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on 11 November 2013
I am a mature student, going back into studying general biology.

A independent book seller highly recommended this book as its so user friendly.

This book is not just an illustrated dictionary of biology, but a whole body of learning, in a beautifully laid out manor. The most important parts of the information is enlarged from the general text, which helps learn the key points more effectively.

The lay out is first class, with elements split up, to prevent all the information becoming jumbled together, again making learning fun, and achievable. Its refreshing to have important information laid out in coloured boxes too, to help all students who may learn differently methods pick up the information in an achievable way. There are spaces between subsection and diagrams which makes reading easy on the eye, and takes the pressure off 'information overload', specially for dyslexic students. The diagrams are precise and to the point, without being overly complicated.

This is excellent to read in chunk size pieces, and digest much easier than all the other comprehensive books I was shown. This book would also make a first class revision aid too, so you are getting so much more from this amazing book!

This book is 128p long.

Section 1: Ecology and living things
living things and their environment
within an ecosystem
life and life cycles
the structure of living things
cell division

Section 2. Botany
Vascular plants
stems and roots
inside an older plant
plant sensitivity
plant fluid transportation
reproduction in a flowering plant
seeds and germination
fruit/vegetative reproduction

Section 3. Zoology (animals)
the body structure of animals
animal body coverings
animal movement
animal feeding
animal respiration
animal excretion
animal senses and communication
animal reproduction and development

Section 4. Zoology (humans)
The skeleton
joints and bone
the circulatory system
the heart
tissue fluid and the lymphatic system
the digestive system
the urinary system
the central nervous system
the units of the nervous system
nerves and nervous pathways
the skin
the eyes
the ears
the reproductive system
development and reproduction

Section 5. Reproduction and genetics
types of reproduction
cell division for reproduction
genetics and heredity
genetics and engineering

Section 6. General biology information
fluid movement
food and how it is used
energy for life and homeostasis
digestive juices and enzymes
vitamins and their uses
the classification of living things

Section 7.
informal group terms

I hope this review has helped you in knowing the level this book is aimed at, and helping you to know its content in detail to help structure your learning more effectively.

I hope you will enjoy this amazing book as much as I have, while I'm taking on A level biology as a mature student. Its a brilliant revision book to bring me back up to speed.
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on 25 April 2012
I am just learning GCSE Biology this is a great book which is not just a dictionary it explains in easy terms all the main topics and explains what all the different words in biology mean. It is a quality book with lots of colour diagrams which are very easy to understand
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on 3 March 2013
Fabulous book... filled with must have facts. Came promptly and couldn't wait to start reading it. Kids love it. Bright pictures, easy tp read language. Superb!
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on 25 February 2014
This is another fantastic dictionary form Usborne, they also have one for Physics and Chemistry. It is probably aimed at Year 8 & 9 but would suit children up to GCSE and adults wishing to discover more. It is attractively laid out and good use is made of colour and illustrations. It would be good for additional reading around a topic and also for introducing it with the appropriate terminology.
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on 4 June 2013
I bought this for my oldest daughter who is studying GCSE Biology.
It's very well laid out.
These books will also be passed down to my youngest daughter who starts secondary school this September.
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on 22 October 2015
My son is home educated and we purchased all three books in the set. fantastic little books with great information for studying the sciences.
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on 29 June 2014
Have to say Usborne books never disappoint. Excellent value for money and saves my poor brain when it comes to homework!!!
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on 24 October 2014
Loved it, ideal for explaing the topics
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