This elementary-grade-level set covers more than 900 animals arranged from "Aardwolf" to "Zebrafish". Animals are listed as a student would look them up. For example, "Yellow-Eyed Penguin" is found in the Y section, not under "Penguin, Yellow-Eyed". Coverage includes simple animals, such as sponges and corals, and extinct ones, such as dinosaurs. Each one-page-per-animal entry includes a sidebar listing the animal's common and scientific names and classification; data such as length, weight, diet, number of young, and home; a map showing the animal's range; and symbols indicating natural biome, class, and endangered or extinct status. A color photograph and a 250-word profile highlighting how the animal lives and reproduces fill the rest of the page. These profiles also note environmental threats to the animal. Each volume includes a list of animals covered in that volume, an identical glossary, and an explanation of environments and how animals are classified. Volume 24 includes the easy-to-use set index. Here animals are gathered together by class, for example, all the entries for birds
This attractive set will be helpful in grades 25 at animal-report time. The writing style and clear layout also make the set appropriate for ESL/sheltered English students.