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Aug 12 2019

First Science encyclopedia by DK Australia

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Dorling Kindersley, 2019. Australian edition. ISBN: 9780143795018.
(Age: 5-8) Recommended. Themes: Science; Life Science; Materials; Physical Science; Earth and Space Science. Dorling Kindersley has mastered the art of presenting information in a visually appealing way for young readers. This introduction to Science is a simplified reference book that includes information in small parcels and with brilliant visual representations that make the book suitable for very young readers. All information on a particular topic is divided into small segments with clear headings and is explained in either one or two sentences. This brevity means that lots of content can be covered, albeit very briefly. As an introductory science book for the youngest independent readers it explains some quite difficult Science topics in an appropriately simple way. It is not terribly helpful for school students who might need to investigate a topic in some depth, but this is not the purpose of this book. The visual appeal of the book means that it has the appeal of a magazine, and with clarity presents information and some 'hands-on' projects to explore a topic.
Recommended. This would make a wonderful book for the science interested child aged 5-8.
Carolyn Hull

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