Children's LiteratureThis "Magic Mouse Guide" introduces children to the fundamentals of Internet use. When Ben's friend Hari goes to India on vacation, Ben keeps in touch with him via the Internet. After a brief explanation of what the Internet is and how ISPs allow access, Ben uses a web browser to look up information on India, from encyclopedia entries to live radio shows. Web sites and Web addresses are clearly explained, as well as how to find information using search engines. Ben also learns how to download software, use e-mail, chat online, read newsgroups, and play games. The book is careful to emphasize safety online, such as not giving out personal information. A detailed glossary explains new computer terms. Colorful pictures and the story of Ben and Hari aid the explanation of some difficult but vital computer concepts. The Magic Mouse appears on every page with helpful tips. This book is a perfect way to introduce a child unfamiliar with computers to the Internet. 2003, Enslow, Ages 7 up.
Amie Rose Rotruck