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  • Item #: 004894
    ISBN: 9780756622206
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    Most homeschools have reference books like a dictionary, thesaurus, globe and atlas, maybe even a set of encyclopedias. But where do you go to look up science information? This science resource contains 250 main themes, 2000 entries, and thousands of colorful illustrations. From Dorling Kindersley, a secular publisher, so it may include some evolutionary content. Softcover.
  • Item #: 009687
    ISBN: 9781465420466
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      Always a good resource, DK offers this visual encyclopedia to complement all your science topics. This 300-page, hardcover reference takes you inside things you might not normally see in the world of science. Beautifully illustrated, this encyclopedia covers the areas of matter, materials, forces and machines, energy, light, electricity and magnetism, living organisms, and great discoveries. Every topic has a two-page spread with photos, illustrations and summaries of information. My favorite part of every DK book are the beautiful and fascinating photos – see a photo of an explosion, streaks of colored light, lightning, chloroplasts, and much more. Our world is beautiful, but we don’t see so much of it. Take time to see the visuals of the science world!

  • Item #: 016325
    ISBN: 9781465443472
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    How big is the Sahara? Which products are in greatest demand around the world? You just might need a good reference book to come up with the answers to these and many other questions. The First Earth Encyclopedia by DK has the same visual appeal as other DK products and is packed full of information and interesting facts for children from a secular perspective. Every page is laid out in a scrap booking style with photographs and accompanying text. An extension question is printed at the bottom of each evenly numbered page and the answer can be found at the bottom of the odd numbered pages (upside down). A 'Curiosity Quiz' will send you searching through the pages for answers, 'Become an Expert' tells you where to look for additional information within the book, and 'Hands on' activities show you how you can try some things for yourself. You will find these scattered through the color-coded pages of the book. Children will find information on the world's physical geography, our living world (ecosystems), human geography, and maps. A reference section at the back of the book includes a map of the world, photos of unique locations on earth, a view of the earth at night, and a glossary. I'm always a fan of the DK photography, and it has great appeal for even non-reading, younger children - this hardcover, 120+ page book is no exception. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 029778
    ISBN: 9781465435941
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       Another in the DK line of Visual Encyclopedias, this book opens the world of oceans to elementary grade children. Every page is filled with beautiful photographs and concise information presented in appealing and age-appropriate format. This 256-page resource introduces children to the oceans, their geography and weather, animals of the deep, food chains, shallow seas, coastal areas and the seashore, polar seas, and how we interact with oceans. Detailed maps, charts, and graphs will help teach children about the oceans that cover most of our planet. ~ Donna 

  • Item #: 069721
    ISBN: 9781465443465
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    DK offers another in the line of First Encyclopedias to encourage young learners. Divided by the geologic time periods, this book presents dinosaurs in chronological order – Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous. The book is rounded out with sections on other forms of life, fossils, and the end of the dinosaurs. Every page is filled with illustrations and bite-sized pieces of information. At the bottom of each two-page spread, there is a question and answer about one of the creatures found on those pages. Each section of pages has color-coding at the bottom, and special sections throughout the book encourage readers to look more closely at the pages – “picture detective” encourages you to find specific things on the page and “weird or what” gives some type of interesting fact. The back of the book includes activities and a glossary. Another great dinosaur resource from DK! 136 pgs, hc. ~ Donna 

  • Item #: 067085
    ISBN: 9781465446008
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    Would you be surprised to learn the firefly’s light organs are twice as efficient as an LED light? Or that the deadliest bug of them all is the mosquito? This encyclopedia is chockfull of fascinating facts and statistics from the insect world. Children will learn about amazing anatomy, remarkable feats of speed and agility, specialized hunting skills, bugs that spread disease, and unique life stories of certain insects.

      Replete with detailed, vibrant photographs and illustrations, children will be drawn into the world of bugs, eager to read the captivating descriptions from the insect world. Contains over 75 bugs from across the world, and includes descriptive information, at-a-glance text boxes with size, habitat, location, and diet highlighted, as well as a stats and facts box. Evolutionary content. Large format, measures 10 1/4”x 12”. 207 pgs, hc. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 066634
    ISBN: 9781426325427
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      My children loved to get lost in a good encyclopedia. Maybe that sounds odd today, but I am still a firm believer in having accessible, quality books available for children to read when curiosity peaks. Lavishly illustrated and divided into two parts, Physical and Life Science, this resource is jam packed with information, fun facts, hands-on activities and intermingled science related jokes. The introductory section explains what science is, how scientists work and the scientific theory before describing the difference between physical and life science and going deeper into respective areas. Evolutionary content.

