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Animal fact-file : head-to-tail profiles of more than 90 mammals
Hare, Tony.
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New York : Facts On File, 1999.
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191 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 31 cm
Describes the physical features and behavior of over 100 mammals, including the elephant and polar bear.

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QL739 .H37 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QL739 .H37 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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This work covers 90 popular warm-blooded creatures from every corner of the globe. Each animal is featured on a two-page, full-colour illustrated spread that shows the entire mammal and highlights interesting parts of its anatomy.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-8-A mix of fascinating information and surprising omissions and contradictions. The clear and sensible format presents an alphabetical guide to mammals from aardvarks to wombats. The full-color illustrations are excellent. Pictures show external and internal views of the animals as a whole and highlight distinctive body parts. Interesting comparison drawings abound; for example, the dromedary nose is compared to that of a bactrian camel. And there is, for every entry, an easy reference chart giving the mammal's classification, size, coloration, and features. Here is where the confusion starts. On page one, the author discusses the orders of mammals and presents a chart that lists the scientific names of typical species. On this page, the elephant is listed as a Macroscelidea and a Proboscidea. On the elephant page, neither of these classifications appears. Its genus is given as Loxodonta and its species is africana. Then, on the last page, another chart shows the elephant as a member of the Proboscidea genus. There is no explanation of what the scientific name is as compared to the genus and species. To add to the confusion, occasionally two animals appear on the same page. For instance, on the aardvark page, the hyrax is featured as well. But there's no chart about the hyrax, no explanation of how it is related to the aardvark (if, indeed, it is), and there is no hyrax entry in the book. Despite these shortcomings, the book provides a lot of easily accessed information in digestible bits.-Randi Hacker, Montgomery Elementary School, VT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



Animal Fact File is a visual guide to the most important--and most interesting--anatomical characteristics of the world's most irresistible animals. Finely detailed color illustrations within a simple, easy-to-use format highlight their unique physiology with multiple views of each animal's body. Students have the opportunity to examine such special features as a dolphin's blowhole, an otter's webbed foot, a hippo's ear, or a gorilla's footprint--at a glance. An open and inviting presentation Generous two-page spreads show each mammal's physiology right down to the bone, with x-ray views of their skeletons and skull structure. Side-by-side comparisons pinpoint characteristics that distinguish each mammal as well as its size in relation to humans. Factboxes and detailed annotations give the full picture: size, color, distinguishing features, how the animal hunts, moves, feeds, etc. Animal Fact File is a perfect introduction to the animal world. Among the animals students will come to know are: • Aardvarks • Antelopes • Beavers • Camels • Cheetahs • Chimpanzees • Giant Pandas • Hyenas • Jaguars • Koalas • Lemurs • Meerkats • Otters • Polar Bears • Seals • Tasmanian Devils • Vampire Bats • and many more. Excerpted from Animal Fact File: Head-to-Tail Profiles of More Than 90 Mammals by Tony Hare All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.