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Cover: The Smart Kid's Guide to Losing a Pet

A noteworthy review of The Smart Kid's Guide to Everyday Life from Booklist on October 1, 2014

In what might be the most poignant entry in the Smart Kid’s Guide to Everyday Life series, Petersen takes on the unavoidable—and unavoidably sad—topic of pet death. Beginning with a history lesson (humans befriended wolves about 32,000 years ago), she goes on to explain that, though your… View →

 
Cover: Canoeing

A noteworthy review of The Great Outdoors from Children's Bookwatch on September 1, 2014

Canoeing is a great introductory illustrated manual for juveniles from an outdoor sports series for middle grade kids from The Child’s World. Beautiful color photographs show scenes of canoeing out on the water, different types of canoes, life jackets and safety equipment or gear, and more… View →

 
Cover: Beauty and the Beast

A noteworthy review of Fairy Tale Collection from Library Media Connection on August 1, 2014

An afterword in each book in this series offers and historical note about the origin of the fairy tale at hand and discusses different versions of the story over the years. Each book also mentions the lesson to be learned. For example, in Beauty and the Beast, the lesson is that love… View →

 
Cover: Take a Closer Look at Your Bladder

A noteworthy review of Take a Closer Look from Library Media Connection on August 1, 2014

In this great series, each book introduces a body part, tells how it works, its function, problems related to it, and how to keep it healthy. The clear, understandable text is accompanied by pictures and many well-labeled diagrams that show just the right amount of detail. Additional… View →

 
Cover: First Aid Basics

A noteworthy review of Healthy Kids from Library Media Connection on August 1, 2014

Each concept in this series is covered in brief chapters. Real photos are laid out with extra spacing between lines of text making it eye-appealing. Each topic covers the basics with adequate depth. Vocabulary and topic headings are in red, aiding in reading comprehension. With the… View →

 
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 →