School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 1-2-- Color cartoons illustrate this series of books that tell how items are produced. Each title relies on large drawings (about of each page's space) and slight but accurate text. In each, information is presented in a concise form, simplified clearly for younger readers of nonfiction. The different illustrators, though all working in the cartoon convention, vary greatly in their styles and techniques. The soft marshmallowy pastels of Ice Cream yield to the straight lines of Baseball Bats. The humans depicted in Crayons wear comical expressions, while Penny offers lots of colors, details, and funny mouse figures drawn into scenes. While both men and women are fairly evenly involved in the making of crayons, pennies, and ice cream, the only women that Reed shows in Baseball Bat are store clerks. These easy nonfiction titles will be welcome additions to children's collections. They present enough data to be interesting, but not too much to be confusing. --Ruth Semrau, Lovejoy School, McKinney, Tex.
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