Synopses & Reviews
A comprehensive guide to the extraordinary world of plants and animals. From the smallest single-celled organisms to the great mammals of land and sea, the DK Nature Encyclopedia describes in outstanding detail the rich diversity of life on Earth. Produced in association with the Natural History Museum, London, this authoritative new reference book surveys the varied land and marine habitats throughout the world, and provides fascinating insights into how living things evolve, grow, reproduce, feed, and defend themselves. Magnificent new photography: Richly illustrated with dramatic new photography, the DK Nature Encyclopedia brings the natural world vividly to life on the page. Specially commissioned photographs reveal the lifestyles, anatomy, and behavior of plants and animals from all over the world, while action sequences show with startling clarity how a bush baby leaps through the air, the way a jellyfish propels itself through the water, and how a chameleon catches its insect prey. Essential reference for home and school: Clearly organized into thematic sections, the book covers a wide range of topics from reproduction and movement to photosynthesis and communication. It explores each major plant and animal group -- including flowering plants, birds, reptiles, insects, fish, and mammals -- and reveals how living things struggle to survive in the world's most inhospitable habitats. A reference section, which includes classification charts, an extensive index, and a glossary of scientific terms, completes this colorful and informative guide.
The essential reference guide to the world of plants and animals. (Media & Methods, January/February 1999)
This beautifully illustrated volume will be a welcome addition to most reference collections. Well organized, clearly written, and with an amazing scope, this encyclopedia makes a valuable guide to nature. (School Library Journal, 1999)
More than two thousand full-color photographs make this a visually stimulating reference guide to the natural world. Ideal for home or school projects. (Reviews from the Parent Council)
This richly illustrated, one-volume encyclopedia provides information on every major plant and animal group. (An) excellent reference work. (Knowledge Quest, March/April 1999)
From the smallest single-celled organisms to the greatest mammals of land and sea, the "DK Nature Encyclopedia" describes in outstanding detail the rich diversity of life on Earth. This compelling guide gives fascinating insight into how living things evolve, feed, reproduce, and defend themselves. Full color.