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  • Item #: 071206
    ISBN: 9780794539047
    Retail: $16.99
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    Gain valuable information about our fascinating world as you explore the 15 big and beautiful maps featured in this picture atlas. Geography students will be challenged to find famous landmarks, discover where various animals and people groups live around the world, study the flags of the world and identify the capital city of each country, and so much more! This attractive and nicely organized full-color atlas would be an excellent supplement to any elementary geography study. Measures 9"x 11 1/2". 40 pgs, hc. ~ Mike 

  • Item #: 043295
    ISBN: 9781599150109
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    A reprint of the original 1917 edition by H.E. Marshall, this hefty book offers 99 exciting stories from American history, starting with the expeditions of the Vikings and Columbus, and ending with the presidency of Woodrow Wilson. The stories are grouped into seven parts; "Stories of Explorers and Pioneers," "Stories of Virginia," "Stories of New England," "Stories of the Middle and Southern Colonies," "Stories of the French in America," "Stories of the Struggle for Liberty" and "Stories of the United States Under the Constitution." The book is unique in that the first 400 pages or so focus on exploration and the Colonial period, while only the last 200 pages cover the history of the U.S. as its own country. Although there is a lot of content here, the chapters are only several pages in length which make for great supplementary reading or read-alouds. Occasional black-and-white full-page illustrations are included in some chapters. 616 pgs, pb. – Jess

  • Item #: 047438
    ISBN: 9781465435552
    Retail: $15.99
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    Using a world atlas can be overwhelming to young learners. DK/Smithsonian has taken the intimidation factor out of the equation with this lovely atlas intended just for children. This 128-page atlas is full of fun, colorful pictures on every page. Travel through North America, South America, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australasia and the Polar Regions with maps labeled for major cities, flags, places of interest, agriculture, and more. Information is presented in small paragraphs to be more reader-friendly. Every continent begins with an overview and is then broken down by country. Learn about the climate, culture, and geography of each place. Children will be able to travel the world without ever leaving home! ~ Donna

  • Item #: 007961
    ISBN: 9780528015076
    Retail: $7.00
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    With more maps and more detail, this is Rand McNally's next step up from the Primary Atlas (#037759). The colorful atlas begins with an overview of map and globe terminology, followed by world maps: a physical map, political map, world land use map, and climate map. Next is a United States political map, plus a section on U.S. regions and a timeline of original settlers and explorers, before moving on to political maps for all seven continents. Simple map legends are included for each map, as well as interesting facts, captioned photos of regional people, animals, or landmarks, and simple timelines/charts/graphs. Each of the maps in this atlas also contains a map question, challenging students to apply their map-reading skills. A glossary and index are provided at the back of the book. 48 pgs. ~ Lisa

  • Item #: 037759
    ISBN: 9780528004698
    Retail: $7.00
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    Introduce your youngest students to geography with this atlas from Rand McNally. It begins with a section on basic map reading terminology and then proceeds through maps of the United States, World, and all seven continents. The maps featured are colorful, large-print political maps with shaded areas designating mountain ranges. Simple map legends are included for each map, and the margins contain small captioned photos of people, animals, or landmarks from the continents and countries. A basic fact or two about the continent is listed at the top of the page, with some maps containing a "map skills challenge." For example, the Africa map states, "Africa is the warmest continent," and the map skills challenge is "How many rivers can you find on the Africa map?" Index of countries included. 17 pgs, pb. ~ Lisa

  • Item #: 026779
    ISBN: 9780753459416
    Retail: $9.99
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    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 #: 036559
    ISBN: 9780528015144
    Retail: $12.00
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    Colorful, appealing, and kid-friendly, the Classroom Atlas from Rand McNally is the next step up from the Junior Classroom Atlas (#007961) with more maps, more detail and more information. The book begins with a section defining map terminology. Next are nine world maps, each with a different emphasis: physical, political, climates, population density, and time zones, to name a few. Following are physical, political, and thematic maps for each continent. Thematic maps might showcase climate, environments, population, economic activities, natural hazards, or transportation. Each continent map section begins with an introduction that provides a historical and geographical overview of the continent, a timeline, and photos of people, places, animals, or landmarks from the continent. Additional maps are provided of the United States, Canada, and Mexico/Middle America. Graphs, charts, and "Did You Know?" fact boxes add visual interest and content. Interesting Top 10 lists (i.e. Largest lakes, longest rivers, most populated countries) are printed in the front and back inside cover. Index included. This is the 13th edition, copyright 2015 and includes North and South Sudan. 208 pgs, pb. ~ Lisa

