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  • Item #: 005065
    ISBN: 9781932012958
    Retail: $22.00
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    The ideal homeschooling reference book would be many things: encouragement to begin or continue homeschooling, ideas for shaping a child’s character and strengthening his mind, practical methods of integrating homeschooling and family life, insights into different teaching and learning styles, and comments on different educational materials and suppliers. This book delves into each of these areas and uses an informal, informative and unique format. The main text is contained in a 5-inch column towards the inside of each page. A wide outside margin shows noteworthy quotes, comments on educational products, and helpful hints. Many pages include an “in our home” segment giving personal insights into various aspects of homeschooling life in the Clarkson household. You are not likely to tire of reading this book; it’s the type that you can pick up again and again and find fresh ideas and friendly encouragement.

  • Item #: 018745
    Retail: $3.85
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    Use indoors or out - has large, visible numbers in Celsius and Fahrenheit. Includes mounting screws and is made of durable, waterproof plastic. 3" x 14½".

  • Item #: 067907
    ISBN: 9780794539689
    Retail: $9.99
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     Take the classroom outdoors! Well-illustrated, clear instructions for activities, and helpful background information make this an excellent science supplement or a wonderful resource for a Charlotte Mason homeschooler. Beginning with an introduction on how to use the book, tools for outdoor learning, safety tips and how to protect nature, the rest of the book then divides into 6 sections. These sections include Exploring ponds, Rivers and Seas; Discovering Wildlife; Into the Wild; Out in all Weather and Night Explorer. A sampling of activities includes bouncing stones, damming a stream, forming a footprint trap, being a tree detective, creating wildlife art from items found in the woods, pitching a tent and making a campfire, cloud spotting and forecasting, stargazing and much more. Includes a dedicated website for interactive activities and worksheets. Index and helpful glossary. 64 pgs. HC. ~ Deanne 

  • Item #: 032392
    ISBN: 9780982537725
    Retail: $21.95
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    I think it takes a rare person to try to present basic chemistry at a level that an upper-elementary or middle-school student can understand, but ORGANIC chemistry? Normally, you only really scratch the surface of organic chemistry in high school, and if you go into a science-related field in college, then you're really hit with it. So, before I even cracked the cover, I was very impressed with Ellen McHenry's follow-up to her first chemistry program, The Elements. And parents, even if you never took organic chemistry, it's not as complicated as it sounds, and I'll bet you'll be drawn in as you learn along with the kids! It sounds advanced and frightening, but organic chemistry is really just an intersection of chemistry and biology, and learning the chemistry and formation of things like fats, proteins and carbohydrates can be fascinating. When you understand how molecules and substances act in your body, it can put a whole new aspect on the boring old chemistry you thought you knew!

    Eleven chapters cover a broad range of organic chemistry topics, including carbon; alkane hydrocarbons; "-enes" and "-ynes" (including alkenes, alkynes, benzene, etc.); functional groups and their combinations (carboxylic acids, adehydes, esters, and esters); plastics, rubber and silicones; carbohydrates; fats; proteins; carbon oxides and the carbon cycle. Sounds intimidating, I know, but her low-stress, straight-forward approach to these topics makes them understandable to just about anybody. The overall layout is similar to that of The Elements, with each chapter containing informational text interspersed with helpful diagrams and the ever-present, cute thumbprint guys, who have a comment for just about everything. At the end of each chapter you'll find a page of comprehension questions, which review the material covered in the chapter, and a list of research questions on topics which are related, but not covered in depth in the chapter. These are questions that the student will have to research on-line or in reference books. Thankfully for you, answers to both types of questions are found in the answer key. The student pages may be copied for your own use, which is great if you are planning on using the program with multiple children, and would also be a great tool for students making their own chemistry notebook. An appendix includes more hands-on activities for each chapter, and any reproducibles that are required for those activities. While some activities involve building molecules from different manipulatives, others are more "outside the box" and involve having a "burning contest" using different flammable objects, taking a virtual tour of a coal mine, making marbled paper (using alkanes!), dying eggs (to study the effects of acetic acid), sorting plastic using chemical analysis, and much more! I can't help thinking that college chemistry could have been so much more fun if we would have been able to do activities like this instead of drawing molecule after molecule! If you enjoyed The Elements, or have completed another basic chemistry program and would love to take your study of chemistry further, I definitely recommend continuing with this. If you would like to use this with children a bit older or younger than the recommended age range, the author has provided some advice on adjusting the material to fit those needs as well. On a final note, I want to add that even children that don't ordinarily enjoy chemistry, or found basic chemistry so-so, may be absolutely fascinated by organic chemistry. 164 pages, paperback. The CD which was formerly included with this course has been replaced by downloadable files on the publisher's website, which are referenced in select activities throughout the book. - Jess

