Children's LiteratureWith this title beginning readers are introduced to valuable information about nature's typical four seasons. Two-page presentations in this small book from the "Welcome Nature" series feature brief descriptive narration in large primary font on white background complemented by a color photograph on the opposite page. The bright images reflect the feeling of "almost being there" and combine with the text to help students achieve an understanding of the concepts. Coverage begins with winter as children trudge through a snowstorm followed by spring and its luscious blossoms and blooms. Summer brings lots of sun and long days followed by the radiant turning of the leaves. A scene from each season is framed in a windowpane to conclude the cycle. An unusual quirk is the capitalization of the word "Sun" throughout the text. The book has all the ingredients needed for teaching research skillstable of contents, new words (bolded in the text), two suggested titles, web site, and an index. However, the definitions, web site and titles are problematic. The meanings lack clarity and are too lengthy for the age group. Books listed have no copyright date and some are outdated or inappropriate for the age group. The suggested web site is not suitable for primary students. Despite the glitches, this is excellent choice for introducing seasonal information to younger set. 2004, Children's Press, Ages 5 to 8.
School Library Journal - School Library JournalK-Gr 2-Simple sentences tell about the moon, seasons, and sun. Unfortunately, these basic facts do not provide more information than what most children will already know. In addition, generalizations and simplifications may lead to some misconceptions, e.g., the sun rises and sets, that the weather is very cold in the winter, that leaves change color in the fall, and that the moon has holes in it called craters (defined in the glossary as "large holes in the ground caused by bombs or falling objects"). Each spread consists of a line or two of large-print text opposite a colorful stock photo. The "Rookie Read-About Science" series does a better, more accurate job of presenting information about the sun and moon.-Sandra Welzenbach, Villarreal Elementary School, San Antonio, TX Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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