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Animals Up Close: Zoom in on the World's Most Incredible Creaturesby DK Publishing
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This visually stunning natural history book brings the animal kingdom closer than you've ever seen it before.
Dramatically close-up images of animals from insects to reptiles to mammals to birds reveal spectacular patterns and shapes. The colors, textures, and structures of all parts of an animal are presented in breathtaking photographs, challenging the reader's understanding of animals and their habitats.
Staying away from the familiarly fluffy and cute, Animals Up Close features creatures that are little enough to hold in your hands but better examined through these strange and beautiful images. The burrowing owl might bite a finger off, a grass snake might release a terrible odor, and others, like the golden-headed lion tamarin, just need to have their shrinking habitats protected. Photographer... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review) Igor Siwanowicz brings out the details of each animal's exterior, and the accompanying text explains how these attributes are "nature's solutions" to living not large but small. Each spread spotlights a different animal, including water dwellers like the sea urchin, the axolotl and the stinging lionfish, alongside information about where and how each lives. The crested gecko on the cover, its moist red tongue flicking out at the reader, gets a typically informative treatment, covering everything from its rediscovery in 1994 to its remarkable eyelashlike growths and marbled eyes. Another striking spread shows the North African gecko from underneath, gripping a clear surface with its peculiar toes. Reviewed by Abby McGanney Nolan, Washington Post Book World (Copyright 2006 Washington Post Book World Service/Washington Post Writers Group)
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"Each profile is packed with fascinating drama." Booklist
Biologist Siwanowicz utilizes macro photography to bring the animal kingdom to life closer than ever before. From insects and reptiles to mammals and birds, this visually stunning book zooms in on animals' colors, textures, and structures. Full color.
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