Friday, March 22, 2013

National Geographic Animal Encyclopedia

National Geographic Animal Encyclopedia: 25,000 Animals with Photos, Maps, and More!
by Lucy Spellman
National Geographic, 2012.  302 pgs.  Nonfiction.

     Twenty-five thousand animals on 302 pages doesn't allow for a lot of room or time to be spent on each animal, but National Geographic certainly makes the most of the space available.  Besides, all encyclopedias are springboards, are they not?  A little knowledge leading to a greater quest. Gorgeous photos, as you might expect, fill these pages, along with boxed blurbs about a multitude of creatures which give the common name of each animal, its scientific name, its range, size, and diet. A brief but telling array of facts follows.  The Guinness World Records crowd will enjoy the animals' records:  baddest bird (ostrich), record-holding record holder (blue whale), etc. Or, you could just look at the pictures.  National Geographic Animal Encyclopedia is a treasure for children and their oldsters. I want my own copy, but we have one here if you'd like to borrow it.


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