Dear Children & Teens,

Following this letter you will find a short section about International Children's Day, a link to a selection of quotes, and then an encyclopedia created especially for you about wonderful animals, interesting insects, and enchanting creatures, including some that are imaginary. The animals, insects, and creatures are listed in alphabetical order.

All of this information is here free-of-charge for adults too, but I especially complied it for young people with the hope that it will inspire young people to become protectors of domestic and wild animals, and advocates for animal conservation efforts. Some domestic animals make excellent pets. Owning a pet can enrich our lives, can teach responsibilities, and can provide wonderful companionship.

As of 2019, there are approximately 7.7 billion people in the world. Our human population will reach approximately ten billion people by 2055 and approximately eleven billion by 2088.

It is impossible to know how many animals are in the world. There are numerous animals and scores of animal species. In May 2016, scientists reported that one trillion species are estimated to be on earth with only one-thousandth of one percent identified and described. There are a lot of animals on earth and we don't know very much about most of them.

The number of animals and creatures in this alphabetical list is tiny compared to the huge number of animals in the world. I urge you to help me add to this list. Send me the names of animals, insects, and imaginary creatures that you would like to have included. Send me your ideas and questions.

I tried to make sure that everything here is up to date and true. Unfortunately, inaccuracies may be unintentionally included. If you find anything that is out of date or wrong, please send me an email. I will correct the material. Thank you.

I hope you will enjoy this encyclopedia as much as I enjoyed creating it for you. I learned a great deal. Compiling this information was a fascinating endeavor.

Warmest Regards,

D.B. Pacini-Christensen (You may call me Donna)

P.S. Do not believe everything that you hear or read. Always be curious, do research, and take time to compare a variety of sources before you make your own conclusions. Much that is said and written is incorrect. Nowadays, you hear about "Fake News" regarding politics, but unfortunately there is false information out there about most subjects, not only about politics.

Children Surrounding The World: Prawny

Background Image - ractapopulous

For Children - Teens - Parents - Teachers
From D. B. Pacini-Christensen

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This online encyclopedia on the Starry Night website includes quotes and text free-of-charge for teaching purposes to advance education for people, especially for children and teens. Portions of the text may contain copyrighted materials that have not been authorized for use from the copyright owners. No infringement is intended.

The names of the authors of the quotes are listed with their quotes. The majority of text information was obtained from hundreds of online sources. Several sources provided identical or similar information. Many of the sources urged free-use sharing of the information. Some of this text was taken from online Wikipeda and online Encyclopaedia Britannica. The spelling "Encyclopaedia" is Latin for British Encyclopaedia.

This constitutes "fair use" of the text as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material here is distributed without profit.

Note: Starry Night Encyclopedia: We urge children and teens always to read a comprehensive encyclopedia resource if they are researching, but also, to review our encyclopedia. We do not claim to be an exhaustive, complete source about any listing in our encyclopedia. Rather, we intend to provide little known facts, entertaining anecdotes, and we wish to help debunk false myths and claims.

We are diligently compiling our encyclopedia with accompanying photographs and will post it here as soon as possible.

D.B. Pacini-Christensen