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010: Birds (World of Animals)

ISBN 10: 071725741X / ISBN 13: 9780717257416
Published by Grolier Academic Reference, 2003
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Title: 010: Birds (World of Animals)

Publisher: Grolier Academic Reference

Publication Date: 2003

Book Condition:Good

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ISBN 071725741x described as v. 10 whereas the cover says 20 and references in the index refer to it as 20.

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Birds is the second cluster of the five-set World of Animals collection to be released. It joins Mammals [RBB Ag 03], while insects and other invertebrates, fish, and amphibians and reptiles are scheduled to follow. The Birds cluster continues set numbering where Mammals left off and is numbered volumes 11-20. Libraries that shelve by Dewey decimal number will find that this new set is therefore shelved prior to Mammals even though the volume numbers indicate a continuing set.

Geared to upper-elementary- through high-school students, the set groups species that share similar characteristics or have similar lifestyles, such as ground birds, seabirds, insect eaters, and tropical forest birds. More than 250 characteristic species are covered. Each 128-page volume is organized by family and presents information in two types of articles. The first introduces individual or closely related bird families (for example, the ratites) and reviews the variety of birds as well as their relationship with other bird families and orders. The second type, which constitutes the majority of the text, concentrates on birds typical of the family or families (for example, the ostrich, emu, or brown kiwi of the ratite families).

Well-written entries range in length from two to six pages and include numerous full-color photographs and illustrations. These detailed, vivid, and captioned pictures enhance the highly appealing and browsable layout. Cross-referencing in the bottom margin includes bird, volume, and page number for easy additional searching. Each volume concludes with a list of bird orders and families, a set glossary, further reading and useful Web sites, and a set index.

An additional noteworthy feature is the "data panel" found on the introductory page of each individual bird entry. Information provided includes common name, scientific name, family, order, size (imperial and metric), a visual comparison of an adult bird to a six-foot-tall human, key features, habits, nesting, voice, diet, habitat, distribution, International Union for the Conservation of Nature status, and a locator map showing normal range. School and public libraries alike will find that this set contains sufficient information to serve the needs of a variety of student users and will appeal to the casual browser as well. RBB
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