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ISBN 10: 0717258653 / ISBN 13: 9780717258659
Published by Grolier/Scholastic, 2004
Used Condition: LIKE NEW Hardcover
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2004. Grolier/Scholastic. 1st. Hardback. Books-Like New, integral pictorial covers. 11x8.5. 1088pp. Profuse colour photos and illus. ***PLEASE NOTE: SORRY, BUT THIS IS A HEAVY ITEM AND MAY REQUIRE EXTRA FOR POSTAGE PARTICULARLY FOR OVERSEAS DESTINATIONS, BUT, AS ALWAYS, WE WILL DO OUR BEST FOR OUR CUSTOMERS WHEREVER YOU ARE.**** Innovative, fun, comprehensive, up-to-date . a new general encyclopaedia for younger researchers. Builds reference skills with entries on libraries, encyclopedias, dictionaries, indexes, internet and more. Simple headings, abundant diagrams, maps and art enliven and illuminate more than 700 entries. Bookseller Inventory # 1545813

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Publisher: Grolier/Scholastic

Publication Date: 2004


Book Condition:LIKE NEW

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This set, a general encyclopedia with more than 700 entries arranged alphabetically, is intended to introduce children to reference skills as well as to help them develop proficiencies in research and writing. The volumes are 64 pages in length and were designed with young students in mind. For example, the U.S. entry includes volume and page numbers for all of the entries on individual states. The layout is simple and straightforward and includes large print that would be appealing to upper-elementary students. Most of the entries range in length from one to two pages. The writing is clear and should be accessible to students in grades three and above. The intended audience is grades three through six.

Each begins with a brief definition and concludes with a list of see also references to other related topics in the set. Two additional cross-referencing devices are used: see references (scorpion see Arachnid) and "Look in the Index for" references that point the student to information contained within entries. For example, there is no entry for Charles Darwin, but a "Look in the Index for" reference in the spot where a Darwin entry would be instructs the user to look up Darwin in the index. Some of these references are awkwardly placed, so they may not be clear to the encyclopedia's intended audience. Each volume concludes with a comprehensive index.

Entries are enhanced with color photographs, illustrations, diagrams, time lines, and maps. The picture captions supplement the text nicely. Special boxes cover specific subjects in extra detail. The types of boxed information include "Key Facts," "Did you know?" "Amazing Facts," and "Biography," the last of which introduces certain important personalities. The "Key Facts" boxes provide facts and figures about U.S. states, U.S. presidents, Canadian provinces, countries, and planets. "Did you know?" boxes offer detailed information about a broad variety of topics, and "Amazing Facts" boxes highlight fun or interesting facts about the natural world and modern technology. The text also includes a special set of articles intended to help students with their reports. These include Book report, Debating, Grammar, Note taking, Punctuation, Research, and Revision.

This set provides a solid introduction to general topics for students in the primary grades, though it will not provide enough information to meet the research needs of older students. Nevertheless, it would be a useful addition to public and school libraries. RBB
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