used, making the glossary particularly helpful. The color illustrations feature photography and detailed drawings (these are particularly effective when used to highlight contrasts, such as the difference between plumage on male and female birds). The captions are sometimes confusing, and it is not always immediately clear which picture a caption discusses, though the book's layout is generally straightforward. Still, the title is ideal for ready-reference collections.—Kara Schaff Dean, Walpole Public Library, MA
Children's Literature
Animals can be found all over our world and this encyclopedia spans the earth from pole to pole, looking at more than 2000 creatures. They range in size from the tiny protozoan to the huge blue whale, which is the largest animal that has ever lived. Scientists have already discovered and classified two million types of animals and believe that there could be as many as 100 million more. Like the Dorling Kindersley Animal Encyclopedia, this one presents the classification scheme for living things with text and pictures. A more detailed look shows how the animals in this encyclopedia fit into the structure of the animal kingdom. The arrangement is not alphabetic¾it moves from the simplest animals to the more complex ones, and therefore, the index is essential to finding information about a specific animal. Each entry includes information about behavior, size and distribution, as well as scientific and common names. Full color photographs of many of the animals appear on each spread and vary in size. Special entries explain animal features or characteristics, such as courtship, migration, camouflage, hibernation and metamorphosis. The wonderful aspect of this approach is the obvious relationship among groups of animals. There is a glossary and extensive index. A good reference for home and library that is useful for children and adults. 2000, Kingfisher,
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780753465806
  • Publisher: Kingfisher
  • Publication date: 6/21/2011
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 600,726
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

David Burnie studied zoology and botany at the University of Bristol, and has worked

as a nature reserve ranger and biologist. He has written and contributed to many awardwinning

books and multimedia titles, and has acted as a consultant and scriptwriter for

many natural history programmes. He is an avid birdwatcher, botanist and bughunter.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Classification 8
Simple Animals 12
Cnidarians 14
Flatworms and Roundworms 17
Segmented Worms 18
Mollusks
Chitons and Tooth Shells 20
Gastropods 21
Bivalves 26
Cephalopods 30
Arachnids
Spiders 32
Scorpions, Ticks, and Mites 36
Sea Spiders and Horseshoe Crabs 37
Crustaceans 38
Crabs 42
Centipedes and Millipedes 47
Insects
Wingless Insects 48
Lice, Thrips, and Webspinners 49
Dragonflies, Mayflies, and Stoneflies 50
Grasshoppers, Katydids, and Crickets 52
Stick Insects, Mantises, and Cockroaches 54
Termites and Earwigs 55
True Bugs 56
Lacewings, Caddisflies, and Fleas 58
Beetles 60
Flies 68
Butterflies 72
Moths 80
Ants, Bees, and Wasps 84
Echinoderms 90
Chordates
Simple Chordates 92
Jawless Fish 93
Cartilaginous Fish
Sharks 94
Skates, Rays, and Ratfish 100
Bony Fish
Lungfish, Bichirs, and Bonytongues 102
Herring and Their Relatives 104
Salmon and Their Relatives 106
Bristlemouths and Hatchetfish 108
Eels 109
Carp and Their Relatives 110
Characins and Their Relatives 114
Catfish and Electric Eels 116
Toadfish and Anglerfish 117
Codfish and Their Relatives 118
Lionfish, Dories, and Oarfish 120
Flyingfish, Grunions, and Seahorses 122
Perch and Their Relatives 124
Triggerfish 132
Flatfish 133
Amphibians
Frogs and Toads 134
Salamanders and Caecilians 142
Reptiles
Crocodiles and Alligators 144
Lizards and Tuataras 146
Snakes 152
Turtles and Tortoises 160
Birds
Flightless Birds 162
Loons, Grebes, and Petrels 164
Pelicans and Their Relatives 166
Herons and Their Relatives 168
Swans, Geese, and Ducks 170
Birds of Prey 174
Gamebirds 180
Cranes and Their Relatives 184
Shorebirds 186
Jaegers, Gulls, and Terns 190
Auks 193
Pigeons and Doves 194
Parrots 196
Owls 200
Nightjars and Frogmouths 202
Cuckoos and Their Relatives 203
Swifts and Hummingbirds 204
Trogons and Mousebirds 205
Kingfishers and Their Relatives 206
Woodpeckers and Toucans 208
Perching Birds 210
Mammals
Egg-Laying Mammals 230
Marsupials 231
Anteaters, Armadillos, Sloths, Pangolins, and Aardvarks 236
Moles, Hedgehogs, and Shrews 238
Flying Lemurs and Tree Shrews 239
Bats 240
Primates 242
Rabbits, Hares, and Pikas 250
Rodents 251
Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises 258
Dogs and Foxes 264
Bears 268
Pandas and Raccoons 270
Mustelids 271
Genets, Civets, and Mongooses 274
Hyenas and Aardwolves 275
Cats 276
Seals, Sea Lions, and Manatees 280
Elephants 282
Hyraxes 283
Horses, Rhinoceroses, and Tapirs 284
Pigs, Peccaries, and Hippopotamuses 286
Camels and Their Relatives 288
Deer 290
Giraffes and Okapis 294
Pronghorns 294
Antelope, Cattle, and Their Relatives 295
Glossary 304
Index 308
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