School Library Journal - School Library JournalPreS-Gr 2-- Brightly-illustrated science books, each of which contains a considerable amount of scientific information, expressed in short sentences and simple vocabulary. This style, combined with a large sans serif typeface, makes the books candidates for the easy-reader shelves. Clear, concise text includes details that will help children relate the information to their lives. An example from Seasons: ``In summer. . .you may even go to sleep before it gets dark.'' The artwork features flat, two-dimensional figures in appealing colors, with a fluffy yellow bear as the star of the series. Day and Night introduces the sun and the moon and briefly explains the solar system, then describes the progression of day into night. Earth covers a surprising amount of information, including internal composition, climates, and different environments. A clear explanation of the water cycle, Rain also contains information on electrical storms. This title ends with a question which leads readers back to the beginning of the book--an interesting reinforcement of the concept of cycles. Finally, Seasons deals with the effects of the earth's rotation around the sun. Beginning with spring, each part of the year is described in terms of weather, plant growth, and animal behavior. As in the previous title, the idea of a cycle is clearly illustrated. For all their brevity, these are excellent first science books. The ``Let's-Read-and-Find-Out'' series (Crowell) covers much of the same information in more detail, but is aimed at a school-age audience. With their cheery illustrations, ``Bear Facts'' books are a better choice for the preschool set, and will be useful in the primary grades as well. --Lucy Young Clem, Evansville Vanderburgh County Public Library, Ind.
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