Parents and teachers will love introducing their children to the library this nonfiction book on DVD. Children can read the book along with the narrator, and as each word is enunciated, it is highlighted. This gives support to fledgling readers, who can turn off the narrator's voice but keep the highlighting once they no longer needs quite so much support. The DVD includes all of the typical features of nonfiction, such as a table of contents, a glossary, and an index. In addition, it has all the features of a beginning reader, including short, direct sentences, word repetition, fewer per page, and a nice balance of new ad familiar words. Colorful illustrations provide an extra level of support for the reader. The DVD is simple to use and allows the child to access information about the library on the computer while still interacting with typed words. Good for use at home or in the classroom, this DVD both encourages independence and provides much-needed support. For those adventurous and inquisitive students, a list of Internet sites for further exploration is provided. Reading Level: Grade K-1; Interest Level: Grade PreK-2. Reviewer: Joan Kindig, Ph.D.
Blake A. Hoena grew up in central Wisconsin, where he wrote stories about robots conquering the moon and trolls lumbering around the woods behind his parents house. He now lives in Minnesota and continues to write about fun things like space aliens and superheroes. Blake has written more than fifty chapter books and graphic novels for children.