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  • Item #: 003618
    ISBN: 9780753468753
    Retail: $32.99
    Rainbow Price: $22.95

    We looked at several different alternatives before selecting this volume as a basic world history reference book. As with any secular product, we contend with the "dating" problems (the book dates the beginning of history at 40,000 B.C.), and evolutionary references. However, the book is an excellent reference with many outstanding features:

    • It's all in one book (491 pgs) making it a handy reference for studies of any and all time periods.
    • The paper is nice and thick, designed to tolerate years of "wear and tear".
    • Chronologically-arranged and cross- referenced articles.
    • Over 2000 colorful illustrations, including photographs and charts as well as annotated maps.
    • A handy reference section at the back of the book that has lists of national leaders throughout history; wars; and explorations/discoveries.
    • The comprehensive indexing makes it easy to quickly find the information or related articles you need.

    This book replaced the old Kingfisher Illustrated History of the World a number of years ago. Although similar, there are some differences in this new book. Curriculums that refer to the original book may not correspond exactly to the replacement version. We think this will be a volume you will use again and again, not just for world history studies, but for unit studies of all kinds.

  • Item #: RBW3RD
    Retail: $468.95
    Rainbow Price: $357.95

    The third grade package continues with Horizons Phonics and Reading Grade 3, Story of the World Volume 2 (and Activity Book), and Exploring Creation with Zoology 1 (text, Jr. Notebooking Journal and lab kit). At this level, math is switched to Saxon Math Intermediate Grade 3.

    The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia is a required resource. If you do not already have a copy, you will need to purchase one separately.

  • Item #: RBW2ND
    Retail: $570.97
    Rainbow Price: $447.00

    2nd grade package features Horizons Phonics & Reading for language arts, Saxon Math 2 and manipulative kit, Story of the World Volume 1 and Volume 1 Activity Book, Exploring Creation with Astronomy text, Exploring Creation with Astronomy Jr. Notebooking Journal and the Astronomy lab kit (packaged by Nature's Workshop).

    The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia is a required resource. If you do not already have a copy, you will need to purchase one separately.

  • Item #: 032533
    ISBN: 9780753465752
    Retail: $39.99
    Rainbow Price: $27.95

    Don't think of this as a dusty old encyclopedia; think of it as an exciting, fascinating visual tour across the globe. With page after page of incredible photographs, specially commissioned computer-generated maps, clear, concise, easy to- read text, and fact panels providing the latest figures and information, enthusiastic explorers and casual readers alike will be enthralled. Not only does this encyclopedia cover each country of the world individually, the first and last chapters are packed with yet more information and pictures, broken down as follows. The first chapter is all about the physical earth, with 47 pages about the formation of earth, earth's rotation, inside earth, earth's magnetism, continental drift, earthquakes, volcanoes, rocks and minerals, the rock cycle, mountain building, rivers and lakes, oceans and seas, landscaping by water, landscaping by ice, landscaping by wind, soil, the atmosphere, climate, world climate zones, weather, human impact, world population growth, the future, mapmaking, the physical earth, countries of the world, and earth statistics. The last chapter is a ready reference. section, with pages covering world biomes, world water, winds and ocean currents, world pollution, biodiversity and extinction, world health, world education, world wealth, world energy, world commodities, world trade, time zones, world organizations, world religions, world communications, and world statistics. Containing essential information on all the world's countries, the authors have also included some evolutionary theories about the formation of the earth, and time spans for certain things may stretch back millions and billions of years. As a whole, though, as with any other Kingfisher book, you will not be disappointed. ~ Zach

  • Item #: 069721
    ISBN: 9781465443465
    Retail: $16.99
    Rainbow Price: $11.95

     

