DEC Scan Journal : Volume 34 Issue 4
2015 Volume 34, Issue 4 100 Contents Editorial Reflections Teaching & learning Research Curriculum support Share this Resource reviews The concepts are explained by five professors, such as the Professor of Form. It is a very useful resource to be used in Visual Arts as it explores the basic principles of art for students. It presents a series of basic lessons in drawing lines, curves, surfaces and 3D objects before moving on to colour, patterns, shading and texture. Readers are also introduced to key principles from grids to composition, perspectives, proportion, balance and hierarchy. Other sections include a look at how design thinking can be applied to different mediums, including maps, posters and infographics. The book is divided into three terms where readers can build a portfolio and finally display their work in the final exhibition. M. Sutera USER LEVEL: Stage 2 Stage 3 KLA: AC; CA SYLLABUS: Creative Arts K–6 SCIS 1720776 $29.99 Creaturepedia: welcome to the greatest show on Earth BARMAN, Adrienne Wide Eyed Editions, UK, 2015 ISBN 9781847806345  Over 600 creatures are presented in this densely illustrated resource. Each is labelled by name and occasional bite- sized facts provide more information. An illustrated contents page and comprehensive index enable easy navigation to chapters that categorise animals by often obscure similarities. Sorted by quirky categories like The fierce, The poisonous and The show-offs, about 12 animals are featured over two double pages in each chapter. Colourful, cartoonish illustrations often exaggerate the focused characteristic, and Barman’s sense of humour and drama is evident in The bounders chapter, in which the animals are leaping beyond the page frame, and in The endangered, in which the animals have eyes filled with tears. Filled with interesting creatures, yet lacking information about their life, needs and habitat, this resource will appeal to students who enjoy books about animals. Flicking through the pages, a student’s attention may be grabbed by certain characteristics and could lead to a search for further information. The author’s choice of format, and her purpose and intended audience could be interesting discussion topics. C. Keane USER LEVEL: Early Stage 1 Stage 1 Stage 2 SCIS 1705654 $22.99 Zoo babies EMERSON, Joan Scholastic Inc., USA, 2014 (Scholastic reader. Level 2, Developing reader) ISBN 9780545801409 [591.3] Using the cuteness factor in animal babies as the stimulus for developing readers, this series is levelled at Grades 1–2 and contains 250–450 words with longer sentences than the previous two levels. Bolded words are listed in a brief glossary and each coloured photograph of the 14 babies is accompanied by a short report about their zoological whereabouts. Apart from the fascinating facts and the appealing pictures, there is not much that would excite a reader in this short, designated reader series. In order to progress in literacy, a student needs real books, books with quality writing and supportive illustrations that lead to inquiry learning. This book could be used as a quick reference for a comparative fictional text about endangered or abandoned animals. S. Rasaiah USER LEVEL: Stage 1 KLA: AC; English SYLLABUS: English K–10 SCIS 1721862 Paper $11.99 The school of art TRIGGS, Teal Wide Eyes Editions, UK, 2015 ISBN 9781847806116 [702.8] The school of art includes forty lessons introducing readers to basic principles in art and design, accompanied by practical activities and illustrations.
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