Dorling Kindersley

LONGLIST REVIEW: Children Just Like Me

The original 'Children Just Like Me' was published in 1995. The world has changed a lot since then and so Dorling Kindersley have created a new edition reflecting this. 

This bright, colourful book introduces us to 44 children from 36 countries around the world. Across the end papers is a map of the world, showing where each child comes from and the title page has a space inviting you to add your own photo and name to the book.

Each continent, and its children, is introduced before each is focused on in turn. 'Family' is shown to be varied and diverse as in real life and the children are from a range of cultural backgrounds. But the joy of this book is that it celebrates the similarities as well as the differences between them. The reader finds out about their hobbies, favourite foods, home life as well as how to say 'hello' in the language that they speak. It offer a wonderful insight into the lives of others in a respectful, informative manner.

A wonderful resource for school and home, this book could also be used as inspiration for children to create their own version to celebrate the similarities and differences within a class or indeed a whole school. 

Children Just Like Me  Catherine Saunders, Sam Priddy and Katy Lennon

DK   ISBN: 978-0241207352

Explore nature with DK!

What a lovely little book which encourages you to get out and about and explore the amazing world of birds!

'Birds' is the perfect book for both those who already have an interest and those who know little about this subject. It covers a comprehensive range of subjects from what is a bird to their different habitats to nests and breeding.

Each double spread is clearly illustrated with lovely colour photographs. The book also offers practical projects like making a bird bath or bird feeder. There is advice on how to count birds when in large numbers, how to inspect owl pellets, how to draw much!

Covering a good range of bird's from all over the world, the book has a detailed index, making it easy to locate relevant information. Great for stimulating discussion and further exploration or activity, this is a lovely little book for developing an interest in our feathered friends!

Birds   by Jill Bailey and David Burnie

Consultant: Ben Hoare

DK    ISBN:  978-0241282502




Picture Book Title: Picturepedia

Author & Publishers: Dorling Kindersley

ISBN: 9780241186985

Beautifully presented, incredibly interesting and full of facts, this is an essential addition for any library- public, school or class. 

The book is divided into six sections: Science and Technology; Nature; Geography; Culture; Sports and Hobbies and History. 

Each spread is fascinating! There is so much to see and discover on every page, yet the layouts are uncluttered and easy to use to locate/discover information. The illustrations are everything you would expect from a DK book- plentiful and high quality!

It would be impossible to comment on every spread in the book so I have focused on just a couple!

Imperial China (History section): 

A timeline down the left hand side of the page identifies key points throughout Chinese history from 1650 BCE to 1912, encouraging further research and discovery. It introduces some of the great Emperors and ancient wonders of this culture. Pictures of pair of tiny embroidered shoes, the Great Wall of China and a calligraphy set all tempt the reader to discover more.

One way I might use this in the classroom would be to ask the children to write questions they had about any of the pictures/ information on the page, any additional things they would like to know or anything that puzzled them onto sticky notes. These could then be organised onto a KWL grid and used as the basis for further research. Alternatively, each section of the page could be used as the starting point for different groups to  research and explore before presenting their information back to the rest of the class- or another audience.

Eggs (Nature section):

Showing many different birds' eggs ranging in size from that of the ruby-throated hummingbird to the ostrich, this fascinating spread also looks at eggs from reptiles, fish and insects. 

A great starting point for looking at similarities and differences between a species and the classification system, these pages could also start conversations about adaptation. And then there are lots of maths questions it could inspire. If an adult sauropod egg was thought to have been 50 times the weight of an ostrich egg, how much would it weigh? One ostrich egg is equivalent to 24 hen eggs... 

A brilliant way-in to a whole host of areas of interest or an amazing book to browse at leisure, Picturepedia is an incredible assortment of information to be enjoyed and explored.

Picturepedia an encyclopedia on every page