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. Volume XXI Number 26. . . .March 13, 2015
Weigl’s Media Enhanced AV˛ Books offer a perfect book-and-website combination that readers can enjoy. If they find the printed page interesting and want to learn more, readers can go to the affiliated webpage and enter the code for the book. More information, games, quizzes, and videos can be found there. If book-learning is too dry for some learners, this combination of book and website is the answer.
The books have the usual format used for research with the contents at the front and glossary and index at the back. Beautiful colourful photographs complete with captions adorn the pages, and simple maps include important physical features and important cities. At the back of the book, another map activity is found that includes legends, locating latitude and longitude and finding distances between two points. A quiz about the book’s information is an additional challenge. An added feature on most pages is the ‘topic by the numbers’ sidebar. There, the reader can quickly learn important trivia according to the numbers. For example, “Plants and Animals by the Numbers” in the France book states, “136 – Number of tree species in France. 30 miles per hour – speed a wild boar can run (48 km per hour), 30% - portion of France that is forest, 7% - portion of France covered by nature parks.”
The book about France is a lovely collection of information and colourful photographs. Readers can learn about such topics as the land and climate, natural resources, indigenous peoples, the age of exploration and cultural groups, to name a few. Photos spotlight Disneyland Paris, downhill skiing, Roman aqueducts and the Tour de France cycling race.
Sherry Faller is a retired teacher-librarian in Winnipeg, MB.
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