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Aug 25 2017

Big picture book of general knowledge by James Maclaine

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Ill. by Annie Carbo. Usborne, 2017. ISBN 9781474917889
Miss 6 is at that stage where she wants to know "stuff". Inspired by a teacher who not only encourages her endless curiosity but also being independent in her quest for answers, she is always looking through her growing collection of "fact books". And now she is all but an independent reader, the thrill and affirmation she gets when she can find the answers for herself delights her and inspires her even further.
So this latest offering from Usborne will be a welcome addition to her collection. With its double-page spreads of the sorts of topics its intended audience is interested in - animals, the body, food and drink, music, space, sports and many more - each double page spread is packed with a plethora of short facts accompanied by lots of hand-drawn illustrations. Rather than being an in-depth encyclopedia, it is designed for those who love to dip and delve into non fiction to see where what they discover will take them. And for those whose interest is ignited Usborne have a page of  quick links for them to investigate further.
Perfect for Miss 6 and that group of boys that we all know who like to gather around a table in the library with this sort of book to share and explore and discuss what they discover.
Barbara Braxton

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