    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 #: 035965
    ISBN: 9780753473559
    Retail: $16.99
    Rainbow Price: $11.95
    From oceans to planets (and everything in between), this universe-in-a-book will delight curious readers. This colorful encyclopedia is arranged thematically into ten core subjects: Planet Earth, Space and the Stars, Living World, Animal Life, Body Science, Story of the Past, People and Society, Arts and Entertainment, Science and Technology, and Communication. The information is presented in an exciting, visually appealing way, with over 1000 illustrations and photographs. Short, simple-to-read sections highlight essential topics. Step-by-step sequences and diagrams help students understand structures and processes. For example, in the "Rocks and soil" chapter, clear diagrams demonstrate the Mohs scale (rating minerals from softest to hardest), the rock cycle (formation of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks), and soil composition. Other interesting topics covered include: types of seeds, nature classification, human anatomy, the Industrial Revolution, world religions, sports, decorative arts, the Globe Theater…and much more! Color-coded sections, a glossary, and index help students find relevant information quickly. This encyclopedia covers such a wide variety of disciplines that it will come in handy for many a unit study or research project. But your kids will likely enjoy browsing just for fun, too. (Please note: evolutionary content and human reproduction are covered; you may wish to preview before handing to younger students.) 320 pgs, pb. ~ Lisa
  • Item #: 052226
    ISBN: 9780753474594
    Retail: $29.99
    Rainbow Price: $19.95

    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

  • Item #: 067765
    ISBN: 9781426320927
    Retail: $24.99
    Rainbow Price: $17.50

     

    Updated in 2015, this full-color U.S. encyclopedia provides students with time lines and key facts about many of the important historical, geographical and cultural aspects of each state. Special features on topics ranging from the westward expansion to the industrial age are also included, along with several key historical documents and over sixty kid-friendly maps. Loaded with beautiful color photos from locations within each of the fifty states, and lots of fun facts, this resource will help readers celebrate the people, places, and events that shaped the U.S. Please note that in some cases a secular, progressive perspective on American history and political thought is apparent. 9 1/2” x 12”. 265 pgs, hc. ~ Mike

  • Item #: 027650
    ISBN: 9780753472941
    Retail: $24.99
    Rainbow Price: $16.95

    Reading about history is one thing; seeing pictures of historical artifacts, people, and places is another thing altogether. Each appeals in a different way. How fantastic is a resource that melds the two together, so you can see where things were taking place around the globe, and how people and places changed through the ages. By tying world history to maps, we get a colorful text that depicts history visually across the globe and through time. There are more than 60 hand-illustrated maps, all in full color, which are accompanied by authoritative text (in bite-sized paragraphs), timelines, and photos of people, places, and artifacts. The book looks as far back as 10,000 BC (which is not as far back as many secular history texts) and then divides history into four time periods: Ancient World, Medieval World, Exploration and Empire, and the Modern World (since 1800). 192 pages in hardcover, this book is durable enough to be enjoyed by the entire family. – Zach

  • Item #: 014636
    ISBN: 9780753468142
    Retail: $29.99
    Rainbow Price: $19.95

    No child's education is complete without access to a comprehensive reference. This encyclopedia is designed with children in mind, as it is both easy-to-use and stimulating. It covers a wide range of topics from ancient history to up-to-the-minute developments in technology; from animal and plant life on Earth to plans for the next millennium in outer space. Key educational areas such as geography, science, religion, and the human body are also covered. All the topics are easy to find as they are listed in alphabetical order. The information is presented in a clear and friendly way that is perfect for experienced or beginning readers. Students will also be drawn in by the illuminating photographs and lavish illustrations that accompany each topic. This book also includes useful web links to encourage further research. Many of the subjects have fact and figure boxes to help bring attention to key dates, events, and statistics; and cross-reference boxes reveal related topics to research. A detailed index, maps, and fact sheets are also provided at the end of the book. This encyclopedia is a perfect resource to aid your child in his schoolwork, or just as a book to browse in their free time. Hc, 192 pgs. ~ elise

  • Item #: 026779
    ISBN: 9780753459416
    Retail: $9.99
    Rainbow Price: $7.50

