CM . . . . Volume XVII Number 25. . . .March 4th, 2011.
Taylor Swift is an AV2 media enhanced books published by Weigl. Weigl includes a code on page 2 of each book that links the user to enhanced content including audio, video, web links, quizzes, activities, and a slide show – at no additional cost. Students go to the book first and then are led to further material which adds to and supports the content of the book.
Also included is a “Think about it!” which explains the effort that Taylor put into learning to write songs and play the guitar. Young readers are then asked if they have ever had to learn a new skill in order to accomplish a goal. This is an excellent strategy for both engaging the reader in the content of the book and also building connections between the reader and the content.
After the biographical information about Taylor, there is a section about how to write a biography, including a concept web. Young students will find this information useful as they learn how to research and write a biography for the first time.
Taylor Swift includes a contents page, brief glossary and an index. In addition, the back page tells the readers how to log on to www.av2books.com and enter the special code inside the front cover of the book to access video, audio, web links, quizzes, a slide show, and activities that support and enhance the content of the book. When I tested the link, everything worked as it should, but there is a warning at the bottom of the page that the Internet is dynamic and links and content may change. This is another teachable moment if you are using this book and the website with students.
In this issue of CM, you will also find a review for Taylor Swift (“Superstars!” series). Because Taylor Swift (“Remarkable People” series) has additional information within the content of the book, such as how to write a biography, as well as the enhanced content through the av2books link, (especially the read aloud function), I would recommend Taylor Swift” (“Remarkable People” series) if you want a book about Taylor Swift.
Usually I would recommend hard cover for the library, but, because the content of this book will become dated very quickly, I recommend that you consider the paperback version.
Suzanne Pierson is a retired teacher-librarian, currently instructing Librarianship courses at Queen’s University in Kingston, ON.
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