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Kingfisher First Encyclopedia of Animals [Hardcover]

Jon Kirkwood , John Farndon , Toby Stark


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7 Sep 1998 Encyclopedia
This encyclopedia follows an easy-to-use A-Z arrangement. Each page looks at a different group of animals such as mammals, fish and amphibians. With a combination of artwork and photographs it should be an interesting introduction to the subject.


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No stone is left unturned in the hunt for the cute and cuddlesome or the ultimate in creepy crawlies in this fascinating encyclopaedia of animals.

This A-Z of the animal world takes in the wonders of every animal from the Aardvark to the Zebra, each of which is lusciously illustrated in full colour to complement the fresh, intelligent text. The fact box cross-referencing system at the end of each entry makes for easy access to related topics, allowing the young reader to move from subject to subject as they investigate the habits and habitats of hundreds of different species of animal. Clear page layout and up-to-date information makes the First Encyclopaedia of Animals a pleasure to read, and is sure to spark enthusiasm for the lesser-known beasties as well as more familiar favourites as children are guided through the weird and wonderful worlds of all creatures, great and small. --Susan Harrison

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's our great big book of everything... 5 Oct 2007
By A. Shoup - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
As a homeschool mother, this book has been an excellent tool in introducing my 6 year old and 3 year old to the animal kingdom. As my 6 yr old has said, "it has everything." As an adult I may have choosen to include more, but for my daughter, it is like front row seats to the zoo. It has large pictures, simple descriptions, and kindergarten age experiments as well. We have already made a bug habitat, a frog habitat, crafted a paper fish with scales, and made a mobile food chain, and that was in the first two weeks. I find myself wanting to teach science all the time. It really is a great book to enjoy with my daughters.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great overview of each animal. 15 Dec 2011
By Linda Noullet - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is a "first" encyclopedia and that is exactly what it is. A short overview of each animal. I like it and it is serving my homeschool needs with my 9 and 6 year old well this year. Just a taste into each animal. Not too deep. We read a page a day and the kids really enjoy it.

That is what is great about homeschooling - the choice of what you want for your school. It is what I need and want. But if you want more and deeper, this might not be the book for you. Head the "first" and realize if you have older kids - you might want to pick a different book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My 2 year old loves this one 19 Jan 2007
By J. ware - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The thing that makes this encyclopedia of animals far superior to some of the others for young children is the way that the animals are arranged. It is not alphabetical, there are mammals, birds, reptiles, etc. This makes great sense to my toddler and is a good tool for helping her to understand classification. There is a Table of contents and an Index for quick look up. This is a great first animal encyclopedia that we read again and again and that will probably be well loved for years to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Four-year-old friendly 28 July 2010
By Tracy Chapman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I ordered this for my four-year-old grandson who I am sitting for this summer. He is heavily into frogs and snakes and lizards and he loves this book. He carries it with him and is constantly asking to have it read to him. I had no idea he would love it this much. It is a wonderful learning tool and has spurred his interest in books.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars lacking 9 April 2008
By vpoq - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I purchased this book as a home schooling book. i was very disapointed in the amount of information given on each animal.
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