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DK Eyewitness

Demonstrating genuine originality, the publishers of the DK Eyewitness books have put a refreshing twist on the old cliche that "a picture is worth a thousand words." Each book has plenty of pictures, mostly of the photograph kind; but paired with every image is explanatory text that tells you exactly what it is you're looking at.

Sometimes the sheer number of pictures can be a bit overwhelming, but there are plenty of things you can't really grasp just reading about them in a book. Such as the uniform and equipment of a U. S. Marine in the Vietnam War, for instance, or the rigging of a sailing ship. DK Eyewitness books are about the best available for learning of this kind.

The editors take a living-history approach, meaning that they don't just draw pictures, they present actual photographs of people dressed up in period costume. As much as possible, they also provide images of actual objects, whether they're photostakenfrom museum collections, pictures of old maps, or nature photographs.

Younger kids will likely be enthralled by these, but somewhat older students (upper elementary and middle school) are probably the best audience, since they'll be able to appreciate and learn from the educational text. Even high schoolers can use these for research, or just to get a cursory understanding of a topic before moving on to deeper study.

(DK Eyewitness books are also great resources for IEW students: because the text is short and to-the-point, kids can easily rewrite sentences and paragraphs in the note-taking/outlining phase of composition instruction.)

Be aware that some of the volumes contain a decidedly Darwinian worldview. At the same time, since these are designed for children, you don't have to worry about inappropriate content or crudeness. These are refreshingly straightfoward books, and are sure to provide hours of productive enjoyment for even the most reluctant students.

Review by C. Hollis Crossman
C. Hollis Crossman used to be a child. Now he is a husband and father, teaches adult Sunday school in his Presbyterian congregation, and likes weird stuff. He might be a mythical creature, but he's definitely not a centaur.Read more of his reviews here.

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Ancient China
by Arthur Cotterell
from Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
for 4th-6th grade
in China (Location: B02-05D)
DK Eyewitness: Ancient China
DK Eyewitness Series
by Arthur Cotterell
from DK Publishing
Chinese History Reference for 4th-8th grade
in China (Location: B02-05D)
DK Eyewitness: Ancient Egypt
DK Eyewitness Series
by George Hart
from DK Publishing
Egyptian History Reference for 4th-8th grade
in Ancient Egypt (Location: B02-02D)
DK Eyewitness: Ancient Greece
DK Eyewitness Series
by Anne Pearson
from DK Publishing
Greek History Reference for 4th-8th grade
in Ancient Greece (Location: B02-03A)
DK Eyewitness: Ancient Rome
DK Eyewitness Series
by Simon James
from DK Publishing
Roman History Reference for 4th-8th grade
in Ancient Rome (Location: B02-03C)
DK Eyewitness: Animal
DK Eyewitness Series
from Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
Greek History Reference for 4th-8th grade
in Zoology (Location: BSR-09B)
DK Eyewitness: Arms & Armor
DK Eyewitness Series
by Michele Byam
from DK Publishing
Military History for 4th-8th grade
in Military History (Location: B02-00C)
DK Eyewitness: Aztec, Inca & Maya
by Elizabeth Baquedano
from Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
for 4th-6th grade
in Ancient America (Location: B01-04A)
DK Eyewitness: Aztec, Inca & Maya
by Elizabeth Baquedano
from DK Publishing
for 4th-6th grade
in Ancient America (Location: B01-04A)
DK Eyewitness: Butterfly & Moth
DK Eyewitness Series
by Paul Whalley
from DK Publishing
Science Reference for 4th-8th grade
in Insects & Arachnids (Location: BSR-12B)
DK Eyewitness: Castle
DK Eyewitness Series
by Christopher Gravett
from DK Publishing
Middle Ages History Reference for 4th-8th grade
in Middle Ages (Location: B02-04A)
DK Eyewitness: Castle
DK Eyewitness Series
by Christopher Gravett
from DK Publishing
Middle Ages History Reference for 4th-8th grade
in Middle Ages (Location: B02-04A)
DK Eyewitness: Chemistry
DK Eyewitness series
by Ann Newmark
from DK Publishing
Science Reference for 4th-8th grade
in Chemistry (Location: BSR-05C)
DK Eyewitness: Cowboy
DK Eyewitness Series
by David Murdoch
from DK Publishing
American History Reference for 4th-8th grade
in Cowboys & Cattlemen (Location: B01-17B)
DK Eyewitness: Crime & Detection
DK Eyewitness Series
by Brian Lane
from DK Publishing
HIstory Reference for 4th-8th grade
in Espionage & Forensic Science (Location: CGA-10D)
DK Eyewitness: First Ladies
DK Eyewitness Series
by Amy Pastan
from DK Publishing
American HIstory Reference for 4th-8th grade
in American Presidency (Location: B03-00E)
DK Eyewitness: Forensic Science
DK Eyewitness Series
by Chris Cooper
from DK Publishing
Science Reference for 4th-8th grade
in Espionage & Forensic Science (Location: CGA-10D)
DK Eyewitness: Human Body
DK Eyewitness Series
by Steve Parker
from DK Publishing
Science Reference for 4th-8th grade
in Human Anatomy & Physiology (Location: BSR-13A)
DK Eyewitness: Knight
DK Eyewitness Series
by Christopher Gravett
from DK Publishing
Middle Ages HIstory Reference for 4th-8th grade
in Middle Ages (Location: B02-04A)
DK Eyewitness: Medieval Life
DK Eyewitness Series
by Andrew Langley
from DK Publishing
Midieval Ages History Reference for 4th-8th grade
in Middle Ages (Location: B02-04A)
DK Eyewitness: North American Indian
DK Eyewitness Series
by David Murdoch
from DK Publishing
HIstory Reference for 4th-8th grade
in Native Americans (Location: B01-16C)
DK Eyewitness: Pirate
DK Eyewitness Series
by Richard Platt
from Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
HIstory Reference for 4th-8th grade
in Pirates (Location: B01-13C)
DK Eyewitness: Presidents
DK Eyewitness Series
by James Barber
3rd edition from DK Publishing
American History Reference for 4th-8th grade
in American Presidency (Location: B03-00E)
DK Eyewitness: Pyramid
DK Eyewitness Series
by James Putnam
from DK Publishing
History Reference for 4th-8th grade
in Ancient Egypt (Location: B02-02D)
DK Eyewitness: Spy
by Richard Platt
from DK Children
for 4th-6th grade
in Dangerous Books for Kids (Location: CGA-10A)
DK Eyewitness: Vietnam War
DK Eyewitness Series
by Stuart Murray
from DK Publishing
HIstory Reference for 4th-8th grade
in Vietnam War (1957-1975) (Location: B01-26C)
DK Eyewitness: Viking
DK Eyewitness Series
by Susan M. Margeson
from DK Publishing
History Reference for 4th-8th grade
in Middle Ages (Location: B02-04A)
DK Eyewitness: World War I
DK Eyewitness Series
by Simon Adams
from DK Publishing
History Reference for 4th-8th grade
in World War I (1914-1919) (Location: B01-23C)