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Exploring the World of Mammals, 6-Volume Set
  • Authored by: Consultant Editor: Nancy Simmons, Curator-in-Charge, Department of Mammology, American Museum of Natural History.
  • From the Series: Exploring the World of Animals
  • Trim Size: 8 1/4 X 10 1/4
  • ISBN-10: 0791096513
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7910-9651-2
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $210.00
  • Imprint: Chelsea House
  • Published: 01/01/2008
  • Dewey Number: 599
  • Reading Level: Grades 5-8
  • Pages: 480


Mammals are among the most familiar—and the most diverse—life-forms. Featuring more than 450 full-color photographs and illustrations, Exploring the World of Mammals provides more than 100 informative articles describing in detail specific groups of mammals, such as bears, cats and dogs, and families of carnivores, herbivores, or omnivores. This engaging set illustrates key life-science principles while presenting thorough information in alphabetical format on the mammals of the world, covering important topics such as anatomy and physiology, food chains, interspecies partnerships, and principles of evolution and survival. Readers will learn about the life cycle of major mammals, as well as their hunting, feeding, and breeding habits. Core curricula topics such as adaptation, environment, ecosystems, habitats, and physical processes are also addressed in this invaluable set.

Content from this set meets the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for science, New York State Learning Standards for science, and the California State Board of Education Standards for science for grades 5-7.

Key features include:

  • A family tree showing how mammals fit into the animal kingdom and how they are related to each other
  • Overview articles in each volume covering the major groups of mammals
  • "Fact File" sidebars, including distribution maps and key data
  • "Fun Facts" and “Did You Know?” boxes highlighting key topics such as breeding, conservation, and evolution.

Coverage includes:

  • Volume 1: Aardvark-Cat
  • Volume 2: Cheetah-Fox
  • Volume 3: Gazelle-Koala
  • Volume 4: Lemur-Porcupine
  • Volume 5: Porpoises-Squirrels
  • Volume 6: Tapirs-Wombats.


Full-color photographs and illustrations. Maps. Appendixes. Fact boxes. Sidebars. Glossary. Index.

About the Author(s)

Consultant editor Nancy Simmons earned a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. She is the chair of the Division of Vertebrate Zoology and the curator-in-charge of the Department of Mammology at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Dr. Simmons is also an adjunct researcher for the doctoral program in ecology and evolutionary biology at Columbia University, and an adjunct faculty member at the City University of New York.

Amy-Jane Beer earned a doctorate from Royal Holloway, University of London, England. She is actively involved in several conservation and wildlife research groups. Dr. Beer is editor of the quarterly magazine Mammals, published by the Mammals Trust, U.K.

Richard Beatty has worked as an editor and author on many encyclopedias, academic references, and children's books. An avid naturalist, he has written and edited articles for encyclopedias on natural history, anatomy and physiology, genetics, chemistry, and technology.

Jen Green received a doctorate from the University of Sussex, England. She worked in publishing for 15 years and is now a full-time writer. She has written more than 150 books for children on natural history, geography, the environment, history, and other subjects.

Barbara Taylor studied environmental sciences at Southampton University, England, before becoming a science editor and writer at London's Natural History Museum. She has worked as an editor for a number of U.K.-based publishers and has written more than 120 children's books on science, natural history, and geography.

Reviews and Awards

"The layout is colorful, open, and appealing...Bright photographs and illustrations...a worthwhile addition to school and public libraries."

“…a very interesting and easy-to-use set…well-organized and colorful…extremely helpful for students…Recommended.”
Library Media Connection

“…colorful and appealing…The layout, large text size, and simple explanations would make it suitable for students in upper-elementary as well as middle school.”

"...easy-to-understand text...would be a welcome addition in most middle school libraries as well as the children's reference section of most larger public libraries."

American Reference Books Annual

"...excellent...much of the information [will] be of interest...This set will be a valuable addition to the classroom or school library."

Childrens Literature

"Twenty Best Bets for Student Researchers, 2008”

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