  • Item #: 008378
    ISBN: 9780802852168
    Retail: $9.00
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    Curious by nature, Adara is not content with the docile lifestyle she is expected to live as a young Hebrew girl. She longs to have the same freedoms as the men folk. She daydreams of learning to read and write, a privilege offered only to Jewish boys. More than anything though, she yearns to travel outside the confines of the gated village where she lives with her family. To Adara, life is as predictable as the turning of a wheel. That is until one morning, with the blast of a trumpet, life as Adara knows it changes forever. Note: This is a fictionalized telling of the story of Naaman and Elisha, found in Kings II, Chapter 5. There is some rough language scattered throughout. You may wish to "censor" with a marker before handing this one over to your younger readers. ~ Rachel P.

  • Item #: 069961
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    Since 1956, children and adults have enjoyed watching ant colony activity with this classic kit. The “farm” is a clear upright rectangular frame thin enough that the activity of the ants is viewable from the outside. Ants form various tunnels through the substrate as they go about their daily routines. Frame is break-resistant and escape-proof. Harvester ants must be ordered directly from the manufacturer (for shipment in continental U.S. only) which includes a shipping fee. 9” x 14.25” x 1.5”.
    CHOKING HAZARD – Small parts, not for children under 3.

  • Item #: 029908
    ISBN: 9780375811005
    Retail: $9.99
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    All about the human body - learn about your brain, bones, senses, muscles, and digestion.

  • Item #: 015556
    ISBN: 9780544763425
    Retail: $9.99
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    A great book for the beginning stargazer! Authored by H.A. Rey (of Curious George fame), the book starts with the more well-known constellations, introducing and naming them and showing you the constellation both with, and without, lines connecting the stars. Also, it shows you the names of the bigger stars, and which constellation they are in. Quizzes are given after several constellations, and "sky views" show you the sky from the north and south at different times in the year. These pages give you plenty of practice picking out constellations on the page before you move outside for the real thing. It also helps you to find out exactly what months, days, and times a certain constellation will be visible. Stories about constellations are fun to read and make the constellations easy to remember. The sun and planets are also covered, and you learn what planets you can expect to see from earth, and when. Soon, you'll be ready for your own trip to outer space! - Megan

  • Item #: 070483
    ISBN: 9780794540258
    Retail: $6.99
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     This coloring book by Usborne presents the national flag of every independent country in the world for you to color. The flags are grouped according to their continent of origin, and helpful maps of each continent are also included which enable readers to see the location of each nation. Several blank flags are featured on each page, with full-color representations along the outside edges for reference.  Alongside each blank flag is a short explanation detailing its particular symbols or colors; these references do not often include the date when a particular flag was adopted. The value of this resource goes way beyond the fact that it can be used as a coloring book. 48 pgs, pb. ~ Mike

  • Item #: 068025
    ISBN: 9780990777007
    Retail: $159.95
    Rainbow Price: $139.95

       This is a guide to developmentally appropriate activities in many learning areas – home life/social emotional, math/manipulatives, art/music, science/sensory, language/literacy, outdoor/gross motor, and field trip suggestions. Very little prep is needed to do the activities, just gather the supplies and books listed for a complete introduction with young children or accompaniment to your math and phonics/reading for kindergarten, 1st or 2nd grade. Each month (September through May) incorporates a theme and a character trait into the activities, and is 3-hole punched so you can place the pages in a binder for easy access and storage. Printables are included and step-by-step instructions will make it easy for any parent to work through the activities. You should plan on 2 to 4 activities per day, but plan for what fits into your schedule – “flexibility” is the name of this game. 296 pgs, pb.