      Physical science is separated into four sections: matter, forces and machines, energy, and electronics. Subtopics are presented in a 2-page spread that includes photographs and colorful graphics, clearly explained textual information, historical or unique fun facts, activities or jokes. A sampling of topics includes chemistry basics, organic chemistry, noble gases, gravity, friction, radio waves, satellites, nuclear power, sound waves and more.

      Life Science is separated into four sections: the universe, life on earth, human body and planet earth. Subtopics are presented similarly to the physical science section. A sampling of topics includes the big bang, solar system, classification of living things, microbes, reptiles, ancient medicine, genes, reproduction and growth, volcanoes, earthquakes, the earth’s age, rocks and minerals, biomes conservationism, and more. Includes websites, books and film recommendations, a glossary, and index. An excellent resource for your home or school library. 303 pgs, hc. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 041724
    ISBN: 9781465443441
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    Bite-size pieces of information will engage your children and invite them to learn about the world of science. There are plenty of science encyclopedias written for older students, but this one is written and illustrated in an age-appropriate way for younger ones. Information in the areas of life science,
    chemistry, physical science, and earth/space science are presented in a broad fashion, and a glossary at the back of the book will help you look up the meanings of new words. The pictures and illustrations are fascinating and
    well-done, and scientific facts are presented in interesting text. Although a useful reference book for the young scientist, this book makes you want to sit and just graze through the plethora of eye-catching images. Information
    is presented from a secular perspective in this hardcover, 135-page book. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 009705
    ISBN: 9780756662776
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      I have always been fascinated by space and its vastness. There is so much out there, so much to explore and discover and so much to learn. This beautiful DK resource is over 250 pages of photos, illustrations, and summaries in the areas of observing the universe, the violent universe, space exploration and satellites, people in space, solar system, earth, the moon, the Sun, stars and stargazing. Take a visual tour away from earth into our galaxy and see what we have already discovered and what is left to find. Most topics are given two pages of presentation, but occasionally you will find a full two-page captioned photo – circles of stars, Saturn by Sunlight, or a view of the Earth from space – breath taking! No matter your age, this is a wonderful resource for your science shelf. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 067084
    ISBN: 9781465435521
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      Children love learning about animals. Satisfy their curiosity with a healthy dose of learning using this well illustrated and engaging book. After a brief introduction to the animal kingdom, each of five sections is dedicated to different animal groups: Mammals, Birds, Reptiles and Amphibians, Creepy-crawlies, and Fish. Each section begins with an overview of the animal group before covering specific animals and traits of the group. Information presented clearly explains basic intricacies of the animal world and the vibrant illustrations bring animal life alive! Includes special features to facilitate learning: quizzes, “turn and learn” to follow a topic, and “weird or what” animal facts. Additional reference section included. Excellent introduction to the animal world for children. Evolutionary content. 168 pgs, hc. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 064474
    ISBN: 9781465412331
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    Dinosaurs are quite a fascination for the young – big, scary reptiles that roamed the earth and are now gone. This book by DK is a great resource for helping children visualize what they might have looked like and how they lived. Divided into types of dinosaurs, the book is easy to use – invertebrates, early vertebrates, dinosaurs and birds, and mammals. The book begins by explaining prehistoric life – how life began, evolution, timeline of life, fossils, and fossil hunting all from a secular perspective. Join paleontologists as they excavate fossils and bones to learn more about the size and shapes of these prehistoric creatures. Colorful photos, illustrations, and charts, take you on a visual journey that will engage young learners and help them understand more about dinosaurs! 304 pgs, pb. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 009558
    ISBN: 9781465424457
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    Your body: have you ever considered the amazing, astounding machine that is your human body? Stunningly illustrated, this new resource from DK Publishers provides children with a Why you are awesome perspective, including a look at the unique abilities of the body at higher elevations, in marathon running and while experiencing adrenaline rushes. Also includes human reproduction and developmental phases, DNA and genetics, and cells, as well as the 11 systems of the human body and their super powers and abilities. Interesting tidbits include such intriguing facts as marathon running uses as much energy as contained in 12 slices of pizza, or there are 5 million sensory nerve endings in the skin. Many other fascinating pieces of information about our human body are also included as well as an intriguing futuristic look at technology and the human body, possibilities of life in space and genetic engineering. Colorful diagrams, vibrant photography and images, and concise, easy-to-understand text will quickly make this a favorite go-to resource for children of all ages. Secular book with evolutionary references. Includes glossary and index. Would make an excellent library resource or coffee table book. HC. 207 pgs. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 046728
    ISBN: 9781465461780
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  • Item #: 044361
    ISBN: 9781465443434
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    DK always does a fantastic job with visually stunning encyclopedias, and nothing quite stirs the imagination more than a full-color encyclopedia on space. This encyclopedia explores all aspects of space as we know it. The first section asks the question "What is space?" and explores space, stargazing and observatories, our galaxy, other galaxies, and nearby stars. Section two is all about the exploration of space: astronaut training, space vehicles, the moon, space stations, working and living in space, and explorations further afield. The third section details all of the major bodies in our own solar system, including the sun and some of the moons. Section four gives readers a look at comets, meteors and asteroid belts. The next section deals with mysteries that may or may not ever be answered (or may not even be issues, depending on your worldview): UFOs, life on other planets, the Big Bang(!?), black holes, other earths, and birth and death of stars. The last section has ideas and information on enjoying and learning about space on your own, followed by a reference section that contains a glossary and index. The plethora of photographs, enhanced telescope/probe images, and artist's impressions bring space down to an attainable level, and the bite-sized text is perfect for young users. As a note, the book does promote some evolutionary theories. 128 pgs, hc. – Zach

