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Children's LiteratureAs the world population grows, more and more trees are cut for expansion. This book points out the origin of wood, its usefulness and the importance of maintaining this natural resource since mankind and animals would have difficulty living without wood. As part of the series called "Science Files," which features various materials, the book is packed with facts and information. Twelve sections plus a chart about kinds of wood, a glossary, added resources and an index put the world of wood into perspective for young readers willing to gather facts from a flashy, comprehensive book. Each two-page spread covers one specific topic such as "Growing Forests," "Products from Trees," and "Chemicals from Wood." Short text sections, excellent illustrations showing step-by-step processes, and up-to-date photos are included. Added sidebars of "Ideas for the Future" or "Facts from the Past" enhance the layout. A border of photographed wood surrounds each two-page section. This feature helps to maintain the focus on the topic at hand. Add this book to any school or library section for the enjoyment of budding scientists and engineers.
—Nancy Garhan Attebury