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3.0 out of 5 stars Great size for field trips- But modernization neccesarry, 21 Jun 2011
This review is from: Mammals of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East (Hardcover)
I like very much the small size which is great for excursions.
I have similar books about the Insects, Spiders and Birds of Europe. I bought all of them from (or via) Amazon. Comparing to the REAL photographs and layouts of those books i was quite disappointed when i saw the drawings or colored illustrations in this book.
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Initial post: 27 Jul 2011 10:57:08 BDT
I would disagree with this review. The illustrations of the book are actually very good. Although not as polished and realistic as, for example, Pricsilla Barrett's illustrations in the Collins Guide, they are, however, functional, accurate and detailed. Of course, judging them against photographs is totally irrelevant. Prefering a photo guide to an artistically illustrated one is utterly subjective. I tend to prefer accurately created drawings and paintings for the purposes of a guide, since they tend to show exactly the whole of the animal, in its most familiar stance and its accurate colours (without shadows or background illumination interference which usually changes the aspect of the animal in photographs). From this point of view, this guide satisfies me completely. In addition, as also mentioned by other reviewers, the extensive coverage of this guide (geographical area, number of species, maps, anatomical drawings etc.) plus its easy and compact design and up-to-date information definitely make it worth buying.
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