  • Item #: 000288
    ISBN: 9781516991105
    Retail: $34.95
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      A country, state, and civics study for middle school students written by Angela O’Dell. The four included unit studies are designed for students to create a recorded notebook on US geography, government and symbols, state and city government, and their home state. Necessary resources include National Geographic’s Kids Atlas of the USA; Eat Your Way Around the USA; some state pictures for the region you’re studying; and markers/pencils. The appendix includes supplemental suggestions for books, DVDs and Web resources. Non-reproducible, 186 pp, sc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 071231
    ISBN: 9781426328312
    Retail: $12.99
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     Students will learn a great deal about the United States as they read through this colorful non-consumable atlas, including key facts about each state and important statistics. Featuring more than 75 maps and 350 color photos of various state landmarks, this resource provides a wealth of information about the U.S. and even its territories. Special “fun fact” highlights and a comprehensive index also helps guide students into a deeper understanding of US geography and culture. This Atlas is nearly identical to the National Geographic Atlas item #35090, but with a slightly more economical cover. 9” x 12”, 175 pgs, pb. ~ Mike

  • Item #: 067739
    ISBN: 9781465444998
    Retail: $35.00
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     Newly revised and updated in 2016, this 7th edition full-color world atlas features a wealth of reference material in the form of high-definition maps, superb photographs, diagrams and topical maps. Created using the latest digital techniques and satellite data, this history/geography resource sets new standards for cartographic excellence. Any student of the physical aspects of our planet and world cultures would be delighted to have this quality publication. Measures 10” x 13”. 350 pgs, hc. ~ Mike

  • Item #: 030162
    ISBN: 9781426215438
    Retail: $70.00
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    Did I hear someone say comprehensive? That's a fitting word for this 384-page atlas by the National Geographic Society. Since I'm going to need a lot of space to tell you all about this one, I'm going to get started right away. We'll begin with the usual couple of pages on how to use the atlas, though if you've ever picked an atlas up before, you'll find this one to be as logical and straight-forward as any other. After the "how to" section, we start in on world geography. This section has maps of the physical world and the political world and the hemispheres and poles, and it goes on to cover the structure of the earth, earth's rocky exterior, world landforms, the surface of the earth, world land cover, world climate, world weather, world biosphere, world biodiversity, world population, world languages, world religions, world health and education, conflict and terror around the world, world economy, world trade, world food, world energy, world minerals, environmental stresses, world protected lands, technology and globalization, and the internet. This whole section gives an amazing overview of the world as a whole - ready to launch us into the next seven sections which each look at one of the seven continents in detail. The maps in these sections are in full color, showing towns and cities, roadways, rivers, lakes, mountains, and the like. There are also little fact boxes containing facts like area, population, religion, life expectancy, literacy, flag, and more for each country or state shown on that page. Each continent is introduced with some incredible photography and clear text including brief details of the continent's physical geography, history, culture, and economy. So we get through Antarctica in this way, and there are still a lot of pages left before we reach the back cover. Here's what you'll find: sections on the oceans and space, and an appendix which I'll outline for you a little later. What exactly do these last two sections contain? World oceanography; limits of the oceans and seas; floor maps of the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, and Arctic Oceans; and the ocean around Antarctica are all part of the oceans section; while the space section will introduce you to some things you have probably never come across before. These are maps of both sides of the moon, a map of Mars, a map of the solar system, a look at the planets, and a 3D structure showing the universe and, in four stages, where our galaxy is to be found. There is a space exploration timeline, and then the appendix. The appendix is loaded with good material, including: airline distances in kilometers (major cities only), abbreviations, metric conversions, geographic comparisons, political entities and status, special flags, foreign terms, world time zones, major cities of the world (lists population and country), world temperature and rainfall, glossary of geographic terms, and a 94-page index (which includes an index of Moon locations). This atlas will serve you well in more ways than you probably ever thought you would need. Its large 10.5" x 14" format and quality hardcover binding will stand the test of time and help keep this atlas looking attractive for years to come. 2nd edition. ~ Zach

