Middle Grade Review: National Geographic Animal Encyclopedia: 2,500 Animals with Photos, Maps, and More!



About This Book:

Hey, why is that funny-looking monkey on TV hanging upside down? Is that fuzzy, chubby guy in the back yard a woodchuck or a groundhog? Now you can find answers to these and hundreds more questions and curiosities right at your fingertips! Featuring 2,500 species and packed with stunning color photographs, amazing animal facts, maps, and more, the new National Geographic Kids Animal Encyclopedia is the most comprehensive on the market today, amazing and entertaining readers, while providing them with authoritative information about the animal kingdom. Kids love to look at animals and this book showcases more than 1,000 gorgeous color photographs as only National Geographic–the leader in wildlife photography–can. Thematic spreads take readers through animal homes and habitats, senses and communication, life cycle and babies, movement and migration, defenses, camouflage, and adaptation, and endangered animals and conservation. Special features in each section include ANIMAL PROFILES spreads that focus in-depth on a particular animal and ANIMAL RECORDS spreads that highlight superlatives such as fastest, tallest, smallest, etc. Exclusive FROM-THE-FIELD reports, that focus on National Geographic explorers and their stories about the animals they study, can only be found in this animal encyclopedia, adding to its entertainment and educational value.Animals are organized by taxonomy within each section (mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and invertebrates), accompanied by common and scientific name, fact boxes (featuring lifespan, habitat, and size) and text describing diet, special features, and any other pertinent information. Symbols representing conservation and habitat status highlight a high-interest topic for kids, while color-coding on each section provides for ease of navigation. Backmatter will include a listing of animal species along with basic information including name (scientific and common), lifespan, diet, size, and habitat. A comprehensive glossary, index, and “find out more” section round out this must-have resource.


*Review Contributed by Beth Rodgers, Staff Reviewer*

Beautiful Photos and Engaging Details
‘Animal Encyclopedia,’ a National Geographic book, is a beautiful compilation of colorful, engaging photographs showcasing animals of all types, from mammals to birds, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, and fish. There are tons of interesting facts, including how a newly discovered creature called a Sorting Hat Spider got its name (due to the fact that it looked like the sorting hat in the ‘Harry Potter’ books and the scientists who discovered it were fans of the series). It was also interesting to learn that anteaters have sticky tongues and create a vacuum with their throats in order to suck up their prey, due to the fact that they don’t have teeth.

Fun, “did you know” style facts populate the pages of the encyclopedia, and while the book can’t cover every species on Earth, it does a great job promoting a large variety. An especially neat aspect of the book is that it contains a chart with the common name, size, habitat information, and diet of every creature, along with details on how endangered (or not) each animal is at this time. There is also a glossary along with an index to make it easier to find what one is looking for, as there is far too much in this book to read in one, two, or even ten sittings.

This book is one that will be a welcome addition to any child’s or adult’s bookshelf, so long as that child or adult has a love of animals of any type. There is so much out there to know more about, and this, while maybe just the tip of the iceberg, is a great way to get started in learning more.

Good Points
Fun, “did you know” style facts populate the pages of the encyclopedia, and while the book can’t cover every species on Earth, it does a great job promoting a large variety.

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