  • Item #: 028439
    ISBN: 9780794530433
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    Explains many of the fascinating areas of science. Children will explore our earth, space, weather, force, atoms and molecules, friction, magnets, electricity, color and light, the brain and senses, and many other topics of science through interesting text and fun, simple science experiments. Each page is filled with colorful illustrations and awesome pictures to make every inch engaging; not a lot of white space here!

  • Item #: 056109
    ISBN: 9781465451699
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    A wealth of well-illustrated information at your fingertips – and a safe internet path for adding to that wealth. What more could you want? This children's encyclopedia from one of my favorite publishers, DK, is a delight. From Bees and Wasps to Ecology and Food Webs to Martin Luther King, Jr. to Pirates, there are 380 topical entries and thousands of subentries. One of the things that sets this DK book apart from other children’s encyclopedias is the meaty content and the abundance of photos (as opposed to drawings and illustrations). In short, it’s a great reference choice. Please note; however, that there is a fair amount of evolutionary content. 600 pgs, hc with dust jacket. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 065951
    ISBN: 9780199119950
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      I used to love encyclopedias as a kid! Every page had something interesting and wonderful to learn. You get the same sense of wonder when it is all in one book (not a set of 30 books like the old days)! This is a large book with lots of color photos and illustrations. The text is presented in short paragraphs, captions and text boxes. The language is simple but full of great vocabulary words. Topics covered include: the human body, people/places, the arts, Earth, animals/plants, science/technology and the universe. This is an updated edition, but the copyright is 2009. I looked for outdated information and found a few things: Pluto is still called a dwarf planet, there is a huge iPod shown as being cutting edge technology, also some things about computer games and the internet are passé, and the mobile phone shown is a flip phone. The rest of the book stands up to today’s information. You can certainly use it as a resource for science and social studies. Also, this book mentions prehistoric life as being millions of years ago, so it is not from a Christian worldview. 144pp, sc, 9.5x12” ~ Sara