  • Item #: 058426
    ISBN: 9781596951372
    Retail: $9.49
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    This detailed and informative atlas contains maps and information about 195 countries and all 50 states individually. Its compact size makes it a great desk reference. Learn each country's flag, motto and other information as well as a bit of history for each state. A great resource for any geography or current events class. 389 pgs, sc.- Laura

  • Item #: 007967
    ISBN: 9780528017896
    Retail: $15.00
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    This atlas from Rand McNally bridges the gap between simpler atlases geared to younger students and adult reference-only atlases. Like its adult cousins, this atlas is packed full of colorful maps and handy reference material; however, it also includes some student-friendly features such as charts/graphs, and narrative text. The atlas begins with an overview of map terminology. Next are sections on the earth/solar system, plate tectonics, climate, and other topics pertaining to physical geography. A twelve-page countries and flags of the world section presents basic information about 199 countries. Seven world maps are included: political, physical, climate, economic, population density, environments, and time zones. Detailed political and physical maps are provided for each of the seven continents and the U.S., plus thematic maps and select regional/country maps. Some examples of the continent thematic maps include: climate, population, environments/land use, or special topics specific to the continent (i.e. destruction of the rain forest in South America). Glossary and index included. 176 pgs, pb. Revisd in 2017. ~ Lisa

  • Item #: 067760
    ISBN: 9781426326851
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  • Item #: 014480
    ISBN: 9780805082265
    Retail: $17.99
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      The author uses the famous national song, My Country, ‘Tis of Thee, as a means of conveying her own message about the historic struggle for civil rights in America. Readers learn about the many ways in which American society failed to extend freedom and liberty to all of its citizens since the days of its founding. Near the end of the book, the author does acknowledge some of the ways in which the United States has finally become a land of freedom and liberty for all. This book showcases most of the major flaws and injustices in America’s past, while it also provides a basic overview of the civil rights movement. 42 pgs, hc. ~ Mike

  • Item #: 036558
    ISBN: 9780528016653
    Retail: $9.00
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    This Rand McNally Atlas is colorful and appealing for middle-grade students. The atlas begins with a Discoverer's Tools section that introduces students to map reading and terminology such as map projections, directions, grid systems, legends, and symbols. Next is a world maps section with physical, political, climate, environment, and population density maps. The U.S. maps section includes even more types of maps, with physical, political, climate, environment, population density, and time zone maps. A Regions of the United States contains close-up, detailed regional maps along with a narrative overview and captioned photos of landmarks and charts pertaining to unique topics of interest within the region. The text is large and readable, with bold vocabulary words keyed to an index. "Time to Explore" boxes scattered throughout the atlas challenge students to use map reading skills to answer questions. The final section of the atlas, Settlement of the United States, begins with a timeline showing the population growth of our country. Maps showing U.S. population changes are included, such as Native American homelands, routes to the New World, the original thirteen colonies, and immigration patterns. The back of the book includes state tables with statistics (i.e., population, population rank, area in square miles, year admitted to the Union, capital city). A glossary is included. 128 pgs, pb. ~ Lisa

  • Item #: 036459
    ISBN: 9780890517062
    Retail: $19.99
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    Tired of exposing your children to evolutionary "facts" while studying the countries of our world? Well, no more! Master Books, in partnership with My Father's World, provides this quality resource designed to enhance our study of the world from a Christian perspective.

