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. Volume XVI Number 26 . . . . March 12, 2010
All three books, Common Sense, Sight and Touch, are illustrated with large, eye-catching photographs to capture the attention of young readers. Each 24 page book has 12 two-page chapter spreads that are filled with facts supporting each chapter.
Each book gives a general review of what each sense is and how it works. The flow of content and topics is fast paced and to the point, giving specific information directly to young readers.
Contents and topics of Common Sense are as follows: What is Common Sense? (definition and overview), Using you Common Sense (experience/application), Back in Time (historical ideas of common sense), Brain Power (brain mapping), Thinking Parts (brain communication), Putting it to Action (daily application), Making Choices (choices and decisions), Animal Habits (animal differences), and Acting on Instinct (natural responses).
Contents and topics of Sight include: What is Sight? (definition and overview), Let the Light Shine in (light and connection to sight), Spotty Vision (explanation of blind spots), Upside-down World (reflection/mirror images), So Long (depth perception), Seeing is Believing (Colours and mood), Beastly Points of View (animal optics) and Living Colour (optical illusions).
Finally, the contents and topics of Touch are: What is Touch? (definition and overview), Sending a message (nerve and brain communication), All in a Touch (sensitivity), Getting a Feel (texture), Under Pressure (pressure), Reach Out and Touch (feelings/emotions), Animal Instinct (animal differences) and Losing Your Touch (numbness/loss of touch).
In each volume, the introductory page explains the book's topic. Common Sense is the only book of the series to point out its relationship to the other senses and the idea of senses as a whole:
The layout, photography, facts and resources of this series provide a wealth of information to readers of the intended age group. I recommend these books to schools or public libraries serving primary-aged children.
Vanessa Sobkovich-Wiebe is the Head Librarian at Springfield Public Library in Dugald, MB.
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