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Children's LiteratureKalman stuffs this book with information that, while interesting, may need more time and space than just one spread in order to be digested by the reader. Her goal is the presentation of a representative of each major division of Animalia: sponges, echinoderms, molluscs, worms, arthropods, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. She succeeds in doing so, with some explanations more cursory than others, but the result is a book that is hard to read in one sitting. Teachers and adults would do well to use this book in discrete chapters according to the reader's interest, which is a much more child-friendly approach. The science is basically sound, with some oversimplification endemic to the Kalman books, in this case of parasitism, but no gross inaccuracies like those contained in other titles. Her glossary is particularly good for the series, with clear explanations of such concepts as homeostasis and exoskeletons. The glossary actually serves the book well and can be used by the reader for reference when some clarification is necessary. This book is part of the "La ciencia de los seres vivos" series. 2005, Crabtree Publishing Company, and Ages 8 to 10.