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. Volume VIII Number 17 . . . . April 26, 2002
As more books about specific topics in science are written, they are more in demand. And because the newer books are bright, colourful and laid out according to current tastes, older books that generalize about science and that are text-heavy sit on the shelves. Bobbie Kalman has produced another series of nonfiction books aimed at young learners. The three titles reviewed here form part of a series of 27 books about specific topics concerning animals, plants, animal habits and the natural world. They are informative and interesting to look at and use vocabulary and a writing style appropriate to the target audience. The layout of the books is conducive to teaching research skills. The table of contents provides self-explanatory topics, such as "Eels on the move" and "Migrating monarchs" (What is Migration). New scientific words are printed in bold face throughout the text and are explained in a glossary at the end of the book. Below that is an index. The explanations of each topic are concise but informative and are sure to hold the interest of an inquisitive child. The accompanying variety of photographs and drawings, along with subtle borders and decorative graphics, draw the eye to the page rather than create confusion as happens in some of the newer non-fiction books. The bright and and interesting pictures on the front of these hardcover books will appeal to children and make them want to open the cover. Once there, they'll become informed readers.
Zaidman is a teacher-librarian in Winnipeg, MB.
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