If you've ever wondered how the letters you mail get from your mailbox to another one far away, this book gives all the answers. Starting with collection at the mailbox, readers are taken on a step-by-step journey through the process of sorting and delivering mail of all kinds. The text is detailed in its description of the many people and machines involved in getting each piece of mail to its proper destination. Full color photographs are included on each page, giving readers an inside view of the process of mail collection and delivery. Related vocabulary is printed in bold, and is defined in a glossary on the last page of the book. For young readers interested in how things work, this book is a great addition to their library. It would also be a good introduction to students visiting a post office. This book is part of a series from Clara House Books. 2002, Clara House Books,
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Gr 1-3-Both of these step-by-step guides offer insights into worlds of interest to young readers. How does candy get made? And what happens to the mail after it has been posted? Candy Company has broad subject appeal but is shortchanged by full-color photographs that do not always clearly illustrate the process described and that lack sufficient labeling. Because the pictures were shot in factories or "on the job," they also tend to have dark backgrounds and lack crispness and visual appeal. Uneven coverage might leave detail-oriented youngsters with questions. Since they are told what happens to peanuts that aren't up to standard, they might wonder about deformed or damaged candy fillings, or what happens to the "extra" chocolate that is broken off certain candy bars. Post Office explains how mail is collected, sorted, and delivered. Each step is accompanied by a large, color photograph but, as in the previous book, there aren't sufficient captions to point out the specific parts of machinery involved in each process and it's not always clear what the picture is illustrating. Serviceable but flawed offerings.-Edith Ching, St. Albans School, Mt. St. Alban, Washington, DC Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.