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What is a Mammal?What is a Mammal?
By Robert Snedden
Illustrated with full-color photographs
by Oxford Scientific Films

Hardcover (ISBN: 978-0-87156-924-0)
Paperback (ISBN: 978-0-87156-929-5)
32 pages
Ages: 7 - 10
Grades: 2 - 5

What makes a mammal a mammal? How can creatures as different as the bat, the tiger, and the whale all belong to the same class of animals? Are mammals creatures that bear live young? Most are, but the duck-billed platypus and some spiny anteaters lay eggs, and they're mammals. Do mammals live on land? Many do, but dolphins and whales live in the sea, and they're mammals, too. So what exactly is a mammal? Makes solving the puzzle fascinating and fun.

Robert Snedden's clear, straightforward text and Adrian Lascom's beautifully detailed illustrations, together with stunning full-color photographs from Oxford Scientific Films, explain the physical characteristics that make mammals distinct from any other class of animals. What Is a Mammal? and the other books in this intriguing new series not only provide a simple introduction to the basic concepts of biology, they also offer young readers an unforgettable first glimpse of the amazing variety of life on our planet.

Robert Snedden was an editor of both adult and children's books for more than thirteen years before becoming a freelance writer. Born in Scotland, he currently makes his home in Twickenham, just outside London.

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