Welcome to week four of Beat Summer Brain Drain! This week I’m featuring an oversized book about biomes: Animal Atlas by Animal Planet. How is your summer reading coming along? If you’re like me, you’re probably finding small snatches of time throughout the day to read, rather than one big long stretch. No matter how you do it, every little bit counts. Just keep in mind all the brain juices flowing around your child’s head and soldier on!
About Animal Atlas
Animal Planet’s definitive atlas of animal life takes readers on a continent-by-continent and habitat-by-habitat passport to adventure! Meet fierce snow leopards in the Tibetan mountains, giant helicopter damselflies in the rain forests of Central America, majestic eagles in the temperate forests of North America, and hundreds more fascinating creatures.
What is a habitat? How is the North Pole’s animal life different from the South Pole’s? How and why do animals adapt to their environment? Is a food web different from a food chain? Animal Planet Animal Atlas answers all these questions and more in a kid-friendly, accessible format that young readers, parents, teachers, and librarians will adore.
Through illustrated maps of every continent and its major biomes, full-color photographs of more than 200 animals, and illustrated animal travel guides presenting fun animal trivia, readers can track their favorite animals across the globe while learning about how animal habitats are affected by climate, food and water availability, migration, and human environmental impact. Additional special features throughout the book point out ways in which many animals on our planet share characteristics or behaviors with humans. “ROAR” sidebars discuss conservation and animal rescue efforts around the globe. R.O.A.R. (Reach Out. Act. Respond.) is Animal Planet’s initiative dedicated to improving the lives of animals in our communities and in the wild.
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My Thoughts on Animal Atlas
Unlike other atlases, Animal Atlas is broken up by biomes – geographical areas defined by things like vegetation, temperature, and terrain. Kids can learn about biomes from all over the world and the animals that live there. Most of the animals are well known (like tigers), but there are some that will be new to readers. The book has large, beautiful photographs on every page, along with fact boxes and maps showing the borders of the biome.
It a lot of ways, it’s very similar to other books about animals and nature. However, one of the things I like about this book is its size. It’s quite big and the text is large and easy to read. There is a nice balance to the book. For example, there’s enough text to give readers a good overview of the section they’re reading about without it become laborious to do so.
My kids love books like this. Miss K will spend hours flipping through pages and reading about the creatures and places that interest her. This is a great book if your child is interested in science or nature.
Source: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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