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Cover: Counting

A noteworthy review of Simply Math from Library Media Connection on May 1, 2014

The books in this series cover basic math skills for students in the primary grades. With large font and photographs, the books are appealing to young readers as well as a valuable resource for teachers. By providing real life examples for each concept, the reader can make connections while… View →

 
Cover: Baseball Jokes

A noteworthy review of Laughing Matters from School Library Journal on April 1, 2014

What’s better than a third grader who knows a new joke? A: A third grader who knows 560 new jokes. This series contains eight books, each of which has 23 pages of jokes, with one to six jokes per page. That’s a lot of jokes, including puns (‘What do bees chew? Bumblegum’) gross jokes (’Two… View →

 
Cover: Auto Mechanics

A noteworthy review of People in Our Community from School Library Journal on April 1, 2014

Going beyond the ‘usual suspects’ when it comes to community helpers, this series profiles 12 different careers in 12 separate books, which will be sure to help fill in any collection gaps. Simple, clear writing is used to paint a complete picture of the community helpers, who are presented… View →

 
Cover: American Quarter Horses

A noteworthy review of Majestic Horses from School Library Journal on April 1, 2014

Through clear, straightforward prose, the author provides a solid overview of each horse, including physical characteristics, behavior, and history. One or two fact boxes appear on each text page, offering relevant bits of information without distracting from the narrative. Each spread… View →

 
Cover: Ocean Habitats

A noteworthy review of Habitats from School Library Journal on April 1, 2014

These books show just how diverse habitats such as prairies, forests, and deserts are, through spectacular full-page photos that show their breathtaking beauty and through informative captions and informational sidebars written in short, accessible sentences. Young readers can further… View →

 
Cover: Tractors

A noteworthy review of Big Machines at Work from Booklist on April 1, 2014

There’s no doubt that children will be drawn to this attractive book because of their fascination with tractors, though they might come away with a few questions. Part of the Big Machines at Work series, this features farm and lawn tractors but also muddies the water by inserting three… View →

 
Cover: Arlington National Cemetery

A noteworthy review of United States Landmarks from School Library Journal on April 1, 2014

An attractive, organized, and informative series. Each title consists of two-to-four page chapters of concise, engaging text. The authors keep the information age appropriate without oversimplifying. Captioned illustrations mostly consist of archival and modern-day photographs, many of… View →

 
Cover: Fall

A noteworthy review of Seasons of the Year from School Library Journal on April 1, 2014

Vivid colors and multicolored symbolic icons of the seasons adorn each cover and corresponding text pages. Glossary words in the text appear in the same colorful fonts. Sparse text and captions describe the photographs. Information is presented on six major scientific themes: animal… View →

 
Cover: Arlington National Cemetery

A noteworthy review of United States Landmarks from Booklist on April 1, 2014

Temple introduces Arlington National Cemetery as America’s ‘most important burial ground,’ the final resting place for many American soldiers and others who have served their country. Though still in use today, with several burials each week, the cemetery will probably be full by 2020. The… View →

 
Cover: Father's Day

A noteworthy review of Holidays and Celebrations from School Library Journal on December 1, 2013

Heinrichs offers information about these celebrations and includes not only biological parents, but those who take on the roles as well. The reasons and people given credit for starting these observances are presented in simple terms. Some of the ways to honor mothers and fathers on their… View →

 
Cover: Counting

A noteworthy review of Simply Math from School Library Journal on December 1, 2013

In the first book, children are introduced to the basic concepts of counting by ones, fives, and tens, and of place values. Groups of children use familiar objects such as rocks, buttons, and jelly beans to count. In the second title, youngsters are introduced to fractions through different… View →

 
Cover: The Midwest

A noteworthy review of Regions of the U.S.A. from School Library Journal on December 1, 2013

These broad overviews are each organized into four chapters that hint at their content, e.g., in Midwest, the chapter on geography, plants, animals, and weather is called ‘Plains, Bison, and Blizzards.’ In Southwest, the one on government and economy is titled ‘Councils and Cattle.’ The… View →