Compton's by Britannica 2008

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Written and visually designed for students ages 10 to 17, the 2008 Compton's by Britannica has been thoroughly reviewed, updated, and revised by educators, expert contributors, and Britannica editors. Packed with dramatic pictures, detailed diagrams, and engaging text, Compton's gives young readers the basic facts and entices advanced students to dig deeper for the answers to their more complex questions. Keyed to National Curriculum Standards, Compton's can easily be incorporatedby teachers into their lesson ...

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Overview

Written and visually designed for students ages 10 to 17, the 2008 Compton's by Britannica has been thoroughly reviewed, updated, and revised by educators, expert contributors, and Britannica editors. Packed with dramatic pictures, detailed diagrams, and engaging text, Compton's gives young readers the basic facts and entices advanced students to dig deeper for the answers to their more complex questions. Keyed to National Curriculum Standards, Compton's can easily be incorporatedby teachers into their lesson plans and used by students to start projects and homework assignments.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

Compton's by Britannica is traditionally geared toward home users rather than libraries. The 2008 edition contains thousands of updates and hundreds of new photographs and maps, which set it apart from previous annual editions that saw few revisions. Each volume begins with a topical index; examples of topics include the arts, physical science, living things, and the curiously named "potpourri," a sophisticated (and somewhat meaningless) word addressing the younger ages in the target audience of ten to 17 years. Volume 1 instructs users to "always begin with the fact index," which is Volume 26. A sort of mini-encyclopedia, the fact index contains alphabetically arranged entries. Most are around 50 words in length and refer to entries in the encyclopedia proper; longer entries are available for such as Alanis Morissette, that didn't receive an encyclopedia entry. In addition to the topical index, each volume includes an "Exploring" section, which consists of a list of questions and the page number of their answers (e.g., "Where does iced tea come from? Page 46"). An impressive number of color photographs and illustrations will appeal to the student audience, but the larger images seem pixilated; some reveal the incredibly dated material in an entry. For example, in the entry for tennis, the editors have chosen to include photos of Seventies and Eighties tennis stars Jimmy Connors, Chris Evert, and Björn Borg-closer inspection reveals that neither Serena Williams nor Venus Williams is mentioned anywhere in the set.
—Katherine Mossman

School Library Journal

Gr 5 Up

This almost annual, general encyclopedia continues to strengthen as an authentic resource. Only subtly tweaked with selective revisions and updates since the 2005 and 2007 editions, the most significant differences can be observed between this edition and the 2004 edition-800 new or revised articles and 900-plus new or revised illustrations. The articles fall into general categories: "Arts," "Physical Science," "Living Things," "Medicine," "Technology and Business," "Geography," "History," "Social and Political Science," and "Potpourri" (a catchall for topics such as sports, hobbies, and religion). Adhering to nearly the same volume divisions and pagination as its 2007 predecessor, the set contains nuanced changes including the addition of a photo of a surgical robot in "Surgery," acknowledgment of the death of Kurt Vonnegut in 2007, and an update of "Electronic Games" that offers a photo of a Nintendo Wii demonstration. Biographical profiles tend to be historical and international in scope, so readers looking for current pop-culture icons will find few, if any. Some articles remain untouched, retaining outdated bibliographies or photographs. However, fabulous gems are found in most every volume, such as lengthy (10- to 30-page) treatments on horses, airplanes, anatomy, and nuclear energy, neatly subdivided and filled with color and black-and-white photographs and drawings. Geographical entries also shine and contain the most-often requested information for reports, including famous people associated with each U.S. state. The last volume, "Fact Index," is a mini-encyclopedia of its own, integrating the set index with nearly 30,000 short articles and fact boxes.-VickiReutter, Cazenovia High School, NY

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593393847
  • Publisher: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2008
  • Pages: 11000

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