Small and Tall Tales of Extinct Animals
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Small and Tall Tales of Extinct Animals

Damien Laverdunt, Helene Rajcak, Jen Craddock, Cecile Colin, Luc Vives

A fascinating journey around the world of extinct animals, combining cartoons with naturalist drawings, and mythology with science. Hundreds of years ago, Earth was home to some strange animals. There was the giant beaver taller than a human; the Sicilian dwarf elephant; the three-metre-tall elephant bird; the giant lemur nicknamed the tratratratra; the world-famous dodo…

Hunted by humans and weakened by climate change, these animals gradually disappeared. All that remains are footprints and fossils, explorers’ stories and fascinating folk tales—all waiting to be discovered in the pages of this book.


Fact and fiction blend harmoniously in this stylish, colourful hardcover on extinct animals. Produced with scientific advice from the French National Museum of Natural History, the book profiles 26 extinct animals and one on the brink, beginning 17,000 years ago.


Divided into four geographical areas – the Americas, Africa, Eurasia and Oceania – the animals have only one thing in common: they have all had contact with humans. While the map, timeline of extinction and size chart comparing each animal to humans are all fascinating, younger readers will surely love the cartoon on each spread that takes you for a more imaginative ride into history.

The stunning retro design, combined with both informative and amusing text, makes this a highly covetable object for eight-year-olds to adults.




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