    Each of the seven continents is represented with highlights of more well-know nations. Information typically found in a quality atlas is included like landmarks, rivers, countries/capitals, flags, peoples, distinctive animals, biomes and the physical characteristic of the land. Unique to this atlas is the information on Christian history, people of faith and Christian traditions around the globe. For example, in the section on Saudia Arabia we read, "One of the first church buildings ever constructed has been found here by archaeologists. Built around the 4th century, it has come to be called the Jubail Church. Many congregations of Christians once thrived here until they were killed or driven out by the growth of Islam at the end of the first millennium…" The other distinctive feature you will appreciate is the lack of evolutionary timeline dating. Additional resources found in the back of the book include a glossary, definitions of government systems, holidays around the world, and detailed index. Vividly illustrated with photographs and full color maps, children will be eager to learn more about God's world. Oversized HC. 96 ps. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 038257
    ISBN: 9780753459461
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    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 #: 031397
    ISBN: 9780133864649
    Retail: $33.84
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    First published in 1923, this atlas has gone on to become the number-one college reference atlas used in the United States. Probably the most comprehensive and up-to-date atlas of world geography that we sell, this one will meet all your needs from a basic reference tool for finding countries, capitals, cities, mountains, rivers, and oceans, to a detailed study on, quite literally, hundreds of different aspects of worldwide geography. The atlas is divided into three sections: World Maps, Regional Maps, and Tables and Indexes. The World Maps section is a collection of dozens and dozens of mostly thematic maps, but it also includes a political world map, a physical world map, and three ocean floor maps. The Regional Maps section then looks at each of the continents in turn, as well as the major oceans and polar regions. North America is more closely studied than the others, with 76 pages of thematic maps of the US providing an in-depth look at the geographic aspects of employment, transportation, climate, and other topics; over 140 pages of reference maps are devoted to the other continents, oceans, and polar regions. The final section contains the tables of statistics, glossary of foreign geographical terms, abbreviations and pronunciations of geographic names, 30,000 longitude and latitude locations, and a subject index that no atlas would be without. Complete, colorful, and up-to-date, this atlas is a very easy-to-use resource that will help every reader or student of geography get to know our world. 426 pgs, pb. ~ Zach

  • Item #: 028386
    ISBN: 9780375812569
    Retail: $34.99
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    I'm always shocked when someone tells me they dislike history and find it boring. I've always loved history because it's the magnificent story of our past – triumphs, tragedies, endurance, courage, heartbreak, justice, injustice, adventure, freedom, change – how could that be boring? This treasury of stories shows readers that American history isn't just about dates and facts, it's about the amazing events that have brought our country to where it is today. Starting with the establishment of the first city in 1564 and ending with the election of 2000, it includes 100 stories that show America's character and its history. All kinds of stories are included; well-known and obscure, funny and sad, admirable and disgraceful. The stories are easy-to-read narratives of true events or descriptions remarkable accomplishments. Each story is about 3-4 pages long and pages feature full-color illustrations. Stories are presented chronologically but there are notes following some of them that identify other stories that link together as well as suggestions for further reading. Help students see that history is full of captivating, motivating, heartbreaking, and interesting stories with this great treasury. By Jennifer Armstrong, 358 pgs, hc. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 048662
    ISBN: 9780899570266
    Retail: $16.99
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    From Columbus' exploration of America on October 12, 1492 to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, this book explains the history behind 42 memorable dates in our country's history. The historical significance behind each date is explained in a two to four page chapter. What sets this book apart is that the events are placed into the context of God's activity, using anecdotes, speeches, and excerpts from sermons taken from the time period covered in each chapter. For example, the D-Day (1944) chapter includes President Roosevelt's prayer for the soldiers and their families, and the Kent State University Shootings chapter (1970) recounts how a religious revival took place at Asbury College in Kentucky. Some of the other events covered in this book are the Mayflower Compact (1620), the Constitution (1787), the Wright Brothers' First Flight (1903), World War I (1914-18), and the Fall of Communism (1989). Notes at the end of each chapter provide bibliographical (or website) references. By Rebecca Price Janney. 175 pgs, pb. ~ Lisa