  • Item #: 021342
    ISBN: 9780756631116
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    Well known for their detailed profiles and full color illustrations, DK solidifies their legacy with this splendid encyclopedia. Providing over 2000 full color photos and illustrations and understandable textual information, this book invites you to sit back and enjoy learning about the natural world around us. Divided into six sections: Natural World, How Living Things Work, Ecology, How Living Things are Classified, Plants, and Animals, each topical area is displayed in a two page layout. The Natural World begins with the prehistoric life cycle and an evolutionary timeline of 4.5 million years ago. How Living Things Work begins with cells as the basic building blocks of life and covers how living things work: cells, food/nutrition, photosynthesis, reproduction, growth and development, movement on land, movement of air, rhythms of life, senses, communication, migration, navigation, defenses, parasites and habitats. The Ecology section includes nutrient cycles, food chains, oceans, seashores, tide pools and coral reef, wetlands, rivers, lakes and ponds, forests (coniferous, deciduous and tropical rain), grasslands, deserts, mountains, caves and polar regions, people and plants, pests/weeds and conservation. How Living things are Classified introduces bacteria and viruses, single cell organisms and fungi. The Plants section covers algae, mosses, ferns, conifers, flowering plants, flowers/seeds, palms, trees, grasses, and carnivorous plants. The Animals section explores invertebrates, insects, vertebrates, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, rodents and many others. An extensive reference section at the end of the book provides detailed information on classifications as well as a glossary and index. Recommended resource for Elemental Science, this Nature Encyclopedia would be valuable resource on any bookshelf. 304 pgs. Softcover. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 061055
    ISBN: 9781465414175
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      This Smithsonian edition follows the classic DK format and is packed full of information, photographs and diagrams. Additionally, fantastic cut-aways fill page after page. For example, see what the inner ear, a submarine, or the inside of the Taj Mahal looks like! Most of the topics are science focused: space, earth, zoology, human body and physics related. An additional 78 pages cover key elements of the ancient to modern world. Note: includes old earth and evolutionary explanations as well as diagrams of the reproductive system. 10x12”, 360pp, hc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 046257
    ISBN: 9781465450845
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      Feed your child’s curiosity about sharks and other water creatures with this vibrantly illustrated, informative resource that is bursting with amazing shark facts in anatomy, behavior, and habitats. In typical DK fashion, you will also find information at a glance with data boxes that highlights prey size and dangers to humans, size of creatures, location and diet.

      Creatures are divided into 8 categories: primeval predators, mud-rooting monsters, devils of the dark, killers between the tides, muscle mouthed gulpers, cruisers and chasers, inshore marauders, and predators of the reef. Nearly 150 marine animals are represented. Glossary and Index. 207 pgs, hc. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 025555
    ISBN: 9780756651572
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    Magnificent! - The first word that comes to my mind when looking at space. So much to see and understand, but where to begin? This DK Encyclopedia of Space is a beautiful, informative reference book, sure to answer your astronomy questions. This 300+ page book is divided into 6 sections observing the universe, exploring space, planets and moons, the stars, galaxies and beyond, and practical stargazing. Every section is packed with photos (some from the Hubble Space Telescope), illustrations, and information from how telescopes work to names of the constellations. An astronomy timeline lists significant astronomical events from 3000 BC to about 2000 AD, thumbnail biographies of famous astronomers, and a glossary of astronomy-related words is included at the back of the book. This book could be the ultimate astronomy reference book in your home or classroom. hc ~ Donna

  • Item #: 009713
    ISBN: 9780756697938
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       What do you think of when you hear the words, “Super Nature?” Do you cautiously peer out the window in search of Godzilla or other larger than life creatures? Or maybe you are like me and find all of nature, super. This amazing resource from Smithsonian looks at the 100 most incredible creatures on the planet. Each 2-page spread identifies the unique trait that sets them apart from the rest, an ‘at a glance’ summary of facts, stats and facts, concise background info, vibrant photographs and colorful graphs.  For example, the longest living animal is the Aldabra Tortoise. Descriptive narrative gives students a base understanding of the tortoise with an emphasis on the Aldabra Tortoise. “At A Glance” showcases the size, habitat, location and diet. (Males can grow up to 4 feet long! Fun science project. Ask your child to lie down so you can measure him. Put a mark at 4 ft. and have him stand up. Is the Aldabra Tortoise taller or shorter?) Stats and Facts provide a simple line graph of average age and weight, including record weight (792 lbs!). and estimated life span (255 years). With this specific page, the tortoise shell is “cut away” to identify internal organs. The photograph also notes physical characteristics of the tortoise body.       

      Chapters include Amazing Anatomy, Animal Athletes, Life Stories and Supernatural Senses. Within each chapter examples are given in 3 categories: mammals, birds, invertebrates, with additional content on fish and invertebrates in the first 3 chapters. Introductory content contains a cursory overview of evolution and overview on animal bodies and shapes/sizes and habitats and animal lifestyles.

