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. Volume XII Number 13 . . . .March 3, 2006
These titles form part of “The Life Cycle Series” from Crabtree Press, a series which includes 22 books on different species. Each book provides comprehensive information about the species it describes, interesting photographs and well-drawn illustrations to complement the text.
Each volume is 32 pages long and is designed in the same standard format as other Crabtree books. The two-page chapters have clearly understood titles that are listed in the Contents at the beginning of the book. A glossary on the last page defines words that appear in bold throughout the text. A basic index, below on the same page, guides readers looking for specific topics.
Student researchers or children just fascinated with nature will be well informed after reading any of these books. They will find that all their major questions will be answered, and an examination of the illustrations will contribute to their further understanding. The pleasant presentation invites children into the world of the animal. The main body of text is written in a large font but still contains a lot of useful information. The pictures and drawings are something to study on their own; captions add more facts:
Tiny drawings of the subject species line each page of the book. Drawings and photographs are framed in unique ways throughout. Soft pastel colours are deftly used in to background of some parts the text, complementing the bright white that is the main background.
Up-to-date information and the contemporary design ensure that these books will be popular with children. They would be useful either in a classroom or a school library.
Harriet Zaidman is a teacher-librarian in Winnipeg, MB.
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