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Cover: France

A noteworthy review of One World, Many Countries from Horn Book Guide on April 1, 2016

K-3 One World, Many Countries series. These serviceable overviews for report writers are liberally illustrated with sharp photos. An introductory chapter in each book often highlights a holiday or festival (Turkey features a particularly fantastic photo of Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar). Four… View →

 
Cover: Mexico

A noteworthy review of One World, Many Countries from Horn Book Guide on April 1, 2016

K-3 One World, Many Countries series. These serviceable overviews for report writers are liberally illustrated with sharp photos. An introductory chapter in each book highlights a holiday (Day of the Dead in Mexico) or a notable event (river surfing in Canada). Four chapters then focus on… View →

 
Cover: Inside the Daytona 500

A noteworthy review of Inside Look at Sports Events from School Library Journal on April 1, 2016

This immersive series will make students experts at major sporting events in no time. Each volume is prefaced by effectively answering the five W’s (who, what, where, when why) in a ‘Fast Facts’ section. The volumes are slim, but they pack a lot of information. As these titles can… View →

 
Cover: California Wildfires Survival Stories

A noteworthy review of Natural Disaster True Survival Stories from School Library Journal on April 1, 2016

Following a two-page overview of the title event, each volume presents four or five dramatic accounts of people who experience the effects. Photos of survivors accompany many stories, including those of a small boy pulled from Haiti’s earthquake rubble and a man floating on his house 10… View →

 
Cover: Native Nations of California

A noteworthy review of Native Nations of North America from Horn Book Guide on April 1, 2016

4-6 Native Nations of North America series. Each book introduces the major Native American nations of its geographic area. The straightforward texts touch on traditional way of life; well-known members such as artists or prominent citizens; controversial history with the U.S. and Canadian… View →

 
Cover: Crop Circles

A noteworthy review of Unsolved Mysteries from Horn Book Guide on April 1, 2016

4-6 Unsolved Mysteries series. These books offer clear-eyed assessments of persistent unexplained phenomena. An anecdote introduces the titular subject; each survey superficially touches on history and possible explanations— scientific or otherwise. The slight texts are easy to read and… View →

 
Cover: Australia

A noteworthy review of One World, Many Countries from Horn Book Guide on April 1, 2016

K-3 One World, Many Countries series. This serviceable overview for report writers is liberally illustrated with sharp photos. An introductory chapter highlights the School of the Air, which now offers education to outback children via computer rather than the original two-way radios. Four… View →

 
Cover: On the Hunt with Hyenas

A noteworthy review of On the Hunt with Animal Predators from Children's Bookwatch on March 1, 2016

‘On The Hunt With Hyenas’ is an exciting, accurate, photo -illustrated nonfiction, hard bound library volume from the series, On the Hunt With Animal Predators, for children age 6 and up. Illustrated with many stunning color photographs of hyena cubs and their mothers, in packs in their… View →

 
Cover: The Voyager Space Probes

A noteworthy review of Wonders of Space from Children's Bookwatch on March 1, 2016

‘The Voyager Space Probes’ covers the exciting story of the planning and launching of the twin Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 in 1977, to travel to the outer planets of our solar system Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, and Uranus, and beyond. Four chapters cover the exciting preparation, planning, and… View →

 
Cover: Inventing the Internet

A noteworthy review of The Spark of Invention from Children's Bookwatch on February 1, 2016

‘Inventing the Internet’ is a photo-illustrated educational resource about the source, invention, and impact of the internet, for young readers age 7-8 and up. Tracing the early beginnings of the internet and computers to the 1950’s, important inventors mentioned are J.C. R. Lickliker, Paul View →

 
Cover: Ten Pets: The Sound of Short E

A noteworthy review of Long and Short Vowels from School Library Journal on November 1, 2015

Large, bold black type makes these books easy on beginner readers’ eyes. The visuals are strong: brightly hued page borders, text set in stark relief on white against vivid background colors, and crisply reproduced, child-friendly photos depicting adorable animals and a cast of delightful… View →

 
Cover: Rev Up Your Writing in Blogs

A noteworthy review of Rev Up Your Writing from School Library Journal on November 1, 2015

These slim volumes present solid information and sound advice offered in concise, clearly written sentences printed in a large font. Written in a friendly, encouraging tone, they make for engaging reading. Cheerful, colorful cartoons and photos add to the visual appeal. Each title contains… View →