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THE NORTH AMERICAN ANIMAL ALMANAC

Darryl Stewart.

Toronto, General Publishing, c1984.
350pp, paper, $18.95.
ISBN 0-7736-11584.


Grades 10 and up.

Reviewed by Elaine Balpataky.

Volume 12 Number 6
1984 November


This book is an attractive and interesting compendium of "148 drawings, 135 photographs, and 267 entries with facts, dates, descriptions, anecdotes and statistics," as its cover states. From the cover and introductory pages on, the reader is lured by intriguing illustrations and titles to learn more about the fascinating world of North American wildlife.

Each chapter of the almanac focuses on one month of the year, providing a calendar of important dates and anniversaries and readings that are appropriate to the prevalent animal activity during that month. Appendix I contains lists of classifications for invertebrates and vertebrates and lists of North American mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish. Appendix II is a directory of national parks, wildlife refuges, zoos, natural history museums, and wildlife and environmental organizations in the United States and Canada. There is a detailed index.

This book would be an ideal purchase for the wildlife enthusiast. It would also provide interesting supplementary reading for the environmental science classroom. As a library book, it would serve recreational interests.


Elaine Balpataky, Ingersoll D. C. I., Ingersoll, ON.
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