     

      Within the packet of pages, you will receive a monthly overview printed on card stock that can be hung up so mom can see what they will be covering during the month – a good visual and planning tool. Sections on the monthly overview list the activities to be done in each area of learning. An Introduction to the program explains the philosophy and a list of what will be covered by theme and character trait. The rest of the pages have beautiful photographs, and step-by-step instructions for implementation.

      Let me give you a sampling of one month of the program. The theme for September is “The World I Live In,” and the character trait is “wonder.” Mom’s Toolbox is the first part of every month and this is where some special resources or items will be listed. In September the “Private Eye” loupe and the book Global Art by Mary Ann Kohl are mentioned. Anything found in the “Mom’s Toolbox” section would be good to get your hands on for incorporation later in the lesson. Home Life and Social/Emotional is the first activity section for September and includes the activities of using balloons and a laundry basket to ‘take a hot air balloon ride,’ make a hot air balloon snack, practice your manners by saying please/thank you, clearing dishes after a meal, and planning an emergency exit plan for your home. You can tell already that not all activities will work for all ages, but that’s the beauty – you can adapt as you need to, pick-and-choose as you see fit. The book list for September includes Hot Air, A House is a House for Me, Can You Hear It, Frog and Toad, and He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands. Language and Literacy for September includes tactile letter practice, children developing their own story, and making a book. Math and Manipulatives include activities such as counting and swinging, making a spindle box (counting box), making shapes, a nature math book, and playing a water bottle marble game. Science and Sensory will have your little ones exploring outdoors with simple tools like magnifiers, binoculars, nature guides, etc., making a nature journal and a pendulum, cooking up a batch of herbal tea play dough and creating nature scenes, making an artistic pond, and make a nesting set using cans. Art and Music includes using chicken wire to use as a weaving loom with fabric scraps, making a painting on a long piece of butcher paper, sculpting clay tree faces, using coffee filters to create artistic reproductions, making salt and mirror art, and learning the song, “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.” Gross Motor and Outside has activities to develop ball skills and play games like Squish the bug, Hit the Hula Hoop, Wonder-Ball and running an obstacle course. Field Trip suggestions are touring the local news station or grocery store. At the end of each month is a supply list so you can see everything at a glance for easier preparation; most items will be things from around your home. A page for monthly memories and two planning pages are included at the end of the month, as well.

      Throughout each month, on every page, are photographs of the activities and children performing the tasks mentioned on the pages. Each month follows a similar format, so it’s pretty easy to get into a routine that fits your lifestyle. The Printables are on card stock and include photos, game instructions and game pieces, and other items that are mentioned during the monthly activities.

      Intended to give some guidance but not dictate the schedule, Year of Playing Skillfully can become a partner for you and your family as you begin the educational journey with your young learners. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 064228
    ISBN: 9781770857117
    Retail: $19.95
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       This book is written to those kids (particularly ages 4-11) who love to stay inside. Really! 101 widely creative and fairly low prep ideas guide kids to be more active and access the potential of the great outdoors. Practical, simple and fun ideas span seasons and locales. Take a matchbox challenge - what interesting things can you find in 15 minutes that will fill a matchbox? Play shark and have a blindfold shootout with your water guns. Trail ants or build a human sundial. Make a mini solar cooker, a hanging lettuce ball or a snow labyrinth with your boots. Activities vary from single person to group; contemplative to active; little/no supplies to medium amount (but practically all are found around the home) and little/no to medium construction time. Supply lists; large, colorful, demonstrative photos and drawings and the clear directions will help all ages get outdoors. Kids can self-direct for most projects--at least an older child who can read directions is necessary. In the back is a supply resource list, a traditional index and a well-organized list that helps you find specific activities based on theme, season, location, age, or project length. 8.25x8.25”, 224 pp, sc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 060452
    ISBN: 9781889538891
    Retail: $12.95
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    The art of nature study is immensely pleasurable and educational for our children. However, as parents who've not been taught this art, we often experience doubts of the educational value or even frustration at how to provide a worthwhile study. If this describes you, this book may quickly become your most valuable tool in the pursuit of nature studies. Well organized, the book begins with introducing a naturalist and the tools necessary to be a nature explorer, including details on a well-crafted nature journal. Adding to its value and ease of use, the book is divided into seasonal sections, which begin with a scavenger hunt focusing on the signs of each season. Within each seasonal study, explorations are offered in a variety of settings: woods, city, beach, pond, and meadow. The authors elaborate on the signs of the season in each of these areas and encourage exploration, but the authors provide background details to promote learning for families without access to each locale. Each section also offers information on careers in the field and a variety of activities, including DIY projects, journaling ideas and expanded science studies. Vividly illustrated with over 150 scientifically detailed illustrations of plants, animals and fungi. A wonderful resource for novice or intermediate nature loving family! 120 pgs, hc. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 059250
    ISBN: 9781892427526
    Retail: $69.95
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    Have you ever stopped to realize that a comprehensive understanding of the earth, its structure, and its inhabitants are a necessary foundation for interacting meaningfully with our increasingly global-minded world? Taking an overview approach, the North Star Geography course covers geography skills (reading maps, using geographic tools, cartography, surveying, and navigation), physical geography (geology, meteorology, oceanography, ecology, hydrology, and astronomy), and human geography (sociology, culture, religion, transportation, agriculture, government, and economics). Bright Ideas Press and world geography – what a great idea! Student Reader plus Companion Guide CD-ROM (activities: maps, hands-on, research options, quizzes/tests) – what a great idea! Quality content, Biblical worldview, and user-friendliness all rolled up into one package – what a great idea!

