- Series: DK Readers Level 3 Series
- ISBN-13: 9780789454232
- ISBN: 0789454238
- Edition Description: 1 AMER ED
1.0 / 5.0
I recently read this book with my son and was utterly appalled, both as a parent and as an educator in the public school system. We own numerous other DK books and are huge fans of the series as a general rule. Nonetheless, I must take strong exception to this particular book. In addition to the fact that almost every story involves some sort of violence, which is hardly appropriate for beginning readers to read on their own, a tiger is actually referred to as having been 'murdered' (p. 35). The use of the word 'murder' for an animal is not only incorrect usage, it also sets an inappropriate tone in a book where human beings are merely 'killed' (p. 30; a much weaker word for actual murder). If this book were not intended for reading alone by young children at an age where they are unable to filter information and if it were not part of a series used by schools, I would be considerably less concerned. Nevertheless, parents considering purchasing this book for their children should be aware that factual information is largely overshadowed by an overwhelmingly heavy-handed political message.