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Children's LiteratureThis text on the life cycle begins with a look at one family and all of its members—from the newborn baby to the great-grandparents. The reader begins with information about the beginning of the life cycle and ends with a little information on adulthood and aging. Sections like "reproduction" and the early months of "pregnancy" feature well-detailed photographs and illustrations as well as "Info labs" of additional bits of information that do not naturally fit into the text. "The birthing process," "why people look different around the world," and the attributes of "childhood" are also discussed in the book. The photos throughout are well-suited to the various sections highlighted in the text. A glossary of necessary words, an index, and a short list of web sites is included. I would encourage parents to read this text with their child because there may be questions from the children that parents will want to address in their own fashion. However, this is a very helpful book that provides a very solid overview of the life cycle. 2004, Kingfisher, Ages 8 to 12.
—Jean Boreen, Ph.D.