Monday, March 28, 2011

Inside Dinosaurs

Library Media Connection (January/February 2011) This new series provides solid information on different science topics. The magazine-style layout is appealing with large, easy to read fonts and labeled maps, charts, and graphs. All books include information about one or more experts in the field. Inside Tornadoes and Inside Hurricanes give information about the weather conditions that form these storms and provide detailed photographs. Inside Dinosaurs offers a combination of photographs of skeletons and fossils, and illustrations. Inside Human Body, illustrated with cartoon-like drawings, covers the main body systems and includes anatomically correct boy and girl figures. Each book contains fold-out pages which unfold either horizontally or vertically. Some fold-outs enhance the topic, such as a timeline illustrating the different historic periods in Inside Dinosaurs, but others do not. Repeated unfolding might shorten the life of this series for high circulating libraries, but the information and graphics contained in these titles will appeal to upper elementary students. Bibliography. Glossary. Websites. Table of Contents. Index. Recommended. Barbara S. Zinkovich, NBCT Library Media Specialist, Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Elementary, Scottsdale, Arizona

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