Computer Dictionary For Kids and Their Parents

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A guide for the newest members of the computer generation defines 650 key computer terms in comprehensive English, provides user analogies from everyday life, and profiles IBMs, Macs, components, and microprocessors.

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This new dictionary defines approximately 700 important computer terms in simple English that should be easily understood by middle-grade readers and the computer illiterate. The front matter contains an introduction for kids, a separate one for parents and teachers, and a brief history of the computer. The dictionary is alphabetized word by word rather than letter by letter, and the difference is clearly explained. Terms that are symbols or start with numbers are in order before the As. Many of the concise entries have cross-references at the end in green type. Colors are also used to differentiate between Mac (red) and IBM terms (blue). There are colorful charts, diagrams, and illustrations on every page. Many of the definitions are followed by example sentences that use the term. Cautionary statements are placed throughout ("Do not format the hard disk on your family computer or you will erase every software program, file and scrap of information that exists on your hard disk" ). Some definitions are followed by questions and answers with further information (path: "What if I don't have a path? Does the PATH ever need to change? How do I use the PATH command? How can I make a permanent change to my PATH?" ).

The word techno-babble is used in the introduction, but not defined in the dictionary. Similarly, there are definitions for cyberspace and cybersurfing but not for cybernetics, the term from which both originated. But on the whole, this book will be useful in computer labs and school libraries. Most children's sections of public libraries will want one, too. Some teachers may find this more helpful than a textbook for classroom use.

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With colorful cartoon illustrations and clear, friendly language, the Computer Dictionary for Kids... and Their Parents by Jami Lynne Borman, illus. by Yvette Santiago Banek, defines about 700 techno-terms. A sprinkling of games and puzzles enhances the book's kid-appeal (Barron's, paper $14.95, 256p, ages 8-13 ISBN 0-8120-9079-9 Nov.).
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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