I probably shouldn't say too much. (never stops me, huh?) I'd like to give some of my thoughts about the *review* you are reading while we wait for Lucy. I don't know the person who wrote the review. My reaction to the review tells me that I will like the book. huh? you mean such a negative review actually makes me more interested? yeah. Here's why:Fenni wrote:I'm so excited about ECC and hope to order soon. I was checking things out and decided to poke around for reviews on the Complete Book of Animals before deciding if I should purchase it. I read a review on Amazon from 2006 and it does not give a nice picture of the book and gives examples to back up their statement. eek!
[editor's note: See the end of the story, below
http://board.mfwbooks.com/viewtopic.php ... 028#p57016 ]
*One thing I noticed about MFW: according to the MFW website, they are scheduling the book in the lesson plans. So anything about the disjointed nature of this book will not be an issue. So, all of those paragraphs where the reviewer is upset, you can ignore that. MFW doesn't do "disjointed" scheduling even with a book that has that issue. If I were using it without an MFW guide, I'd be worried after reading the review. But let's hear it for Marie's gift of lesson plan writing!
* I don't give a lot of weight on the reviewer's concern about the amount information given . I'm not confident that giving too much information about wolves or other animal is a good thing for a 2nd grader. What is wrong with younger text for younger kids when the book is being used for reading comprehension? Why should you overload with too much information? besides, in the context of teaching and using ECC, this book is not going to be the only source of information the child receives. If they use a book like Complete Book of Animals and get excited about one of the animals, then grab more books from the library and put it in book basket. For the child who couldn't care about wolves, forcing them to read the amount of information that reviewer wants them to know isn't going to be helpful. So, ironically, where that turns that reviewer off from the book, it makes me go YES! I will not be giving information overload to my kid.
*Did you read the third review on amazon that gave it very high marks for use with reading comprehension? Did you read the first review on that page that says this is not stand alone material but is designed to make "geography" more interesting?
I don't think you'll be as frustrated as the one reviewer was if you use this book within the lesson plans of ECC 2nd edition. If I used the book outside of the plans, well, you never know.
Perhaps you can just wait and see at convention what you think of the book and the lesson planning?
I'm sure that if Lucy doesn't chime in, you can call her at the MFW office and ask. They really will be the only ones who can answer it right now. You have good questions when you are concerned about a book choice and trusting the unseen, so it's ok to call MFW office and ask them about it. They probably have more insights than that reviewer did. I'm confident in Marie's abilities to review and use a book. I've had concerns over books based on cyber chat only to find out that the book itself was never like the cyber chat. So, hang in there.