Monday, December 4, 2017

The Amazing Animal Atlas

The Amazing Animal Atlas, Dr. Nick Crumpton and Gaia Bordicchia
From the great winding Ganges river in India to the thick conifer forests of northern Europe, travel across the globe to discover the rich variety of animals that share our blue planet. Written by zoologist Dr. Nick Crumpton and fully illustrated throughout, this fascinating fact-filled book will be treasured for generations.

Things I love about this book:
  • The illustration style -- oh my goodness.  So gorgeous!  Often animal illustrations are overly-simplified for my taste, but Italian illustrator Bordicchia's animals retain their true proportions, colour, character and beauty.
  • The pages -- eco-friendly.  I know this from the press release, yes, but they also feel and look recycled, which I dig.  (Eco-friendly production, highest quality FSC assured paper and printed with vegetable-based inks.)
  • Linking animals with an atlas is dynamite for me.  As a homeschooling parent of animal-lovers, I can't think of a better way to help my girls internalise geography than to marry it with the animal kingdom.  What's the bet that my kids will be better able to recognise continents by their shape or tell you about foreign climates only because they read a certain animal is from there?  I would not be surprised in the least.
A gorgeous and environmentally-friendly education gift.

Review copy received from Walker books.
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