Dieter Braun invites you on a journey into the wilderness to meet the animals that call the Northern Hemisphere home. From the Mountain Goat, the Chipmunk and the Pronghorn Antelope of North America, to the Pileated Woodpecker, the Long Tailed Weasel and Compass Jellyfish of Europe, to the Fire Salamander, the Snow Leopard and Japanese Macaque of Asia. Come face to face with some of the wonderful animals that we share the planet with…
Split into three distinct regions: North America, Europe and Asia, readers are introduced to a whole host of animals. Braun covers all manner of animals, some well-known, others less so. All are beautifully illustrated and many are accompanied by short paragraphs of text that cover all manner of things: incredible feats, special skills, adaptations in order to survive, diet, size, appearance and so on. Each animal is given its common name and scientific name which will appeal to those who are keen to learn.
Braun introduces his book with an information packed foreword and one that reminds us how precious animals are and the impact that human activities are having on habitats. As Braun points out, “Almost a third of the animals in this book are endangered and some are even threatened with extinction.” Over the next one-hundred-and-thirty or so pages, the focus is all on the animals as we get to see them in all their glory. A fully illustrated index rounds things off.
The whole book is beautifully presented and the large size of the book makes it ideal for gathering the whole family around to look at together. Illustrations have a wonderful playful like quality to them - they are bold, vibrant and it is like looking through an art gallery. Bison look powerful, Red Pandas are cute and the Przewalski’s Horse is majestic. Whether it be a full page headshot of a Kodiak Bear or the Canadian Beaver hiding out in a burrow in its natural environment, readers will be poring over the pages for hours.
If you cannot get enough of this book then it is definitely worth checking out Dieter Braun's companion book to this title, Wild Animals of the South.
Recommended for 7+.