THE ULTIMATE BOOK OF ANIMALS
By: Anne-Sophie Baumann
Illustrated by: Éléonore Della Malva
Published: August 31, 2021
Publisher: Chronicle Kids/Twirl
This book is amazing! I could easily see it being a favorite among kids. The pages are full of animal illustrations, bite-sized facts, and over 50 interactive features on the pages. This is truly an outstanding book for learning about animals.
Instead of just categorizing animals as many books do, Baumann has kept various animal species together and instead shares how animals birth their young and grow, how they see, hear, eat, and drink, and how they breathe. She also shares the various animal coverings from scales to feathers to skin and scales.
I appreciated that Baumann also chose to feature less-known animals like looking inside an Ostrich egg to the skin on a three-banded armadillo. Kids will learn how a small land snail moves and touches its surroundings to how a flea can leap 100x its body length. The Eating and Drinking section has a large pop-out wolf face that will surprise kids and a tiny attached booklet all about animals’ poop and pee, which kids will think is awesome.
There was so much information on each page, but it didn’t feel overwhelming. The animal illustrations are phenomenal and look like they are taken right from an encyclopedia. Even I had fun with all the interactive features on the pages and there was something I learned in every section as well.
The book would be an excellent addition to a homeschool library, classroom library, or for any child who loves learning about animals. This is one I highly recommend and it would make an excellent choice for a Christmas gift for kids in lower elementary.
Anne-Sophie Baumann studied Modern Literature at the Sorbonne. She worked for several years as an editor in the scientific field, and later, in the juvenile segment. Being curious and passionate about books since childhood, she decided to engage in writing for children.