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Animal Hardcover – 1 Sep 2011
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I bought it for my children (age 15 and under) who love reading up on different animals, but have spent far more time going through it than them. The first thing to notice is the soft furry front cover - almost feels like you are touching Zebra skin!
The book is well organised into sections as follows:
1. Introduction (Evolution, classification, etc) - 20 pages
2. Habitats (around the world, on land and in water) - 55 pages
3. The Animal Kingdom (mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish) - 420 pages
4. Invertebrates - 75 pages
5. Glossary and Index - 25 pages
The pages are on nice quality paper, and the content has a good level of depth with stunning photography of animals big and small.
It is a very heavy book so probably not suitable for younger children. I owned the first edition about 6 years ago, which was also brilliant and of similar size, but that was soon vandalised by my little angels. They are older and even more obedient now so, touch wood, this book should last longer.
At under £20 it is a really good investment. You will not find another book like it as a reference on animals.
Interestingly, in Norwegian, this book has the same title as Reader Digest's "Living World of Animals" from 1970. It's a completely different book, however, though of course some of its aim is the same: to be a visual, informative and comprehensive guide to the world's major species of animals, as up to date as it can be at the time of printing.
Unlike the older book, this one doesn't go into the evolution of animals. After an introductory section of major habitats, it reads mostly like a visual encyclopedia of animals, sorted by class and order, with beautiful pictures throughout, and some animals picked out for special double-spread treatment.
Overall a great animal guide.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
In this digital age, nothing is better than the unintended learning available by just leafing through a book. Was for me when digital referred to fingers. Hmm.Published 5 months ago by Jon Zahourek, Inc.
Excellent and attractive book. Bought for 4 year old when she is older (and me 71 now :)Published 11 months ago by Prints of Whales
I'm unsure about how comprehensive this book is, but what it covers is done well. There are some superb photographs and I use it as a reference for 2D and 3D artwork.Published 13 months ago by Literate Hamster
Bought this as a gift for my boyfriend and he absolutely loves it. I was hoping it wouldn't be too simplified and I was happy to find lots of information in it about more species... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Gabriela D
A/z of animals brilliantly laid. Out good
For kids as well as adults all of the animal s in existence are in this very detailed book I
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The best present we have ever bought our 12 years old granddaughter! The book now goes everywhere with her and we are constantly being bombarded with newly learned facts!Published 17 months ago by Avril
Great book with lots of information about animals I'd never heard of.Published 17 months ago by Melanie Randalll