Monday, November 26, 2012

Smithsonian Super Nature Encyclopedia

9780756697938HSmithsonian Super Nature Encyclopedia – The 100 most incredible creatures on the planet
From DK Canada

About the book

How can a cheetah accelerate from zero to forty miles per hour in three seconds? How do termites build cooling systems into their homes? What is that Alien-like set of jaws in a moray eel's mouth for? These questions and more are explored in Super Nature Encyclopedia, an interactive look at the "wow" factor of the natural world — spotlighting Great White Sharks, African Elephants, Emperor Moths, Howler Monkeys and more of the world's most fascinating and surprising animals in remarkable detail. Visualized with incredible 3D animal models with cross-sections and strip layers, readers can explore every essential detail of the animals' anatomical features and learn why their bodies work the way they do.

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This is a wonderful way of covering Christmas don’t you think.  I saw it on Pinterest recently and trust me that I love the idea of reducing the quantities of things under the Christmas tree.    One thing I always done was to give books to the kids at any age they were.  This year, I am planning to give this marvelous book to my son who adores animals.   He has a special gift with all creatures and I think he will enjoy this book very much.  

The book will present to you a variety of animals from the various species existing on earth – mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and invertebrates. In each section you will discover the ones who will have the most amazing anatomy, the animal athletes, the life stories of some animals as well as the supernatural senses they might have.  Each section will also highlights the record-breakers that exist around the planet.


Each animal has a stats and facts that will give you interesting information about is, an at a glance section which will highlights the size,habitat, location and diet of the animal as well as close up photos of it.  Depending of the animal presented, you could also get some 3D animal models or drawing that will help you understand a specific aspect of the creature.   For example,  take the woodpecker – a bird that is commonly seen everywhere during the summer.   Even when you don’t see it, you can hear his tock-tock-tock as he is looking for food in the tree.    Did you know that a woodpecker’s skull is made of spongy bone that absorbs the vibrations has he makes holes?   The brain sits very tightly inside the skull to stop it from bouncing off the bone when the bill strikes.    And to protect it even more, there are dense muscles in the neck that will divert the impact away from the brain.  

While going through the book, I also learned that the basilisk lizard – also known as the Jesus Christ lizard – can run on water because the bubbles under its feet help to keep it afloat.     This lizard is apparently the heaviest water-walking animal on earth.   I love animals too and I have discovered fascinating information while reading this book.  I would highly recommend it to all homeschoolers as well as every one else.   This book is a great addition to your personal library and will keep your kids busy in learning fun things about the animals found on the planet.

So this Christmas season, why not provide an educational book to kids in your life.  The Smithsonian Super Nature Encyclopedia is a fabulous book that would make a great gift.

The Smithsonian Super Nature Encyclopedia is also available in the ebook version on iTunes for the price of 4.99$.

The Smithsonian Super Nature Encyclopedia is available at your favourite bookstore, even and

Disclaimer: Thanks to DK Canada for sending me the above mentioned product for review purposes. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

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