Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Barron's Totally Wild Fact-Packed, Fold-Out Animal Atlas

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Book Review - Barron's Totally Wild Fact-Packed, Fold-Out Animal Atlas

Barron's Totally Wild Fact-Packed, Fold-Out Animal Atlas

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About the Book
Get ready to let them hold the whole world in their hands when you give them this big, bright, beautiful atlas! All of the weird and wonderful animals that inhabit our extraordinary earth are here to delight and enchant young readers (Mom and Dad, too!). Created in rich, glorious detail, illustrated maps give curious kids something to pore over and discover every time, including:

  • Regional maps that clearly show where animals live, plus country names, capitals, and boundaries
  • Large gatefold maps that feature whole continents and highlight the diversity of the world's terrains and natural wonders
  • Special feature boxes on habitats and ecosystems, such as rainforests and rivers
  • An incredible, comprehensive pop-up map of the world that showcases wildlife around the globe--and at a glance
  • Accessible text that's packed with intriguing statistics and dramatic, full-color photography "Record Breakers," "Fact Files," "Wildlife Watch," and "Weird But True" boxes that demonstrate all the wonders of the animal kingdom

Youngsters love learning about animals, natural history and world geography, and this book teaches them all about each topic in fun, engaging ways. Kids also learn about sustainability, habitat destruction, and climate issues, so they can become more aware of the world they share with our amazing animal kingdom.

My Take on the Book
Jen Green has written the text and Christiane Engel has illustrated this book to produce a learning resource for children and parents about animals around the world . You will not only learn about interesting animals , but their specific characteristics that make them unique. There are beautiful photographs to accompany the text. I definitely learned about animals I had not seen or heard of prior to reading this book.One such animal is the solenodon which is a long nosed animal that eats insects and lives on the islands around Cuba. Another interesting fact concerns a reticulated python which is the world's largest snake reaching a length of 23 feet.

There are fold out pages to help your child see an entire continent . There are pages that illustrate a smaller specific region too. Each page has a section known as "record breakers" where you will find important information about animals of that region. 

I believe this will become a favorite book for you and your child to just pick up and read together. It certainly would have a place in a home resource library or a classroom.

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