    This is an atlas kids can call their own. Made specifically for kids and young readers, it has just enough information to be accessible, but not so much that it will overwhelm them. It is very colorful, with each continent shown twice. One maps out the political borders, displays flags, and has a short caption about each country; the other is a resource map showing rivers, lakes, mountains, where different animals live, and where things are made. The atlas also briefly covers how to use the atlas, how maps are made, and climate and land of the world. The flags of the world are shown by continent in the back of the book, and a fold-out map of the United States and Canada is included. There are a number of activities throughout the book, answers are included. ~ Zach

  • Item #: 012401
    ISBN: 9780794527846
    Retail: $14.99
    Rainbow Price: $14.24

    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 #: 038257
    ISBN: 9780753459461
    Retail: $15.95
    Rainbow Price: $11.50

    Covers countries and civilizations from 500 to 1450 A.D. After some general information about the medieval world, the book is divided into sections on: the Roman Empire, Byzantine Europe, Medieval Europe, the Arab world, medieval India, China, Japan and Korea, Southeast Asia, the Pacific, African kingdoms, North and Central America, and more.

  • Item #: 070556
    ISBN: 9781465440273
    Retail: $16.99
    Rainbow Price: $11.95

  • Item #: 029184
    ISBN: 9780753459140
    Retail: $15.99
    Rainbow Price: $11.50

    Divided by geographical region and civilization, including Mesopotamia, Egypt, Europe, the Indus Valley, Minoans and Myceneans, the Mediterranean, Greece, Rome, Africa, India, China, North America, Central and South America, Australia, and Polynesia. Note: A few pages cover "prehistory" and "early humans" but this info can easily be skipped.

  • Item #: 028380
    ISBN: 9781465428431
    Retail: $29.99
    Rainbow Price: $20.75

    By David C. King, this reference covers American history from 1000-2002. It features ample photographs, illustrations, charts, and maps to appeal to the visual student as well as the essential information on the topic to make this a useful research tool for assignments. This is not an exhaustive reference, but like other single volume encyclopedias, this book provides a synopsis of each topic as a starting point for further exploration elsewhere. 304 pgs. ~ Tom

  • Item #: 017164
    ISBN: 9781465408853
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $13.95
    As I oooo and aaahhh my way through the beautiful pictures in this book, I am reminded of what an amazing place the earth is. It is diverse, rugged, and awesome. DK always does an amazing job with photographic presentation, and this book is no exception. Take a visual journey from the beginning of the solar system, to rocks and minerals, water formation, weather and climate, life on earth, the human world, and mapping the world. Every photo, illustration, and map is accompanied by a small amount of information. A country factfile summarizes all of the countries of the world by offering facts about each – area, population, capital, currency, official language, life expectancy, and information about an accompanying picture. A glossary is included for words that might be unfamiliar. I am always curious about new destinations and intrigued by photos from different areas (I might want to go there someday), but not all of the photos provide that information. Another thing to keep in mind is that this is from a secular perspective; theories as fact abound. 300+pgs, p/b. ~ Donna
  • Item #: 010198
    ISBN: 9780753473849
    Retail: $34.99
    Rainbow Price: $22.95

    Looking for a handy reference book for science? If you can ignore the seemingly requisite homage to evolution in the first few pages and the evolutionary dating system mentioned here and there throughout the natural science sections, this could be a good choice. Chapters cover geology, living things, human biology, chemistry and the elements, materials and technology, light and energy, forces and movement, electricity and electronics, space and time, and the environment. Text is large, explanations are clear, and colorful photographs and illustrations abound. Each chapter ends with a helpful "Facts and Figures" page with key dates and definitions. Lots of useful information is packed into this 496-pg volume. hc.

