Kingfisher Illustrated Encyclopedia of Animals

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A generously illustrated single-volume encyclopedia which offers detailed yet concise information on over 2,000 animals from around the world. Written by experts, its clear text, comprehensive cross referencing, index, and over 1,000 color photos, illustrations, and diagrams make this the perfect reference for the entire family.

Alphabetical entries provide information on the physical characteristics, behavior, and habitats of over ...

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Overview

A generously illustrated single-volume encyclopedia which offers detailed yet concise information on over 2,000 animals from around the world. Written by experts, its clear text, comprehensive cross referencing, index, and over 1,000 color photos, illustrations, and diagrams make this the perfect reference for the entire family.

Alphabetical entries provide information on the physical characteristics, behavior, and habitats of over 2,000 animals.

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Gr 5-8-- The appeal of a single-volume encyclopedia is its inherent promise of nonthreatening, quick access to concise information. This one fails to deliver because its selectivity and content design make searching for specifics and companion visuals too time consuming and cumbersome. It does provide succcinct explanations and examples of animal classification to introduce the alphabetical listings. Common names, bold-faced guide words, and spacious text are complementary. Boxed inserts feature special topics. The articles vary not only in length, but also in presentation of habitat, description, and scientific classifications. However, there is no mention of the two primary keys used throughout the articles: words in italics indicate inclusion in the 85-word glossary; and upper-case, bold-faced words highlight the cross-referenced subjects--crucial for locating closely related visual representations since only half of the 2000 animals (verterbrates and invertebrates) are illustrated. Among the many not shown are popular domesticated species: cats, dogs, horses. On the other hand, there are seven drawings for ``WARBLER.'' Many of the ample-sized full-color photographs and drawings depict animals in natural settings, but they lack the vibrancy and clarity of color found throughout the Book of Mammals (National Geographic Society, 1981), an exceptional two-volume encyclopedia that includes individual geographical maps and boxed data, and has an alphabetical organization.-- Ellen J. Dibner, East School, Long Beach, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781856978019
  • Publisher: Kingfisher
  • Publication date: 9/1/1992
  • Edition description: Rev., enl. ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 380
  • Age range: 9 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.06 (w) x 10.94 (h) x 1.49 (d)

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