    This book presents fascinating information in an engaging and visually appealing manner which will appeal to reluctant readers, or those who think Science is ‘boring.’ I strongly suspect this would have been the most sought after book on our homeschool bookshelf—especially during those long winter months when we needed boredom busters! Glossary and Index. 256 pgs. HC. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 014569
    ISBN: 9780756619725
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    Although most Dorling-Kindersley books are known for their gorgeous photography and eye-catching layouts, this encyclopedia is downright amazing. It is packed to the gills with close-up photos of mammals, insects, reptiles and amphibians, with plenty of fascinating details on every one. The first part of the book presents general animal topics, including classification, senses, communication, camouflage, birth and growth, habitats, ecology and much more. The second part of the book, which is the largest portion, presents over 2,000 animal species, organized alphabetically by common name. I love this aspect, as it makes it very easy for children to look up the animals they are familiar with, whether they are dogs or penguins. A variety of species for that general name are presented within, so children can see the diversity that exists within each animal group. Most topics and animals are given a two-page spread which features a mix of general text, captioned full-color photos and illustrations, and often a striking, full-page photo of the animal as well. Fact boxes scattered throughout offer a succinct list of information on animal family, habitat, distribution, food, and approximate size for each group of animals. Although enjoyable purely for browsing, an index and glossary are also included. This "feast for the eyes" could easily capture the attention of your resident animal-lover for hours! 376 pgs, pb. – Jess

  • Item #: 012401
    ISBN: 9780794527846
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    Usborne's Living World Encyclopedia provides a great introduction into the amazing world of nature. The first section of the book covers living things and their environments. This section serves to present general information in the areas of: the history of the Earth, environments, cycles in nature, seasonal changes, and long-term changes. The remaining sections explore animals and plants by environment. Plants typical to the environment are introduced, and the lifestyles of animals (how they find food, attract mates, escape enemies, and adapt to varying habitats and climates) are examined. Environments covered include: seas and oceans, islands, grasslands, forests, deserts, polar regions, mountains, rivers and lakes, and rain forests. Additional sections on people and endangered species are included. ~ Enh

  • Item #: 000980
    ISBN: 9780794535285
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    This book is obviously an Usborne book; it's overloaded with interesting information and tons of color pictures. But it also has something else: internet links. A great deal of science is packed in the book, with even more available online at the many quality websites chosen by Usborne. More than 1,000 internet links and 180 QR links are included. Perform more than 120 experiments and activities, and see video clips, diagrams, pictures, and other helpful online highlights. Sites allow you to see video clips of animals, hear animal sounds, build your own roller coaster, dissect a virtual frog, relive the story of landing on the moon complete with sounds, images, and slideshows, and so much more. All of science is covered in this book: physics, chemistry, biology, information technology, earth sciences, astronomy, anatomy, zoology, and Earth conservation. A wonderful resource even for those without online access. This book is available in two sizes (with identical content). There is a small format version(pb). This large-format hardcover version measures 8 3/4" W x 11" H. 448 pgs. ~ Stephanie

  • Item #: 036914
    ISBN: 9781465442475
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    From the earliest of men to 2013, science has changed and transformed the way we live. Let DK take you on a visual journey through this 400 page, softcover book that allows you to see science as it happened. Travel through early metallurgy and the story of the wheel, through the European and Islamic Renaissance, the Age of Discovery and the development of measurement and Newton's Laws of Motion, through the Age of Revolutions, the Atomic Age and flying machines, and into the Information Age and understanding DNA and robotics. What a journey – and how things have changed! Discover Who's Who and how they contributed to life as we know it today.

    With a timeline running along the bottom of the page and a pictorial timeline running across the top, do not miss a moment of scientific discovery as it is presented in print, photos, and illustrations. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 051260
    ISBN: 9780890516188
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    Instilling a love for science in my children was always a primary goal in our early days of home-schooling. One of my secret tools was always keeping a stack of interesting science reference books available for them to thumb through or to look up a quick question on their own (yes, this was pre-internet!), but I always struggled to find good quality books that did not overwhelm us with evolutionary content and would often lament to my husband, that it would sure be nice to have a Christian alternative to the informative Usborne or DK resource books. I am so excited to share that Master Books and My Father's World have heard the cries of many homeschool families and have joined together to provide quality science reference books that offer beautiful photographs and illustrations without the inundation of evolutionary teaching.

