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Children's Nonfiction Encyclopedias

Smart-opedia Junior

The Amazing Book About Everything

by (author) The Editors of Maple Tree Press

Owlkids Books Inc.
Initial publish date
Sep 2008
Encyclopedias, General
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2008
    List Price

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Out of print

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 5 to 8
  • Grade: k to 3


How hot does it get on the Sun? What really went on aboard a pirate ship? What was life like for kids a hundred years ago? How much did dinosaurs eat? From a tour of the human skeleton and the five senses to modern technology and inventions, from life in the desert to a day at a fire station, readers can expect to be delighted and fascinated at each turn of the page. With subjects so inviting and accessible, kids can open this book anywhere that catches their attention, and learn many valuable and appealing new things. Richly illustrated in a wide variety of exceptional and colorful graphic styles, the comprehensive text delivers stimulating and educational information for young readers as never before. Seven detailed chapters are divided into more than 70 entertaining and thought-provoking subjects. From going to the circus to discovering the world of plants, from soaring over mountain peaks to visiting the city museum, this rich, lively, and clearly organized world-in-a-book is aimed at the children of today. It will entertain them with answers to questions they might not even have known they had, and help them take joy in figuring out the world around them.

About the author


  • Winner, Moonbeam Children's Book Awards, Non-fiction Picture Book Category, Gold
  • Short-listed, CYBILS, Non-fiction Picture Book Category

Editorial Reviews

The book’s layout, simple text font, and the colorful cartoon drawings will definitely appeal to young children…very worthy of purchase.

CM Magazine: Canadian Review of Materials

Here are the answers to the endless questions kids ask about everything. By directing a child to this book, you get them accustomed to finding information the old-fashioned way, a useful skill in school. It's a great resource and for the child with an inquiring mind, a great gift.

Smart-opedia Junior is perfect for kids just starting in school and kids just beginning to read...There's a wide range of interesting (and surprising) subjects in this book, each giving your child just enough information to satisfy curiosity and encourage further exploration.

Edmonton Examiner

There is a lot to look at and do on every page and while it is not heavy on text, there is plenty of information to be gleaned on a wide variety of topics.

Resource Links attractive [the book] remind[s] me of a huge glass jar filled with jellybeans in a zillion colors.

The Muskokan

This book will help curious kids learn more about their world…[It] engages kids with lots of interactive activities.

Albany Times Union

This is a great book to get lost in, parents and kids the same!

Playful and charming illustrations will draw children into the colorful spreads and keep them there, poring over details...a quality non-fiction title, such as Smart-opedia Junior, will have your child coming back again and again to soak up knowledge and become a reader for life.

Chronicle Herald

Smart-opedia Junior is a thoughtful jumping-off spot for further study for just about anything under the sun.

Hamilton Spectator

The Junior version is all about learning the nuts and bolts of daily life...For new kids it'll all be new stuff. For adults it's an interesting refresher course on modern day etiquette.

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