on August 7, 2011
Simply put, I cannot give a higher recommendation to any book (and I have a personal non-fiction library of some 4,000 books from which to judge).
The first thing one notices is the art-work, which is first rate illustration of the various objects, obviously painted for this book. For example, for the trees, it shows a typical tree, half in leaves and half as in winter with no leaves. Then it gives the names of all the parts of the tree. Finally, the rest of the page is made up of many different types of trees.
On the page for shoes, I counted sixteen different parts of a shoe named; I didn't even know they had that many parts! Then, after showing the parts, there are many different kinds of footwear shown (all in the same excellent art), from pumps to boots to moccasins.
With more than 300 pages, you can imagine the things covered - from maps to buildings to food to clothes to nature and on and on. I gave one to my grandson for his birthday, and even his great-grandmother studied the book for quite a while.
If you have a child who is interested in how the world is, this is the book for him or her. I do have one word of warning; if you get this book for your child, expect to become a student to your new little expert because you'll be told the names of parts of items you never thought you'd know. You might even learn the names of all fourteen parts of a turtle!
on May 19, 2010
I found this book in the public library, searching for materials to use as a teacher of adults who are at the beginning level, new to English. I brought the book to class, and they were very interested in finding a copy to purchase. It's called "Junior," but is very appropriate for use by adults new to the language, much more so than books that are aimed at very young children. I'm a native speaker, and am learning a lot from it myself. What a great resource!