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A Newly Revised Reference Work For A New Generation: Here in one volume is an exciting A-Z encyclopedia designed to meet the needs and interests of today's child. First published in 1991, the Dorling Kindersley Children's Illustrated Encyclopedia has now been completely updated.

Comprehensive Coverage of Today's World: From science and technology to nature and the living world, from space and the universe to history and the arts, the scope of the Encyclopedia reflects the ...

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Overview

A Newly Revised Reference Work For A New Generation: Here in one volume is an exciting A-Z encyclopedia designed to meet the needs and interests of today's child. First published in 1991, the Dorling Kindersley Children's Illustrated Encyclopedia has now been completely updated.

Comprehensive Coverage of Today's World: From science and technology to nature and the living world, from space and the universe to history and the arts, the scope of the Encyclopedia reflects the educational needs of children in the new millennium. The 500 featured entries cover key topics that children will want to look up, while a futher 2,000 subentries provide information on a wide range of subjects. In addition, an illustrated 30-page Fact Finder reference section combines artwork and graphics to present statistical information in a visually exciting way.

Informative Text and Stunning Images: Packed with over 4,500 full-color photographs, original artwork, and detailed maps and charts, this encyclopedia is the most richly illustrated book of its kind. Close-up photographs of animals and plants, cutaway illustrations of machines and buildings, and reconstructions of past people and places all combine to open up topics in a new and stimulating way. Each page is designed to attract readers at many different levels, while lively informative text communicates in a language that children can understand.

Follow A Path Of Discovery: Each A-Z entry is a self-contained topic, but a carefully planned cross-referencing system encourages the reader to travel easily from one related entry to another. This helps children to place information in a wider context and so creates a fascinating series of "journeys".

A highly illustrated one-volume encyclopedia containing 450 main entries ranging from Aboriginal Australians to Zoos.

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School Library Journal
Gr 5–7—This handsome revision features more than 3000 photographs, maps, time lines, and illustrations. Alphabetical listings range from one to four pages and cover such subjects as the "Abolitionist Movement" and "Colonial America." Among the biographical profiles are articles on Alexander the Great, Thomas Edison, Nelson Mandela, and Harriet Tubman. Key presidents such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and John F. Kennedy have their own entries; Barack Obama is featured with a sentence and color photo on the "African Americans" page. While subjects span a wide array of disciplines, individual entries seem somewhat arbitrary; Alexander Graham Bell, John Adams, and Sojourner Truth, for example, are not included. Each article begins with a one-paragraph general summary in large font along with four or five archival photos/prints and original illustrations with informative captions on several subtopics such as: "Yellow Star," "Ghettos," "Final Solution," "Anne Frank," and "Resistance" for the Holocaust. Cross-references under this entry include Israel, Judaism, and World War II. (None of the subtopics is indexed.) While most entries provide limited information, the attractive format encourages browsing. The companion website offers several links to sites that provide related history, time lines, and stories suitable for this age group. This title would be appropriate for middle grade libraries needing a one-volume pictorial encyclopedia; The New Children's Encyclopedia (DK, 2009) is a better choice for the elementary grades.—Barbara Auerbach, PS 217, Brooklyn, NY
African Sun Times
Learning begins here!
Chicago Tribune
Colorfully illustrated and fun to read, guaranteed to capture a child's imagination for hours. Adults will love it too.
Children's Literature
There is certainly a lot of information packed into this substantial one volume encyclopedia. It contains 4,500 full-color photographs, a 30-page FactFinder Reference section, 500 featured entries and plenty of subentries. Three introductory pages explain how to use the book by showing sample pages and entries and using captions to describe what appears on the page. The alphabetical arrangement encourages browsing, and every entry has a "find out more box," a.k.a. cross-references. Following these paths would probably take readers through a significant portion of the material. There is breadth--science, nature, social issues, history and the arts. It is not an in-depth treatment of any subject but works well to introduce topics. For kids who need to find countries of the world and their flags plus some brief facts such as size, population and capitals, everything is here. As a sign of the times, there are web addresses associated with many of the main entries. The FactFinder provides a timeline of major world events, lists of the U.S. Presidents and Kings and Queens of Great Britain, facts about the world, and more detailed information about the United States. There are also lists of famous composers, artists and writers and charts for the classification of living things, star maps and lots more. A detailed index will help kids search for things that are not listed in the table of contents. It is a handy book and certainly something of value to have in the home and school. 2000, DK,
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756657598
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/17/2010
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 600
  • Sales rank: 445,451
  • Age range: 8 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.80 (d)

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DK Publishing
DK Publishing is world renowned for its distinctive, highly visual books that inform, inspire, and entertain readers of all ages.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2011

    Superb!

    If you are familiar with the typical Dorling-Kindersley style, you know that you will be in for a visual treat. The illustrations and layout are superb. The encyclopedia is grouped by themes rather than individual entries, such as "cities" or "ocean animals" and are written in a clearly understandable language (my daughter is 10). My daughter loves browsing it and looking at all the pictures.

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