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

Did you know there was once a beaver that was two metres long? That the elephant-bird really did exist? And that the dodo once had a life beyond the pages of Alice in Wonderland? Have you heard of the megatherium, the glyptodon or the tratratratra? Through legend and mythology, anecdotes and scientific facts, the authors tell fascinating stories of the strange animals that disappeared before our time. The book is a tragicomedy, and a mine of information for everyone interested in the animal world. Preface by Cecile Colin and Luc Vives, natural historians at the Museum of Natural History in Paris.

Review

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.

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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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