Pedagogically useful in multiple ways, though not suitable for school or public library shelves.

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CHILDREN'S ANIMAL ATLAS

Sheets of stickers and big, simple maps of each continent invite young naturalists to study dozens of animals, both common and endangered, in their natural environments.

Each of the 13 maps is colored to indicate biomes, features (where appropriate) country names and borders along with brief nature notes around the edges, and is lightly decorated with small, stylized, labeled images of major landforms and select wildlife. Many of the animals have dashes around them, which indicates that there is a matching sticker for each on one of the enclosed sheets (there is one sheet of less localized “general stickers” too). The attached envelope also contains a small folded world map that highlights eight biomes, a sheet of postcards with preprinted fill-in-the-blank messages, and a booklet with quiz questions that test animal recognition and map-reading skills as well as covering facts presented in the notes. Young readers persuaded to pore over the maps and use the stickers (at least as they are intended) will come away with a broader understanding of general geography as well as both animal and environmental diversity.

Pedagogically useful in multiple ways, though not suitable for school or public library shelves. (index) (Informational novelty. 5-7)

Pub Date: April 19, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-68297-341-7

Page Count: 32

Publisher: QEB Publishing

Review Posted Online: May 14, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2018

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A bland also-ran trailing a large litter of like-themed pups.

WOLF PUPS JOIN THE PACK

From the First Discoveries series

A photo album of young wolves running, playing, and growing through their first year.

Light on factual details, the uncredited text largely runs to vague observations along the lines of the fact that “young wolves need to rest every now and then” or that packs “differ in size. Some are large and have many wolves, while others are small with only a few.” The chief draws here are the big, color, stock photos, which show pups of diverse ages and species, singly or in groups—running, posing alertly with parents or other adult wolves, eating (regurgitated food only, and that not visible), howling, patrolling, and snoozing as a seasonal round turns green meadows to snowy landscapes. In a notably perfunctory insertion squeezed onto the final spread, a wildlife biologist from the American Museum of Natural History introduces himself and describes his research work—all with animals other than wolves. Budding naturalists should have no trouble running down more nourishing fare, from Seymour Simon’s Wolves (1993) to Jonathan London’s Seasons of Little Wolf (illustrated by Jon Van Zyle, 2014) and on. Baby Dolphin’s First Swim follows the same formula even down to profiling exactly the same wildlife biologist.

A bland also-ran trailing a large litter of like-themed pups. (Informational picture book. 5-7)

Pub Date: June 6, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-4549-2237-7

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Sterling

Review Posted Online: April 26, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15, 2017

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Just the ticket to spark or nurture early interest in the wonders of the natural world.

EXTREME SURVIVORS

From the American Museum of Natural History Easy Readers series

“Extreme” gets a broad definition (ticks?), but the first-rate photographs and easy-to-read commentary in this survey of animals adapted to harsh habitats will win over budding naturalists.

Sixteen creatures ranging from hot-springs bacteria and the tiny but nearly invulnerable water bear to sperm whales parade past, sandwiched between an introductory spread and a full gallery of thumbnails that works as a content review. The animals are presented in an ordered way that expedites comparisons and contrasts of body features or environments. The sharply reproduced individual stock photos were all taken in the wild and include a mix of close-up portraits, slightly longer shots that show surroundings and more distant eyewitness views. The Roops present concrete facts in simple language—“Penguins have feathers and thick fat to keep them warm”—and vary the structures of their two- to four-sentence passages so that there is never a trace of monotony. Like its co-published and equally inviting title, Melissa Stewart’s World’s Fastest Animals, this otherwise polished series entry closes with a marginally relevant small-type profile of a herpetologist at the American Museum of Natural History.

Just the ticket to spark or nurture early interest in the wonders of the natural world. (Informational early reader. 5-7)

Pub Date: April 1, 2014

ISBN: 978-1-4549-0631-5

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Sterling

Review Posted Online: Feb. 12, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2014

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