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This colorful, well-designed series poses common questions about the topic, and then offers answers in clear, simple text. The scientific reasons for the phenomena and real-life examples give the reader ample information without being overly technical. Each question and answer is… View →

 

School Library Journal (Elaine Lesh Morgan)

Maupin discusses the life of Banneker from his birth in 1731 to his death in 1806. She relates incidents from his childhood and describes his many achievements as a scientist, architect, mathematician, astronomer, and promoter of human equality. Andrea Pinkney’s picture book, Dear Benjamin… View →

 

Easter Bunnies by Patrick Merrick is part of the ‘holiday symbols’ series and surveys the image of the bunny as it relates to the season. Light Easter facts about the bunny and it’s legend are accompanied by color photos. View →

 

Two ‘Naturebooks’ series titles provide young picturebook readers with a little over 30 pages each of basic facts. Kids in grades 3-5 will find this series appealing, with bright photos supplementing large print explanations of each creature. Loons and Rabbits each provide facts about… View →

 

Addressing topics from Mexico’s pre-Columbian pyramids and palaces to its many dishes, colorful holidays, and variety of plants and animals, this is a simple introduction to the geography, history, people, and customs of our southern neighbor. Numerous full- and Half-page color photos and a… View →

 

This simple introduction to the mechanics of modern garbage trucks will keep very young truck lovers happy. View →

 

School Library Journal (Susan Knell)

Each of these photo-essays has a simple text in large typeface with occasional cartoons or small photos opposite a full-page color photograph. The books are informative and factual; unfamiliar words are bolded and defined in the appended glossaries. Movie Theater takes readers behind the… View →

 

School Library Journal (Denise Brna)

These titles present basic information on holiday symbols. Easter Bunnies explains how the rabbit came to be associated with this season and introduces various traditions related to it. Religion is mentioned, but is not the book’s focus. The author also notes the importance of taking… View →

 

Kids in grades 2-6 will relish a set of geography titles which examine contemporary countries and cultures. Each book is packed with color photos supplementing statistics and fats with 23 pages of detail in each – perfect for grade 3 reading levels. Newly arrived – Mary Berendes’ Germany… View →

 

Booklist (Carolyn Phelan)

Ages 3-5. Small children who are fascinated with big trucks will find the Machines at Work series right up their alley. One subset within the series looks at farm machinery such as tractors and milking machines, while another examines other machinery often seen on the highway or on city… View →

 

School Library Journal (Kit Vaughan)

These two simple stories reinforce the use of targeted sounds through repetition. Each spread features a simple sentence in large type that contains the sound, e.g., ‘Shelly needed new shoes’ or ‘There is a fox in the box .’ In both books, clear, uncluttered photographs of young children… View →

 

This publisher’s many bright series titles will appeal to grade 1 reading levels, providing bright covers and equally bright photo-enhanced coverages. Their ‘Big Machines at Work’ and ‘Rescue Machines at Work’ series will delight many with the 24 pages of color photos supplemented by simple… View →