Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978



Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Reference Books
e.encyclopedia:  animal

e.encyclopedia: animal

Fall 2005 Reference Books
Ages: 8 & Up
Publisher: DK Publishing
ISBN: 0-7566-1131-8
Hardcover Price: $29.99
Review:
Dorling Kindersley is the publishing house that spruced up children's non-fiction books by making good, user-friendly texts with great layouts about interesting topics. Here they've teamed up with Google and taken the concept one step further. This book has great photos, a logical progression from section to section (movement, growth, nutrition, etc...) and enough hard science information to satisfy any school project. But wait, there's more. Google suggests a wealth of good websites and links to guide readers to more in-depth information. Any parent who has had a child come home from school with an animal “web quest” will be more than grateful for this book.

Note: The websites have much less vocabulary control than the book and will likely be more difficult to read for many children. It's recommended that kids start with the book and use the web links with some adult support.

Drego Little   ©2005 Parents' Choice
Drego Little is a graduate student in the Language, Literacy, and Culture program at the University of Washington in Seattle.


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