  • Item #: 022476
    ISBN: 9781930953161
    Retail: $14.95
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    In reference to telling a successful joke or story you often hear, "It's all in the presentation," meaning that people will be interested or enjoy these things if the person telling them is an interesting, good storyteller. That saying captures the Artner's view of teaching and learning American history - children will enjoy history if it is presented to them in an interesting way. The basis of this guide is that learning American history is both more effectively and enjoyably done through reading children's history books rather than a history text. Although simple, this is a somewhat unique idea in many classrooms today. Many parents occasionally supplement with historical readers, either nonfiction or fiction, but few discard the history text and rely on these valuable resources completely. However, as the Artner family sees it, this is by far the best way to engage children in the history of our country. Through reading well-written, factual stories of the times and people of our nation as opposed to a dull textbook, children will truly enjoy history and have a better knowledge of our country's past. To this end, they have created this helpful guide to share their extensive knowledge of great children's history books. Divided into eight historical periods, units cover exploration and settlement (c. 1000-1775), the Colonial period (1607-1775), the War of Independence and the new government (1775-1789), national development and westward expansion (1790-1877), Civil War and reconstruction (1861-1877), Industrial Revolution and the rise of American world leadership (1878-1918), boom, depression and World War II (1919-1945), and the American century (1946-present). For each unit, parents are provided with a basic facts sheet to briefly introduce the era. This sheet includes important chronological dates and events of that time; notable people, places, and topics for reading; inventions and innovations of the time; important documents; and famous phrases. The Artner's also strongly suggest using Everything You Need to Know About American History Homework in conjunction with this text, citing page numbers of that book to read in introduction to each era and referencing history activity ideas from the same. The second teacher page for each unit holds history topics which should be covered according to E.D. Hirsch's books, What Your __ Grader Needs to Know, as well as ideas for optional fun activities relating to the topics read about. The last portion of each unit contains the reading list. Here you will find the titles and authors of what the Artner's believe to be the best children's history books. These books are divided by in print or easily found, out of print, autobiographies, advanced reading, historical fiction, and poetry, prose and song. The teacher's guide section at the front of the book offers information on selecting good history books and using this guide and provides a step-by-step schedule for teaching each unit. Helpful tips for finding any out-of-print treasures are shared at the back of the book. America has a naturally interesting story - don't squelch it with a boring retelling! ~ Steph

  • Item #: 035090
    ISBN: 9781426302558
    Retail: $24.95
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    The sister book to the National Geographic World Atlas for Young Explorers, this atlas uses the same colorful style of maps and comprehensive coverage that make these atlases the perfect easy reference for young students. All fifty states are given a two-page spread, with full-color physical maps showing major highways, national parks, cities, mountains, lakes, reservations, all the major industries around the state, deserts, rivers, borders, and more. There is also a brief description of the state, along with state facts and some interesting trivia. A two-page spread is also given to the territories administered by the US. The atlas begins with ten thematic spreads covering how to use the atlas, the physical United States, the natural environment, natural hazards, the political United States, population, immigration and minority populations, potential geographic areas where alternative energy can be used, and Washington D.C. A list of facts and figures, a glossary and an index round out the atlas. Full of nothing other than National Geographic standard photographs from each region, locator maps and color coding are used to make this atlas more accessible to all users. Large format (10.5" x 14"), 176 pgs, hc. ~ Zach

  • Item #: 043711
    ISBN: 9781465429858
    Retail: $12.99
    Rainbow Price: $9.50

    While this atlas comes in a mini size (4.25" x 5.3"), it still contains an impressive amount of maps and facts about the world. The first third of the book is composed of detailed maps of all the different continents and areas of the world. At first the maps are of entire continents and then they narrow in on specific countries, states, and areas. Standard items like bodies of water, cities, capitals, landforms, regions, etc. are labeled and many maps contain small captions that list historical events that happened in different areas on the map. The rest of the atlas is a "factfile" guide that shares statistics about the 195 countries of the world. For each country, the atlas includes another map of the area and information on geography, climate, people & society, and economy, and stats on date of formation, population, area, density, language, religions, ethnic mix, government, and currency. With 260 detailed maps and full coverage of the world's regions, this handy little atlas is a great reference to have around. 432 pgs, pb. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 048743
    ISBN: 9781569762806
    Retail: $18.99
    Rainbow Price: $13.95

    This interesting chronological history with 21 activities is for a slightly older audience than some of our related items. It's an honest look at the daily life and history of Native Americans, and their relationship to Europeans. The book is divided into 8 chapters: "The First People," "In Search of the City of Gold," "Europeans Settle on the Eastern Shore," "Fighting the White Man's Wars," "Heading West," "Destruction of a Way of Life," "Change in Indian Country," and "Tribal Rights and Cultural Pride." Topics include Mesa Verde, European domination, creation stories, DNA analysis, and many more. Activities include playing Native American games, designing and building a trading post, weaving, making beef jerky, deciphering a code, making a totem pole and Arapaho fry bread, etc. The book has a glossary, index, and resource section with websites and books for further study. 128 pgs, pb. ~ Caryl

  • Item #: 036081
    ISBN: 9781572627840
    Retail: $12.95
    Rainbow Price: $10.58

