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  • Item #: 010198
    ISBN: 9780753473849
    Retail: $34.99
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    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 #: 052226
    ISBN: 9780753465806
    Retail: $27.99
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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

  • Item #: 003618
    ISBN: 9780753468753
    Retail: $32.99
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    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 #: 035965
    ISBN: 9780753468135
    Retail: $12.99
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    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 #: 009687
    ISBN: 9781465420466
    Retail: $29.99
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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 #: 004894
    ISBN: 9780756622206
    Retail: $21.99
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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 #: 066634
    ISBN: 9781426325427
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  • Item #: 041724
    ISBN: 9780756642969
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  • Item #: 028439
    ISBN: 9780794530433
    Retail: $9.99
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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 #: 029778
    ISBN: 9781465435941
    Retail: $19.99
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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 #: 000980
    ISBN: 9780794535285
    Retail: $39.99
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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 #: 065951
    ISBN: 9780199119950
    Retail: $16.95
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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 #: 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 #: 067084
    ISBN: 9781465435521
    Retail: $17.99
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  • Item #: 009705
    ISBN: 9780756662776
    Retail: $24.99
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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 #: 016325
    ISBN: 9780756671396
    Retail: $16.99
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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 #: 064474
    ISBN: 9781465412331
    Retail: $19.99
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  • Item #: 009558
    ISBN: 9781465424457
    Retail: $24.99
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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 #: 029186
    ISBN: 9780753465882
    Retail: $10.99
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    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 #: 067085
    ISBN: 9781465446008
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  • Item #: 009713
    ISBN: 9780756697938
    Retail: $24.99
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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 #: 044361
    ISBN: 9781465443434
    Retail: $16.99
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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 #: 069721
    ISBN: 9781465443465
    Retail: $16.99
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  • Item #: 014636
    ISBN: 9780753468142
    Retail: $29.99
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    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 #: 012401
    ISBN: 9780794527846
    Retail: $14.99
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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 #: 067913
    ISBN: 9781618931535
    Retail: $24.95
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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: 9780756609979
    Retail: $17.99
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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 #: 018008
    ISBN: 9780794523558
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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).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 #: 046257
    ISBN: 9781465450845
    Retail: $16.99
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  • Item #: 061055
    ISBN: 9781465414175
    Retail: $29.99
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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