Thursday, January 28, 2016

WILD & WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY: Animals, A Visual Encyclopedia by Animal Planet


Introducing the first encyclopedia book from Animal Planet--the leading brand for animal lovers--that tells the story of our planet's animal life and celebrates our vital and humanizing connection with the animal world.

Animals are...surprisingly human. Finding the ways in which people and animals connect may inspire the next generation to be true caretakers of Earth. Animal Planet Animals: A Visual Encyclopedia is a comprehensive look at the major animal groups, highlighting their unique but also relatable personalities and behavior.

More than 2,500 animals from the seven major animal groups: mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, insects and arachnids, invertebrates, and fish are featured in 1,050 stunning full-color photos, plus dynamic illustrations, maps, and charts.

Special book features include:

A giant, removable poster featuring record-breaking animal kingdom facts and amazing photos of animals in action Embedded QR Codes that transport readers from the book page directly to Animal Planet's L!VE animal cams across the world A comprehensive glossary, index, and study resources for extended learning in geography, climate change, biology, and ecosystems Animal Planet's R.O.A.R (Reach Out. Act. Respond.) facts throughout discuss conservation and animal rescue efforts
Highly accessible for both curl-up reading and dip-in reference needs, care has been taken to offer animal-loving families less work and more wow by weaving the taxonomic and biological information throughout the individual sections rather than putting it all up front. Specialist authors and life science experts offer, in words and pictures, the most up-to-date view of the animal kingdom, making it an ideal homework helper and a crucial family reference for the school years and beyond.

A beautiful gift for any animal lover, a portion of proceeds benefits Animal Planet's R.O.A.R. (Reach Out. Act. Respond.) animal partner charities dedicated to improving the lives of animals in our communities and in the wild.


If you have young readers that love animals, this book is a must have.  The photographs are gorgeous and the information fascinating.  The large size of the book makes it perfect for browsing, with enough information to satisfy young animal lovers.  As an encyclopedia though it doesn't go into great detail about any animal.  It covers the best known phyla: reptiles, mammals, birds, etc. with information about what makes each one unique.  The side bars provide bits of trivia about animal behavior and characteristics that are 'surprisingly human'.  I especially enjoyed seeing related animals side by side and seeing how they are similar and different. Of course not all animals are covered there are simply too many, with more being discovered all the time.  It's clear that the writers took time to include interesting tidbits of information about each animal included, the kind of information that isn't commonly known. I'd highly recommend this book for all libraries and those home collections where young readers or even adults can't get enough information about animals.

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