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edited by Steve Parker

Age Range: 8 - 14

Pub Date: Nov. 30th, 1994
ISBN: 1-56458-719-3
Publisher: DK Publishing

 Another in the eye-popping Eyewitness series from Dorling Kindersley. Here, the natural world is revealed by page after page of how'd-they-get-that photographs, accompanied by smart, lucid snippets of text and an army of lively photo captions. Parker (Inside Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Creatures, p. 635, etc.) gives short courses in anatomy, locomotion, life cycle, diet, natural selection, extinction; insects are deconstructed, dinosaurs are reconstructed. To keep things humming, there is a goodly selection of freaks and weirdos: snakes that play dead, complete with lolling tongues; butterflies that look like dead leaves; blue jays swarmed by ants, and enjoying it; a waterfall- dwelling frog that communicates by waving about one of its blue feet; all manner of beasts creepy, crawly, and monstrous. It is a testament to the written material in the book that reading about the spectacular photographs is as much fun as looking at them. Browsing through these pages is provocative in the best sense: It raises as many good questions as it provides good answers. (Nonfiction. 8-14)