Book Review: “National Geographic Animal Encyclopedia” Is A Must For Young Animal Lovers

Young animal lovers will be delighted to join National Geographic Explorers on a journey of discovery in the new and improved National Geographic Animal Encyclopedia, 2nd Edition.

This stunning family reference volume includes 2,500 animal species, 1,000 world-class animal photographs and exclusive and up-to-date field reports that immerse readers in nature. Readers will discover thousands of animals and learn a lot of new things along the way, including what certain animals eat, where they live, and what makes them so cool. The book is packed with authoritative information verified by experts in the field that captures statistics, facts and anecdotes.

Exceptional information and layout

While the exquisite photos alone are enough to justify the purchase of this coffee table sized ledger, the information and layout are also outstanding. After the table of contents, the book begins with a “How to” guide which explains that the book is divided into eight parts: the introduction to the world of animals, followed by sections devoted to the main groups of animals: mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates. The final section is a list of over 1000 additional animals presented in an easily navigable table.

Friendly and fun

The book does a great job of balancing the need to be relatively comprehensive with accessibility and usability. It also aims to provide readers with a diverse range of animals. Children will meet a mighty African lion, a jeweled tree frog or a small songbird; then dive with deep sea fish and stealth sharks. Each section begins with an introductory photo of the types of animals featured in that section, followed by a helpful ‘what is it’ overview. For example, the section on mammals includes a two-page photo presentation of various mammals, including koala, big nosed, dolphin, elephants, lions, and even dogs. After familiarizing yourself with what mammals can look like, readers will come to a short description of the “What is a mammal?” Page. This same approach applies to the sections on birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates.

Wide range of useful topics

Families will also find it helpful to delve into topics such as the life cycle of animals and babies, senses and communication, homes and habitats, migrations, adaptations for survival, endangered animals. , conservation and newly discovered creatures. Children will be delighted to learn more about the record breaking animals, such as the biggest, longest, smartest, most poisonous, strongest and tallest animal; and even the most smelly animal. A series of maps also accompany numerous lists which clearly indicate where the animals can be found or otherwise came from. A new map in this edition features recently discovered animals.

Written and compiled by experts

While many experts are featured in various sections of this book, author Lucy Spelman is responsible for much of the content.

Dr Lucy Spelman is a lifelong animal lover, educator, scientist and writer. As a certified veterinarian for zoos and wildlife, she treats all species. As a researcher, she has studied otters, pandas and mountain gorillas. She is a National Geographic Explorer and Senior Lecturer at the Rhode Island School of Design, where she teaches biology. In 2015, she founded Creature Conserve, a non-profit organization bringing together artists, writers and scientists to study and answer the problems facing animals today.

A must for young animal lovers

With viewing tips, takeaways, an endangered status key, glossary, and index, the National Geographic Animal Encyclopedia is a great addition to any animal lover’s collection and an optimal resource for it. upcoming school animal project. It has more animals and more photos than any other animal book I’ve come across. It is also a fun, informative and engaging read. There is nothing better than traveling the world, discovering new animals and learning new things, and this book takes all three to the next level.

National Geographic Animal Encyclopedia, 2nd Edition, was released on September 28 and is available now.

Comments are closed.