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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Chinese New Year

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

These titles were originally published in 2006 as part of the ‘Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations’ series. Both volumes open with descriptions of celebrations and include information on the history and traditions of their featured holidays. In the first title, Heinrichs describes how… View →

 
Cover: Take a Closer Look at Your Brain

A noteworthy review of Take a Closer Look from Booklist on December 1, 2013

There are no gray areas concerning one’s gray matter in this entry in the Take a Closer Look series. Kicking off with such facts as the brain is the third-largest organ in the human body and weighs about three pounds, the straightforward yet accessible text continues with explanations of… 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 →

 
Cover: Weird-but-True Facts about Animals

A noteworthy review of Weird-but-True Facts from Library Media Connection on November 1, 2013

This series is a fun way to look at history and information. Colorful pictures will attract readers of all ages. The pages are not overly wordy, which will appeal to children. Facts are presented as short snippets of information that are similar to those in trivia games. The books will… View →

 

A Review of "World Traditions" in Library Media Connection

This series gives brief descriptions of various traditions around the world. Each chapter has a page of simple text and a photo or drawing. A small world map shows the focus country in red. Pronunciation keys are provided for unfamiliar words. Each book ends with an ‘Up Close’ section which… View →

 
Cover: First Aid Basics

A noteworthy review of Healthy Kids from School Library Journal on November 1, 2013

Basic health information, presented in a bright and positive format. Fit stresses the importance of physical activity as a component of overall health. Yoga, group sports, and individual aerobic activities are just some of the author’s suggestions for maintaining a healthy body, so it’s… View →