Eyes and ears are the focus of this nonfiction early reader. Facts accompanied by excellent full color photographs of animals appear on every page. For example, cats see about six times better than humans do and rhinos, foxes and kangaroos can all turn their ears to hear better. The text poses questions, turning the page reveals the answers and pictures. There is a list of animal facts and index at the end of the book, and a list of other books in the series and a note to parents on the opening pages. A Level 2 book in the "Dorling Kindersley Eyewitness Readers" series. 2000, DK Publishing, and $3.95. Ages 5 to 7. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-Distinctive color photographs on white backgrounds illustrate brief sound bites about eyes and ears and how animals use them. The text consists of introductory rhymes ("Eyes are for looking,/seeing, and staring./Eyes are for watching,/gazing, and glaring"), riddles ("He sleeps by day/and hunts by night./His loud `hoo hoo'/gives mice a fright"), and short explanations. There is no cohesive narrative. An attractive browsing volume for newly independent readers.-Lisa Smith, Lindenhurst Memorial Library, NY MY FIRST FARM BOOK. 48p. photos. glossary. index. DK. 2000. Tr $16.95. ISBN 0-7894-5214-6. LC number unavailable. PreS-Gr 1-This concept book covers the usual farm animals and machinery, as well as a wide variety of crops from vegetables to cereals and tropical fruits to flowers. It concludes with pages on animal noises, farm colors, and counting. The color photography is quite good in most cases, though some pictures are dark or cluttered. Unfortunately, there is too much here to absorb in one sitting, and far too much of the content reflects its European origins. One illustration shows a John Deere tractor attached to a British plow that looks nothing like the ones used in this country, and youngsters familiar with American bison are likely to laugh at the photo of water buffalo labeled "buffalo herd." A marginal purchase.-Eldon Younce, Harper Elementary School, KS Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.