  • Item #: 061055
    ISBN: 9781465414175
    Retail: $29.99
    Rainbow Price: $20.75

      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 #: 035055
    ISBN: 9780794511418
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $18.99

    Like all other Usborne books you've ever seen, this colorfully detailed encyclopedia is packed with info and ready to be explored. Well laid out on eye-catching pages, the history of the ancient world is detailed from the earliest civilizations of Mesopotamia 
(the book first has a few pages about early farmers and towns of 12,000 years ago)
 to the end of the Roman Empire in the early centuries AD. Stunning photographs and detailed reconstructions illustrate the book as you learn about Egypt, Greece, and other civilizations. The last section is an ancient world fact finder, with a "who's who in the ancient world", a time chart, a glossary, and an index. Web links mentioned in the book are routed through an Usborne site so they can be kept up to date. This small-format version is 7.5" x 9.5" and will complement any history program or be a great read all on its own. ~ Zach

  • Item #: 012200
    ISBN: 9780794528966
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $18.99

    This 400-page paperback text from Usborne is a fantastic reference guide that provides an extensive overview of world geography. First, you get a general overview of planet Earth. Next, more detailed sections cover the geographical phenomena of earthquakes, volcanoes, oceans, weather, climate, and world ecosystems. The people and cultures of the world (North America, South America, Australasia and Oceania, Asia, Europe, and Africa) are then extensively discussed, followed by an Atlas of the World portion of the book comprised of various maps (60 total) of all seven continents. The text concludes with a Fact File section that provides a medley of information on topics including but not limited to geographers and scientists, world records, time zones, constellations, and types of government.

    To take advantage of the interactive component of this book, visit the hundreds of websites recommended throughout the text. These sites were chosen to provide further information about people and places of the world and are reviewed and updated on a regular basis to ensure subject appropriateness and working order. Although it is "internet-linked," the Encyclopedia of World Geography is a complete book that can be used on its own. ~ Enh

  • Item #: 000980
    ISBN: 9780794535285
    Retail: $39.99
    Rainbow Price: $37.99

    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 #: 029186
    ISBN: 9780753465882
    Retail: $10.99
    Rainbow Price: $8.25

    With a winning combination of up-close, full-color photos, fascinating animal facts, and detailed illustrations, this first animal reference gives young animal lovers a lot to pore over. Animals or a group of similar animals are featured on every page of this hefty, 160-page book, organized in alphabetical order. Each page contains some general information about the species, surrounded by an assortment of colorful illustrations and photos that all show off a feature or habit of the animal, and describe it in an interesting caption. A sprinkling of activities offer readers the opportunity to explore topics related to the animal. For example, on the page discussing fish, an activity is included where kids cut out strips of paper, and glue them onto a paper, laying them over each other, so they can feel kind of what scales feel like. "Find Out More" boxes point readers to pages where similar animals are featured, and fact boxes are scattered throughout to offer more information on certain species. A glossary and index are also included. - Jess

  • Item #: 018005
    ISBN: 9780794528331
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $18.99
    This book covers it all, from the dawn of history right up to the year 2000, for all the major civilizations, all the rulers, and all the events in world history. Pages are filled with clear, interesting accounts of historical events, realistic reconstructions of scenes, and tons of incredible photographs. More than 100 charts and maps are included, allowing you to see exactly where events took place. Besides being an intriguing book to read, this is also your link to world history on the web. After reading about a subject, go online; every link leads you to a website where you can read additional information, watch video clips, play games, see photos, and use other unique website features to experience "virtually" all of world history. I was never much for history, but I wish I had this book when I was younger; these websites look really intriguing. For a study of the ancient world you can get virtual tours of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, a virtual walking tour of Rome and Athens, learn to speak Ancient Greek, write in hieroglyphics, take interactive tours of museums, explore the Valley of Kings in Egypt and learn about the pharaohs buried there and their tombs through photos and panoramic movies, view profiles of famous Romans and Greeks, explore a clickable Roman marketplace, and loads more. Some sights are interactive, where you can, for example, reenact the Battle of Hastings, and some are treasure troves of information, maps, timelines, and diagrams.

