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B is for Bookworm: A Library Alphabet

by Anita C. Prieto

Other authors: Renee Graef (Illustrator)

Series: Sleeping Bear Alphabets, Alphabet is for (B)

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Darn it all. This should have been wonderful, especially for me. But it was so frustratingly incomplete and uneven. I don't mean simply that there are only 26 letters, and so C had to be library Card and couldn't be Carnegie, but also details. It refers to Dewey 'in those days' without a date. It refers to 'even in our country.' It assumes some children won't know what the word Online means, and also that the readers will have a home computer with access to reference works. It doesn't acknowledge that the free public libraries further than NYC and Canada were also called Carnegie libraries.

My recommendation if you're curious - check it out from the library, note whatever information is new to you, research the rest of the answers.

For example, Dewey was born in 1851, and was a young man when he invented the DDC system. I'm in the process of reading a great 'Straight Dope' article about it all right now. (fyi, I prefer Straight Dope, in many ways, to Snopes. It's more fun, and I love the weekly newsletter in my inbox and the archives.) http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/2238/whats-so-great-about-the-dewey-dec... ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
This is a nicely done alphabet book that features libraries, but I suspect that it is one that will be enjoyed by more adults than children. The author seemed to be stretching a bit when coming up with words for certain letters. For example, the letter "Y" is yellow. Why? Because the academic regalia color for degrees in library science is lemon yellow. I was happy to see genealogy featured in the letter "q" for quest and again in the "Did You Know?" section at the back of the book with a mention of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Each letter has a short rhyme and then a larger narrative section that explains more. Some of the things are certainly things kids would enjoy; some of them are probably trivial in the scope of things. It's the type of book that might be used in a unit on libraries in elementary school. ( )
1 vote thornton37814 | Aug 9, 2012 |
Summary: This is a beautifully illustrated book that gives students vital information about everything they have ever wanted to know about a library. Each page is a different letter of the alphabet, which presents information about something related to a library.

Critical Response: The book is very colorful and makes a person want to learn about libraries.

Classroom Connections: I would read this book to my class at the beginning of the school year before we took a field trip to the library. I would give students a list of important concepts from the book and they would take this list with them when they go to the library. Next, I would have students write a short paper on one of the topics from the list. ( )
  jayme | Mar 24, 2008 |
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Libraries, like books and kids, come in all shapes and sizes and are as individual as every story and freckled face. Readers will learn about Kenya+s Camel Library Service, Zimbabwe+s Donkey Libraries, and Northern Europe+s Book Boats. There is so much to discover and celebrate about the history and inner workings of our community libraries - How do libraries keep track of all the volumes? Where was the first library and who was its first librarian? How many miles of books are housed in the Library of Congress? And what is the scriptoria?

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This book presents A-Z entries to introduce the institution called the "library," including its earliest forms, systems and practices, famous booklovers and librarians, and even definitions of basic book components.

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