- Shopping Bag ( 0 items )
Children's LiteratureHave you ever wondered what the long-term health effects of prolonged stress are? Are you curious as to what autism involves? Do you wonder at the complex interrelationships between various species in nature? How does the human heart work and why is it so durable? These, and hundreds of other engaging questions, are presented and addressed in this thirteen-volume encyclopedia series. The Encyclopedia of Life Sciences is designed to provide younger readers with a resource compendium dealing with a wide range of topics in the multi-faceted area of life science. The hundreds of entries included in this comprehensive set are arranged in alphabetical order. The various writers used to provide the articles appear to have a depth of scientific understanding that makes the included selections both informative and interesting. The numerous entries are strongly augmented by a plethora of colorful illustrations, photographs, and explanatory charts. Readers are given a wealth of information about topics that will be of value both for general reading as well as deeper study. While many of the entries deal with elements of science that make up everyday experience, others are more exotic and will reveal parts of the world around us that are sure to enlighten readers. In order to make the text more accessible each entry begins with a definition that allows the reader to understand the individual topic. Entries of more than one page in length include "Core Facts" that summarize key information from the text. Additionally "Connections" are highlighted which allow the reader to link to other related topics located in a different section of the encyclopedia. To further enhance the reader's experiencespecial box features are included that address subjects such as "Discoverers," "Evolution," "At Risk," "Science and Society," and "A Closer Look." These boxes allow readers to better make connections with not only the topic at hand but also related subjects as well as critical concerns of day-to-day life. Throughout the set the various writers have taken great pains to address their given subjects in a very even-handed manner. Controversial subjects such as global warming, evolution, and issues of animal experimentation are offered in a way that will allow younger readers to grasp various perspectives and arguments. This impartiality makes the Encyclopedia of Life Sciences a wonderful and balanced resource for youngsters who peruse it. Organizationally, the final volume in this thirteen-book set is dedicated to indexing the work. The editor has taken great pains to include in this volume various subject indexes, a glossary, an exhaustive bibliography, a list of relevant websites, and a comprehensive index. This organizational format makes cross referencing subjects as well as looking for further resources much easier than would normally be the case. All in all, those readers who make use of this reference series will find not only a wealth of information but also a reading experience that will capture their interest. The Encyclopedia of Life Sciences is a first rate reference series and one that schools, libraries, and homes will be enhanced by. 2004, Marshall Cavendish, $459.95 (set). Ages 12 up.
—Greg M. Romaneck