Life-Size Zoo: From Tiny Rodents to Gigantic Elephants, An Actual-Size Animal Encyclopedia

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An elephant's trunk is so nimble, it can pick up a single blade of grass, and yet so strong, it can knock over a tree. Giraffes have eyelashes. Sloths hang from trees for days at a time without going to the bathroom. These are just some of the insights featured in Life-Size Zoo. Acclaimed wildlife photographer Toyofumi Fukuda visited Japan's premier zoos to capture remarkably vivid and detailed close-up photographs of 21 animals, from pandas and meerkats to giraffes, rhinos, and elephants (adult and baby). Each photograph is accompanied by a profile including body length, weight, and natural habitat, as well as fun facts about the animal.

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A zoo tour between covers, this oversize volume brings viewers face to face with a menagerie of creatures, from anteaters to zebras. Each spread features a laser-sharp, actual-size photograph of an animal’s body, usually its face, as well as a sidebar that lists a few basic facts in a whimsical, comic-panel format. Throughout, prompts encourage viewers to notice additional details: a camel’s luxuriously long eyelashes; a tiger’s roughly textured tongue; the white tips on a tapir’s ears. Several spreads fold out to accommodate larger animals; a four-panel image of an Asian elephant, who seems to eye the viewer warily, is unforgettable. The photographs give a visceral sense of what it might feel like to touch the animals, and the words bring in more sensory detail: a rhino’s skin, for example, “looks tough . . . but it feels nice and warm.” The playful table of contents, designed as a cartoon aerial map of a zoo, and endpapers filled with full-body snapshots of the animals complete this innovative introduction to global creatures that’s perfect for group sharing. Preschool-Grade 2. --Gillian Engberg

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K-Gr 3–Displaying superb photos of favorite zoo animals on eye-catching spreads (and several dramatic foldouts), these books mix close-up head shots of larger species (elephant, aardvark, lion, etc.) with full-body images of smaller creatures (koala, sloth, bat). Entries include chatty intros, “can you find” prompts for closer observation, and fun facts. All-around browsers' delights, these oversize volumes are useful for prepping for or revisiting a zoo. α(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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