From Library Journal
The latest edition of this standard reference work has grown to 1800 pages listing nearly 23,000 titles. Once again, the material is divided into five sections: subject headings, subject guides, bibliographic guides, title indexes, and illustrator indexes. This arrangement enables the reader to locate books on a particular topic and to determine the subject of a specific book when only the author, illustrator, or title is known. The more than 1200 subject headings are augmented by subheadings and cross references, which is especially useful because this tool is as much for reader's advisory as it is for collection building. Full bibliographic information for each title included is provided in the bibliographic guide, although price and in-print status are not. This is not a problem, however, since reader's advisory use doesn't usually require pricing information, and there are now several electronic means of obtaining such information quickly and easily. As in previous editions, there is an excellent introductory essay titled "Genesis of the English-Language Picture Book," with as many suggested titles for further reading as might be found on a children's literature course syllabus. About the only drawback is the lack of annotations, but had these been added for each title included, the book would rival the Manhattan telephone directory in size. All in all, this remains an essential resource for just about any reference collection. Carolyn M. Mulac, Chicago P.L.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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A to Zoo,
the subject index to picture books for preschool through grade 2, now covers nearly 28,000 in-print and out-of-print titles, up more than 4,000 from the sixth edition, which was published in 2001. The volume is still divided into five sections: "Subject Headings," a list of the 1,350 subjects under which the books are classified; "Subject Guide," where the books are listed under the appropriate headings; "Bibliographic Guide," arranged by author and containing bibliographic information for each title; and title and illustrator indexes. Mary Ellen QuinnCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved