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Children's LiteratureThis book is part of the "Pocket FactFiles" series. Mammals are divided into six groups including carnivores, sea mammals, primates, large herbivores, small mammals, and marsupials and monotremes. The introduction gives general information about the diversity of mammals, what makes a mammal, history of mammals, and classifying mammals. In each group of mammals, dozens of animals are highlighted. Each animal's scientific, family, and order names are given. A globe is shaded to show where in the world each animal is found. Animals are described by information on their distribution, size, appearance, diet, breeding, and lifestyle. Full color pictures show close-ups of each animal. Many pictures include captions which provide additional information about the animal. A glossary of science terms used in the book is found in the back. This book would be useful for students needing to look up quick facts on various mammals. Highly recommended for classrooms and libraries. 2003, Sterling Publishing, Ages 8 up.
—Marcie Flinchum Atkins