    Obviously, the Student Reader is the heart of the course. Each of the sixteen lessons provides 15-20 pages of reading text, full-color illustrations, photos, sidebar articles, and maps. Lessons are divided into teaching segments which are both highly readable and interesting. The organization lends itself to flexibility, and the course could be done over one year (two weeks per lesson), two years (four weeks per lesson), or even one semester (one week per lesson – a bare bones approach). Vocabulary words are in bold with definitions provided in the glossary at the end of the text. The Reader concludes with a reference list that provides options for further study.

    The accompanying Companion Guide CD-ROM (pdf files) provides both basic and "extra" activities in addition to all content from the Reader. It's these pdf files that will allow you to tailor the course for high school, for junior high, or for a combination of ages. Families may make photocopies or print pages as needed, but classrooms and co-ops should contact the publisher for a multiple-use license. Depending on the course time-frame you choose, you will probably have to do some selection of activities, as there is a wealth provided.

    • • Hands-On Activities – there is lots of variety here – some short and simple, some more involved. Materials lists are provided when necessary (and tend to be easy-to-get items).
    • • Build Your Own Atlas – there's a segment for each lesson that includes labeling outline maps, completing fact files, and creating a set of political, physical, and thematic maps. Outline maps are provided but a good atlas as a reference is helpful (i.e. Wondermaps or Atlas of World Geography).
    • • Note-Taking Pages – each lesson has a set of 10 questions taken from the text that serve as lesson review and a study guide for the quizzes.
    • • Memorization Lists – a list of 198 countries, 70 regions and physical features to learn – roughly 16 items per lesson.
    • • Research Questions – a set of questions for each continent which encourage the student to conduct his own research (answers included).
    • • Quizzes and Tests – quizzes for each lesson (based on note-taking questions and map work). A final exam includes questions taken from all 16 of the lessons (answer keys and grading rubrics included).
    • • Graphic Organizers - can be used for all types of studies – world/continent, country, culture, regional geography, and government fact files.

