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review 2017-06-02 19:33
Slice of life is fun to say
Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life - Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Not very long ago, I saw an article that had gone viral about a woman who knew that she was going to die and she wanted to make sure that her husband found someone (it was like a dating profile but way better). The author was one that somehow hadn't made it onto my radar before this time and I couldn't help feeling thankful that I had found her even though it was under very tragic circumstances. You might have guessed who I was talking about at this point but just in case it was Amy Krouse Rosenthal and the article I'm talking about can be found here. Ten days after the article was published she passed away. It turns out that not only was she a prolific writer of children's books but she also wrote for adults. I thought I'd start with one of her well-known adult nonfiction pieces called Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life. It's somewhere between a memoir which depicts a slice of Rosenthal's life and a quirky encyclopedia. It's one of the most unique books that I've ever read and after doing some research into the author that seems to adequately describe her. She took the events and circumstances of the year in which she wrote the book to record alphabetically (as one would do in an encyclopedia) different aspects of herself (and the world around her somewhat). For example, under the letter J you would find information about her husband, Jason, with a "See Also Husband" at the end of the entry. It was a lot of fun to dip in and out of it and learn about this totally singular individual. It's a shame that I'm late to the game discovering Amy's work but I am certainly glad that I've found her now. 9/10

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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url 2017-02-11 18:40
Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia
Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia - Bruce F. Murphy

I purchased this book a few months ago and I have to say I am impressed.  I had no idea there was an encyclopedia just for reader's.  Now, there is Google and Wiki but having this on my bookcase is just beautiful.  Is there still a place for an encyclopedia on a bookcase....Yes!  Especially one like this.  It is a resource that I would encourage every home to have for their children to flick through, especially those who have children/young adults of exam age.

 

For the complete review click the link or http://readlearnandshine.blogspot.co.nz/ there you will find all my reviews and much more on my blog

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review 2017-02-09 09:29
Encyclopedia Prehistorica: Mega Beasts
Encyclopedia Prehistorica - Robert Sabuda,Matthew Reinhart

The last of my pop-up book splurge, Mega Beasts is almost every bit as good as the Dinosaurs edition created by the same pop up artist team.

 

The same incredible level of paper art, the same solid writing; my only complaint is sometimes the spectacular paper art actually blocks the text, making it difficult to read without some maneuvering.  Otherwise, an awesome example of its kind.

 

Once again, MT provided a hand (or two) for the picture taking portion of this review:

 

King Kong wasn't just a myth y'all!

 

It was depressing to learn just how many creatures lived for ages without natural predators... until man came along.

 

My personal favourite spread.  Of course.  :)

 

 

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review 2017-01-17 18:49
Encyclopedia Brown
Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective - Donald J. Sobol

This series of books is great for students who are into mysteries and suspense, because each books includes a mystery that is intended to be solved by the reader. The Lexile level is 620L. I would use this in a in a 3rd grade classroom and let each student choose which mystery of Encyclopedia Brown's they would like to read. I would then hand out a graphic organizer that each child will use to complete the chart for which mystery they are reading. Before finishing the book, they must try to come up with their own solutions, and THEN check themselves by looking at Encyclopedia Brown's solution in the back of the book. They are to list the protagonist, the antagonist, the crime or mystery that has been reported, and clues that will help them solve it. 

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review 2016-10-24 16:34
The Mythical Zoo: An Encyclopedia Of Animals In World Myth, Legend, And Literature - Boria Sax

At times a little dry, but it is an extremely useful book about symbolism and animals.

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