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. Volume XIII Number 9 . . . . December 22, 2006
The “Science Matters” series on significant atmospheric features and events will be of interest to young readers and researchers. As well as addressing issues of contemporary concern, the books discuss the wonders of nature which are fascinating to young learners.
The books contain current information written in clear language for the target age group. The print is in a large, contemporary-style typeface. Each two-page chapter includes several useful facts, and each page has a picture or other illustration with precise captioning.
Each title provides a survey of the individual topics, including myths, biographies of scientists whose work has been groundbreaking, developing technologies, and contemporary issues:
Each book has a page which suggests to children how they can find more information. This is wasted space (and paper). The children are reading a book, so why tell them to go to the library to get a book? Children are aware of the Internet, and teachers who want them to look up information will guide them. Since Internet sites change all the time; why recommend one in a book that may stay on library shelves for many years? More information about the topic would be of better use to the young reader.
Each book also had one science experiment related to the topic and two pages with questions and answers about what the reader has learned. The final page has a glossary (Words to Know) and a brief index.
The clear information and the standard physical layout of these books will make them very useful in a school or classroom library. Children who are learning how to search for information will be able to find it easily and will understand the explanations.
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