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What were they thinking?
on September 25, 2008
This is the first review I have ever written, so that is saying something about this book. I agree with the other reviewers that this book is disorganized - the layout is unappealing and confusing. Some vocabulary words are presented with only a picture, which I guess is to help one visualize the meaning of the word, which is fine, except with some pictures it is almost impossible to figure out what the word means. Case and point is on the page(p.50) where the book is introducing words to describe family members and relatives. The book presents the word for cousin with only a picture of a boy and girl with a dog, with the only clue to figure out the definition being that their names are present. And they share the same last name!!! So they could be cousins yes, or brother and sister, or husband and wife!!! This is just one instance of many of the whole "figure out the word from a poor picture" approach. Exercises are poorly designed and presented.
The entire book feels like you are reading appendices, at least that is how it feels like it is presented. The website isn't very helpful either. Also, if you have "Quia" homework based off of this book good luck, the website is just as poorly designed as the book. At the end of the course we are allowed to write our thoughts and opinions on the course, teacher, and text book, and you better believe that I will direct them to the Amazon reviews for my thoughts and opinions! Too bad all the other kids in the class will just say they like the book to hurry up with the survey to get out of class earlier. Probably why we have been stuck with this book for so long anyway.