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 Unfortunately, despite several references to computer databases and other types of electronic technology, only outdated card catalog drawers and cards are shown.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.
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