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Explanatorium of Nature

Shortlisted for School Library Association (SLA) Information Book Award 2018. Jaw-dropping, up-close photography shows the natural world and animals as you've never seen them before. From fruit to flowers, from shells to sharks, from ants to elephants, this extraordinary new encyclopedia will keep animal and nature enthusiasts from ages 9 to 109 utterly absorbed by amazing, close-up images. Did you know that baby foxes are born with blue eyes which later turn golden? Or that reptile scales are made from keratin, the same material as your hair and nails? Explanatorium of Nature is the perfect way to find out how everything in nature works and why fungi, plants, birds, invertebrates, fish, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and ecosystems exist and what they mean for our world. Discover how spiders spin webs, how flying works, how snakes kill, and much, much more. Children will spend hours poring over the incredible details from nature, from the spines on a stinging nettle and lichen growing on a tree to the suckers on an iguana's feet. Using never-before-seen cross sections, macro, and electron microscope images, this is your chance to truly get up close with our natural world.
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1: The Basics of Life 1: How life works 2: How reproduction works 3: How cells work 4: How DNA works 5: How evolution works 6: How classification works 2: Microorganisms and Fungi 1: How microorganisms work 2: Types of single-celled life 3: How germs work 4: How algae work 5: Marine algae 6: How mushrooms work 7: Types of mushrooms 8: How mould works 9: How lichen works 3: Plants 1: How plants work 2: How flowering plants grow 3: How seeds grow 4: How roots and stems work 5: How trees work 6: How leaves work 7: How flowers work 8: Types of flowers 9: How fruits grow 10: How seeds travel 11: Deciduous forests 12: How plant defences work 13: How carnivorous plants work 14: How desert plants survive 15: How aquatic plants work 4: Invertebrates 1: How invertebrates work 2: How snails work 3: How bivalves work 4: Types of shells 5: How octopuses work 6: How sea anemones work 7: How corals work 8: Coral community 9: How jellyfish work 10: How starfish work 11: How worms work 12: How sea worms work 13: How insects work 14: Types of insects 15: How exoskeletons work 16: How metamorphosis works 17: How insects see 18: How antennae work 19: How insects hear 20: How wings work 21: How a mantis hunts 22: How parasites work 23: How chemical defences work 24: How stingers work 25: How camouflage works 26: How mimicry works 27: How bees work 28: How ants work 29: Fireflflies 30: How spiders work 31: How spider silk works 32: How scorpions hunt 33: How millipedes work 34: How crabs work 5: Fish 1: How fish work 2: How fish swim 3: How fish senses work 4: How fish reproduce 5: How fish care for their young 6: Salmon migration 7: How sharks work 8: How fish defences work 9: How camouflage works 10: Fish school 11: How symbiosis works 12: How deep-sea fish work 6: Amphibians 1: How amphibians work 2: How tadpoles grow 3: Frogspawn 4: How frogs move 5: How frogs communicate 6: How defence works 7: How salamanders work 8: How axolotls work 7: Reptiles 1: How reptiles work 2: How scales work 3: How snake senses work 4: How reptile eggs work 5: Marine iguanas 6: How crocodiles hunt 7: How chameleons hunt 8: How chameleons change colour 9: How geckos climb 10: How tuataras work 11: How snakes move 12: How snakes kill 13: How snakes eat 14: How tortoises work 8: Birds 1: How birds work 2: How bird skeletons work 3: Types of beaks 4: How birds fly 5: How wings work 6: How feathers work 7: How hummingbirds hover 8: Life on the move 9: How birds migrate 10: How courtship works 11: How nests work 12: How eggs develop 13: How birds grow 14: How cuckoos work 15: How owls sense prey 16: How eagles hunt 17: Types of bird feet 18: How ducks swim 19: How birds dive 20: How penguins move 21: Surviving the storm 22: How ostriches work 9: Mammals 1: How mammals work 2: How hair works 3: How mammal senses work 4: How mammals are born 5: How mammals feed their young 6: How mammals care for their young 7: How mammals grow up 8: How hierarchy works 9: How pack hunting works 10: Ocean giants 11: How conflict works 12: How defence works 13: How carnivores work 14: How insect eaters work 15: How herbivores work 16: How rodents work 17: How beavers live 18: Types of mammal limbs 19: How bats work 20: Ceiling sleepers 21: How mammals glide 22: How gibbons swing 23: How mammals burrow 24: How elephants work 25: Land giants 26: How whales work 10: Habitats 1: How biomes work 2: How tropical rainforests work 3: How temperate forests work 4: How boreal forest works 5: How tropical grasslands work 6: How temperate grasslands work 7: How wetlands work 8: How mountains work 9: How deserts work 10: How tundras work 11: How polar regions work 12: How rivers and lakes work 13: How oceans work 11: Glossary 12: Index 13: Acknowledgments


Dorling Kindersley's nature and science books are always good, and the Explanatorium of Nature is an ambitious blockbuster that describes the workings of nature, from carnivorous plants to evolution. Hefty, and handsome. * The Spectator * A beautiful, mind-blowing, close up look at nature. * Primary Times *

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