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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: Missions of the Delta Force

A noteworthy review of Military Special Forces in Action from Horn Book Guide on October 1, 2016

Military Special Forces in Action series. This series briefly profiles special forces units designed to perform difficult and dangerous missions. Each volume provides a history of the unit’s origin and its mission, as well as the grueling and strenuous training involved. Brief vignettes… View →

 
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: 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: 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: 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: Cuba

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

K-3 One World, Many Countries series. This serviceable overview is liberally illustrated with sharp photos. An introductory chapter highlights a festival that both celebrates the patron saint of Santiago de Cuba and honors Fidel Castro. This chapter and a ‘Global Connections’ page mention… View →

 
Cover: Native Nations of California

A noteworthy review of Native Nations of North America from Horn Book Guide on April 1, 2016

4-6 Native Nations of North America series. Each book introduces the major Native American nations of its geographic area. The straightforward texts touch on traditional way of life; well-known members such as artists or prominent citizens; controversial history with the U.S. and Canadian… View →

 
Cover: California Wildfires Survival Stories

A noteworthy review of Natural Disaster True Survival Stories from School Library Journal on April 1, 2016

Following a two-page overview of the title event, each volume presents four or five dramatic accounts of people who experience the effects. Photos of survivors accompany many stories, including those of a small boy pulled from Haiti’s earthquake rubble and a man floating on his house 10… View →

 
Cover: Inside the Daytona 500

A noteworthy review of Inside Look at Sports Events from School Library Journal on April 1, 2016

This immersive series will make students experts at major sporting events in no time. Each volume is prefaced by effectively answering the five W’s (who, what, where, when why) in a ‘Fast Facts’ section. The volumes are slim, but they pack a lot of information. As these titles can… View →

 
Cover: China

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

K-3 One World, Many Countries series. These service able overviews for report writers are liberally illustrated with sharp photos. An introductory chapter in each book often highlights a holiday or festival (Israel includes a minor error). Four chapters then focus on land, government and… View →