The Animal Book (Lonely Planet Kids)

by Lonely Planet Kids (Author) Dawn Cooper (Illustrator)

The Animal Book (Lonely Planet Kids)
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

Get ready for a walk on the wild side through every continent on Earth! Kids can discover the animal kingdom like never before in Lonely Planet Kids' The Animal Book, a beautiful encyclopedia featuring over 100 incredible creatures, from the grey wolf and green anaconda, to the bald eagle and emperor penguin. Packed with facts and illustrations, it also explores our relationship with these animals and how we're affecting their lives and habitats, such as reindeer helping to deliver food for Arctic communities and elephants hunted for their tusks in Africa. Animals are all around us, but sometimes we forget just how remarkable they are.

With The Animal Book, kids can discover some of the world's most diverse and fascinating mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, insects and invertebrates, from those they can spot in their backyard to more endangered species in jungles, deserts and freezing oceans. They'll also learn about conservation efforts and how to help protect wildlife and the planet. Dawn Cooper's wonderful illustrations are combined with fantastic photographs and expert authorship by Ruth Martin.

Organized by continent, The Animal Book covers: Arctic North & Central America South America Europe Africa Asia Oceania Antarctica Oceans

About Lonely Planet Kids: Come explore! Let's start an adventure. Lonely Planet Kids excites and educates children about the amazing world around them. Combining astonishing facts, quirky humor and eye-catching imagery, we ignite their curiosity and encourage them to discover more about our planet. Every book draws on our huge team of global experts to help share our continual fascination with what makes the world such a diverse and magnificent place-inspiring children at home and in school.

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Publishers Weekly

This informative guide features more than 100 species that inhabit the planet's continents and oceans. Each creature gets a full page or spread; brief introductions are followed by small text blocks that address animal behavior, anatomy, ecosystems, and assorted notable facts (for example, pigeons can be trained to "spot cancer cells"). A pastel color scheme lets Cooper's illustrations coexist, rather than compete, with photographs of animals and their habitats that appear throughout. It's a thorough, detail-rich, continent-by-continent overview of Earth's extraordinary biodiversity. Ages 8-12. (Sept.)

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School Library Journal

Gr 2-5--This coffee-table book examines various animals of the world, arranged by continents and regions: the Arctic, North and Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Antarctica, Oceania, and the oceans. Each one- to two-page entry covers a different creature, with up-to-date tidbits of information accompanying small, full-color photographs. Readers will learn, for example, that the four types of giraffes once considered subspecies are now recognized as separate species, making conservation efforts crucial. A text box includes the animal's scientific name, size (and sometimes weight), diet, endangered status, and an "amazing fact" (for instance, hippos kill in self-defense and are among the most dangerous animals in Africa). A larger drawing of each creature highlights features that might not show up in photographs, such as the female mosquito's tubelike mouthparts, which enable her to simultaneously inject saliva and drink her victim's blood. VERDICT A valuable addition to the 590s section of any library serving elementary schoolers.--Frances E. Millhouser, formerly at Fairfax County Public Library, VA

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Review quotes

"Vibrant colors and engaging page layouts are a feast for the eyes as readers are introduced to over 100 animals from around the world in this beautiful reference book...This title has a place in every children's collection and is an excellent choice for reluctant readers."—School Library Connection
Lonely Planet Kids
Joe Fullman is a freelance author based in London. Over the past 20 years, he has - by a rather neat symmetry - written and contributed to guidebooks to around 20 countries. That means he's visited an awful lot of museums - although he's always happy to fit in a couple more. In between his foreign adventures, Joe has also found time to write children's books on everything from dinosaurs and space to music and ancient history. Joe also authored Incredible Cabinet of Wonders for Lonely Planet Kids, released in October 2017.
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Guided Reading Level
Lonely Planet
Publication date
September 19, 2017
Lonely Planet Kids
BISAC categories
JNF003000 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Animals | General
JNF037020 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Science & Nature | Environmental Conservation & Protection
JNF058000 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Travel
Library of Congress categories
Wildlife conservation

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