    Homeschool geography courses have tended to be research frameworks that can be used by multi-age students and over several years. While having lots of advantages for families they require planning, preparation, and, often, outside resources. North Star takes a different approach providing a very solid base of textual information but giving lots of options for additional activities and research. It provides all necessary forms and pages, requiring only a good world atlas to accompany the course. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 034924
    ISBN: 9780894558450
    Retail: $0.00
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    Do you know the difference between deductive and inductive logic? Deductive means that your student must draw a conclusion based on what they know to be true, false or unknown. Inductive reasoning requires your student to determine, based on the evidence, what they know with certainty to be true or false as well as what could be true or false. They also have to determine when they simply do not have enough evidence to draw a conclusion. This sounds quite serious doesn't it? It's sooooo much fun! The Critical Thinking Company has a way of making fun challenges for kids in their workbooks. Here is a sample of one of the scenarios: (1)Every morning Carol feeds her dog Jakes at 7am. (2)By 7:10am, Jakes is done eating and wants to go outside to play. (3)Jakes spend exactly one half-hour outside before Carol lets him back in the house. (4)Twenty minutes later Carol leaves for school. There is a photo of a dog digging a hole near a fence and the caption reads, "Jakes enjoying his favorite activity." An information box reads: "Assume all the statements and facts in the puzzle are true. Write whether each sentence is True/False/Unknown. Then write the sentence number(s) and/or check the box that provides the best evidence for each T/F answer. There are then 5 statements that students have to make decisions about given the information they have. This is building their debate and reasoning skills. Think of how helpful this would be when it comes to writing an essay later on! You could use this in a co-op or classroom and have kids in teams defending their answers. Interesting discussions are sure to follow in any dynamic! Answers are in the back. 42pp, pb~ Sara

  • Item #: 026871
    ISBN: 9780310344131
    Retail: $16.99
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    JRR Tolkien wrote, "The wide world is about you: you can fence yourself in, but you cannot forever fence it out." Children are never too young to be introduced to the fascinating world outside their neighborhood. Beginning with a vision for understanding the global culture in light of state of our world today, the author provides appealing ideas for families to bring cultures into their home.

    In the Power of a Story section, she explains that powerful stories reflect real life struggles of right and wrong, help our children develop compassion, and inspire our character to grow. She also provides tips on including reading as a natural part of family life. The 2nd part of the book focuses on reading lists by location (Africa, Europe, Asia, Middle East, North America, Latin America, and Australia/Oceania and Polar Regions) and age group (4-6, 6-8, 8-10 and 10-12 years). Reading lists include short descriptions and notations about religious content. The recommendations in this book will bring a fresh enthusiasm to your Geography studies! Index of titles in back for easy reference. 226 pgs. SC. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 021475
    ISBN: 9780064408790
    Retail: $9.99
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    In 1914 Russia, twelve-year-old Katya Ivanova lives a life of privilege. She's the daughter of a lady-in-waiting to the empress and lives in the Tsar's palace in St. Petersburg. Katya befriends the royal family and becomes particularly close to their youngest daughter, Anastasia. But life's not so great outside the palace walls. A terrible war is sweeping through Europe, and the Russian Revolution is brewing. Many struggling peasants want to overthrow the Tsar—and Katya's cousin, Misha, sides with the poor! Katya must seek to understand what's happening to her country as her pampered way of life begins to erode. By Gloria Whelan. 288 pgs, pb. ~ Lisa
  • Item #: 015641
    ISBN: 9780064438568
    Retail: $7.99
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    This book is a wonderful celebration of nature and a great read aloud or read alone. It evokes wonderful memories of childhood and strikes a particular chord if you have a love-affair with rivers, woods, or both. What promises to be a lonely, boring summer for Nicky turns into an unexpected summer-long adventure that transforms him into both nature lover ("river rat") and budding artist. The author leaves a mystery to leave you wondering... and has you reveling in each new discovery. It'll have your kids running outside with sketchbook and crayon in hand. The artwork is wonderful - capturing the warmth of summer and the hazy mists of sunrise on the river. This is one you'll be glad to add to your library and read again and again.

  • Item #: 015483
    ISBN: 9780064440042
    Retail: $3.95
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    Little Bear's mother helps him through all his adventures - from figuring out that he really doesn't need a coat to go outside in the winter to granting his wish at story time.

  • Item #: 013797
    ISBN: 9780764223419
    Retail: $16.99
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    Written by minister and bestselling author Larry Christenson, this beautifully illustrated book presents a tasteful approach to families, babies, and sexual intimacy from a wholesome, Christian perspective. Arguing that it is ideal for a child to learn about such a delicate subject under the guidance of his parents, rather than from outside sources, Rev. Christenson has presented this book as a tool by which parents can impart to their children an attitude of reverence for God's gift of life and intimacy.

