From Antarctica to New Zealand, all points around and in between, animals eat and play and fight to survive. A favorite topic and endless source of fascination, animal life is engagingly depicted in this expertly organized reference book. Focusing primarily on animal habitats, the book is full of colorfully illustrated maps that show where particular kinds of animals live. The maps include cross references for animals that live in more than one region, and beside each map there is a small locator globe that shows the area each map covers in the world. There is also a list of icons that describe the different habitats shown on each map. Each of the 19 regions covered includes Snapfacts, which are boxed features full of such amazing facts as "The mongoose moves so quickly that it can bite a snake on the back of its head." Another boxed feature is the "Can You Find . . . ," a list of numbered clues that match up with animal pictures on the map. In addition, there are eight pages that explore unique areas of the world, such as Madagascar and the Great Barrier Reef, which are home to a variety of animals, some of whom are found nowhere else on the planet. This large-format book begins with a world map labeled with nearly two hundred countries. Page numbers tell readers how to find the kinds of animals that live in each part of the world. Readers will encounter a spectacular array of beasts including Emperor penguins, Roseate spoonbills, Blue-footed boobies, and much, much more. The handy index at the back of the book will enable readers to quickly find their favorite creature. Use the spreads to supplement nature and geography lessons as you expose students to the earth’s widely varying landscapes and its inhabitants.