A noteworthy review of The World of Mammals from Booklist on October 15, 2005
With a clean, attractive format, the World of Mammals series features concise chapters accompanied by color photographs (many of them excellent) from a variety of sources. In a departure from the most books of wildlife, the first chapter of Polar Bears discusses the bond between the animal and the Inuit people, who have depended on hunting the bears for survival. Then the discussion turns to the bears themselves: their physical features, behaviors, and relatives as well as the threats to their survival. A world map indicates the polar bear’s habitat, and a glossary, classification chart, and short lists of recommended videos and books are appended. Though written in brief sentences, the text will be difficult for some middle-grade students. However, this book and others in the series will suit advanced readers in elementary school as well as middle-school students looking for approachable, illustrated books about individual animals.