Reviews of recent print reference works on careers, sports, and more.
Preschool to Grade 4
FYLEMAN , Rose. Mice . illus. by Lois Ehlert. S & S/Beach Lane. 2012. p. 90.
HANLON , Abby. Ralph Tells a Story. illus. by author. Amazon. 2012. p. 91.
LOGUE , Mary. Sleep Like a Tiger . illus. by Pamela Zagarenski. Houghton Harcourt. 2012. p. 94.
OBED , Ellen Bryan. T welve Kinds of Ice. illus. by Barbara McClintock. Houghton Harcourt. 2012. p. 96.
SMITH , Lane. Abe Lincoln’s Dream. illus. by author. Roaring Brook. 2012. p. 100.
BANES, Graham L. The Kingfisher Encyclopedia of Life: Minutes, Months, Millennia–How Long Is a Life on Earth? 160p. chron. diags. glossary. illus. index. maps. photos. Kingfisher. 2012. Tr $19.99. ISBN 978-0-7534-6891-3.
Gr 3-6–Aiming to provide an “imaginative introduction to the natural world and the huge array of species that inhabit it,” this work is a spectacular success. It focuses on 230 species (considering that 18,000 new ones are discovered each year, we’ll give them credit for selecting the most interesting), categorizing them according [...]
BARNES-SVARNEY, Patricia & Thomas E. Svarney. The Handy Math Answer Book. 512p. (The Handy Answer Book Series). appendix. charts. diags. illus. index. photos. Visible Ink Press. 2012. Tr $21.95. ISBN 9781578593736; ebook $21.95. ISBN 9781578593866.
Gr 10 Up–Students who have wondered, “What is the ‘music of the spheres’?”; “How do astronomers determine the distances to the stars?”; or “What is a problem with our modern calendar?” can find the answers to those questions and many more in this engaging work. [...]
BAKER, William & Kenneth Womack. The Facts On File Companion to Shakespeare. 5 vols. 2156p. (Facts On File Library of World Literature Series). appendix. bibliog. glossary. illus. index. maps. Facts On File. 2012. PLB $375.00. ISBN 978-0-8160-7820-2; LC 2010054012. Online: Infobase eBooks
Gr 10 Up–Students and general readers with an interest in Shakespeare will benefit from the array of texts covered and the clear and concise essays and explanations of the Bard’s works provided here. The set opens with [...]
Reading the OED: One Man, One Year, 21,730 Pages (Penguin, 2008).
Ammon Shea has been reading dictionaries for the past decade or so. He acknowledges owning about a thousand of them, along with assorted thesauri, lexicons, and glossaries (in a New York City apartment, no less). So, how does this avid word lover and collector feed his insatiable curiosity? Well, one project Shea tackled was the 20-volume, Second Edition of The Oxford English Dictionary, reading it cover to cover–from “a” to [...]