The Oxford First Encyclopedia is packed with information, yet friendly and easy to use. Arranged in eight thematic sections for ease of access, the varied presentation of both text and illustration carefully reflects the interests and abilities of young children. The bright and entertaining illustrations draw the child into the page, and their attention is engaged by the lively and direct text, fun fact boxes, and many activity panels, including simple experiments and projects. All the text and illustration has been carefully checked by expert consultants. The friendly cross-referencing and index provide easy access while helping to develop children's referencing skills. For this new edition, all the text has been reviewed and updated where necessary, with particular attention given to areas such as computing and space exploration. At the same time, many illustrations have been replaced and a number of pages redesigned.