Children's Literature - Phyllis KennemerTen chapters, each consisting of a two-page spread, provide basic information about staying safe in environments common to young children. Beginning with safety in the home, readers are cautioned against touching knives, leaving toys on the stairs, playing on windowsills, and swallowing contents of medicine containers. Safety in the kitchen is assured through adult supervision. The importance of cleanliness in staying healthy is emphasized when discussing bathroom safety. Safety tips are also provided for avoiding or dealing with fires; using computers; crossing roads; riding in cars or on bicycles; avoiding strangers; playing in swimming pools; avoiding sunburn and poisonous plants; and being around animals. Questions and answers in "Talking Point" boxes offer opportunities for discussions of each of the topics. Some of the important words appear in Word Wizard ovals with their definitions. Also includes a glossary and an index. Adults interacting with young children may find this book useful. Part of the "Now We Know About �" series. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
School Library JournalK-Gr 3–Just as this series offers a wide array of subjects, each book covers a broad range of topics. Visually, the effect is almost equal to looking at a series of fact cards arranged on the pages. Our Bodies, for example, provides a few short paragraphs each about nutrition, getting adequate sleep, keeping fit, anatomy, and staying clean. While this structure makes for quick reads, and the tables of contents will direct budding researchers to the information, there is little cohesion between the facts. Moreover, the advice-laden language is instructive, but not always explanatory–for example, Good Manners suggests sending thank-you notes, but gives no advice about how to word them. Also, there are no introductions or conclusions to tie everything together, which might make it hard for readers to see the bigger picture.
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