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.
Thankfully exposure to shows like Planet Earth and Frozen Planet, as well as Barneys Latin America on CBBC (highly recommended too!) have shown him that animals can do a bit more than sitting motionless in an enclosure.
This book, as you can see from the Look Inside preview, has just about every animal from every continent, pictured and with just enough summary information to keep them interested, along with info on their size, habitat and geographical location. There is additional information and larger sections on more widely known animals like Elephants, Bears and Sharks.
For the price, this cannot be beaten, it is nearly 4cm thick and the pages are printed in thick durable paper. In my opinion this book should be regarded as the number one reference guide for animal lovers everywhere.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent and attractive book. Bought for 4 year old when she is older (and me 71 now :)Published 3 days 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 2 months ago by Literate Hamster
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
Shyed a way from. Read more
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 6 months ago by Avril
Great book with lots of information about animals I'd never heard of.Published 6 months ago by Melanie Randalll
very nicely produced book. Thick heavy pages, vibrant colours and a 'fur' hardback cover.
Educational and with a bit of quality.
Like so many books by Dorling Kindersley, a disappointment. The promise of the cover, which includes a textured hide-like surface, i sn ot met by the inside, which is heavy on text... Read morePublished 8 months ago by bulbulamir