    Note: The first 100 or so pages of the book discuss the "Prehistoric World" (starting 4,550 million years ago with the Big Bang and proceeding to 12,000 years ago when the last ice age came to an end). This section outlines evolution and likely contains objectionable material. However, the rest of the sections (Ancient World, Medieval World, Last 500 Years) are more factual and make up for the first. A colorful, captivating book. 416 pages. Stephanie

  • Item #: 000979
    ISBN: 9780794526887
    Retail: $39.99
    Rainbow Price: $37.99

    This book covers it all, from the dawn of history right up to the year 2000, for all the major civilizations, all the rulers, and all the events in world history. Pages are filled with clear, interesting accounts of historical events, realistic reconstructions of scenes, and tons of incredible photographs. More than 100 charts and maps are included, allowing you to see exactly where events took place. Besides being an intriguing book to read, this is also your link to world history on the web. After reading about a subject, go online; every link leads you to a website where you can read additional information, watch video clips, play games, see photos, and use other unique website features to experience "virtually" all of world history. I was never much for history, but I wish I had this book when I was younger; these websites look really intriguing. For a study of the ancient world you can get virtual tours of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, a virtual walking tour of Rome and Athens, learn to speak Ancient Greek, write in hieroglyphics, take interactive tours of museums, explore the Valley of Kings in Egypt and learn about the pharaohs buried there and their tombs through photos and panoramic movies, view profiles of famous Romans and Greeks, explore a clickable Roman marketplace, and loads more. Some sights are interactive, where you can, for example, reenact the Battle of Hastings, and some are treasure troves of information, maps, timelines, and diagrams.

    Note: The first 100 or so pages of the book discuss the "Prehistoric World" (starting 4,550 million years ago with the Big Bang and proceeding to 12,000 years ago when the last ice age came to an end). This section outlines evolution and likely contains objectionable material. However, the rest of the sections (Ancient World, Medieval World, Last 500 Years) are more factual and make up for the first. A colorful, captivating book. 416 pages. Stephanie

  • Item #: 018008
    ISBN: 9780794523558
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $18.99

    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).The small-format paperback version measures 7 1/2" x 9 1/2". The large-format hardcover version measures 8 3/4" W x 11" H. 448 pgs. ~ Stephanie

  • Item #: 034594
    ISBN: 9780753464861
    Retail: $8.99
    Rainbow Price: $5.07
  • Item #: 053542
    ISBN: 9780753467695
    Retail: $3.99
    Rainbow Price: $3.50
  • Item #: 018638
    ISBN: 9780865976665
    Retail: $34.00
    Rainbow Price: $28.95
    This scholarly compilation is truly a "Who's-Who" collection of the finest minds in the field of economics. With a stated goal to "communicate just how much economic analysis can teach us about the important issues we face as voters, as consumers, as employees, and as people who care about the world," this book does that and so much more! Alphabetically organized, the volume offers 168 articles on high-interest economic subjects covering a wide range of macro-and micro-economic topics including: advertising, agricultural subsidy programs, bankruptcy, the consumer price index economic freedom, distribution of income, economic freedom, entrepreneurship, financial regulation, government growth, minimum wages, pharmaceuticals, regulation, poverty in America, welfare and so forth. Biographies of noted economists, further reading recommendations and a detailed index complete this hefty encyclopedia from the Liberty Fund. Clearly written for the non-economists in all of us, you will find this an excellent resource to expand your understanding of the role of economics in today's society. PB. 637 pgs. ~Deanne
  • Item #: 006063
    ISBN: 9780825128806
    Retail: $26.00
    Rainbow Price: $18.50

    A wonderful way to incorporate geography into your world studies! Besides teaching basic map concepts like longitude and latitude, they help teach the facts and ideas of history; each map becoming a do-it-yourself visual aid. There are 35 map activities in all - each with a research and instruction sheet and a map to be completed, that span history from "Ancient Near East" to "Africa: The New Nations". Some maps are examples of historic concepts and terms. The map of Africa in 1914, for example, is a vivid portrayal of the concept of imperialism. Some activities are self-contained, some require reference to a text, others require some research in an atlas or encyclopedia. These sheets are not keyed to a particular text, but should work well with whatever text or course you choose - or use by itself as a survey course. A key is provided for each of the exercises, but there is no key for the map work. Sheets are reproducible (for within your home).