Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Ladybird Tuesday - Sea and Air Mammals

The Ladybird book Sea and Air Mammals is from Series 691 - Animals of the World and was published in 1972. Each of the other books in the series looks at the mammals living in all the different continents (except for Antarctica for some reason). Full colour illustrations are provided by John Leigh-Pemberton, a map at the beginning shows the distribution of these mammals and at the back of the book there is a chart showing the Orders of Mammals referred to, arranged in families.

Ladybird book Sea and Air Mammals

From that introduction you can probably surmise that this is not one of the Ladybird books which is aimed at very young children. Instead it's a substantial reference work, which goes into an enormous amount of detail. It's very wordy, and although the text is fairly easy to read and contains plenty of interesting facts about these mammals, it's not a book that you would sit and read through. Instead I imagine it is intended for the school or home reference library, waiting for a particular piece of relevant homework.

Ladybird book Sea and Air Mammals

Like all Ladybird books, it's the illustrations that really stand out. Some of the mammals are represented in their natural surroundings, others are drawn on the page in families so that you can compare them. One of the bats is drawn as a labelled diagram. I can easily imagine copying the pictures out to illustrate a school project.

Ladybird book Sea and Air Mammals

It will definitely be a useful reference tool to have around, and much nicer to thumb through than scrolling past information on Wikipedia!

If you love Ladybird books, do pop over and visit Ladybird Tuesday, where Being Mrs C is assembling a really comprehensive catalogue of Ladybird books and reviews.

Below you can find links to all my Ladybird Tuesday book posts.

Snow White and Rose Red
Hansel and Gretel
Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves
The Three Little Pigs
The Old Woman and her Pig
Little Red Riding Hood
The Ugly Duckling
The Railway Children
A Little Princess
A First book of Aesop's Fables

A Ladybird Book about Knitting
More Things to Make - For Special Occasions
Easy to Make Puppets
Learning to Sew
Stamp Collecting
Tricks and Magic

Prehistoric Animals and Fossils
Dinosaurs
Stone Age Man in Britain
Great Civilisations - Crete
Charles Dickens
Nelson
Lives of the Great Composers Book 1
Lives of the Great Composers Book 2
The Story of Music

Plants and How They Grow
The Ladybird Book of the Night Sky
Sea and Air Mammals
The Farm

The Story of Nuclear Power
The Motor Car
How it Works - The Computer
How it Works - The Rocket
The Story of Ships
The Postman and the Postal Service
People at Work - The Nurse

Understanding Numbers
Talkabout Clothes
Going to School
Teaching Reading

Stories of Special Days and Customs
Christmas Customs

Girls and Boys - A Ladybird Book of Childhood

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