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Scholastic Science Dictionary

Scholastic Science Dictionary

by Melvin Berger, Hannah Bonner (Illustrator)

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Children's Literature
With definitions that are "just enough" and outstanding illustrations, this dictionary makes a nice addition for home, school or library shelves. Its 2,400 word entries cover all major branches of science, with 140 mini-biographies of major scientists. Most of the definitions answer the basic questions a child is apt to have. Occasionally, more information could be provided, for example, about herpes, where the author fails to say that a form of this virus causes chicken pox, cold sores and shingles, illnesses many kids recognize. Melvin Berger does point out the roots of many scientific terms. Reading that crusta meant "hard shell" in Latin gives a fact about the crustaceans and offers a great memory device. Complex terms that might have been omitted are included, such as heuristic, or viscosity, and are explained with an example of contrasts that all kids will know—water and honey. However, some of the pronunciations are not accurate—the first syllable for variation, variable, and verify is pronounced vair not "ver." (Nearly every kid of seven knows how to pronounce "air," making vair the preferred pronunciation guide.) Pendulum is pronounced pen-dyuh-luhm, not "pen-juh-luhm." Period is pronounced peer-ee-uhd, not "pir-ee-uhd," and magnification is not pronounced "mah-nuh-fuh-kay-shun,"as recommended. 2000, Scholastic, $19.95. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: Joan Carris

Product Details

Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
Scholastic Back to School
Product dimensions:
8.24(w) x 10.34(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
9 Years

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