Wildlife of the World

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Wildlife of the World

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Alphabetically-arranged articles introduce over 300 animals, describing their habitat, behavior, and efforts to protect them.

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This set, seemingly intended for grades 4-7, covers more than 300 alphabetically arranged animals from around the world--mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and invertebrates.

Generally two pages are devoted to each species. Some entries are four pages in length (e.g., Butterfly, Mouse, Shark). A colored bar at the top of the page indicates the type of animal (e.g., bird of prey, hoofed mammal). The text describes clearly and simply the habits and lifestyle of each. A "Key Facts" box, color-coded to the pertinent animal-kingdom group, accompanies each entry, giving such data as scientific and popular name, range, habitat, appearance, food, breeding, and status (how common it is). A map shows the animal's distribution, and two color photographs with appropriate captions show the animal in its natural habitat. Longer entries have drawings, such as the life cycle of the butterfly.

Each volume has some material in common--definitions of the various statuses, from extinct to widespread; a page explaining scientific classification; and a single page glossary (covering such words as abdomen, diurnal, omnivore). Volume 1 contains instructions on how to use the set. If a particular animal cannot be found in the main alphabetical sequence, the reader is encouraged to use the index in volume 13. For example, there is no entry Whale; however, under whale, reference is made to specific ones that have their own entries, such as Humpback Whale and White Whale. See also references are used in the main text. Measures are in common and metric terms. A pronunciation guide would have been helpful.

Volume 13 looks at different climatic zones of the world, then considers how scientists group or classify animals, followed by a series of brief essays on each of the five groups. Next comes the same glossary found in the other volumes and a one-page bibliography. The titles are all adult sources. It would have been beneficial to the young users of the set to list juvenile books. Volume 13 concludes with four indexes--general, scientific names, classification, and geographic.

The covers of each volume have a large color photograph. Page layout is visually appealing, and print is clear. The set is aimed at a younger audience than such titles as the Marshall Cavendish International Wildlife Encyclopedia (1990) and Endangered Wildlife of the World (Marshall Cavendish, 1993). Within an attractive format, Wildlife of the World gives a good overview of a great variety of animals and will be useful for elementary school children for basic reports.

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