Animals Up Close
by Igor Siwanowicz

Price at time of review: $14.39
96 pp.
Dorling Kindersley, Inc.
New York, NY
ISBN: 9780756645137

Grade Level: 3-12

Reviewed by CBC Reviewer

Eye-catching, close-up photographs of more than 40 animals are supported by intricate details and descriptive text in this engaging book that was ranked among NSTA/CBC's Outstanding Science Trade Books for 2010. Locusts, sea urchins, sea horses, and geckoes all reveal their secrets.

While the striking photography is likely to be the book's first hook for curious students, there's plenty of accurate science to support their observations. The author describes the physics of being small, including advantages and disadvantages. More space, less resistance to temperature change, and more vulnerabilities to predators are all characteristic of small animals. Many resort to reproducing in vast numbers to improve their chances for survival, and most have developed creative ways to fend off would-be enemies. The captions provide a unique picture of these animals.

This is a book that will appeal to many ages, from elementary through adult. It is ideal for an enrichment center, perhaps near a terrarium or digital library of student photos.

Review posted on 3/2/2010

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