Entries feature a visually appealing balance of colorful illustrations and text, certain to appeal to both casual browsers and students alike. In addition, the illustrations . . . nicely complement the text. Explanations are clear and accessible, and the writing is lively and engaging. . . .[T]his eye-catching, updated edition would be a welcome addition to elementary- and middle-school libraries and public libraries and a good replacement for those who own the previous edition.
[An] attractive, browsable overview of fundamental science concepts. The thematic arrangement of the book is once again used in this third edition. Most topics are presented on pleasing two-page spreads, with relevant charts, timelines, and other illustrations surrounding the text.. . . It is precisely the kind of science book to lure non-science types into serious browse mode.. . . A great choice for middle school libraries and science classrooms. It will also find a place in public libraries with a need for affordable science reference books.
This comprehensive science encyclopedia covers the fundamentals of life science, earth science, physical science, plus materials and technology and conservation. It's colorful and inviting and well-sectioned off into two page spreads on many of the pages, so it's welcoming and readable without being overwhelming. . . . The clear concise nature of this book makes it one that all middle schools should have. . . . This is a valuable resource for all public libraries.
"Middle graders will be so receptive to working on science homework with The Kingfisher Science Encyclopedia."
As with any good reference work there are also references to help young inquisitive minds follow the threads deeper and further. Parents and teachers will find this book a real must have because it answers all those questions that kids love to raise.