National Geographic Book of Mammals

National Geographic Book of Mammals

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Completely updated and presented in a single volume, this acclaimed book is filled with marvelous photographs of over 500 animals in their natural habitat. Detailed essays provide all the essential information as well as the surprising and little-known facts children are sure to love. 900+ color photos & illustrations. Maps & charts. See more details below

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Completely updated and presented in a single volume, this acclaimed book is filled with marvelous photographs of over 500 animals in their natural habitat. Detailed essays provide all the essential information as well as the surprising and little-known facts children are sure to love. 900+ color photos & illustrations. Maps & charts.

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Children's Literature - Mary Sue Preissner
Over 500 mammals, in more than 850 captioned photographs, are featured in this quick reference book. The text begins with a lengthy section that defines what a mammal is and place them in scientific order. It introduces the variety of habitats, food sources, movement, defenses, raising of young, sounds and seasonal environments of the many mammals, along with animal study and protection of endangered species. Alphabetically arranged by common name, each mammal is shown at least once in a 3 x 4-inch frame. Immediately under the animal name is a flat outline map of the world, with continents named, and the animal's range highlighted by a color code that corresponds to one of 19 scientific orders of mammals. Each animal has its name written phonetically and a facts area contains height, weight, habitat/range, food, life span, reproduction, and order. The text is suitable for middle school readers who need quick information, but not necessarily in-depth facts. Measurements are given in both metric and standard U.S. forms. Where feasible, the writers have taken facts about these mammals and related them to other facts that may be a part of the reader's experience to make it more understandable. Life span is indicated by either in the wild or in captivity. An article may be about just one animal, or several related species. Domestic animals have been shortchanged here. From the animal tracks end papers, to the glossary and index, this book is a welcome addition to the home or school library, as supplementary material. Be sure to acquaint yourself with the "How to Use" section, or you may pass over the indicators for species that are endangered.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 3-6From the 3-ounce pink fairy armadillo to the 130-ton blue whale, and some 500 mammals in between, this single-volume edition of a two-volume encyclopedia combines simply phrased informative essays with the expressive full-color photos that are a hallmark of National Geographic books. Prefaced by topical discussions of general mammalian physical characteristics, habitats, communication, and seasonal adaptations, about 150 alphabetically arranged articles highlight particular mammals, either singly (cheetah, giraffe, gerenuk) or in groups, (cat, seal and sea lion, whale). There is a fact summary for each, see-references, a range map, and, around the main text, a plethora of large, captioned portraits of animals awake, asleep, playing, eating, showing toothy grins, and making eye contact with viewers. The articles are unsigned but, according to the flap copy, were written in collaboration with the likes of Dian Fossey, Hope Ryden, and Ian Tattersall. The information is general enough to have aged well since the original 1981 edition. However, despite some revisions, the book is not well designed for reference use: endangered and threatened species (and the terms are used interchangeably) are marked only with an inconspicuous symbol; wildlife conservation programs, people, and domesticated animals are barely mentioned; and the index contains no topical or geographical entries. This book might find a place in smaller collections in need of a supplement to basic encyclopedias, but the Grolier Illustrated Encyclopedia of Animals (1994) features a wider range of more accessible information and comparable illustrations.John Peters, New York Public Library

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780792271413
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
03/01/1998
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
607
Product dimensions:
9.31(w) x 10.78(h) x 1.24(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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