Picks and Pans Review: New for Children

UPDATED 12/21/1992 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 12/21/1992 at 01:00 AM EST

>THE KINGFISHER CHILDREN'S ENCYCLOPEDIA

THE KINGFISHER ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ANIMALS

THE FRIENDLIEST REFERENCE BOOK on the market, with 2,000 color illustrations and 1,300 entries, the Kingfisher one-volume Children's Encyclopedia is perfect for browsing—and actually fun to read. Well organized and written, it offers sharp illustrations, lively fact panels and instant information. Kate, 10, and Nick, 6, found it useful to keep by the television where recently we found answers to the following: What's the difference between an alligator and a crocodile? Are cowboys real? How many active volcanoes are there in the world? ($29.95) Ages 8-14.

Equally impressive—and reasonably priced ($19.95)—the Encyclopedia of Animals gives close-up pictorial and written views of more than 2,000 creatures great and small. Beautifully photographed and illustrated, it's enough to inspire an immediate trip to the zoo—or a Science Fair project. Ages 9 and up. A companion paperback for young animal lovers, 1000 Facts About Wild Animals, presents intriguing tidbits such as how a desert tortoise keeps cool (by licking its head and neck) and will tell you just how many animals nest in your home! ($5.95)

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