By Chronicle Books

Reviewed for First Grade, Second Grade, Third Grade, Fourth Grade, Fifth Grade, 2007

World Almanac Puzzler Decks

You've probably heard of the World Almanac. It's used in more schools, libraries, and homes than any other reference book on the planet. Well, the veritable tome just got a major facelift, transforming it from an unwieldy, though admittedly useful doorstop, into a set of kids' puzzler decks. Written by Lynn Brunelle, a former classroom science and English teacher, and a project developer for everyone from National Geographic to Bill Nye the Science Guy, Cranium board games to NPR, the decks are seriously fun. But they also reinforce solid skills like sequencing, comprehension, vocabulary, context, and analytical thinking. (Chronicle Books, $9.95)