My audience: 1st year IB-DP biology teacher (12 years teaching biology); ELL Korean students at international school
Strengths: Focussed presentation, encycopedic breadth
I bought this book because I am a biology teacher teaching DP-IB biology for the first time. I like the idea of a textbook compiling topics into single page spreads (sort of like the Campbell text Biology: Study Guide: Concepts and Connections
as opposed to Biology: International Version
Other Amazon review's sounded good and I need another accessible reference for myself and students. I liked that this book presents a single topic in a single, 2=page "spread." This means that students do not have to "mine" for information but can just read - 2 pages at most for each specific topic. I love this kind of focussed presenatation. It takes out a lot of the "blah, blah, blah" and presents what is necessary.
This book is very good, and I realize a single page spread puts limitations on the amount of graphics one can use. However, I still felt, after a long peruse (not having read it in depth for content yet) that the book relies first on text and second on graphics. I love Clegg's Biology for the IB Diploma
text (I'll purchase it next year for SL kids at least) because of the strength of graphic information - even though it is written according to the old syllabus. In a language rich content like biology, graphics are imperative for English language learners to grasp the content. This text is fine for native English speakers with good vocabulary but the graphics are not enough to support and assist students for whom English is a second language.