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From School Library Journal

Grade 3-6. The history, use, and benefits of the widely used classification system are explained in this easy-to-read text printed in large, bold black type against a white background. Fowler provides an excellent explanation of Dewey's categories and subdivisions without overwhelming youngsters with too much detail. The layout is attractive with full-color photos throughout. Unfortunately, despite several references to computer databases and other types of electronic technology, only outdated card catalog drawers and cards are shown. Most libraries will want to wait for a revised edition of this title that visually displays the use of computers as catalogs.?Sabrina L. Fraunfelter, Kings Glen Elementary School, Springfield, VA
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Gr. 3^-5. The typeface is large, the color photographs are numerous, and the writing style, for the most part, is clear. Yet children will probably still need adult help to understand the Dewey decimal system. It really needs to be taught through example, and although Fowler does use several kinds of books as examples, including one on magic, something is lost on the written page. Once in a while, the book is confusing or incorrect: "Sometimes [a spine label] shows the letter "J" if it is an adult book that is kept in the children's section." An adjunct to learning the Dewey decimal system but not a book that can do the job on its own. Ilene Cooper
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 and up
  • Grade Level: 2 and up
  • Series: True Books: Books and Libraries
  • Library Binding: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Library Publishing (September 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0516201328
  • ASIN: B00CNL7TNA
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 7.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,358,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By TundraBee on November 12, 2003
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Ah, the delights of Mr. Dewey's Decimal System! How would one ever find what one wanted in the Library without it? One could wander forever! Without knowing what the specific numbers were all about, I just "knew" where the books I was interested in were in my primary and secondary school and local public library - a "birds of feather" kind of thing. Imagine my utter confusion when confronted and confounded with those disorienting letters of Library of Congress ilk! One needs a trail of bread crumbs to navigate LC! My consternation comes under the proverb "You cannot teach an old dog new tricks!"
Anyway, Allan Fowlers primer on the Dewey Decimal System is just that: a starting point. It sets out the theory behind Mr. Dewey's system, and the ten basic categories thusly:
000 Reference works - encyclopedias, newspapers, magazines
100 Philosophy and pyschology
200 Religion
300 Social Sciences - law, education, customs, everyday life
400 Languages
500 Basic sciences - mathematics, chemistry
600 Applied Sciences - technology, medicine, engineering
700 the arts - architecture, painting, music
800 Literature - poetry, novels, plays
900 Geography, biography, and history
But subdivisions of the "biggies" are not explored, except for an illustrative exercise in the 700's to get us to "magic." So, if you are looking for a fun introductory book for kids, this is it. If you are wanting a detailed description of the Dewey Decimal System, consult your local librarian. Reviewed by TundraVision, Amazon Reviewer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Judy K. Polhemus VINE VOICE on September 24, 2009
Format: Paperback
Every time I take out this book to think about using it to introduce the Dewey Decimal System to my library students, I see the big, glaring error and put it back. The big, glaring error makes me sick. But then no one else has questioned this big, glaring error, making me wonder if I am mistaken. But I'm not.

Look at it--the book cover. Discover the big, glaring error for yourself. This is a True Book (a nearly always dependable, serviceable book series) about the Dewey Decimal System. Please tell me you see it--that big, glaring error?

The book tells us--accurately--about Melvil Dewey, who invented the organizational system for arranging books in a library. He established the first school for librarians and co-founded the American Library Association, one of our most respected and trusted organizations. (As a side note and information not in the book but interesting nevertheless, did you know that one way librarians kept books prior to Dewey was by color. Another was by size. If a librarian died, the successor had to figure out that system.)

There's a good explanation of how Dewey works: a 10-based system ("dec" in decimal). Then the author explains the subdivisions, using magic as the subject to find. This is all well and good. In fact, this is a nice little introductory book to the Dewey system.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Wenner on May 27, 2008
Format: Paperback
I use multiple copies of this book with third-graders in my job as a school librarian. It is highly accessible, due to type size and page format, with lots of photographs. I don't know how much a young child could get from this book reading it independently, but as part of a lesson with explanations and discussion it works very well. The opening pages, showing home libraries (one very organized in appearance, one not) are easy for children to identify with, and make it obvious that libraries intended for general use have to be very well organized!
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