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Could be better suited for all audiences
on August 21, 2005
I am a speech therapist who works with preschoolers. I bought the most recent edition of this book, having used the first edition until duct ape would no longer hold it together. My chief complaint about the first edition was that it used many photographs of toys rather than the of real objects.
The current edition uses photographs of the real items, but I felt it actually used too many for my purposes. It has many photographs of scenes in various locations. This makes them too busy for many of the kids I work with; there is too much happening for us to be able to focus on only one or two objects or actions. The first edition featured pages full of pictures that were isolated on the page rather than embedded in scenes. I prefer the context-free format.
I was also disappointed with some of the vocabulary categories. Do preschoolers really need two pages of Places that feature Rocky Desert, Dry Desert, a Geyser and more? I could offer more examples here, but I've already given the book away to my niece.
Having pointed out my reservations, let me mention some of this books strengths. It does cover a lot of vocabulary; more than the first edition did. The pictures are all of the highest quality. It is a fine book.
If you want to share this book with a child whose vocabulary and language skills are average or above average, then I can recommend this book. However, for my purposes of teaching children whose skills are delayed, it just does not fill the bill.