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Got this book for my 7-year-old daughter. She is curious on mostly living things, but, after getting the book in hand, now she got curious about astronomy, history or even politics :) Every day she is reading some random pages and talks about it with the family. Basically, it is a great book for the whole family. Every body is learning small things every day from the book.
One negative side, the book is heavy and quite large, so the little one is afraid to read it while lying on the bed (for now :) )
This isn’t an encyclopedia. It’s a picture book with very short blurbs of information or facts. I wanted to get my son an encyclopedia-like book or set with age-appropriate articles for him to actually read and get somewhat in depth knowledge of different subjects. This book is symptomatic of so much of our video-driven, click-bait, headlines-only culture. I teach college kids who will spend hours watching short YouTube videos to learn about a topic just to avoid spending a half-hour reading a section of a textbook. This book was written for that mindset.
To make matters worse, the blurbs that are included are often misleading or heavily biased. For example, in the blurb on the Cuban Revolution, it describes Batista as a “dictator” (which he was before being overthrown) while Castro is referred to as a “leader” with “widespread support from the Cuban population.” And that’s where the blurb ends - it mentions nothing of the consequences of the Cuban Revolution. As a matter-of-fact, no where on the two-page spread concerning communism, which includes the previously discussed blurb, does it ever mention any negative results from communist revolutions or rule. Similar biases are present throughout the book. Is it too much to ask that a children’s “encyclopedia” be better balanced? Can the Holocaust get more than 3 sentences and a tiny box? Colin Kaepernick gets a bigger box for taking a knee!
We’re planning on returning the book as there seems to be better options out there.
This encyclopedia exceeds ALL expectations! Every child and family should have one. Not only is it chock full of amazing facts and is fun to read, it's a visual feast of photographs, illustrations, maps, and more. And while it's called a "Kids' Enycclopedia", grownups will love and learn from it also. A great gift!
This is not, of course, a real encyclopedia. However, I loved it and I recommend it for fascinating general knowledge. It's one thick volume of interesting facts, photos and pictures. It came in today's mail and I was so pleased. My grandson is three and he demanded to see the pictures and he paged through most of the book looking at the photos and illustrations. My granddaughter is almost six and she also loved looking through it. She can read, but it was too difficult for her so I spent a long time reading the different little articles that she asked me to read.
I would say it is more for a very good eight-year-old reader and up. However, it is excellent for an adult to read to a youngster. I enjoyed it. Recommended for kids and even for adults who like to learn something new.
This book is very interesting. Easy to read and informative. I am 70+ and enjoyed reading. My son-in-law is 40 and he thought the book was interesting reading. Grandkids have enjoyed reading their Christmas present.