On weekday mornings our house is not always the picture of calm. The time between the end of breakfast and the arrival of the school bus is often filled with last-minute scurrying around to find homework, make snacks, dig out the fall sweaters, change shoes (oops, it's gym day!), or locate/hug the cat.
Not today, though. A grown-up friend gave Junior an older copy of The Macmillan Visual Dictionary yesterday. Her family was no longer using it, and she hated to see the book just sitting around. Given its 3,500 color illustrations and 600 subjects, this book is grand for a curious kid or adult. Sure, it still has Pluto as a planet, but other information still holds. This morning Junior spent a good fifteen minutes studying the solar system and telling his dad and me how the Northern Lights work. A visually oriented fellow, he's not a reluctant reader, but a book like this would have lots of appeal for readers in that category, as well as English language learners. There are several current visual dictionaries on the market. An Amazon reviewer commented that one of them has been terrific for her son, who is deaf.
What does tomorrow a.m. hold? Rushing around or examining the dictionary's cross-section diagram of a water heater? I hope it's the latter.
On Mondays children's book author Anastasia Suen collects links to posts about nonfiction books for children; check Picture Book of the Day for today's entries.