Dieter Braun invites you on a journey into the forests, jungles, valleys, mountains, seas, oceans and savannahs in the Southern Hemisphere to meet the animals that call it home. From the African Elephant and Ring-tailed Lemur of Africa, to the Macaw and Nine-banded Armadillo of South America, to the Bengal Tiger and Indian Rhinoceros of Asia, to the Saltwater Crocodile and Red Kangaroo of Australia, to the Emperor Penguin and Humpback Whale of Antarctica. Get up close and personal with some of the amazing animals that we share the planet with…
Split into five distinct regions: Africa, South America, Asia, Australia and Antarctica, 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 our responsibility to protecting them. As he points out, we share the planet with millions of animals and, “We are intruders in the animal kingdom and with every animal that dies out, our life on this planet loses a part of its power and colour and beauty.” 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 its large size makes it ideal for gathering the whole family around to look at together. Illustrations are created using striking geometric shapes and all look stunning - they are bold, stylish and it is like looking through an art gallery. Penguins are gorgeous, the White Rhinoceros is all powerful, the Jaguar - lurking in the dark - is moody and focused, the Asian Elephant swims playfully, Koalas are cute and I just want to hug the Alpacas. Whether it be a full page headshot of a Mandrill, the shades of blue of the Victoria Crowned Pigeon or the Sloths hanging lazily in the trees, 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 North. I also recommend Braun’s Mountains of the World.
Recommended for 7+.