This engaging series of activity books seizes on children's natural attraction to strange and unusual animals to draw them into challenging games and learning activities. Each book features an accompanying CD-ROM “Alternet” with links to a monitored web site full of supplementary information that will enthrall students of many ability levels. In Insects & Spiders, fascinating information about everything from honeybees to beetles is synthesized into learning games. In Mammals, the evolution of whales and the complications that arise when big cats are kept in captivity are each discussed and integrated into Internet quizzes. And finally, in Reptiles & Amphibians, children are asked to consider how amphibians might continue to evolve in the future. Each book cultivates the ability to summarize varied information, make generalizations, and draw conclusions from charts and tables.