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Cover: Cats

A noteworthy review of In the Barnyard from Children's Bookwatch on October 1, 2016

‘Cats’ is an introduction to the world of domestic cats from the series, In the Barnyard, written for young readers age 5 and up. ‘Cats’ has information on domestic cat colors, characteristics, claws, eating hunting, and life expectancy, plus multiple color photo portraits of many different… View →

 
Cover: Abby Sunderland: Alone on the Indian Ocean

A noteworthy review of True Stories, Real People from Horn Book Guide on October 1, 2016

True Stories, Real People series. Each short, inspiring biography is divided into four or five chapters written in an objective, unpretentious manner. Quotation sources are fastidiously footnoted and listed in the back matter. Navigation is easy thanks to clean layouts and a simple color… View →

 
Cover: Inventing the Cell Phone

A noteworthy review of The Spark of Invention from Horn Book Guide on October 1, 2016

Spark of Invention series. These books examine the history and technological underpinnings of these modern machines. Each volume hits on a few key people and events critical to the creation of the technology as well as to the products’ broad popularity. The books are quite short, though… View →

 
Cover: California Wildfires Survival Stories

A noteworthy review of Natural Disaster True Survival Stories from Horn Book Guide on October 1, 2016

Natural Disaster True Survival Stories series. In a series about real-life disaster survival, these volumes focus on weather-related events in the U.S. In each book, a brief introduction describes the disaster and four or five chapters detail real individuals’ involvement. Gripping… View →

 
Cover: Stories of Titanic's Children

A noteworthy review of Titanic Stories from Horn Book Guide on October 1, 2016

Titanic Stories series. Providing a wealth of in-depth information, intimate details, and lesser-known facts about the Titanic, this series explores every aspect of the doomed voyage in readable narratives. With a focus on the perspectives of individual travelers, each book is aided by its… View →

 
Cover: Eyewitness to the Dropping of the Atomic Bombs

A noteworthy review of Eyewitness to World War II from Horn Book Guide on October 1, 2016

Eyewitness to World War II series. Each book in this series looks at a specific aspect of World War II with an emphasis on first-hand accounts. The age-appropriate prose is engaging but provides minimum background information, making the volumes better as supplementary texts for interested… View →

 
Cover: How Elections Work

A noteworthy review of How America Works from Children's Bookwatch on September 1, 2016

‘How Elections Work’ is a succinct guide to the American electoral process in the U.S.A. for young adults and teens. Illuminated with historic black and white and color photos, timelines, and other visual aids, ‘How Elections Work’ covers it’s subject matter in three chapters: Voting Rights… View →

 
Cover: Inside the Daytona 500

A noteworthy review of Inside Look at Sports Events from Booklist on June 1, 2016

Rather than presenting the facts historically or analytically, each volume in the Inside Look at Sports Events series leads off with a two-page informational section in a Q&A format, and then offers five narrative chapters, each from a different point of view. The result is a book that… View →

 
Cover: Allosaurus

A noteworthy review of Exploring Dinosaurs from School Library Connection on May 1, 2016

Dinosaurs are a source of fascination because scientists can only study their fossils to gather information, and they are still uncovering interesting facts. Author Susan Gray, a scientist with a special interest in zoology and paleontology, includes the latest information and answers to… View →

 
Cover: African Elephants

A noteworthy review of Endangered Animals from School Library Connection on May 1, 2016

The focus of these books is on the reasons each animal is endangered and the ways humans can help. Each title describes an animal, its environmental adaptations, and the threats contributing to its decline and conservation. Up-close photographs engage the reader, and life cycle diagrams and… View →

 
Cover: Crop Circles

A noteworthy review of Unsolved Mysteries from Horn Book Guide on April 1, 2016

4-6 Unsolved Mysteries series. These books offer clear-eyed assessments of persistent unexplained phenomena. An anecdote introduces the titular subject; each survey superficially touches on history and possible explanations— scientific or otherwise. The slight texts are easy to read and… View →

 
Cover: Guatemala

A noteworthy review of One World, Many Countries from Horn Book Guide on April 1, 2016

K-3 One World, Many Countries series. These serviceable overviews for report writers are liberally illustrated with sharp photos. An introductory chapter in each book highlights life in the Amazon region (Brazil) and Chichicastenango’s thriving and historically significant marketplace (Guate View →