Today, I am reviewing two beautiful books from Lonely Planet Kids: Wild in the City and Animal Atlas.
I find myself at a loss to explain just how beautiful these books are. These are books for your young readers to keep, to refer to constantly as they grow up. Both are hardcovers, and colourful and striking covers, and your eyes will be drawn to them as much as your young readers.
Wild in the City is the more interesting title to me. It’s subtitle is A Guide to Urban Animals around the world. It brought to mind stories recently of polar bears (and bears) who venture close to towns searching for food — and indeed polar bears are a part of this title. This is where the book stands out because it notes the conservation status of each animal, including the bears, which is marks as vulnerable.
I wish it had been more emphatic in terms of why the bears are moving closer to inhabited areas (it does mention it), but awareness is enough for young readers this book is aimed at. Later on in the book, there’s a section devoted to Conservation, and what young readers can do in their homes and schools to make these spaces safe for urban animals.
The book is making conservation a part of young readers lives, and that right there is extremely important for their future.
But a little bit more on this book: it’s divided into sections on mammals, reptiles and amphibians, bugs, and birds, covering everything from Sika Deer in Nara Japan to Jewelled Chameleons in Antananarivo, Madagascar to Tree Weta in Wellington, New Zealand and Rainbow Lorikeets in Sydney.
Animal Atlas is the kind of animal encyclopedia (so to speak) that I wish I had as a kid.
The book covers the continents, as well as areas like the Great Plains, Wetlands and Drylands in Europe, the Sahara. Pages are fold out maps of each area, and there is a wealth of information to explore for young readers.
I did like that this book also informed young readers of their changing world, that animals are under threat, and that humans are the cause of the sixth mass extinction — but that it’s up to us to protect our planet too. I think generally, adults tend to underestimate how much kids absorb about how their world is changing, and that they are willing to do whatever it takes to protect the planet.
I adore Lonely Planet Kids. They are the tools we need to educate young readers on the world around them, and how to protect our world as well.