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  • In my opinion, this volume is very appropriate for reading to a young reader who is unable to read themselves
  • Some of the poems do require your child to think in the abstract and so I would not recommend this volume for a very young child
  • This is the best book in the series in my opinion

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      My eight year old son received 15 Childcraft Encyclopedia Books for Christmas. I wasn’t familiar with ChildCraft but I did like the fact that they seemed sturdy and had really good illustrations that made him interested in reading the stories.

      The books in the collection are:

      Once Upon a Time (illustrated beautifully with pictures of fairytales) featuring Nursery Rhymes, Folk & Fairy Tales, and Fables. In my opinion, this volume is very appropriate for reading to a young reader who is unable to read themselves. Each story is also illustrated so that a beginning reader would get a good


      sense of what the story is about;

      Stories of Freedom (illustrated well also though the pictures are those of war including a picture of a man carrying a gun, a man carrying a sword and a man with a spear) should have been titled, stories of war. While the images are not necessarily graphic, this is not a volume for a very young reader and it glosses over many of the issues that surrounded the fight. There are also many images of weapons and the suggestion of death which would have to be explained to a young child. In my opinion, this is one volume that is not necessary for your collection;

      Stories and Poems (illustrated with a nice picture though the attempts at multicultural depictions on the cover were somewhat stereotypical) features classics like, “The Emperor’s New Clothes” and “Toad’s Escape”. Some of the poems do require your child to think in the abstract and so I would not recommend this volume for a very young child. This is not a volume to read aloud either because you would find yourself answering more questions than reading. It is however, a good part of the collection as your child ...


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      matures;

      Mysteries and Fantasies (1988) (illustrated with pictures of UFO’s) features the Loch Ness Monster, UFO’s, Sea Serpents & The Bermuda Triangle. This volume does a poor job of separating fact with fiction and can be a little scary to a child with an active imagination. This volume should be given to a child to read with caution - I do suggest parental guidance.

      About Animals - (illustrated with pictures of various animals in various habitats). This is the best book in the series in my opinion. It is like a hard cover National Geographic book. The illustrations

      complement the pictures and the child learns little known facts about animals. This book is appropriate for all ages from the toddler that you are reading to all the way to the child who can read on his/her own. It is full of pictures so that it keeps the attention of the young reader and the pictures themselves tell a story.

      In conclusion, I must say that I am pleased with the Childcraft books, I will not give him all the books at once but I will give him the ones that are appropriate now and give him the rest later.



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