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The Kingfisher illustrated animal encyclopedia
Burnie, David.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Kingfisher, 2000.
Physical Description:
319 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
An illustrated encyclopedia describing the physical characteristics, behavior, and habitats of a variety of animals.
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QL49 .B7954 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QL49 .B7954 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize
QL49 .B7954 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QL49 .B7954 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QL49 .B7954 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QL49 .B7954 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QL49 .B7954 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Oversize
QL49 .B7954 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QL49 .B7954 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QL49 .B7954 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QL49 .B7954 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QL49 .B7954 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Meet an amazing menagerie of creatures on this breathtaking safari through the animal kingdom. The Kingfisher Illustrated Animal Encyclopedia spans the earth from pole to pole, covering 2,000 animals from the tiniest protozoan to the mightiest mammal. Special feature panels focus on various aspects of animal behavior such as camouflage, migration, and hibernation. Easy-to-use and packed with dramatic photographs and illustrations, this colorful volume is an indispensable reference for schoolprojects and a captivating resource for the whole family. Clear and informative text about all animals from the simplest cells to the most complex animals. Written by award-winning author David Burnie. Excellent reference book for the whole family. Includes glossary, alternative name index, and general index.

Author Notes

David Burnie studied zoology and botany at Bristol University in England and has worked as a nature reserve ranger and biologist

Reviews 1

Booklist Review

These two single-volume animal encyclopedias are designed for the upper-elementary level and up. In both, the color photographs practically leap off the page and are accompanied by brief descriptions that will activate one's curiosity to look further. The DK volume begins with a lengthy presentation called "Animal Life" covering such general topics as classification, communication, habitats, and migration. This is followed by "Animal A^-Z," where animals are treated in segments of up to three pages. As one expects from DK, the emphasis is on the illustrations, which are accompanied by captions, and short chunks of text and fact boxes that list family, habitation, food, life span, size, and other data. There are almost 150 A^-Z entries, many including full-page photographs that show animals in their natural habitats. More than 2,000 species are covered, although the majority are represented only by a photograph. Animals were presumably selected because of their interest to children (and British children at that, because there is a full-page entry for hedgehogs). The text concludes with a glossary and an index. The Kingfisher volume takes a more scientific approach. Noted naturalist Burnie sets a nice background in his introduction about the characteristics of animals. He includes a couple of pages that depict the classification of animals, followed by two pages that clearly show how all the animals fit into the animal kingdom. Instead of the alphabetical format used in the DK volume, information on animals is arranged by class, from simple animals to mammals. These divisions are further broken down by phylum and subphylum. Within these sections, there is a paragraph devoted to each selected species (more than 2,000 in all) providing scientific name, distribution, and size, as well as a brief description. Sidebars treat topics such as metamorphosis and symbiosis. A glossary and index complete the text. Photographs and illustrations abound. Each bewitching photo attracts the reader to read the description, and Burnie's descriptions are interesting. He tells us, for example, that most pipe fish swim horizontally, but some swim vertically. The males carry the eggs until they hatch, as do male seahorses. (Could this get a discussion going on the division of labor around a home?) There are several pictures of copulating animals, such as the toads in the section on amphibians. Most adults (parents and teachers) should not find this objectionable and will recognize the natural scientific tone. In both volumes, the strong visual presentation is likely to attract readers. The DK volume may be more accessible to children in younger grades, while the Kingfisher volume will be appreciated by students who are ready for a more sophisticated approach. Both books are recommended for homes, schools, and public libraries.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 6
Classificationp. 8
Simple Animalsp. 12
Cnidariansp. 14
Flatworms and Roundwormsp. 17
Segmented Wormsp. 18
Chitons and Tooth Shellsp. 20
Gastropodsp. 21
Bivalvesp. 26
Cephalopodsp. 30
Spidersp. 32
Scorpions, Ticks, and Mitesp. 36
Sea Spiders and Horseshoe Crabsp. 37
Crustaceansp. 38
Crabsp. 42
Centipedes and Millipedesp. 47
Wingless Insectsp. 48
Lice, Thrips, and Webspinnersp. 49
Dragonflies, Mayflies, and Stonefliesp. 50
Grasshoppers, Katydids, and Cricketsp. 52
Stick Insects, Mantises, and Cockroachesp. 54
Termites and Earwigsp. 55
True Bugsp. 56
Lacewings, Caddisflies, and Fleasp. 58
Beetlesp. 60
Fliesp. 68
Butterfliesp. 72
Mothsp. 80
Ants, Bees, and Waspsp. 84
Echinodermsp. 90
Simple Chordatesp. 92
Jawless Fishp. 93
Cartilaginous Fish
Sharksp. 94
Skates, Rays, and Ratfishp. 100
Bony Fish
Lungfish, Bichirs, and Bonytonguesp. 102
Herring and Their Relativesp. 104
Salmon and Their Relativesp. 106
Bristlemouths and Hatchetfishp. 108
Eelsp. 109
Carp and Their Relativesp. 110
Characins and Their Relativesp. 114
Catfish and Electric Eelsp. 116
Toadfish and Anglerfishp. 117
Codfish and Their Relativesp. 118
Lionfish, Dories, and Oarfishp. 120
Flyingfish, Grunions, and Seahorsesp. 122
Perch and Their Relativesp. 124
Triggerfishp. 132
Flatfishp. 133
Frogs and Toadsp. 134
Salamanders and Caeciliansp. 142
Crocodiles and Alligatorsp. 144
Lizards and Tuatarasp. 146
Snakesp. 152
Turtles and Tortoisesp. 160
Flightless Birdsp. 162
Loons, Grebes, and Petrelsp. 164
Pelicans and Their Relativesp. 166
Herons and Their Relativesp. 168
Swans, Geese, and Ducksp. 170
Birds of Preyp. 174
Gamebirdsp. 180
Cranes and Their Relativesp. 184
Shorebirdsp. 186
Jaegers, Gulls, and Ternsp. 190
Auksp. 193
Pigeons and Dovesp. 194
Parrotsp. 196
Owlsp. 200
Nightjars and Frogmouthsp. 202
Cuckoos and Their Relativesp. 203
Swifts and Hummingbirdsp. 204
Trogons and Mousebirdsp. 205
Kingfishers and Their Relativesp. 206
Woodpeckers and Toucansp. 208
Perching Birdsp. 210
Egg-Laying Mammalsp. 230
Marsupialsp. 231
Anteaters, Armadillos, Sloths, Pangolins, and Aardvarksp. 236
Moles, Hedgehogs, and Shrewsp. 238
Flying Lemurs and Tree Shrewsp. 239
Batsp. 240
Primatesp. 242
Rabbits, Hares, and Pikasp. 250
Rodentsp. 251
Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoisesp. 258
Dogs and Foxesp. 264
Bearsp. 268
Pandas and Raccoonsp. 270
Mustelidsp. 271
Genets, Civets, and Mongoosesp. 274
Hyenas and Aardwolvesp. 275
Catsp. 276
Seals, Sea Lions, and Manateesp. 280
Elephantsp. 282
Hyraxesp. 283
Horses, Rhinoceroses, and Tapirsp. 284
Pigs, Peccaries, and Hippopotamusesp. 286
Camels and Their Relativesp. 288
Deerp. 290
Giraffes and Okapisp. 294
Pronghornsp. 294
Antelope, Cattle, and Their Relativesp. 295
Glossaryp. 304
Indexp. 308