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Atlas of Oceans by John Farndon

Atlas of Oceans by John Farndon

Yale University Press; A&C Black; Australian Geographic (2011)

Foreword by Carl Safina

Consultant: Cousteau Organization, Marine Census

A tragedy is playing out beneath the surface of the world's bodies of marine waters, one that began long before the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Although many books have explored the environmental problems being faced on land, Atlas of Oceans is the first book for a general audience that examines how creatures of the marine environment are if anything more vulnerable than their land-based counterparts. Atlas of Oceans is a celebration of Earth's vibrant and awe-inspiring oceans and seas and an urgent call to action to protect one of our planet's most vital resources.

"This book...is a realm to explore. A place for sparking ideas. You'll find yourself being drawn back to into it, as to the ocean itself, again and again."—from the foreword by Carl Safina
 

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Reviews

"...a lavishly illustrated and passionate work that aims to provide a sort of maritime health report, setting out the richness of ocean and our dependence upon the future health of the sea. Well written and superbly illustrated...pulls no punches"
Nautilus International

"Atlas of Oceans is a magnificent work in every respect... there is so much to reflect on in this wide-ranging Atlas that is in fact much more than that: it combines cartography, diagrams, photography, and scientific as well as philosophical narrative into a framework that ranges from submarine geology to oceanography, marine biology to climate change...this volume does for oceanography (in a wider sense than this word suggests) what Carl Sagan did for cosmology. This is a highly important work... among its great merits are its clarity of prose and readability"
Harm de Blij, John A. Hannah Professor of Geography at Michigan State University; ABC tv

"Very readable and engaging."
Nancy Knowlton, Sant Chair for Marine Science, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution

"...its most important virtue is the writing: clear, succinct and absorbing. It has something rare in a reference book: a voice. John Farndon tells a good story, he doesn’t mince words in his conclusions, and he’s not afraid to be funny."
North Coast Journal

"The writing is crisp and clear... It's impressively published as well as well-written and thought out. It's excellent and important. The text has what so few reference books have: a voice. The visuals illustrate this text as well as piquing a browser's interest and satisfying a roving eye. It's absorbing and satisfying reading.”
Captain Future, Books in Heat

"An in-depth exposition of everything under, around, and on the sea, this atlas uses photos, maps, charts, and text to create a very user-friendly primer about the oceans...Big and beautiful, this book would make a great addition to any coffee table.”
The Sierra Club

"This richly illustrated survey of marine life introduces basic principles of oceanography and highlights the hazards of environmental degradation."
Science News

"a worthy purchase that will be useful to students working on term papers. Readers interested in global change, the effect on the environment, and species survival also will enjoy this in bite-sized pieces.
Jean E Crampon, Shelves of Books/Library Journal

"Weird and amazing sealife takes centre stage in this illustrated atlas.... A good balance between words and wildlife photography, diagrams and maps makes it appealing for the casual reader as well as useful for students"
Rebeka White, The Invisible Gorilla, Ex-Libris

"Atlas of Oceans is a vibrant journey through the Earth’s oceans and a timely, important treatise on what must be done to save them.”
All at Sea

"Ian’s recommendation: A good introduction to the subject
Birdbooker Report 158, Guardian

"... one of the best books on the topic of oceans I have seen in a while... it does seem like we are living on the cusp of a "soylent green" future and this book will serve to remind me how it used to be.
G. Papadopoulos, Amazon.com customer review

Wildlife Atlas (Hardcover) by John Farndon

Wildlife Atlas (Hardcover) by John Farndon

176 pages Readers Digest/ABC (October, 2002)

A sweeping, colorful, and captivating compendium, Wildlife Atlas takes readers of all ages on a global tour of animal kingdoms. Vivid maps and spectacular artwork span the continents to illuminate eight distinct habitats and reveal the survival secrets of their eclectic inhabitants. From the vast Sahara desert to the steaming Florida everglades to the icy Eurasian tundra, adventurous readers will tour the world to meet ferocious cats, gigantic rodents, meat-eating fish, and wily reptiles-plus myriad mammals, birds of all feathers, and swarms of insects. At every stop, they'll learn vital facts of survival: what each individual animal eats and how each habitat's diverse creatures manage to live together.


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Reviews

"What animals live where? And why do animals live where they do? This beautifully illustrated work answers these and many other questions. Dividing the world into eight broad habitat types, the author offers a clear portrait of each... This very nice packaging of the somewhat difficult subject of zoogeography is highly recommended."
Nancy Bent, Booklist

"John Farndon's Wildlife Atlas (ABC Books, 2004) provides a colourful, habitat-by-habitat account of 1000 or so predators, grazing mammals, birds, insects and reptiles."
Peter Spinks, The Age

The Kingfisher First Animal Encyclopedia by John Farndon and Jon Kirkwood

The Kingfisher First Animal Encyclopedia by John Farndon and Jon Kirkwood

160 pagesKingfisher (September 1998)

Witness the lightning-like dart of the chameleon's sticky tongue or the devious devices of the trap-door spider! The Kingfisher First Animal Encyclopedia is a valuable addition to the Kingfisher First Reference series and the perfect introduction to the enduringly popular subject of both wild and domestic animals.


