My rating: 3 of 5 stars
In this series, Encyclopedia Brown solves cases using common sense and his "encyclopedic" knowledge. I am using it in a homeschool lesson to help my granddaughter to observe her surroundings and to think creatively to solve problems. She would like to be a veterinarian and this type thinking is necessary in any medical profession.
Encyclopedia Brown solves problems by thinking the problem through and looking at all possibilities. He often picks up little clues that are easy to overlook. Some of the problems are difficult and he has to use outside information that is not provided, but is well within the ability of a middle grader to obtain. Each of the cases is only a few pages long and so the hunt for clues is very limited, but they still will stump even adults.
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