Children's Literature - Dr. Judy RowenThis is an engagingly written, copiously illustrated volume designed to serve as a reference book for early elementary school children. The topics are arranged in alphabetical order but are color-coded to group them in one of five categories: astronomy, biology, earth science, human body or physics and chemistry. An index and a footnote suggesting related topics help guide the curious. A glossary is also provided. The explanations are concise, and will answer many questions posed by children. However, on a quick perusal I found a glaring error-bread mold and yeast are described as bacteria; they are fungi (as the name mold suggests), which are drastically different from bacteria. On that same page, a caption mentions "influenza bacteria," presumably accompanying a photomicrograph of bacteria called Hemophilus influenzae-this is very misleading, as the disease called influenza is caused by a virus, not by the bacterium with a similar name. Also in the series is Transportation: Automobiles to Zeppelins.
Children's Literature - Glen MayersThis is an excellent introduction to the world of science for young readers. This one volume reference includes 113 separate topics covering everything from Adaptation to Wind and lots more in between. Hundreds of photographs, diagrams, and colorful illustrations make this an encyclopedia that kids will want to browse through and probably not want to put down. Also in the series is Transportation: Automobiles to Zeppelins.
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