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Forsyth, Adrian.

Camden East (Ont.), Camden Mouse, c1985. 351pp, cloth, $29.95, ISBN 0-920656-404. CIP

Grades 9 and up
Reviewed by Elaine Balpatasky

Volume 14 Number 3
1986 May

More than a field guide, this book views Canadian mammals from the perspective of evolution, showing how each species has evolved its physical and behavioural characteristics to ensure reproductive success; in other words, survival.

Each of the nine sections is devoted to a different order of mammals and begins with an essay that outlines the physical and behavioural characteristics of its members. Families within that order, and representative species of each, are then described. For a species the description includes a map showing its range, a chart of basic biological information, and frequently a short essay. Beautiful colour photographs appear throughout, illustrating physical features, habitat, and behaviour. Members of several orders often given very brief mention in wildlife books are dealt with quite fully here. Examples are marsupials, insectivores, and rodents.

This is a very readable book. At the same time the maps, charts, and pictures make it suitable for quick reference. An excellent glossary and a classified bibliography of further readings, along with a detailed index, are appended. Recommended for schools and libraries.

Elaine Balpatasky, Ingersoll District C.I., Ingersoll, Ont.
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