Friday, September 30, 2011

Take advantage of these weekends....

More Life-Size Zoo and Life-Size Acquarium by Teruyuki Komiya, photographs by Toshimitsu Matsuhashi

Two new books from Seven Footer Kids are huge hits in our house.  First is More Life-Size Zoo: An All-New Actual-Size Animal Encyclopedia. It's a follow up to last year's Life-Size Zoo: From Tiny Rodents to Gigantic Elephants, An Actual Size Animal Encyclopedia. Originally published in Japan, this oversize book (14.4 x 10.2), introduces readers to 20 zoo animals.

The book begins with a table of contents that looks like a map of a zoo. When you turn the page, you're face to face with a wolf named Kinako whose licking her chops. On right side bar you:
• Learn more about Kinako--her age, gender, and scientific name
• See questions that ask readers to identify specific features of the wolf in the photograph (pointy ears, white eyelashes, etc.)
• Read facts about wolves in a comic-strip format. 
The rest of the book follows a similar format as readers meet animals like Okayu a baby gibbon, Sally, a five-year-old Panther, and Shouta, a four-year-old seal. 

The outstanding feature of this book is, as the title indicates, the pictures are life size. Special fold-out sections even show up-close looks at a male lion, polar bear, and hippo.

The end pages include full-color photographs and more basic information about each animal including its habitat and size.
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