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Cover: Build a Birdhouse

A Review of "Earth-Friendly Projects" in School Library Connection

Elementary students will enjoy reading and constructing the environmentally friendly projects featured in this series of short, colorful chapter books. In Build a Weather Station, young investigators discover the variables weather forecasters use to measure and describe weather and the… View →

 
Cover: California

A Review of "U.S.A. Travel Guides" in Booklist

Based on Heinrichs’ previous Welcome to the U.S.A. series, the new U.S.A. Travel Guides series offers readers up-to-date facts and an attractive vertical design. In this look at the Golden State, each topical double-page spread briefly introduces one feature (Disneyland, Intel Museum, Giant… View →

 
Cover: Somali Immigrants: In Their Shoes

A Review of "Immigrant Experiences" in Booklist

This volume of the Immigrant Experiences series reads like a story and could easily be used as a read- aloud in a library or classroom. This is the tale of one family’s journey from war-torn Somalia to the snow-clad suburbs of Minneapolis. The tone and narrative style are intended to evoke… View →

 
Cover: Twenty-Dollar Bills

A Review of "All About Money" in Booklist

Although this title in the All about Money series isn’t the most scintillating read, it provides a wealth of basic information on this piece of currency. The first chapter answers the question ‘What Is a Twenty- Dollar Bill?’ and includes a clearly marked diagram showing the main elements… View →

 
Cover: Dimes

A Review of "All About Money" in Children's Bookwatch

Understanding the basic concept of money is essential for young children of elementary school age. ‘All About Money’ is an impressive twelve volume informative series in which young readers ages 5 to 8 will learn about the coins and bills that Americans use every day. Children will discover… View →

 
Cover: The Building of the Hoover Dam

A Review of "Engineering that Made America" in Horn Book Guide

Engineering That Made America series. This series takes an in-depth look at the history, conception, and practical application of key engineering feats and inventions. Each volume thoughtfully breaks down events and inspiration that led up to each invention, as well as its evolution and… View →

 
Cover: New York

A Review of "U.S.A. Travel Guides" in Children's Bookwatch

A premier publisher of non-fiction books for young readers, ‘The Child’s World’ has now published a new and highly recommended series for students in grades 2 through 5 called ‘U.S.A. Travel Guides’. There are 52 hardcover volumes, one for each of the 50 states plus Washington DC and Puerto… View →

 
Cover: Cuban Immigrants: In Their Shoes

A Review of "Immigrant Experiences" in Children's Bookwatch

Aside from Native Americans, the United States is a nation of immigrants and the descendants of immigrants. Now, The Child’s World has published a new eight volume series showcasing the immigrant experience of people from eight different countries. Each individual volume in this simply… View →

 
Cover: The Building of the Golden Gate Bridge

A Review of "Engineering that Made America" in School Library Journal

Some engineering feats are so deeply woven into the fabric of the United States that it is hard to imagine a time when they were only an idea, a vision. This series explores the histories of various engineering marvels from their inception to the present day. Each title begins with a page… View →

 
Cover: Bomb Squad Technicians in Action

A Review of "Dangerous Jobs in Action" in School Library Journal

What better way to communicate the dangers inherent in a risky occupation than by sharing the stories of real men and women at work? Job details (conditions, equipment, safety concerns, etc.) are integrated into the narrative. Deep-Sea Fishermen, Smoke Jumpers, and Oil Rig Workers also… View →

 
Cover: Guarding Air Force One

A Review of "Highly Guarded Places" in Horn Book Guide

Highly Guarded Places series. It’s all about protection in these examinations of guarding important or high-profile entities. From America’s gold storehouse and nuclear facilities to prisons or the president, these seven entries briefly describe the history and necessary safety measures… View →

 
Cover: How Big Is a Blue Whale?

A Review of "Comparison Fun" in Booklist

The content of these playful books in the Comparison Fun series perfectly matches the series title. Each book uses a variety of often whimsical comparisons to bring to life one small corner of the natural world. Although many books make one or two such comparisons, they are the backbone of… View →