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The Kingfisher Science Encyclopedia, 3rd edition
     

The Kingfisher Science Encyclopedia, 3rd edition

by Charles Taylor, Editors of Kingfisher
 

With today's emphasis on fast-moving technology and the focus on testing standards for science and math, the need for students to grasp key scientific principles has never been greater. The Kingfisher Science Encyclopedia, 3rd edition is the one reference that includes all of the information students need to know in a concise and trustworthy package. Fully revised

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With today's emphasis on fast-moving technology and the focus on testing standards for science and math, the need for students to grasp key scientific principles has never been greater. The Kingfisher Science Encyclopedia, 3rd edition is the one reference that includes all of the information students need to know in a concise and trustworthy package. Fully revised and updated, with clear, accessible writing by scientific experts and plenty of illustration for visual learners, this volume provides in-depth insight and succinct authoritative answers to all areas of scientific inquiry-avoiding the need to hunt and peck for information across multiple sources. An impressive supplementary section at the end of the book includes mini-biographies of famous scientists, and an illustrated time line of key inventions and discoveries. Arranged thematically into ten subjects, with reference summaries for each chapter and a full index, this encyclopedia does more than merely provide facts-it helps the reader develop an integrated, hands-on understanding of the science which drives everything around us.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“Entries feature a visually appealing balance of colorful illustrations and text, certain to appeal to both casual browsers and students alike. In addition, the illustrations . . . nicely complement the text. Explanations are clear and accessible, and the writing is lively and engaging. . . .[T]his eye-catching, updated edition would be a welcome addition to elementary- and middle-school libraries and public libraries and a good replacement for those who own the previous edition.” —Booklist

“[An] attractive, browsable overview of fundamental science concepts. The thematic arrangement of the book is once again used in this third edition. Most topics are presented on pleasing two-page spreads, with relevant charts, timelines, and other illustrations surrounding the text.. . . It is precisely the kind of science book to lure non-science types into serious browse mode.. . . A great choice for middle school libraries and science classrooms. It will also find a place in public libraries with a need for affordable science reference books.” —VOYA

“This comprehensive science encyclopedia covers the fundamentals of life science, earth science, physical science, plus materials and technology and conservation. It's colorful and inviting and well-sectioned off into two page spreads on many of the pages, so it's welcoming and readable without being overwhelming. . . . The clear concise nature of this book makes it one that all middle schools should have. . . . This is a valuable resource for all public libraries.” —Simply Science blog

“Middle graders will be so receptive to working on science homework with The Kingfisher Science Encyclopedia.” —Teaching Pre-K-8

“As with any good reference work there are also references to help young inquisitive minds follow the threads deeper and further. Parents and teachers will find this book a real must have because it answers all those questions that kids love to raise.” —Children's Literature

VOYA - Diane Colson
As librarians and educators weigh the benefits of electronic vs. print resources, an inexpensive, single-volume encyclopedia is an appealing consideration. The Kingfisher Science Encyclopedias are attractive, browsable overviews of fundamental science concepts. The thematic arrangement of the book is once again used in this third edition. Most topics are presented on pleasing two-page spreads, with relevant charts, timelines, and other illustrations surrounding the text. In the bottom right corner of the spread is a "See Also Pages" box that directs readers to related topics with their page numbers. It is precisely the kind of science book to lure non-science types into serious browse mode. For young researchers, there is a little bit of information about a lot of topics, which can be helpful as background material for science projects. The declarative tone of the text might rankle some adult readers, as theories (e.g. the Pangaea supercontinent theory) are often presented as fact. Nevertheless, this latest entry in the Kingfisher Encyclopedia gallery is sure to find more fans than critics. With the third edition improvements in the technology section, adult readers may appreciate the chance to fill in their own knowledge gaps. While browsers of any age will enjoy the inviting aspects of this science encyclopedia, it is most suitable for readers in the middle grades. The Kingfisher Science Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition would be a great choice for middle school libraries and science classrooms. It will also find a place in public libraries with a need for affordable science reference books. Reviewer: Diane Colson
School Library Journal
Gr 5–7—Aside from minor editorial tweaks and small quantities of new material—references to the end of the space shuttle program, for instance, and to Japan's 2011 earthquake and damaged Fukushima reactor-this update of the 2006 second edition remains largely unchanged. As in the earlier work, the sciences are divided into 10 topical chapters ranging from "Space and Time" to "Conservation and the Environment." Within the chapters, two- to three-dozen selected subjects are given a spread each of concise exposition and generally informative, sharply reproduced photos and schematic diagrams. Each chapter closes with a crowded page of summary facts, and a final section of back matter contains thumbnail portraits of famous scientists and inventions, formulas for calculating the areas of geometric figures, conversion tables, and like features. There is at least one obvious typo ("Two million people worldwide now access the Internet") and a brash claim that humans are "the most successful of all creatures." Examples of unsystematic coverage and updating include no discussions at all of quarks, quantum theory, streaming video, smartphones, cloud computing, corporate space programs, element 117 (isolated in 2010), or plasma as a fourth "state" of matter. Furthermore, though frequent cross references and a large index facilitate access to most of the content, the index includes only spotty coverage of the illustrations and fails to list the earthquake and reactor mentioned above. At best, a marginal candidate for classrooms with limited or no access to web resources, or to replace a worn copy of the previous edition.—John Peters, formerly at New York Public Library

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780753466889
Publisher:
Kingfisher
Publication date:
10/25/2011
Series:
Kingfisher Encyclopedias Series
Pages:
496
Sales rank:
140,303
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.90(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Professor Charles Taylor received the U.K.'s Bragg Medal and Prize of Institutional Physics, and the UK's Michael Faraday Award for contributions to the public understanding of science. He has presented lectures on BBC television and has written many science books for children.

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