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Do You Know Dewey?: Exploring the Dewey Decimal System

Do You Know Dewey?: Exploring the Dewey Decimal System

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by Brian P. Cleary, Joanne Lew-Vriethoff (Illustrator)

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Children's Literature - Tima Murrell
Most children probably think the Dewey decimal system is boring. This book takes children through their library and explains everything in colorful detail. It discusses how the system got started and moves through each set of numbers and explains, in easy to understand language, what types of books you can find in each classification. The illustrations are engaging and add to each explanation. As each section is presented illustrations fill the page with visual reinforcement. The rhyming verses help commit the topics to memory and make the book even more entertaining. At the end of the book, there is a page that describes the system in more detail and offers instructions for finding a particular book in the library. The author took a subject that could potentially be very dull and made it fun, while still being informative. This is a must have for any school library and would be a good addition to any home with book lovers as well. Reviewer: Tima Murrell
Kirkus Reviews
The Great Library Code is deciphered simplistically and, more problematically, in labored rhyme. After opening with an introduction to young Melvil Dewey, who "would grow up to make a system / to organize those stacks of books and classify and list 'em," Cleary conducts a tour from 000 to the 900s. With occasional oversimplifications--"Peek in the 800s, and you'll have all kinds of sightings / of works in many languages and many types of writings"--he highlights general subjects and a few scansion-fitting specific topics (700s: "Motown, Mozart, Ellington, the Beatles, and the blues, / along with most activities that you might ever choose"). He breaks down call-number structure in a more detailed (prose) closing section and also notes that most (public and school) libraries use different classification schemes for fiction, picture books and biographies. He also at least drops in a mention of online catalogs, if not librarians, as helpful resources. Though the loosely shelved books visible in Lew-Vriethoff's cartoon illustrations are all fat, generic tomes unrealistically free of titles, jackets and even (despite suggestive streaks of lighter color) spine labels, at least her library scenes bustle with happy patrons of diverse ages and skin tones. Not likely to be much help in an actual library, but the concept that there's a system may be reassuring. (basic chart) (Informational picture book. 6-9)

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Lerner Publishing Group
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Millbrook Picture Bks
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Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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