Encyclopedia of History is treasure trove

January 8, 2010 at 11:33 pm

The Usborne Internet-linked First Encyclopedia of History by Fiona Chandler, designed by Susie McCaffrey, illustrated by David Hancock; published by Scholastic, New York; 2005.

This image-rich information book is a treat for the eyes and the brain.  The photos, illustrations, text and layout create an information bonanza.  While I adore the design of the print material, I am impressed by the information literacy training opportunities provided in this resource.  First, there are Internet links which provide more visual input for children.  The book provides the Web link information, but more importantly, offers Web safety tips and advice for using the Internet links.  Large type also informs the reader that “A computer is not essential to use this book.”  That’s good information—not all families have Internet connections at home.  Additional information literacy tools in the book include the table of contents, index, and timeline of the modern world.

I would use this as a tool to teach information literacy in a library program.  I’d also make sure that the book and Internet links are included on parent/teacher resource pathfinders.

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