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The New Book of Knowledge (Set)

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9780717205424: The New Book of Knowledge (Set)

An illustrated encyclopedia containing over 9000 articles on history, literature, art and music, geography, myths and legends, mathematics, science, hobbies, holidays and festivals, games, sports, crafts, medicine, law, government, industry, politics, and other topics.

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The encyclopedia has approximately 9,243 entries. Each volume contains its own index on blue paper that is cross-referenced to the entire contents of the encyclopedia. The individual indexes are cumulated in an index of approximately 85,000 entries in volume 21. Among the 43 new contributors and reviewers to the NBK this year are Stephen Ambrose, author of Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West (Lewis and Clark expedition), and Virginia Gobeli, National 4-H Program Leader (Four-H). Approximately one-third of NBK is occupied by illustrations, of which 90 percent are in full color.

NBK notes world events of 1997--the revision deadline extended into November of 1997 so that off-year election results, the 1997 Nobel Prize winners, and the results of the 1997 World Series could be included. Also included is information on the election of Tony Blair as British prime minister in May, the Pathfinder probe to Mars, and the deaths of Princess Diana and Mobuto Sese Seko. Motion pictures has a note on the death of James Stewart. The article on Hong Kong includes the information about its reversion to Chinese rule, and there is information about Madeleine Albright becoming secretary of state. Some postdeadline events that made it into the 1998 edition included the death of Sonny Bono and the outcome of Superbowl XXXII.

From School Library Journal:

Grade 5–8—One of the few multivolume frogs left in the elementary school print-reference pond, this latest annual edition offers full measures of quantity—more than 9000 articles, 25,000 color illustrations, in excess of 1300 maps, nearly a million index entries, a full suite of cross-references and other access tools, plus special features such as passages from classic books or documents and an entire article of science experiments. The set also offers relevance, in that it pays close attention to curriculum needs. Though current enough to include mention of Benazir Bhutto's December 2007 assassination and the Newbery and Caldecott winners from that year, the overall pace of revision is rather slow; the most recent title mentioned in the "Contemporary Film" section of "Motion Pictures," for instance, is Disney's The Lion King (1994), and at least two of the five generic photos that open the "Baseball" article are more than 15 years old. Still, as the layout will be more inviting to less practiced readers than that of The World Book Encyclopedia (2007), and most of the illustrations are not available through the online version, this will be a good choice for smaller collections with an edition more than five years old, or for classrooms with limited Internet access.—John Peters, New York Public Library
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