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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 →

 
Cover: Cats

A noteworthy review of Pet Care from School Library Journal on November 1, 2015

Attractive and well-designed primers. The close-up photographs of the animals’ faces on the covers entice readers, while the content cautions them to make careful choices when selecting a pet. The importance of commitment is emphasized, along with all of the basics on food, health, physical View →

 
Cover: Allosaurus

A noteworthy review of Exploring Dinosaurs from School Library Journal on November 1, 2015

Species facts and paleontology blend effectively in this dinosaur set. Each title starts with a story about a dinosaur in action; these are not especially gripping, but some link neatly to actual fossil discoveries that readers learn about later. A fairly thorough treatment of physical… View →

 
Cover: Aliens

A noteworthy review of Unsolved Mysteries from School Library Journal on November 1, 2015

Popular beliefs, skepticism, and scientific study all receive their due in three or four chapters in these brief, informative accounts. Each begins with a particular episode and its subsequent investigation, followed by additional information, including history. Covered are sightings,… View →

 
Cover: Boas

A noteworthy review of Animals of the Rain Forest from School Library Connection on November 1, 2015

All the ingredients that create a usable easy reference series can be found in these informative books. Vivid detailed photographs show the animals of the rain forest. First, students meet the animals and are given descriptions to recognize them. They also learn about their homes, their… View →

 
Cover: Bug Exterminator

A noteworthy review of Gross Jobs from School Library Connection on November 1, 2015

Initial chapters in each book define what the job does, including a day-in-the-life description. Discussion follows as to why the job is important, and a closing chapter addresses problems and controversies that face the profession. The layout is consistent, with fun fact call-outs; they… View →

 
Cover: Acrostic Poems

A noteworthy review of Poetry Party from School Library Connection on November 1, 2015

Cinquain, concrete, limerick, and several more forms of poetry are introduced to young readers in this series. Each book asks ‘What is Poetry?’ and the volumes define poetry as it pertains to the featured type. Rhyme and rhythm are mentioned in every book since they are so important to… View →

 
Cover: Apollo: God of the Sun, Healing, Music, and Poetry

A noteworthy review of Roman Mythology from School Library Connection on November 1, 2015

Each god or goddess is briefly introduced for young readers as well as for more experienced readers who are looking for a basic understanding of the myths. There are short inserts containing additional facts; information that should help pique student interest and encourage more research.… View →

 
Cover: Native Nations of California

A noteworthy review of Native Nations of North America from Children's Bookwatch on October 1, 2015

Featuring reinforced library binding and full-color photography throughout, Native Nations of North America is an anthology designed to teach young readers in grades 3-6 about native peoples who live in different regions of the continent. Each book touches upon multiple major native nations View →

 
Cover: Smiles: The Sound of Long I

A noteworthy review of Long and Short Vowels from Booklist on October 1, 2015

Part of the Long and Short Vowels series, this teaches kids different words that produce this titular sound by integrating them into a single, simple sentence: for example, ‘I smile when I ride my bike.’ Implementing the philosophy that children learn better through pattern recognition than View →

 
Cover: Aztec Warriors

A noteworthy review of Ancient Warriors from School Library Connection on October 1, 2015

Each book in this series details the history of an historical warrior group. Chapters address origins, weaponry, battle tactics, and major battles. All books include captioned illustrations along with a timeline. While the main narrative emphasizes the history of leaders and their warriors, View →

 
Cover: Hamsters

A noteworthy review of Pet Care from Booklist on October 1, 2015

This cuddly entry in the Pet Care series will elicit plenty of happy squeaks with its high-quality photos of snuggling and nibbling hamsters. The basic needs and habits of these creatures are addressed, as are best practices for new hamster owners. Accessible, easy-to-read text describes… View →