School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 2-4-All four clearly written accounts introduce important 20th-century people to beginning readers. Each book is a simplified version of text taken from "Trailblazers of the Modern World" (World Almanac Library), written for middle school students. Some of the photographs seem irrelevant or poorly captioned. In the first book, the caption for a photograph of Earhart seated at a desk holding a piece of paper explains that Amelia tried new things as she grew up. (What new things?) In Roosevelt, a photograph of Golda Meir giving Roosevelt an award has no accompanying explanation of the reason for the award. In King, an undated photograph of a black family sitting in a field is placed adjacent to text explaining Dr. King's summer jobs. (What relationship do these people have with him?) The suggestions for more information include well-chosen books and Web sites. However, libraries should reserve their funds for better choices.-Rebecca Sheridan, Easttown Library & Information Center, Berwyn, PA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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