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Concepts - Series Review

Concepts - Series Review

Posted by Rourke Educational Media Admin on

These books in the new Concepts: Seasons and Colors series are designed to be read aloud, inviting active participation from young listeners. Each book starts with a two-page introduction to the title season and ends with a summary page at the end. In between, the front of each page asks children to identify the color of an object in the photo, selecting from two choices set forth in the title, and the back confirms the correct answer. A page of front matter directed to parents and teachers lists educational connections and suggests further activities. The books’ premise is solid if...

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Symbols of Freedom - Series Review

Symbols of Freedom - Series Review

Posted by Rourke Educational Media Admin on

A fun, informative venue for learning about significant places in U.S. history. Clear, engaging writing and a dynamic, easy-to-follow layout go far to explain the significance of each symbol and its place in American history. Occasional “Freedom Fact!” sidebars call readers' attention to incidental details (for instance, the first public school in America, the Boston Latin School, “admitted only boys for more than 300 years. Girls couldn't attend the school until 1972!”). The inclusion of the fort at St. Augustine and Angel Island is especially useful, as typically these important landmarks receive scant coverage in children's literature. Star-spangled borders and...

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Animal Matters - Series Review

Animal Matters - Series Review

Posted by Rourke Educational Media Admin on

These titles explore the working relationships between people and animals. Images and brief text depict real people, animals, and agencies. Photos vary from small to full page and sometimes are also used to recap information. Maps, “Furry Facts” boxes, and graphs add further information. The main text concludes with a “How Can You Help?” list of follow-up ideas (such as letting others know about the importance of spaying and neutering pets or starting a food drive to raise money for a local animal shelter). With its focus on career options, People Who Care for Animals may appeal to kids with...

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