Reviews

Cover: How Did They Build That?

These three series use simple language to answer questions that kids commonly ask. The subjects are introduced through stories of fictional children or by encouraging readers to remember times they’ve encountered the service, food, or structure, and then discuss aspects of how it is made or… View »

 
Cover: Farm Animals

Each volume begins by questioning what readers already know about the featured animal. The interactive style continues with recommended tie-in activities and prompting sidebars, until the conclusion, when children are given a chance to revisit their original impression and measure it… View »

 
Cover: Real World Math: Geography

Temperatures aside, there’s no doubting that lava is cooler than division, which is why the high-interest topic of this title in the Real World Math: Geography series should help attract attention to practical applications of mathematics. Nestor… View »

 
Cover: Electricity and Magnetism

Widely spaced lines of text and bright color photos combine to give this entry in the Real World Science series visual appeal for younger and reluctant readers alike. Though she skips such complexities as AC and DC, resistance, or how electricity is measured, Rau describes in clear, simple… View »

 
Cover: Trustworthiness

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Gr 1-3 A combination of concise text, plenty of white space, effective use of color, and crisp photography makes this series appealing and easy to read. After a definition of and discussion of the topic at hand (What is Caring?), real-world scenarios are described. Fairness, for example… View »

 
Cover: Loyalty

With a clear color photos and simple interactive text on each double-page spread, the dramatic scenarios in this small, square picture book will spark discussion with young kids about standing up for a friend or family member in trouble. Part of the 21st Century Junior Library Character… View »

 
Cover: Animal Invaders

Straightforward texts examine four exotic animal species that have invaded the United States and/or its territories; all but the sea lamprey are on The Invasive Species Specialist Group’s list of the world’s 100 worst offenders. Each title first presents basic facts about the featured… View »

 
Cover: Working at a Hospital

These ambitious titles offer a wealth of material about the different careers that can be found under the umbrella of one workplace: Hospital, for example, covers doctors, nurses, physical therapists, chaplains, custodial and kitchen workers, accountants, and lawyers, with the latter being… View »

 
Cover: Global Perspectives

Each book uses the context of an imaginary youth conference to bring together students from six or seven countries to talk about a cultural problem. Although the series title touts a “global” perspective, the texts are more “multi-viewpoint” than representative of the whole world. The… View »

 
Cover: Surgery

Brief in scope, these titles make medical topics accessible. Surgery begins with a child needing stitches, then turns to a history of the field, with references to new techniques. In Disease, a doctor giving an injection to a youngster explains how it is easier to fight disease today than… View »