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Animal Atlas

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Fun globe-trotting series teaches kids about animal species.

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This superb series blends educational content and entertainment in the perfect ratio. Animal-themed programming certainly isn't an endangered species, so how do you go about weeding through the masses for the pick of the litter? Well, if you've found Animal Atlas, then the hunt is over. It gets kids' attention with quirky facts and conversational commentary before unleashing a wealth of quality information related to each animal species. If the subjects are lions, for example, you'll learn about predators and carnivores as well as how nearby prey animals' unique defenses give them a fighting chance for survival. Think all bear species are pretty much the same? You'll think again after seeing how physical adaptations make each one a heavy hitter in his respective environment

The beauty of this series is that it ditches the rote formulas so many shows fall victim to and keeps its process fresh by mixing up its focus. Some segments center on animals grouped by where they live or what they eat, while others give a snapshot of one particularly intriguing species. But what never changes is the show's deliberate content that aims to teach as much as it entertains

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