Animal Book: Visual Encyclopedia of Life on Earth (Smithsonian)
Beginning with microscopic life, this beautifully photographed encyclopedia invites children to a world teeming with diversity and color. Children will learn fascinating details. Did you know that even though all spiders make silk only some species catch prey in their webs? Did you know the polar bear is the largest land-based meat eater? This enthralling resource offers more than 1500 photographs!
Information is presented according to how the animals relate to one another. The first section microscopic life covers bacteria, single-celled life, zooplankton and seaweeds. Next are short chapters on fungi and plants as the foundation of the tree of life. Subsequent chapters are dedicated to invertebrates, insects, fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. The photography is up close and personal; children will be able to see the intricate details and vibrant colors of each animal represented. An excellent resource for your home or class library. 302 pgs, hc. ~ Deanne
Our world is filled with extraordinary diversity, from amoebas to zebras, from tiny toadstools to giant oaks. The wonders of the natural world are on display in The Animal Book. This guide to life on our planet is packed full of information about creatures big and small. This tome is structured according to scientific classification, with straightforward explanations of more than 1,500 specimens, each stunningly photographed. A "tree of life" greets readers at the beginning of the book, charting the complex and interconnected relationships between species. Every plant and animal is presented in proportion, with in-depth spreads giving a sense of scale to each organism. Feature spreads that focus on a single specimen let children get up close and personal with the world's most fascinating animals, making The Animal Book perfect not only for homework help but to satisfy kids' curiosity about the wealth of living creatures that inhabit our planet.
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