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Title:
A to zoo : subject access to children's picture books
Author:
Lima, Carolyn W.
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Edition:
Sixth edition.
Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Bowker-Greenwood, 2001.
Physical Description:
xxvi, 1771 pages ; 26 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780313320699
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Book

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Summary

Summary

For years, librarians have relied on A to Zoo for easy to use, up to date and comprehensive information on fiction and nonfiction picture books. As a subject guide, this valuable resource allows librarians to help their patrons identify picture books, alphabetically cataloged under more than 1,000 subjects headings and subheadings. The bibliographic guide provides full detailed information for each title, including subjects, and notations for Caldecott Award winners. This sixth edition features more than 3,000 new titles of the latest publications in the children's literature field.

For years, librarians have relied on A to Zoo for easy to use, up to date and comprehensive information on fiction and nonfiction picture books. As a subject guide, this valuable resource allows librarians to help their patrons identify picture books, alphabetically cataloged under more than 1,000 subjects headings and subheadings. The bibliographic guide provides full detailed information for each title, including subjects, and notations for Caldecott Award winners. This sixth edition features more than 3,000 new titles of the latest publications in the children's literature field.

The convenient indexes facilitate searches by title, author, and illustrator as well as by subject, allowing quick responses to library user needs. With this latest updated volume, A to Zoo continues to provide librarians with a singular source for collection building, program development, and responding to patrons requests for picture books, from the classics to the latest publications.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

This new edition echoes the aims and format of earlier versions. The purposes are to provide subject access to picture books (defined as "a fiction or nonfiction title with illustrations occupying as much or more space than the text and with text vocabulary or concepts suitable for preschool to grade two") and to find the topics of books whose title, author, or illustrator are known. A six-page essay (mostly repeated from the third edition) outlines the development of picture books; a bibliography of professional readings follows. Next is a list of the subject headings used, including cross-references. The "Subject Guide" lists picture books, by title and author, under 800 subject headings such as Activities; Format, Unusual; Sport-fishing; and Poetry, Rhyme. Full citations (author, title, illustrator, publisher, date, ISBN) are given in the "Bibliographic Guide," plus subject(s) under which the title is listed in the "Subject Guide." Author and illustrator indexes refer to listings in the "Bibliographic Guide." This source, which started as a categorization of San Diego Public Library's picture-book collection, has expanded to include more than 14,000 titles--2,000 more than the third edition. The compilers examined most of the books cited. Although out-of-print titles are included, some titles from the third edition have inexplicably been dropped. Because of the arrangement of the book, in most cases users have to look in two places to ferret out information. However, since many catalogs provide inadequate subject access to picture books, A to Zoo can be helpful in identifying books for use in programs, displays, and bibliographies; there is slight potential use for collection development. Parents and teachers may also find subject access to picture books useful. This book is highly recommended for public and elementary school libraries and academic children's-literature collections, but in these tight times, libraries with the third edition may want to hold out until the fifth edition. In that edition, the Board encourages the compilers to tell users more about the selection process. (Reviewed Mar. 15, 1994)


Library Journal Review

The latest edition of this standard reference work has grown to 1800 pages listing nearly 23,000 titles. Once again, the material is divided into five sections: subject headings, subject guides, bibliographic guides, title indexes, and illustrator indexes. This arrangement enables the reader to locate books on a particular topic and to determine the subject of a specific book when only the author, illustrator, or title is known. The more than 1200 subject headings are augmented by subheadings and cross references, which is especially useful because this tool is as much for reader's advisory as it is for collection building. Full bibliographic information for each title included is provided in the bibliographic guide, although price and in-print status are not. This is not a problem, however, since reader's advisory use doesn't usually require pricing information, and there are now several electronic means of obtaining such information quickly and easily. As in previous editions, there is an excellent introductory essay titled "Genesis of the English-Language Picture Book," with as many suggested titles for further reading as might be found on a children's literature course syllabus. About the only drawback is the lack of annotations, but had these been added for each title included, the book would rival the Manhattan telephone directory in size. All in all, this remains an essential resource for just about any reference collection. Carolyn M. Mulac, Chicago P.L. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Choice Review

Originally based on the children's books in the San Diego (California) Public Library, this third edition covers more than 12,000 titles cataloged under 700 subject headings; nearly a one-third increase in the number of titles since the second edition (1986). Access to information is through subject, author, title, and illustrator indexes. Cross-references from all sections can be made to the author index for full bibliographic citations. Sharon S. Dreyer's complementary, split-page formatted Bookfinder (now up to four volumes: 1977, 1981, 1985, 1989) covers a broader spectrum of age-appropriate books (ages 2-15) than Lima and includes plot summaries that are not found in Lima. However, if access just to picture books is desired, Lima is more comprehensive, easier to use, and less expensive than Dreyer. This new edition should be in all libraries serving young children, their parents, or teachers, and in libraries supporting courses in children's literature. -S. R. Johnson, Meridian Community College