Review: Animal Planet Animal Atlas
Time Inc. and Animal Planet have teamed up to publish another fabulous book for kids – Animal Planet Animal Atlas by James Buckley, Jr. This atlas is a little different than most in that it divides continents up by biomes rather than countries so young readers learn about eight different biomes and the animals that live in them.
Each continent has a native animal as its tour guide to share interesting facts. There are also “ROAR” boxes on conservation and “Surprisingly Human” boxes that show the ways humans are similar to other animals. This book is filled with gorgeous photographs and wonderful illustrations by Aaron Meshon and also includes a glossary and index in the back.
I adored Animal Planet Animal Atlas and think most kids will too. I loved the illustrations and photographs and learned quite a bit as I read this book. Did you know scarlet macaws use their left foot for food and stand on their right foot? I learned jaguar’s spots are called rosettes and three-toed sloths are so slow algae grows on them. This is the kind of book kids will pick up over and over again. I have to agree with Stacie, though – the book is a little large – at approximately 11¼ x 13, it’s a little unwieldy to hold in your lap. I can picture kids lying on the floor happily perusing its pages and enjoying the large photographs so the size probably won’t bother them. Pick up a copy of Animal Planet Animal Atlas – it belongs in every home and school library.
I will link this up to Booking Mama’s Saturday feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, leave a comment as well as a link on her site.