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I bought this encyclopedia for my 4 year old who is in Reception class and has just started learning about The Animal Kingdom. I was looking for a book which clearly laid out the 5 groups (mammals, reptiles, birds, fish, amphibians) and how they fit into the whole kingdom. At the same time I also bought 'Knowledge Encyclopedia Animal!: The Animal Kingdom as you've Never Seen it Before'. It was hard to tell online which was better.
The latter book is much better and clearer than this book and if you are looking for something similar to me I would highly recommend it and not this one. This book is good and full of bright engaging pictures, but I don't think it is as clearly laid out. Whilst this doesn't really matter to a 4 year old, I think it will matter as they get older and want to understand in more detail. Both books would be good for those 4 - 11 year olds.
This is one of the best books we've found for our child. Everything about this book is absolutely stunning. The quality is excellent, the pictures are fantastic, there are literally thousands of animals in there (from bugs, to bacteria, to birds), all shown to scale with just enough accompanying information to make your child keep turning the pages, and learning. In fact, as parents we find reading this with our child a wonderful experience; learning lots ourselves! If this book doesn't make you appreciate what a fantastic planet we live on, then nothing will. An absolute gem that will last for years and years.
This book came with a big dent in it but it was so close to christmas i just had to give it to my son but that was very disappointing.
The content of the book is great, so many animals to look at, with a small sentence at the bottom about each animal. there is a small name beside all the animals. It is mostly visual. I got it for my 4yr old so he loves looking at all different animals and creatures. He can't read so the words didnt reallly matter too much for him at this point.
I would say if you want more information then maybe another book might be better for you but this was just what I was looking for, tonnes of animals pictures.
I bought this for my five year old who is starting to learn about animals, at school and it’s fantastic. There is so much information and more importantly at this age, beautifully clear photographs with scales for context (ie size compared to a hand or a human.) It’s divided up into sub divisions and lays out clearly what would class, say a reptile or mammal and then breaks down the animals within the group. You’ll have a double page spread on the different types of wolves or dogs in the world, frogs, fish or plants and then a quadruple page spread on whales and dolphins, apes including humans. I’d highly recommend it for anyone of any age.
Bought this book for 'later use' as my eldest grandson is only 3.75 years old but is already fascinated by the World. However, he has prised it out of our home & into his already and now spends ages drawing pictures from it and telling us all about many things he's found out. Now his #1 choice bed-time book too, then fiction for 2nd book, then back to this one for3rd. To say he LOVES it is an understatement!!!! Looks like I'll be getting more in the series for 4th birthday & Christmas!!! Truly a 'wonder full' book as it's so full of wonders!!!
This has no place in a book shelf where it might be overlooked. It needs to go on a coffee table, in plain view, so that it can be picked up on a whim and browsed to death. It really is a very nice piece of work - visually stunning and loaded with enough information to keep it interesting without getting tedious. Wonderful.
Beautiful animal book, loads of pictures. My son (soon 3 yrs) is too little to appreciate this fully, but he loves the pictures and I hope I'll learn enough to be able to keep track with him before he goes to school:-)
Love this so much I actually returned encyclopaedias I had bought in favour of this as they seemed dull in comparison. So far, I have bought a further three copies as gifts and have recommended to several friends who also have children that are obsessive about animals and zoo visits. Great to use as the basis for a describing game - i.e. "what animal am I thinking of?", child then can ask questions or you can give clues (we really have got value for money out of this book!). Beautiful illustrations and helpful scale illustrations for children to gain perception of size of animals. Love this book!