Firefly Encyclopedia of Animals

ISBN 13: 9781770854574

Firefly Encyclopedia of Animals

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9781770854574: Firefly Encyclopedia of Animals

A lavishly illustrated who's who of the animal kingdom.

Firefly Encyclopedia of Animals is a stunning new reference guide to 840 members of the Animal Kingdom from every continent -- North and South America, Africa, Europe, Asia and Australia.

More than 1,000 commissioned full-color watercolors, photographs and distribution maps describe the animal world for readers of all ages. From the smallest mouse to the largest whale, this book offers a detailed and thorough guide to a wide array of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish, as well as insects, spiders and other invertebrates.

Firefly Encyclopedia of Animals presents accurate, succinct and essential information, as follows:

  • General descriptions of animal Orders and Families
  • Common and species names
  • Shared characteristics in animal groups
  • Describes size, distribution, anatomy, ecology migration, habitats and survival skills
  • Features on animal behavior
  • Accurate labeled illustrations and maps
  • Wildlife conservation and updates on endangered animals.

In addition to the principal text, there are side illustrations throughout along with fast-fact panels.

Written in clear language that will engage readers of all ages, this authoritative reference is ideal for home and school, where it will be especially useful for natural history reports.

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About the Author:

Dr Philip Whitfield is a lecturer in zoology and natural science at King's College, University of London.

From School Library Journal:

Gr 5 Up—This guide attempts the Herculean task of fitting the entire animal kingdom into a single volume, with limited success. Though it's certainly chock-full of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, insects, and other creatures, there are glaring omissions that seem puzzling for a work that calls itself "a comprehensive look at the animal kingdom." For instance, while there's a section on "Horses and Tapirs," which covers Przewalski's horse, the ancestor of the modern horse, the domestic horse isn't mentioned. Further, the organization is also problematic, with entries grouped by variables, such as distinguishing features ("Hoofed Mammals") or poetic whimsy ("Birds of the Trees and Masters of the Air"). Those familiar with taxonomy might find the organization self-evident, but casual researchers will not. Readers seeking material on a specific animal need to consult the index, which at times presents further problems: a search for parakeet turns up a photograph of two unidentified birds (presumably parakeets). Each animal gets a brief entry, which mentions its size, geographic range, and habitat, and there are scattered entries discussing aspects of animal behavior. However, the work lacks a chapter explaining its methodology and intended audience, which is unclear. Featuring attractive illustrations and a magazinelike layout, it seems aimed at browsers, but the information is more appropriate for report writers. VERDICT Though aesthetically pleasing, this overly ambitious title attempts to do too much.—Kara Schaff Dean, Walpole P.L., MA

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