Kingfisher A-Z Encyclopedia: Up-to-the-Minute Information

Kingfisher A-Z Encyclopedia: Up-to-the-Minute Information

by Ben Hoare
     
 

With its easy-to-use alphabetical organization and wide-ranging coverage, the Kingfisher A-Z Encyclopedia is an excellent starting point for children researching school assignments and an authoritative reference the entire family can share.
Every area of information is covered, from plants, food, science, travel, the human body, and politics to animals, language,… See more details below

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Overview

With its easy-to-use alphabetical organization and wide-ranging coverage, the Kingfisher A-Z Encyclopedia is an excellent starting point for children researching school assignments and an authoritative reference the entire family can share.
Every area of information is covered, from plants, food, science, travel, the human body, and politics to animals, language, religion, sports, history, machines, and space. The extensive cross-referencing widens the scope of information available to the child hungry for knowledge, while the convenient A-Z format makes fast work of finding facts and figures. Packed with richly detailed color illustrations, succinct captions, and up-to-date information, the Kingfisher A-Z Encyclopedia is a delight to use and makes a perfect gift for a favorite youngster.

Special Features
• Over 1,500 entries packed with information about every subject area
• Superb illustrations, cutaways, and photographs
• Fact features and special country panels for easy reference
• Hundreds of cross-references
• Comprehensive index

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Broad subjects such as the continents are discussed in a spread and also contain a Fact File Box that summarizes information such as area, highest mountain, longest river, largest city, etc. There are also references, and in the case of the entry relating to a continent, most of the references are to specific countries or related subjects such as apartheid. Other subjects are usually treated with one or more paragraphs and several topics may appear on a single page. The words in bold within the descriptions refer to other entries in the encyclopedia. All of the photographs, illustrations and maps are captioned and add rather than repeat information found in the text. The backmatter includes a political map of the world, a selection of useful web addresses grouped by subject and an index. Kingfisher's editors and experts have created a very useful reference book consisting of more than 1,500 entries about animals, travel, machines, technology, the human body, history, religion, politics, food, sports and space. They have also provided quick reference panels with maps, flags and key facts about countries of the world. Parents, teachers, librarians and caregivers can use this book to answer the who, what, how and other questions that young children raise about our world. Whether you read a section aloud to a child or he or she can read it alone, the material presented is interesting and written in a kid friendly style. 2002, Kingfisher, Ages 7 to 12.
— Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-This visually attractive resource offers very brief coverage of more than 1500 alphabetical topics. The entries generally use simple declarative sentences and provide clear definitions or explanations of topics. Most are one or two paragraphs long, although some fill an entire column. A few subjects (e.g., "Internet," "Railroads," "Solar System," "Middle Ages") are allotted a full spread, although illustration often accounts for most of the coverage. Within each entry, boldfaced type is used to indicate a term for which there is a main entry elsewhere in the volume. Placement of the drawings, photographs, and diagrams seems governed more by layout design than proximity to the articles. A small map and flag accompany each country entry, along with a few boxed facts. A political map of the countries of the world appears at the end. Unfortunately, much of Western Europe and West Africa has been lost to the gutter. The index is exhaustive. While not particularly useful as a reference resource, this volume is suitable for circulation so that youngsters can pore over the pictures and read the portions that interest them at their leisure.-Linda Greengrass, Bank Street College Library, New York City Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780753455692
Publisher:
Kingfisher
Publication date:
11/22/2002
Series:
Up-to-the- Minute Information Series
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
8.96(w) x 11.08(h) x 1.31(d)
Age Range:
9 - 11 Years

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