    Beginning with Genesis 1:1, this book introduces the scientific method, real science, fields of science and the reasons to study science and then dives into seven sections covering a wide range of scientific subjects. Section 1: Matters and Chemicals covers atoms, elements, molecules, solids, liquids, gases, melting and boiling, crystals, water, chemical changes, acids and bases and composites. Section 2: Energy, Motion and Machines presents energy, converting energy, the energy of motion, forces and motion, measuring force and motion, gravity, heat and cold, helpful machines, simple machines, machine power, friction and energy and matter. Section 3: Electricity and Magnetism contains electrical energy, static electricity, flowing electricity, electrical circuits, using electricity, magnetism, and magnetism to electricity, electricity to movement, movement to electricity plus more. Section 4: Light and Sound introduces sound waves, using sound, light, reflected and refracted light, using light, laser light and more. Section 5: Earth and Life presents planet earth, inside the earth, the rock cycle, volcanoes and earthquakes, atmosphere, weather and climate, mountains and valleys, rivers and lakes, coastlines, seas and oceans, life on earth and the earth in trouble. Section 6: Space and Time explores earth in space, exploring space, earth's orbit, magnetic earth, inner planets, solar wanderers, outer planets, the sun, stars and galaxies, deep space, and the universe.

    The last section provides over sixty projects covering topics in each of the previous six categories. Science projects contain a concise "you will need" list, clear step by step instructions, and colorful accompanying photographs. Each project also contains the reference page for further information and utilizes commonly found items. Glossary and index provide helpful reference material. hc. 247 pgs. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 067913
    ISBN: 9781618931535
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      The Animal Kingdom is one of the most fascinating aspects of planet earth. Millions of species exist: flying, walking, and swimming on our planet. This visually stunning book may not capture them all, but it certainly hits the highlights! Inside are over 2,500 animals, complete with over 1,000 color photographs. This vast array begins with introducing the Animal Kingdom and is divided into convenient chapters: Mammals, Birds, Reptiles, Amphibians, Fish, Arthropods, and Other Invertebrates. Chapters are loosely organized into sub-sections such as “Big Cats,” “Dogs, Wolves, and Foxes,” etc. While the book’s main strength is the incredible visual presentation, each page contains brief entries providing a concise animal overview, a “card” with the common & scientific name, size, habitat, and food preferences. Rounding out entries are concise “About Me”, “Fun Facts,” “ROAR,” and “Surprisingly Human” boxes to maintain reader interest. An excellent choice for any “general interest” animal lover!

  • Item #: 026760
    ISBN: 9781465443489
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    Filled with brightly colored photographs and bite sized facts, this book presents our human body and how it functions in a fun, appealing manner. Contents include: Human Body, Skeleton and Bones, Moving Muscles, Brain and Senses, Heart and Blood, Lungs and Breathing, Skin, Nails and Hair, Fighting Diseases, Digestive System, Urinary System, Reproduction System (including a brief explanation of male/female sex hormones that "turn young boys/girls into men/women"), Life Cycle, Staying Healthy, Communication and a helpful Reference section. Each topic is presented in a 2-page spread and includes a "test yourself" question at the bottom (with answer located on opposite page). hc, 128 pgs. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 052226
    ISBN: 9780753474594
    Retail: $29.99
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    So, why add another animal encyclopedia to this section when there are already two here from other well-known publishers? Well, this one is just different, and different in some very appealing ways! First of all, it is hardcover, which makes it a little more durable (yet more expensive) than the DK encyclopedia. But the primary reason for the difference is in its organization, which makes it more navigable next to a zoology or biology course. Although a similar number of animals are covered here as in the DK volume (about 2,000), they are more extensively organized, as you can see if you check out our table of contents images online. The breakdown mirrors common biological classifications, including simple animals, cnidarians, flatworms/roundworms, segmented works, mollusks, arachnids, crustaceans, centipedes/millipedes, insects, echinoderms, chordates, cartilaginous fish, bony fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and finally, mammals. Within each chapter, two-page spreads examine one sub-group in depth, such as "catfish and electric eels" in the bony fish chapter. If you flip to that spread, you'll find a short introduction to the sub-group, followed by a handful of examples of specific species within that group presented in short blocks of text with some basic information, the scientific name, distribution and size. In comparison, the DK volume is organized alphabetically by general animal group, such as "bats." If you flip to the page(s) on bats, you'll also meet a variety of different bat species, complete with lovely full-color photos similar in quality to what you will find here. Both are excellent resources, and endlessly appealing to browsing as well as use as a reference or curriculum supplement. Your choice may just depend on how you want to use the guide, and which type of organization you prefer. On a side note, while this is from a secular viewpoint, evolution is not covered in any amount of depth here; the emphasis is really on the animals! 320 pgs, hc. – Jess