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Children's LiteratureThis title is illustrated with photographs of toys that most early-elementary students will recognize, and that pre-schoolers will learn about—if they are not yet familiar with pogo sticks, chess pieces, in-line skates and yo-yos. The pictures are colorful, engaging and well-edited. The accompanying text is appropriate as a read-aloud; some words may be difficult for early readers. A section at the back, "Fun Facts about Toys," includes a variety of details that act as an extension to the simple alphabet concept. For example, "People believe that yo-yos are one of the world's oldest toys. The first yo-yos were made in China . . . Stone yo-yos that are more than 2000 years old have been found in Greece . . . 'Yo-yo' actually means 'come come' in Filipino." End matter also includes a glossary and a short list of books and Internet sites for further information. 2005, Capstone Press, Ages 3 to 7.
—J. H. Diehl