HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Wild and Woolly Mammoths
Author and Illustrator: Aliki Brandenburg
Publisher: HarperCollins, Revised Edition published in 1998
ISBN-13: 978-0812407488 (Hardcover)
ISBN-10: 0812407482 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 978-0064461795 (Paperback)
ISBN-10: 0064461793 (Paperback)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 4-5 and up
Rating: **** 4 stars (GOOD)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Brandenburg, Aliki. Wild and Woolly Mammoths (originally published in 1977, revised edition published in 1998 by HarperCollins). Did you know that wooly mammoths were plant eaters which lived during the “Ice Age,” protected by their thick coats and layers of fat, and that their bones were used to make shelters, jewelry, and even musical instruments? In this Trophy Picture Book, young readers can go back to the time of the wooly mammoths, relatives of today’s modern elephants, to learn how they lived, what they ate, and how they struggled to survive against their enemies. And they can find out what the wooly mammoth can teach us about the world we live in today.
The revised edition includes substantial text revisions and bold new illustrations, with all-new charts and a new trim size. Author Aliki Brandenburg, who now goes by the single name of Aliki, tells how the body of a woolly mammoth was discovered in Siberia in 1900 and with concise text and informative art illuminates the timeless appeal of these long-gone mammals and the cave dwellers who hunted them. Other similar books by Aliki include My Visit to the Zoo, My Visit to the Aquarium, My Visit to the Dinosaurs, Tabby, and Those Summers.
We checked out both Wild and Wooly Mammoths and My Visit to the Dinosaurs, about a natural history museum, from the library when each of our boys was studying ancient history. Unfortunately, the dinosaur book talks about how dinosaurs ruled the earth millions of years ago, and the mammoth book says that the creatures were preserved for 39,000 years under snow and ice. Creation scientists have proposed explanations for both dinosaurs and mammoths which fit into a young earth scenario and are perfectly consistent with all known facts. But Aliki’s books still contain a lot of useful information.