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Animal Fact File: Head-to-Tail Profiles of More than 90 Mammals
     

Animal Fact File: Head-to-Tail Profiles of More than 90 Mammals

by Tony Hare
 
Animal Factfile is a visual guide to the most important-and most interesting-anatomical peculiarities of the world's most irresistible animals. This collection gives children a rare opportunity to explore such animal-lover's delights as a gorilla's footprint, a dolphin's blowhole, a hippo's ears, or the bottom of an elephant's foot-at a glance. Generous

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Animal Factfile is a visual guide to the most important-and most interesting-anatomical peculiarities of the world's most irresistible animals. This collection gives children a rare opportunity to explore such animal-lover's delights as a gorilla's footprint, a dolphin's blowhole, a hippo's ears, or the bottom of an elephant's foot-at a glance. Generous two-page spreads exhibit each mammal's physiology right down to the bone, with x-ray views of their skeletons and skull structure. Side-by-side comparisons pinpoint characteristics that distinguish each mammal from similar species, as well as their scale in relation to humans. Each full-color spread also features a fact file providing biological classification, size, coloration, and more.

Editorial Reviews

Nature Canada
Provides juvenile readers with an excellent overview of the animal kingdom...an easy-to-use and thorough reference source...its enticing format and interesting facts make it fascinating reading for all ages.
Children's Literature - Melissa A. Caudill
Over 90 mammals are described in this wonderfully illustrated and designed book. It covers animals from the aardvark to the wombat and includes the commonly known opossum to the unusual lesser galago. Mammals from the sea to all corners of the globe are included in this book. Along with a full body picture, there are illustrations of the animals more prominent characteristics, such as their teeth, ears, or feet. Descriptions of unique features such as how they move, eat, hear or see are included in highlighted sections. Every animal has information on their location, size, coloration and features. Also included is an x-ray section that examines what the animal's skeleton looks like and how some of their bones help them to function in very specific ways. The detail of this book makes it an excellent reference resource for reports. It is also a fun book just to glance through to learn new information on so many animals that share our world.
VOYA
This visually appealing title provides excellent anatomical information about ninetytwo mammals in a series of twopage spreads. An illustration for each mammal compares the animal's size with either a man or other animal. Physical characteristics such as eyes, ears, and coat are described in brief paragraphs clustered around numerous illustrations. There is an illustration of each animal's skeleton and a summary box that gives facts about classification, size, coloration, and features. The book successfully covers a broad range of animals, from wellknown species such as giraffes and leopards to lesserknown ones such as dholes (a breed of wild dog) and Przhevalski's horses. The weaknesses of this title can be found in its organization and scope. Readers are not told that Hare's coverage is limited to anatomical information. Students researching behavioral information, such as what these mammals eat, must look elsewhere. There is no introduction explaining why the author chose these specific animals. The table of contents is alphabetical by species name, unhelpful when the exact name is very specific. For example, to find "beaver," readers must look under "Canadian beaver." Information about many animals in addition to those featured is included, but because there is no index, this information is difficult to locate. The excellent coverage of anatomical characteristics, however, makes this work useful. Nevertheless it will need to be supplemented with more complete, better organized references. Illus. Charts. VOYA CODES: 3Q 4P M J (Readable without serious defects; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9).1999,Checkmark/Facts on File, Ages 12 to 15, 192p, $18.95. Oversize pb. Reviewer: Libby Bergstrom
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-A mix of fascinating information and surprising omissions and contradictions. The clear and sensible format presents an alphabetical guide to mammals from aardvarks to wombats. The full-color illustrations are excellent. Pictures show external and internal views of the animals as a whole and highlight distinctive body parts. Interesting comparison drawings abound; for example, the dromedary nose is compared to that of a bactrian camel. And there is, for every entry, an easy reference chart giving the mammal's classification, size, coloration, and features. Here is where the confusion starts. On page one, the author discusses the orders of mammals and presents a chart that lists the scientific names of typical species. On this page, the elephant is listed as a Macroscelidea and a Proboscidea. On the elephant page, neither of these classifications appears. Its genus is given as Loxodonta and its species is africana. Then, on the last page, another chart shows the elephant as a member of the Proboscidea genus. There is no explanation of what the scientific name is as compared to the genus and species. To add to the confusion, occasionally two animals appear on the same page. For instance, on the aardvark page, the hyrax is featured as well. But there's no chart about the hyrax, no explanation of how it is related to the aardvark (if, indeed, it is), and there is no hyrax entry in the book. Despite these shortcomings, the book provides a lot of easily accessed information in digestible bits.-Randi Hacker, Montgomery Elementary School, VT Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Parenting Plus
This is the perfect all-in-one book covering nature�s furry friends.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816040162
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/28/1999
Pages:
191
Product dimensions:
9.03(w) x 11.67(h) x 0.63(d)
Age Range:
10 - 17 Years

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