Thursday, February 22, 2018

Animal The Definitive Visual Guide

Animal - primary image Smithsonian Animal The Definitive Visual Guide
Published at DK

About the book

With more than 1 million copies sold, this updated and revised celebration of the animal kingdom features photos and descriptions of over 2,000 species and habitats.

Bringing animals, habitats, and up-to-date research to life for readers around the world, Animal explores the creatures that have fascinated and inspired humans for years, from intrepid Emperor penguins to fierce Siberian tigers, to the very intelligent and highly communicative humpback whale. This updated edition introduces the olinguito, the adorable, recently discovered mammal that looks like a cross between a cat and a teddy bear, and the Skywalker gibbon found in the tropical forests of Yunnan Province in southwest China and Myanmar. Perfect for gift-giving.

Produced in association with the Smithsonian Institution.

My Thoughts

This is a marvelous book that presents animals found on planet Earth.   From the habitats to the various kind of animals in the animal kingdom, this book will provide information for your personal knowledge.  Whether you desire to learn more about a particular species or simply like to peruse in a book to learn whenever you feel like it, this book is a gem to have in your living room.

For each animal you will discover a map indicating where it is found, some data field highlighting the length, weight and so on as well as habitat symbol and information about the animal.    The book also provide the Latin name as well as the common name of the animal.

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The book also contains a multitude of illustrations showing the animals in their environment.  Sometimes, you will have the opportunity to read a bit more about a certain animal due to the fact that a species might have different kinds.   For example, the elephants information covers about a page and a half.  The other half of the second page will present the African savanna elephant, the African forest elephant and the Asiatic elephant.   The main information highlights what is common about the three different kinds of elephants and then each section presenting a specific elephant will highlight what is particular for this specific kind.

From as far as I can remember, I always loved looking and reading books about animals.   This book is fabulous in many ways because you can sit by yourself or with your children in order to read from it.   It is a great book to have while researching a particular animal too.   The cover of the book is special too because some of its details is slightly above the regular cover.   Through the pages of this book, you will discover the fabulous world of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fishes, and invertebrates. 

Disclaimer: Thanks to DK Canada for allowing me to promote these books. I was not monetarily compensated for this post . Please note that the post was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Julia Child–An Extraordinary Life in Words and Pictures

imageJulia Child – An Extraordinary Life in Words and Pictures
Written by Erin Hagar
Published at duopress

About the book

Julia Child knew how to have fun, and she also knew how to whip up a delightful meal. After traveling around the world working for the U.S. government, Julia found her calling in the kitchen and devoted her life to learning, perfecting, and sharing the art of French cuisine. This delicious, illustrated biography is a portrait of the remarkable woman, author, and TV personality who captured our hearts with her sparkling personality. “Bon appétit!”

My Thoughts

Through the pages of this book, you will discover and be immersed in the life of Julia Child and how she became a popular cook on television.  You will learn how she grew up, how she meet the one who will become her husband and how she became passionate about cooking.   In all there are fourteen chapters in this book.   It could easily be use as a study of a woman who did not hesitate to follow her dream even in the midst of stereotypes and discouraging remarks.  

Illustrations throughout the book will help the reader to have a better understand of what is presented through the pages.   No photographs are included in this book but the illustrations seem to be realistic.  If you enjoy the book  you have the possibility of visiting the kitchen of Julia Child in the Smithsonian museum in Washington, DC.   This book is perfect for ages 9 to 12 years old.   It contains 160 pages of information on the life of Julia Child.  The book also highlights other books in the bibliography.   A glossary will help the reader to understand some words found in the book and a timeline will help to visualize the events in the life of Julia Child.

Julia Child is a fun book to have to discover the life of a woman who was not afraid of learning and becoming a person of influence in the world of cooking.

Julia Child is available at your favorite bookstore, even on and

Disclaimer: Thanks to Thomas Allen for sending me the above mentioned books 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.