An Anthology of Intriguing Animals
Dorling Kindersley, 2018
224pp., hbk., RRP $A39.99
There comes a time in almost every child’s life when they want to know more about the creatures they share this planet with, and this fascinating animal encyclopedia with a twist showcases more than 100 animals in close-up detail. Arranged from biggest to smallest, the wildlife of the world is revealed with stunning photography and gorgeous illustrations while the easy-to-read storybook descriptions will delight newly independent readers. Not only will they discover amazing animal facts, such as why the humpback whale blows a bubble ring around a shoal of fish and how the plodding pangolin protects itself from predators, as well as some of the stories and myths surrounding their other favourite beasts.
With the usual navigation tools including a visual guide, this modern bestiary lets them find the animals of interest independently as well as uncovering new favourites along the way. From lions and butterflies to sharks and spiders there’s an animal for everyone in this celebration of the animal kingdom. Every animal is shown both photographically and illustrated, and children will love poring over the detailed images. The index is packed with reference information, including the size and location of each species, and a tree of life shows how the animal groups are connected.
With foil on the cover, gilded edges, and a ribbon for keeping your place, it is also thick and heavy which is often the primary criteria for a certain age group. Definitely worth the investment.