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The wild world of the future
Pye, Claire.
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Publication Information:
Toronto : Firefly Books, [2003]

Physical Description:
96 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 29 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 7.3 2.0 67488.

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QH367.1 .P94 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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The companion book to the television series The Future is Wild!

If dinosaurs roamed the earth millions of years ago, what creatures will be around in the next 5 million years? 100 million years? 200 million years? A team of international scientists, documentary film makers and animators are imagining the future based on present-day science. Their vision of the future comes alive in a 7-part television series and The Wild World of the Future , a fascinating introduction to evolution, geology and biology. It clearly explains how the amazing creatures of the future will evolve and what our planet may look like millions of years from now.

The Wild World of the Future :

Profiles 36 amazing creatures including the bumblebeetle, scrofa, poggle and sharkopath Explains how the Earth changes, how it may change in the future and what habitats will develop Describes past evolution and adaptation such as how the Cactus finch evolved on the Galápagos Islands Shows future evolution in action-how a snail becomes a desert hopper Invites kids to imagine their own future with a behind-the-scenes look at the science of the show and tips for creating their own creatures Features 200 color photographs and illustrations, a glossary and index

Author Notes

Claire Pye is an author and editor of non-fiction books for children and adults covering subjects as diverse as healthy eating, computers, sharks and dinosaurs. Before writing The Wild World of the Future for children, she edited the adult version of the book, entitled The Future is Wild .

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 4-8. What will wild animals be like 5 million to 200 million years from now? Lively and informative, this companion to Animal Planet's seven-part The Future Is Wild TV special draws on principles of evolution and scientific research to predict how animals will adapt and change. The vibrant, attractive page layout and succinct, clearly written text will draw readers. Early sections describing the earth, plants, and animals today and their development lead directly into discussion of the way scientists predict a future ice age for northern Europe, underground desert cities, and an amazing variety of new animals, ranging from birds with four wings to megasquids and bumblebeetles. Digitally created pictures of the futuristic animals lose some effect when they appear soon after color photos of current animals; but kids should find the prospect of this future ecology fascinating, and they will have fun identifying the 36 new species pictured and described in the final creature profiles section. --Roger Leslie Copyright 2003 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-Imagining what the Earth will be like in post-human periods 5, 100, and 200 million years from now, Pye bases her vision on the evolutionary development of common creatures. An introductory section presents information on contemporary climates, habitats, and animals as well as evolution. From here, giant leaps are made to the animals and habitats of the future. These speculations are presented in a factual manner with realistic illustrations depicting habitats, food preferences, and hidden dangers. Sidebars showing "Evolution in Action" describe the human-age ancestors of these future beings. Full-color computer art mixed with good photographs and an interesting and varied layout complete this highly readable work that will be useful for reports and enjoyed as recreational reading. Dougal Dixon and John Adams's The Future Is Wild (Firefly, 2003) contains much of the same information and some identical illustrations, but is written on a higher reading level.-Eva Elisabeth VonAncken, Trinity-Pawling School, Pawling, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.