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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-K-These introductory titles contain little information, and are too simplistic. Both books identify the sense being discussed, as in, "Tasting is one of my senses. I taste with my tongue." Different scenarios follow, with two examples offered for each statement. Each page has one sentence and a full-color photo of a child demonstrating it. In Smelling, the weaker of the two, things that smell bad include a wet dog, fish, skunks, dumps, pigpens, and stinky feet. One-page statements that explain how the specific sense works scientifically follow the examples. Marginal glossaries and indexes do little to enhance either title, and a spread of "facts" provides information that is often far above the scope of the intended audience, as in "People who cannot smell have a condition called anosmia." Also, the glossary in Smelling doesn't include words that are mentioned in the scientific explanation, like mucus, particles, or nerves, instead listing pigpen, senses, skunk, and soap as the words needing clarification. Stick with Aliki's My Five Senses (HarperCollins, 1962) or Henry Pluckrose's "Exploring Our Senses" series (Gareth Stevens; o.p.).-Lisa Gangemi Kropp, Middle Country Public Library, Centereach, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

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