Pop-up pages big enough to contain full-size photos of a standing lamb and even most of a gamboling pony foal give this farmyard gallery outsized visual appeal. The accompanying text is less eye-popping, though.
Each of five spreads opens up into a wordless outdoor scene printed on heavy, coated stock and featuring either an individual or (for the rabbits and ducks) a family portrait. In between are spreads filled with smaller photos and bite-sized bits of factual information presented in several levels of detail and type size. That information ranges from the ingenuous “For piglets, life on the farm is like recess 24 hours a day!” to an inaccurate claim that ducks have no blood vessels in their feet. A gallery of famous sheep includes Dolly—with no explanation of what “cloned” actually means—and a “miracle” lamb supposedly born with “Allah” in Arabic script on its side. Furthermore, the tiny, faint type used for a recurrent “On the Menu” feature will promote eyestrain.
Plenty of 3-D eye candy, but the informational content needs work. (Pop-up nonfiction. 3-8)