Kenneth Norman Lilly (1929-1996) is one of my favorite wildlife artists. He was an every hair and feather type wildlife artist, but in his prime in the 1970s, he developed an absolutely unique method of rendering small mammals' downy fur that made any animal exponentially cuter. It does require a book to reproduce his artwork at a reasonable size which publisher's did in the seventies and eighties. This book reduces Lilly's artwork, but one can still see his many qualities.
From the publisher:
Explore the animal kingdom with this pictorial atlas of the world's wildlife.
Where do animals build their homes? How do they survive in very hot and cold climates? Why are so many species endangered? Discover the answers to all these questions and many more in The Animal Atlas. This lavishly illustrated nature book takes children on a tour, continent by continent, to meet the animals of the world. Within each section, the book travels through different biomes, such as forests, deserts, and lakes; and specific regions, from the Everglades to the Galapagos, Himalayas, and Great Barrier Reef.
The Animal Atlas is packed with beautiful, life-like illustrations of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and insects that live all around the world, from the Amazon to Antarctica. Each species is carefully hand-drawn to show details of fur, feathers, or scales while accompanying captions reveal fascinating facts about the animal's behavior.
Maps, along with icons to represent each animal, show precisely where the animals are found. For example, Australia's iconic koala can be tracked down to the east coast of the country.
The book starts with an introduction to animal groups and habitats and finishes with endangered species and a gallery of amazing, record-breaking animals. First published in 1992, this atlas has been updated for the 2020 edition and is a beautiful gift for a new generation of zoologists.