SKELETON by Steve Parker


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Spectacular, almost three-dimensional color photographs on every page provide an arresting introduction to skeletons in the animal world. Each two-page spread has an introductory paragraph plus a dozen or more captioned drawings and photos. Topics include exoskeletons, marine exoskeletons, fish and amphibians, birds and mammals, specialized senses, arms, skulls, and teeth. The detailed look at the human skeleton also gives discussions of skull, spine, ribs, arms, shoulder and legs, plus fully labeled front and rear views. Children will be fascinated by the symbolism of the human skull evidenced in paintings, engravings, mosaics, tarot cards, and even cups and drums made from skulls. Scale is not given for photographs, so there is little clue as to the sizes of unfamiliar animals; and there is at least one error: half a ton is not 500 g. (p. 6) Still, a wealth of information, beautifully presented. Index.

Pub Date: May 5th, 1988
Page count: 64pp
Publisher: Knopf