DEC Scan Journal : May 2011
Scan Vol 30 No 2 May 2011 87 PIROTTA, Saviour & LOCKHEART, Susanna If you love a fairy tale Ladybird, UK, 2010 ISBN 9781846467165 [398.2] A picture book with a difference, this title required a paper engineer to design the skilful slide of the illustrations as you turn the pages. The intriguing mechanism captures the magical transformations at the heart of fairy stories. These substantial retellings are racy and modern. Illustrations are full of charming detail and enhance the stories of Cinderella and The frog prince. This resource would make a wonderful addition to a fairytale study comparing different versions of the same tale. It would also provide inspiration for originality in the formatting of texts and insight into the teamwork involved in putting a book together. M. Davis USER LEVEL: Stage 2 Stage 3 KLA English SYLLABUS English K--6 $24.95 SCIS 14687158 PIROTTA, Saviour & LOCKHEART, Susanna If you love a magical tale Ladybird, UK, 2010 ISBN 9781846467127 [398.2] A captivating reproduction of two classic tales, The wizard of Oz and Aladdin, this is a delightful book for young and old. Detailed watercolour illustrations capture the magic of the narratives and cleverly constructed pictures slide to transform as a reader turns the pages. The written text is clearly presented and gives a contem- porary narrative voice to the stories. Whether read aloud or independently, this publication offers an enchanting means to convey traditional wonder tales to a modern audience. C. Sly USER LEVEL: Stage 2 Stage 3 KLA English SYLLABUS English K--6 $24.95 SCIS 1487161 The science book: explore and learn the big ideas of science / edited by Matilda Gollon. Dorling Kindersley, UK, 2010 ISBN 9781405354134  Divided into sections on Life science, Earth science and Physical science, this engaging book contains detailed information on most areas of modern science. Based on the notion of 24 big ideas of science, each topic is explored over a double page and is enhanced with vibrant, engaging pictures. The book is supported by a website that students can access to supplement each topic. The website is described as having countless video clips and interactive animations to further develop a deep understanding of the content presented in the book. Relevant areas for students include gravity, earthquakes, fossils, adaptations, digestion, and cell division. This is a quality general science book for students with a keen interest in science and technology. I. Mavin USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 KLA: Science SYLLABUS: Science 7--10 $39.95 SCIS 1472202 LUNTZ, Stephen Forensics, fossils and fruitbats: a field guide to Australian scientists CSIRO Publishing, VIC, 2011 ISBN 9780643097452 [509.2] Profiling more than 70 Australian scien- tists, this book is a qualitative teaching resource. Students and teachers will find it valuable when researching recent scientific contributions made by Australian scientists, such as Dr Fiona Wood, who is famous for her spray on skin for burns victims, and Scott Hocknull, noted for his involvement in the recent discovery of a new dinosaur species. Each scientist is succinctly profiled, ensuring that student engage- ment is sustained. Profiles are presented in a clear, accessible manner. The book provides a useful starting point and gives students the opportunity for further research on a chosen scientist. Teachers may choose to draw on extracts from the book to introduce a range of contemporary scientists and their contribu- tions to various branches of scientific research. I. Mavin USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 KLA: Science SYLLABUS: Science 7--10 Paper $39.95 SCIS 1488169 STOTT, Carole Wow! space Dorling Kindersley, UK, 2010 ISBN 9781405353472  Science students and teachers will find this well presented book a great starting point when completing any astronomy based unit of work. The concise written text is strongly supported by quality images but, due to its brevity, the content is often lacking in depth. Chapters on the Universe, The solar system and Space travellers are the most useful. Labelled pictures and diagrams provide valuable snippets of information. Space travellers contains countless fascinating details on the International Space Station and the Apollo missions. This chapter will capture and sustain the attention of most students. It makes strong links between space history and technology, and the future benefits to society of space exploration and travel. I. Mavin USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 KLA: Science SYLLABUS: Science 7--10 $35.00 SCIS 1466264 Space: a children's encyclopedia Dorling Kindersley, UK, 2010 ISBN 9781405353755 [523.103] Stunning pictures and diagrams combined with historical perspec- tives and relevant facts relating to space make this a valuable teaching resource for Science students. Clear subheadings, with short chunks of information, and well labelled images and photographs will assist Stage 4 students to find useful information on galaxies, stars and our solar system. Stage 5 students will find much of the information in the chapter, The Sun very relevant. Information is presented using terminology at an appropriate level to engage and sustain the interest of most high school students. Many sections of the book would be excellent as stimulus material when beginning an astronomy based Please be aware that the price of a text may change between the time we receive the resource and the publication of the resource review. Prices include GST.