    As I read this book, I found myself particularly impressed, not only by the thoughtfully written text, but also by the wonderful full-color illustrations! Cheri Bladholm is to be commended for the artful way in which she has captured, on paper, the essence of God's design for families. A father and son making "goofy" faces as they brush their teeth together; a teenage boy and girl taking time to play "dolls" with their little brother and sister, a husband and wife entwined in a loving embrace; these are just a few examples of the heartwarming depictions of family life that grace each page. With their soft hues and textures, these lovely pictures perfectly complement the text in a tribute to the sanctity of human life.

    Designed to "grow" with your child, this book is written with two scenarios in mind: 1) A parent reading the book aloud to a small child. The illustrations and large-print verse are intended for small children, ages three to eight. 2) An older child reading the book to himself. The smaller-print paragraphs on each page present additional material for children over eight years old. If preferred, these sections may also be read by the parent, or with parental supervision. A wonderful way to begin presenting the information, feelings, and attitudes you would like to share with your children about the truly wonderful ways babies are made. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 008878
    ISBN: 9781845501341
    Retail: $6.99
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    Christians are not welcome in Communist Russia. When young Ivan attends a secret Bible study, he's alarmed to find the secret police waiting outside. How did they find out about the Bible study? Ivan's Christian friends begin to suspect him of being an informer, but Ivan is innocent! Can Ivan clear his name? By Myrna Grant. Digest-sized. 100 pgs, pb.
  • Item #: 005378
    Retail: $5.99
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    The Microslide Viewer is an alternative to a microscope. It looks a lot like a microscope, but instead of viewing your own slides or prepared slides, it uses low-power magnification to allow you to view Microslides. A Microslide consists of eight 35mm images photographed from a microscope. Because they are actual photographs, they are much clearer than a normal slide's image. The microslides are stored in clear plastic holders for protection, and arrows call attention to the important features of the image. The strip fits right in the viewer so that you can pull it through to view all eight pictures. As you can see from the list below, plenty of Microslides are available. You can use it inside or outside, as it doesn't require batteries or electricity. Normal classroom light reflects off the white reflector to enable you to see the images clearly. This is a much cheaper alternative to a microscope and slides, without sacrificing image quality. Microslides come in a folder-like card which features information about each slide and includes a holder for the slide itself. A helpful amount of information is normally included for each slide image, including the name of the image, the magnification of the image, background information and points of interest. It's especially helpful when points of interest are labeled with letters, which are repeated on the slide, to make it easy to locate them. It's like getting a guided tour!  Although designed for the Microslide viewer, these slides can also be viewed on a standard microscope, with some adjustment. ~ Stephanie

  • Item #: 002834
    ISBN: 9780152021023
    Retail: $7.99
    Rainbow Price: $6.25

    As she ages, an old woman comes to realize that the things around her are lasting longer than her friends. To protect herself from getting hurt by losing her friends, she shuts herself off to people. Instead, knowing that they will outlast her, she names and enjoys her time with Betsy the car, Fred the chair, Roxanne the bed and Franklin the house. She lives a content life until one day, a puppy appears outside Franklin’s gate. Not wanting to take any risks, she shoos the puppy away only to find that he comes back day after day. Then one day, the puppy stops coming. After several days, she finds herself more upset by the puppy’s absence. Will she look for the puppy, or will she continue to protect herself from getting attached? A charming tale with a heartwarming ending. By Cynthia Rylant. 29 softcover pages. – Laura

