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195 of 199 people found the following review helpful
on October 22, 2011
The slides are well prepared and kept my child's attention and enthusiasm for some time. I perceive a bit of an emphasis on plants... at any rate, the slides I received in my set were labelled as follows,

1. Pemicillum (sic) W.M.
2. Rhizopus Sporongia W.M.
3. Chlamvdomonas W.M.
4. Pine Leaf C.S.
5. Leaf of Winter Jasmine C.S.
6. Corn Root Tip L.S.
7. Vicia Faba Young Root C.S.
8. Corn Stem C.S.
9. Corn Stem L.S.
10. Curcubits Stem C.S.
11. Curcubits Stem L.S.
12. Basswood Stem C.S.
13. Basswood Stem L.S.
14. Pollen W.M.
15. Daphni Sp W.M.
16. Hydra W.M.
17. Paramecium W.M.
18. Rotifer W.M.
19. Honey Bee Mouth Parts W.M.
20. Cardiac Muscle Sec
21. Skeletal Muscle L.S, C.S.
22. Dog Small Intestine C.S.
23. Spinal Card (sic) C.S.
24. Motor Neurous (sic) Cell W.M.
25. Blood Smear Human

It appears that "C.S" stands for cross-section and "L.S" stands for longitudinal section. I couldn't figure out what "W.M" stood for.
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76 of 76 people found the following review helpful
on January 18, 2009
My mom got these slides along with the duo-scope for my daughter about a year ago. She has loved looking at all the different structures which are easily visible with the stains used. I am a scientist myself and have been helping her 4th grade teacher with science each week. These slides have been wonderful to demonstrate many of the topics we have covered. There are both longitudinal and cross sections of plants which nicely demonstrate tubules in plant stems, there is one of pollen. All of these have helped the topics "come alive" to students as they can actually see in the microscope what we are talking about, not just a picture in a book. Human body is covered in 5th grade and I'm sure I'll be using these next year to assist in teaching that as well. If you are a teacher or homeschooling parent you may want to consider these for your class!
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138 of 143 people found the following review helpful
on December 1, 2007
I bought this for my 8 year old who had received a microscope for her birthday. This is a nice set of slides, and she found them interesting (and it brought make memories of 7th grade biology for me, lol). If I were to suggest any changes they would be to find more specimens that are common objects that kids are likely to be familiar with (she was much less interested in the slides if she didn't know what the thing was to start with). Also, the wooden box is a great idea, but it's a little too large, so the slides slip out of their slots and get jumbled/scratched up.
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on May 30, 2008
I had bought these slides for my 11 year old daughter who had just recieved a microscope. When they arrived, two of them were broken! Luckily, the specimen was not damaged, so they were still okay to use. I think those slides broke because the wooden box was a little too big for the slides to fit in. Each slide was labeled with the name of the specimen that you were looking at. There were some spelling mistakes on the labeling on the slides, but everything on the little sheet that had all the names on it was spelled correctly. For example, the sheet said that specimen #22 was part of a Dog's Small Intestine. The label on the slide itself said it was part of a Small Lntestine. Intestine was spelled incorrectly. Overall, these slides are a pretty good quality.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on August 16, 2009
I purchased this set of slides for my daughter's eighth birthday. They were great! It is now a year later and she still looks at them. How many kids... heck, how many ADULTS can say that they've seen what a dog intestine looks like!?!? Each slide is clearly labeled with what it is and there is an index card that you can browse instead of taking out each slide. The box is a nice quality and feels somewhat like the quality used in high school and college chem sets.

If I had to think of a drawback, I would have to say that it is the cost versus selection. Now, I do understand that each slide is made by hand, one by one. There is no way to construct something like this mechanically. So, that WILL increase the cost. However, with only 25 slides, they may get a bit boring for an adult after seeing them a few times with the same microscope. And, although Celestron makes other sets, as well as a larger "combo set," the cost of buying every one of them is a bit daunting.

Overall, they are a great starter set with the quality you would hope for. I am not disappointed at all and will eventually purchase all of the remaining sets.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on January 7, 2009
We gave these to our grandson for Christmas, with his new microscope. He is 9 years old and not a novice to studying backyard science.

Our daughter just graduated nursing school. She recommended the microscopce. Amazon recommended the slides.

Let me tell you, they were a highlight of the day among the adults as well. I would certainly suggest this to inquiring minds of all ages.
My daughter was impressed with the heart and other muscle slides. She said she had studied these same slides for her RN exam.

The guys loved the slides of spider legs, calling each other over to "check this out".

I would like to see slides defining the blood types of human blood, such as A+, AB+, etc.

We never give toys as presents. But this is equivilent to a toy for children of all ages.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 6, 2012
Our slides arrived safely. Each slide is interesting and clearly visible in the microscope. We homeschool & purchased these for our elementary age daughters who are studying botany this year, and will study anatomy next. We have been very pleased with the slides, as well as with the Celestron microscope.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on June 27, 2009
Wonderful looking slides, all two of them considering that the other 23 slides were completely destroyed. The box does seem to be to big for something that is this fragile to be shipped in the mail. Would be better if purchased in the store where you can make sure they don't get destroyed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 20, 2009
Great for classroom and home use. Comes in a wooden box to hold each individual slide. Excellent value for product and money.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 15, 2014
I've been an amateur microscopist for many years and I was pleasantly surprised to find that these slides were stained and mounted professionally. Every one of them was very well done. This set of slides was definitely worth the money--quite a bargain. Not only were the objects well stained and mounted, but the list of slides and the labels on the slides were perfectly cross referenced. The whole package, to include the wooden box in which the slides came, was perfect.

For those who are not familiar with the abbreviations used on the list of slides and slide labels, I suggest that a brief note should be included on the list of slides, explaining that C.S. means cross section, L.S. means longitudinal section, and W.M. means whole mount.

I wiped each slide with a micro fiber cloth, just to eliminate the bit of lint and dust that seem to plague every slide I have ever received from anywhere; whether they were blank slides or specimen mounts. This is quite normal for slides, and it only took a couple of seconds to wipe each slide before I viewed it.
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