Sunday, May 29, 2011

Book of the Week: DK Children's Encylopedia of Animals

This is one of E's big favourites at the moment. D takes her to the zoo pretty regularly, and like him she is besotted with all things animal.

It is definitely aimed at a slightly older (primary school?) audience, with snippets of information about the different animals in little boxes on each page. There are separate pages on topics such as animal classification, skeletons, senses, mammals and reptiles, as well as an alphabetical section about different animals. The back cover says it contains information about more than 2000 different species and I'd believe it, it really is a very detailed yet easy-on-the-eye book. It would be a great resource for school projects.

At this point E adores it mainly for the beautiful colour photographs. She has her firm favourites and can make the noises/actions of these animals very loudly and enthusiastically:
* Tigers/lions/cheetahs (all of these get a fantastic, r-rolling growl);
* Elephants (a funny trumpeting noise complete with arm movement);
* Dogs (either "fff-fff" [woof-woof] or a panting noise as Mum & Dad's dog pants more than woofs);
* Cats (meee-ow! meee-ow!);
* Gorillas/chimpanzees/monkeys (pats chest because of repeated readings of Rumble in the Jungle in which the gorilla "wallops his giant great chest");
* Kangaroos (bounces on spot);
* Rabbits (touches nose rather tha twitching nose); and
* Bats (flaps arms).

As of this morning I think she is also saying "baa" for sheep.

So, partly a post about a book we enjoy, partly a post about our clever litlte angel!

3 comments:

Playing by the book said...

DK books are generally always very good in my opinion. We found this one in a 2nd hand shop and it's a favourite. Yes, nominally aimed at perhaps junior school kids, but we enjoy it as a family around the table with our 3 and 6 year old.

Playing by the book said...

DK books are generally always very good in my opinion. We found this one in a 2nd hand shop and it's a favourite. Yes, nominally aimed at perhaps junior school kids, but we enjoy it as a family around the table with our 3 and 6 year old.

Myra Garces-Bacsal from GatheringBooks said...

I recall reading the Childcraft encyclopedia when I was a child and devouring the Charlie Brown Encyclopedia as well. I haven't come across any of the DK Children's Encyclopedia myself, but I've seen it in bookstore as well as our libraries. Given your (and Zoe's) recommendation, I'd probably give it a shot. :)

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