  • Item #: 002242
    ISBN: 9781770857445
    Retail: $19.95
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      The naturalist in me adores this book! Introduce your littlest ones to the 12 most common backyard birds through the beautiful images, background information and clear realistic sounds. Each 2 page spread features one bird. On the left, you will find the common and scientific name, a summary paragraph and specific details including location found, diet, size, description of eggs and more. The opposite side has a beautiful, lifelike image of the bird, and a “Did you know” statement. The book itself is composed of thicker, board book type pages. The sound module is encased in durable plastic and is attached to the book. Each bird’s sound button has a lifelike picture of the bird’s face that matches the image inside the book. A list of the included birds is the House Wren, American Goldfinch, Red-Winged Black Bird, Killdeer, House Finch, Great Horned Owl, Blue Jay, American Robin, Northern Cardinal, Mourning Dove, American Crow and the Song Sparrow. Don’t be surprised if your children are outside playing and come running to share the name of the bird singing from the trees! Book measures approximately 8 3/4 x 8 1/4”. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 001596
    ISBN: 9780763667016
    Retail: $19.99
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    There are so many good tips and ideas for budding animators to try in this boxed set; they will be busy for hours and hours! The box itself is a two-sided set for your animation videos: one is the outside of a gloomy castle and the other is a dungeon. Sturdy cardboard flaps drop down and open to the side to expand the set, and includes a window and a door that opens. These can make for some fun lighting effects! There are also goodies in the box like a detailed handbook with step by step instructions to create several types of animation and lots of fun cardstock props. Also included are devices and props:5 speech bubbles, a zoetrope disk/drum/strip and a thaumatrope (illusion devices), lunar and tropical island props (2 sided) with a 2-sided background, press-on features for your characters, a 2-D monster puppet, a workbench prop, and 2 storyboard starters. The real meat of this set is the 32 pg. book with all of its ideas and color illustrations. Learn about creating a character, telling a story, traditional/cutout/2D/board/clay animation, complex model making, sets, props, lights, object animation, pixilation and editing. A camera or cell phone is necessary but not included. ~ Sara


  • Item #: 000755
    ISBN: 9780064432566
    Retail: $7.99
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    Grandfather, Thomas, and the cat, Ringo, find themselves in the middle of a storm, where all the lights have gone out. They're trying to figure out what to do because they can't see enough to read and the electricity is out, so they can't watch TV either. Grandfather decides to tell Thomas of a tale about when he was a little boy and a storm he found himself afraid in. He tells of how his bravery took over when he realized that his little dog, Melvin, was all alone outside and that he had to put his fear aside to venture out and rescue him. Written by Mary Stolz and beautifully illustrated by Pat Cummings.

  • Item #: 028899
    Retail: $14.99
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    What a nifty wooden calendar! Not only do you learn about the months of the year, days of the month and days of the week, you also learn about the changing seasons, track the type of weather conditions outside, the time of day (morning, afternoon, evening), and even learn to tell time on a clock. The graphics are colorful and have a whimsical charm. The numbers, days of the week, and months are clear and easy to read. Each activity has an adjustable wooden slider or dial to turn to the appropriate date, day, month, time, season, or weather condition. This is a fun, interactive way to introduce children to new concepts and life skills. Calendar board measures 12”x 12”. ~ Emily

  • Item #: 028444
    ISBN: 9780794536305
    Retail: $11.99
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    This book provides an excellent introduction to the topics of genes, DNA, genetic traits, genetic engineering, and more. Like most other Usborne books, each 2-page spread introduces a new topic, and is filled with fascinating full-color photos surrounded by engaging, interesting text. As with the other Internet-Linked books, links are provided through the Usborne website to access more pictures, videos, and more information as well. The content is extremely broad here, allowing students to understand the intricacies of DNA, genes and how they work, genome mapping, genetics, the passing of genetic traits, how genetic engineering works, and much, much, more. The complicated content of genes, chromosomes, DNA and protein replication are all pretty well-explained through the text, terrific diagrams and electron microscope photographs (which I always find dazzling). I'd have to say that even the more "sticky" topics of genetic engineering are pretty evenly handled, presenting the facts as well as concerns on both sides, which allows you to take the issue "outside" the book for discussion after they have gleaned the raw information. All in all, this is a terrific introduction to all these topics - yet another one of those books I wish I had had as a young science student on those days when science actually seemed boring! Note: A small amount of evolutionary material is present; however, I think it adds just another valuable discussion topic. - Jess

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    ISBN: 9780152047252
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    This gripping tale by Virginia Sorensen tells of Esther, an Amish girl who is forced by the laws of Pennsylvania to go to public school. Esther's older brother Daniel had also attended the school, where he began to wonder about life outside and left the Amish community. Esther and her family are afraid she will make the same decisions, especially when Esther becomes friends with a girl named Mary who dresses in pink and plays jacks. As Esther wonders about her place in the world, a surprising twist brings her brother Daniel back to the area in search of acceptance from the Amish community. An interesting look at Amish life, family, friendship, and love. 152 pgs, pb.

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    Retail: $2.00
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