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Reviews

"Children ages five through eight will have a visual adventure with this new Kingfisher volume, which will answer the basic requirements of animal reports....Recommended for school and public libraries. "
Booklist

"This is truly the best first animal encyclopedia for children."
J. Lee "beanies' mommy" Amazon customer

"My nephew, 4 years old, loves this book! He loves "reading" all the pages, and looking at all the pictures. It's tremendously colorful, and interesting even for the adults. I definitely would recommend it for any child with an interest in animals, or for any adult who hopes to foster such an interest."
nwexplorer Amazon customer

"My son Jason just loves this book....The whole family has learned a lot from this fact filled book"
Amazon customer

"Rarely are we disappointed when we reach for this kid-friendly encyclopedia"
a_mom (Michigan) Amazon customer

As a homeschool mother, this book has been an excellent tool in introducing my 6 year old and 3 year old to the animal kingdom. As my 6 yr old has said, "it has everything."...for my daughter,, it is like front row seats to the zoo."
A Shoup, Amazon customer

World of Plant: Six titles: Seeds; Roots; Stems; Leaves; Flowers; Fruit by John

World of Plant: Six titles: Seeds; Roots; Stems; Leaves; Flowers; Fruit by John Farndon

24 pages each Blackbirch Press (January, 2006)

Using clear language and short sentences, these titles provide descriptions of the forms and functions for the various parts of plants, such as the way in which roots carry food and water to the rest of the plant or the purpose of the stem.


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Reviews

"With a bit more detail than Gail Gibbons's From Seed to Plant (Holiday House, 1991) and easier to understand than Susan E. Goodman's Seeds, Stems, and Stamens (Millbrook, 2001), these books offer solid information in an attractive format."
Jody Kopple, Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA, - School Library Journal

Recommended on list of Best New Books to Engage Students in Math and Science, Lisa Bea Walters, DESE, Library Media and Technology Consultant
J. B. Petty, Missouri State University, Coordinator/LIS Education

In touch with nature - Six titles: Insects; Flowering Plants; Mammals; Life in t

In touch with nature - Six titles: Insects; Flowering Plants; Mammals; Life in the Soil; Living Things; Butterflies and Moths

32 pages Blackbirch Press (March, 2004)

In Touch with Nature provides exciting introductions to the amazing world of nature, built around hands-on experiments, observations, and projects. The series helps children to find out about the natural world in a way that no amount of reading alone could match. Each book in the series provides a fascinating way into a particular aspect of nature, from mammals to flowering plants. Lively, concise explanatory pages are interwoven with a series of safe, practical activities for children to carry out in the home or close by. Specially commissioned photographic sequences and step-by-step instructions how clearly how to perform each activity.


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Butterflies and Moths (Nature Factfile) by John Farndon

Butterflies and Moths (Nature Factfile) by John Farndon

72 pages Lorenz Books (October 1999); Southwater (2001)

Butterflies and moths: Discover the brief but brilliant lives of these amazing insects-how they feed, fly, breed and disguise themselves from hungry predators. Packed with over 180 glorious color photographs, specially drawn diagrams and illustrations.


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Bugs and minibeasts by John Farndon (Author), Jen Green (Author), Barbara Taylor

Bugs and minibeasts by John Farndon (Author), Jen Green (Author), Barbara Taylor (Author)

256 pagesSouthwater (October 2002)

Bugs and minibeasts: Examining all the intriguing aspects of minibeasts from spiders to social wasps, this book looks at how their bodies work, their behaviour, life cycles, survival tactics and ancestors. Close-up photography unveils the secrets of this world: silk-spinning spiders, super-sensitive antennae, clusters of eggs and the incredible sight of a perfectly formed insect emerging from its pupal case. Picture sequences zoom in even closer revealing the metamorphosis of a butterfly, how a spider spins its web and a wasp community building their nest. The book includes amazing-but-true facts in "did you know?" spotlights and panels on insects in myth, history, literature and film. The material supplements school curriculum science subjects at Key Stage 2 on life processes in the animal world.


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Reviews

"Bugs & Minibeasts is a beautiful book...Every page is both stunningly laid out (I never knew bugs could be so nice to look at), and full of extensive and clearly written information...The book is billed as a reference guide for 8-12 year olds, but I would suggest that this terrific book will interest children much younger, who will love the big bright pictures, while older children and even adults will find plenty to stimulate them. This is a great value book with a huge scope for impromptu lessons, formal homeschooling sessions, or just a bit of fun."
Magdalena Ball, Preschool Entertainment

Other books:

  • 1000 Things You Should Know About Animals by John Farndon
    Miles Kelly (June 2000, May 2005)
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  • 1000 Facts on Animals (Hardcover) by John Farndon
    224 pages Miles Kelly Publishing Ltd (July 1, 2001)
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  • Natural World by John Farndon
    512 pages Miles Kelly (August, 2004)
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  • Insect Kingdom by John Farndon, Jen Green
    128 pages Southwater (24 Sep 2004)
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  • Bulletpoints: Trees by John Farndon
    40 pages Miles Kelly Publishing Ltd (1 May 2004)
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