Encyclopedia of Birds by Tomas Tuma & Encyclopedia of Plants, Fungi, and Lichens by Tereza Mecova, illustrated by Tomas Pernicky


Encyclopedia of Birds for Young Readers written and illustrated by Tomas Tuma. Albatross, 2022.  9788000063508

Encyclopedia of Plants, Fungi, and Lichens  for Young Readers by Tereza Mecova, illustrated by Tomas Pernicky. Albatross, 2022.  9788000063515

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Format: Hardcover

What did you like about the book? Each of these high quality, oversized “encyclopedias” provides a wealth of information about their respective topics. While they are organized unconventionally when compared to traditional encyclopedias, their topics are appealing and very accessible for youngsters: Not all of us Fly, We Live by the Waterside, Flowering Plants, Non-Flowering Plants. 

Each text is filled with colorful, detailed illustrations that are filled with labels, and captions. The text is sparse, however it does the job and goes a long way toward explaining the key features or importance of each creature or the flora and fauna on each two page spread. Young botanists and ornithologists will enjoy exploring the pages and learning how to classify and identify a variety of common and unique plants and birds.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book? Young readers will enjoy poring over these books, learning new facts each time they visit. Teachers will find them to be handy resources for class projects and reports.

Who should buy this book? Elementary or public libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Plant and bird sections (oversized if you organize that way).

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes, if you are looking to add non-fiction books about plants and birds that are visually appealing and heavy on illustrations to help with identification and classification.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Linda Broderick, Lincoln Street Elementary School, Northborough, MA

Date of review: May 22, 2022

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