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Children's LiteratureSet up like real reference books, this series entitled "Harvesttime" is a subset of the larger series of "Welcome Books." In each book, young readers will find a table of contents, the text and accompanying pictures, a list of new words that were highlighted in the text and are now defined, and a page with a few references to books and a web site to find out more on the topic. The final page contains an index and a very brief write-up about the author and the reading consultants who reviewed the text. The text is a compilation of declarative sentences some of which are a bit banal and don't really tell the reader much. Readers do learn that cranberries grown on vines and that they are harvested by flooding the fields and using machines to scoop up the picked berries. Saying that "Farmers harvest many cranberries in a day" does not tell much—a comparison might have been more interesting. Also showing cranberries as a topping on some sort of pie is not nearly as recognizable to kids as seeing cranberry in juice form. The stock photos that fill each page are appropriate to the text, and very young and new readers will feel a sense of accomplishment having completed the straightforward text and looked at the photographs. 2004, Scholastic, Ages 3 to 6.