Animal Planet and Time Inc. Books have produced a fantastic atlas of animals for readers six and up.
There are not only illustrated maps of every continent, but also maps and explanations of global biomes. (Biomes are “the world’s major communities, classified according to the predominant vegetation and characterized by adaptations of organisms to that particular environment” according to the textbook Biology by N. A. Campbell, 1996.) Biomes include deserts grasslands, and rainforests, for example.
To illustrate what kinds of animals live in the different biomes, this atlas includes full-color photographs of more than 200 animals, along with fun facts about them. A Nile crocodile, for example, can weigh up to 500 pounds. There are fewer than 400 saaima ringed seals left in the world, and they all live in southern Finland, but there are more than 8 million puffins in Iceland. Andean condors have a wingspan of more than 10 feet! The world’s largest rodent is a capybara, which is a favorite at zoos, with many of their admirers not realizing these large pig-like animals are rodents.
The book includes a glossary and index at the back.
There are also occasional text boxes from R.O.A.R. (Reach Out. Act. Respond) – Animal Planet’s project to help make the world a better place for animals. These “ROAR” sidebars mention conservation and rescue efforts relevant to the animals and/or biomes being featured.
Evaluation: This overview of a fascinating topic is sure to inspire kids to seek out further information. The books from Animal Planet (as well as their television series) prove that learning can be fun.
Published by Time Inc. Books, 2016