    This colorful atlas is a great way to introduce students to the basic geographic features of the United States. The atlas is divided into several sections. The first section, Map Skills, explains how to read a map. It briefly covers the topics of scale, latitude/longitude, and different types of map projections. The next section, U.S. Themes, has a political map, physical map, and themed maps that show climate, elevation, average temperature, land use, population density, and more. The United States History section presents maps that represent places, populations, or events at different times in our country's history. For example, there are maps that show the routes of early explorers, battles of the American Revolution, the Underground Railroad, and the Vietnam War. The U.S. Regions section takes a closer look at six areas of the country - the Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, and D.C., Puerto Rico and other islands. Each region has a political map, images of state flags, list of largest cities, and small thematic maps that show land use, population density, and average temperature/precipitation. An index at the end of the section gives the page number, latitude, and longitude for cities, landforms and bodies of water. The book concludes with the Atlas section, which contains political and physical maps of the world, the Western Hemisphere, the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. It also has a map of U.S. time zones and an index. 104 pgs, pb. ~ Lisa

  • Item #: 070721
    ISBN: 9781976051746
    Retail: $34.95
    Rainbow Price: $32.95

    Packed with graphics and illustrations, the Course Book is a template/example for the notebook/binder the student will create. In addition to the maps there are suggestions for projects, lots of photos from studied countries, and blank space for writing. There are two versions of the Course Book one in full-color and one that is black and white. The Course Book is consumable and the author considers one per student a requirement.

  • Item #: 021646
    ISBN: 9780764167461
    Retail: $18.99
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    Some atlases may intimidate kids because of their size. Some may intimidate with maps so full of detail kids go cross-eyed just looking at the page. Not this one. It has just the right amount of information and detail for elementary and middle-school students. The maps have a cartoonish feel, with illustrations of ethnic people, landmarks and geographic features spread evenly throughout. Photos with captions of important things to note about each region also expand the content of each map page. The maps in the atlas are arranged by continent. The Americas, Asia, and Europe all have a fold-out spreads (11" x 37") showing topographical maps of the entire continent. Those continents are also examined more closely by region, using political maps that show borders and capital cities. Australia, Africa and Antarctica also have non-fold-out political maps covering a two-page spread. Though of the three, only Africa is detailed through regional, political maps. Facts, figures, features and history are doled out in small text boxes across each map, giving a taste of the things to see and places to know in each region. And just to capture students right away, as they open the front cover of the atlas, a 19" square world map unfolds showing all of the countries and flags of the world in spectacular color! 55 pgs, pb. – Zach

  • Item #: 024700
    ISBN: 9780310730958
    Retail: $16.99
    Rainbow Price: $10.95

      This book holds a wealth of presidential info, albeit sometimes tongue-in-cheek (imagine large sunglasses on each president). From the country’s foundation to 2013, each presidency is explained in bite-sized pieces and interesting sections: The Bottom Line; What Was He Thinking?; Why Should I Care?; Breakin’ It Down; Previous Career; First Couple; Presidency; and What Has he Done for me Lately?. Other facts are highlighted in side bars, charts, graphs and full-color illustrations, and a special Presidential Times newspaper overview section. Important themes from each presidency are stressed so you can work through the text and easily compare. How did each president view the constitution? What were themes in his platform speech? I can see this being a handy, go-to, overview reference for your teens as you work through American history. Quite an engaging book that will appeal to even your non-history buffs. I love that this book shows how past actions and decisions affect our present, with the implication that our present will affect the future. By the same publishers as Our Constitution Rocks (#006864), 8” x 10”, 316 pp, sc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 012704
    ISBN: 9780147515575
    Retail: $8.99
    Rainbow Price: $6.75

    Children will delight in learning about our 50 states (and the District of Columbia) as they devour this quirky book that teaches a bit of history, folklore, geography and ornithology. The state birds are the respective guides to each state and their witty quips along with the fun illustrations offer a completely unique journey through this country! With so much personality from each bird, the competition to be the “Top Tweet” in the United Tweets of America pageant is tight! Each state is covered per 2 pages. An outline of the state is at the top of the page, with a star marking the location of the capital. The state capital and nickname are given, and of course each bird is identified along with brief characteristics.  Additionally, each state page includes tidbits that are fun and will appeal to kids, for example: Montana has the largest grizzly bear population in the lower 48 states and the largest migratory elk population in the U.S. The elk, deer and antelope populations each outnumber the humans. (“tweet” is not a social media reference here!) sc, 64pgs. ~ Deanne