This is a very large, fully illustrated atlas of various ecosystems on each continent, showcasing the wide variety of life on our wonderful planet. Each ecosystem focuses on a certain animal’s life cycle. The featured animals include:
Africa: Wildebeest, Fruit Bats, Hippos, Sardines, Sea Turtles.
Europe: Polar Bears, Puffins, Honeybees, Barn Owls.
Asia: Siberian Tiger, Peacocks, Elephants, Pandas, Orangutans.
Oceania: Birds of Paradise, Bowerbirds, Platypus, Kangaroos.
North America: Salmon, Narwhals, Caribou, Black Bears.
South America: Hummingbirds, Iguanas, Leaf-Cutter Ants, Anacondas, Humpback Whales, Sea Lions.
Antarctica: Arctic Terns, Emperor Penguins, Weddell Seals.
Each two-page spread on the continents and the animals has delightful and humorous illustrations and info-bites which are scattered around the pages. This is a fun book to flip through, and to study more in-depth. I’ve seen the stories of many of these animals in documentaries, but they’d leave me with numerous unanswered questions. In contrast, the Atlas of Animal Adventures seems to cover all the key factors in each animal’s life cycles, reminding me of all that I’d learned over the years, while offering new tidbits that I hadn’t ever heard before, helping me to see these animals in a new light. My daughter absolutely loves it, and I frequently find her engaged with it for hours at a time.