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  • Hardcover: 648 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley (1 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405336994
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405336994
  • Product Dimensions: 30.2 x 25.9 x 4.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By M. Foden on 2 Oct 2010
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It is difficult to see how this book could be produced for under £100. The sheer volume of excellent quality photos, with just a handful of painted illustrations is beyond comprehension.There is just sufficient information provided to make every page interesting. For the low price that this book commands, no bookshelf should be without a copy. Just one compaint - don't expect to use it for bedtime reading, as the exceptional weight will probably deter you from lugging it upstairs !
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Big Jim TOP 100 REVIEWER on 16 Nov 2010
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OK not everything on earth is in here, and DK know that, but they have had a darn good try at getting as much as they can crammed in. This is all achieved without skimping on quality mind you, as the photographs and illustrations can only be described as lavish, and the accompanying text is neither dumbed down, patronising or too dense to understand. In fact this is a quite remarkable old fashioned encyclopedia brought bang up to date and deserves its place on a bookshelf near you. No online database can offer the richness and sheer enjoyment you will get dabbling in this impressive tome
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By M. D. Budd on 10 Nov 2010
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This astonishing and breathtaking book marks the pinnacle of natural history publishing. With the growth in multimedia technology this book is unlikely ever to be surpassed by another work of print alone. The rich deep natural colours of the photographs, the clear and concise prose make it an accessible book for all age groups from 7 years upwards. Many of the articles and pictures inspire further research and study, and the sheer pleasure of holding and browsing this book will make you want to keep it close to your favourite armchair.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nature lover on 18 Feb 2011
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First of all this is a BIG book at 648 pages with 5000 images. It is truly encyclopaedic and it is obvious from the outset that it has been put together by some very clever people. It does not shy away from some hard science, as it reflects the natural world through the currently recognised "taxonomic" classification. What an endeavour - the whole of natural history (including rocks and fossils) in one tome!

Now there are probably 10 million plants, animals and fungi out there, so how can you chose what to include. Well the answer is you get some of the familiar and some of the oddities to try to reflect the true diversity of life. So when I looked at this book I looked for some of my old friends (yes there were some there) then, once reassured, could revel in the new-but-familiar, and many down right weird ones.

Order runs through scientists like the proverbial Brighton through the rock, and this books oozes this systematic scientific approach to the natural world, but in an easily understood way.

Each page contextualises the plants and animals into their kingdoms, classes, orders etc.. Each species is given its full English and scientific name and a short description, including identifying features and where it is found. Sometimes its habitat is also mentioned. In addition to these, each order has a more detailed description and for some species there are feature articles. This nicely breaks up the book's structure to provide a deeper insight into some of the "stars".

The pages of this book remind me those exciting, and slightly secret, museum specimen cabinets that most people ignore, but which invite the curious to open the up and peak inside.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. williams on 16 Dec 2010
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I got this book for my 3yrs son and my god its worth so much more than £16! so so much information. This book will last him for years and years!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Aphrodite on 15 Dec 2010
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A friend owns this book and I wanted a copy of my own. It is worth every penny. It is informative without being patronizing and the illustrations are lovely. It is a beautiful book to have on the bookshelf.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. P. Ward on 15 Jan 2011
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Purchased this on a whim as it came up on the screen when I was buying another book. Great coffee table reference book. Just pick it up when the partner insists on watching a soap on the TV. It will take your mind off of the appauling acting and pathetic story lines.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Lloyd on 18 April 2014
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I'm a student of environmental science with a keen interest in ecology and this book blew me away when I first saw it. I use this for general interest and viewing whilst my other books on say insects for specific field studies (Imagine carrying this book in the field). I would say anyone above 5 years old would love this book and get them interested in nature!
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