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Kingfisher First Animal Encyclopedia

Kingfisher First Animal Encyclopedia

by John Farndon, Jon Kirkwood
     
 
Witness the lightning-like dart of the chameleon's sticky tongue or the devious devices of the trap-door spider!

The Kingfisher First Animal Encyclopedia is a valuable addition to the Kingfisher First Reference series and the perfect introduction to the enduringly popular subject of both wild and domestic animals. Detailed, full color illustrations and

Overview

Witness the lightning-like dart of the chameleon's sticky tongue or the devious devices of the trap-door spider!

The Kingfisher First Animal Encyclopedia is a valuable addition to the Kingfisher First Reference series and the perfect introduction to the enduringly popular subject of both wild and domestic animals. Detailed, full color illustrations and photographs present animals in a variety of settings -- in their natural habitats, hunting prey, feeding offspring, or engaging in other types of typical behavior. Photographs of children interacting with animals and a variety of clearly-explained activities provide examples of animal behavior or physiology and make this an exceptionally child-friendly book.

Special Features:

Hands-on activities to reinforce learning.
Clear, simple text is inviting and accessible to five- and six-year-old children.
Fact boxes and detailed captions provide older children with in-depth information.
Simple alphabetical arrangement.
Bold, clear headwords.
Cross-references.
Index and glossary.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Hamilton
Young readers will make frequent use of this heavily illustrated reference book that introduces us to the world of animals. Equally valuable at school or at home, the information is effectively presented with outstanding visuals and attractive page layout. In addition to the text, several "Fact Boxes" are strategically placed to provide more detailed information about an animal. Cross-reference boxes appear on each page directing the reader to more information about each topic. The editor includes step-by-step instructions that identify various animal related learning activities that the reader can undertake. With over 1,000 color photos and illustrations, preschool and primary grade children will spend hours enjoying the wonderful world of animals. This book is an educator's delight, and it includes a glossary and an index.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4--This alphabetically arranged "encyclopedia" of animals promises much it does not deliver. Though the copyright page does not indicate a European origin, the text in the section on "Rabbit and Hare" confirms it, as rabbits, readers are told, "...live underground in...warrens." Not North American bunnies, in any event. While attractive, with many colorful illustrations and full-color photos of children interacting with animals, and approachable in style, with introductory paragraphs in large font and data-full captions, this volume is disappointing. It is littered with oversimplification (try explaining evolution given the skimpy data supplied), omissions (find a definition of "cold-blooded" if you can), and downright misinformation ("The largest jellyfish measured had tentacles 6 feet long" certainly doesn't consider the lion's mane sea jelly (Cyanea capillata)--made famous in a Sherlock Holmes adventure--which readily grows to an 8-foot disc trailing tentacles over 100 feet long). A poor choice.--Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780753451359
Publisher:
Kingfisher
Publication date:
09/28/1998
Series:
Kingfisher First Reference Series
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
8.75(w) x 11.12(h) x 0.76(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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