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Children's LiteratureWith a child-friendly format, including photographs and perky illustrations, this title will help elementary school students learn how computers work and how they can make computers work for them. Readers will gain familiarity with computer terminology and tools and those who practice the suggested activities will make strides in their computer proficiency. There is a great illustration on the very first page: the inside of a boy's brain shows how it is capable of storing different types of information—about animals, what is for supper, and numbers in French. Since no one's brain can remember everything, computers can help when we need to store, compare and sort facts. With step-by-step instructions, this title helps children create and use relevant databases. On each page "boxes" provide the information children need in a way that makes sense to them. The information from the boxes shows young readers how a database can help them record information for school projects, hobbies, family activities and community surveys. Readers will learn the importance of putting accurate information into the computer. This book, which does a great job of explaining the computing process in basic, easy-to-understand terms, is part of the "Learn Computing" series. An index and glossary are found at the back, as well as a section entitled "Grown-up zone," which provides instructions for adults working with children on computer technology. 2004, QEB Publishing, Ages 8 to 12.
—Jeanne K. Pettenati, J.D.