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Berman highlights 30 children's literature titles for grades three and up, and links them, via thematic webs, to about 500 others. Each title doubles as a reproducible bulletin board, with webbed titles printed as bookmarks. While busy librarians and teachers will welcome such timesavers, this book is not without drawbacks. Age-level designations are not listed for each book, so teachers unfamiliar with, say, Richard Peck's Don't Look and It Won't Hurt (Dell, 1992) or Linda Crew's Nekomah Creek (Dell, 1993) won't know whether to recommend them to a fourth or an eighth grader. Beverly Cleary's Ramona the Brave (Morrow, 1975), typically a middle elementary book, is listed on the same web as Avi's Nothing but the Truth (Orchard, 1991), a definite young adult choice. A more helpful title, at least for older students, is Pam Spencer's What Do Young Adults Read Next?, which provides a browsable format, nine types of indexes, and helpful features such as annotations, awards, and review sources for each of 1,500 YA titles.?Leigh Ann Jones, Carroll Middle School, Southlake, TX
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
What Else Should I Do ($24.00; Aug. 1996; 200 pp.; 1-56308-419- 8): Berman, a teacher and children's book columnist for the New Orleans Times-Picayune, reduces his process of book recommendation to a simple structure: from 30 children's novels he has created ``book webs'' of related titles, to be reproduced for display in classroom or library. Along with suggestions for incorporating books and reading into nearly every aspect of the school day, he offers nuts-and-bolts tips for encouraging kids to take charge of their own reading habits. -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.See all Editorial Reviews