January 8, 2010 at 11:39 pm

How Nature Works by Steve Parker; published by Scholastic, New York; 1992.

Wow, after reading the Usborne  book, this book is information-dense.  The illustrations are wonderful, especially the diagrams explaining how energy is obtained, but there is way too much information on each page.  Elementary students will be overwhelmed by the text.

However, it would be useful in a basic research project since each topic is covered in just two pages.  Like the Usborne book, this one includes many nice information literacy training tools, including an extensive glossary, and a table of contents broken down into sub-topics.  The glossary is also in-depth and provides an easy means of locating information on very specific topics.  The green end pages certainly let us know this book is about nature.

I’d include this in pathfinders for teachers and parents but I think the more recent publications by Usborne, with the Internet links, are a better resource for elementary school aged students.


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