What’s it about?
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.
-From Goodreads Synopsis
What did I think of it?
Aimed at 8-12 year olds, Animal Planet Animals: A Visual Encyclopedia doesn’t quite have the easy-going fun of their Animal Bites series (which is aimed at a younger audience), but nevertheless it delivers lovely pictures (though the quality of the electronic version is, I’m gathering, rather degraded from what you’d see in the actual book) with concise explanations that serve to give a fascinating overview to the animals we share this planet with.
Each animal ‘card’, for lack of a better word, provides the animal’s common name, scientific name, size, habitat, and food preferences. They also include a couple small factoids that might interest young readers. The numbers are given in both metric and imperial, so there’s no in-head conversion required. There are also About Me, Fun Facts, ROAR, and Surprisingly Human pieces scattered throughout which are very brief, but relate interesting tidbits relevant to the animals being discussed.
Overall, this would be a great ‘general interest’ gift for the middle-graders in the household who love animals, but don’t have any specific critters they fixate upon. It would also be a good starting point for various assigned reports on animals for science and or biology classes. At 304 pages, there’s tons of animals for kids (and adults!) to discover and learn more about.
Title: Animal Planet Animals: A Visual Encyclopedia | Author: Animal Planet (site) | Publisher: Animal Planet | Pub. Date: 2015-9-22 | Pages: 304 | ISBN13: 9781618931535 | Genre: Children’s Non-Fiction | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 4 out of 5 | Date Read: 2016-2-7 | Source: Received a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.