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  • Item #: 010992
    ISBN: 9781933339009
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    In the quest to cover a little of everything from a particular time period AND present it at a level that a younger child can understand, most elementary history texts are, well, probably just a bit lacking in the exciting and shall we say “interesting” department. At least, I found it as such when I was much younger, although it led me to do a lot of self-reading to complete the picture in the areas that interested me. Susan Wise Bauer attempts to remedy this difficulty in presenting a chronological history to the younger set using a classical approach to history. The Story of the World is structured around a text and a curriculum guide/activity book that serve as a springboard for your futher history explorations. The readings in the text provide a background of the time period covered, augmented by the use of the guide, which contains review questions, suggestions for supplemental readings, appropriate literature selections, and also map activities, coloring pages, as well as an abundance of projects that span history, art, and science that are sure to excite the student.

    The text itself serves as the starting point and backbone of each unit. Each chapter covers a particular time period, and is placed in chronological order. For example, in Volume One: Ancient Times, Chapter One begins with “The Earliest People” followed by chapters detailing periods of Egyptian, Sumarian, Jewish, Babylonian, Assyrian, Indian, Chinese, African, Egyptian, Phoenician, Greek, Persian, Native American, Roman, Christian, Celt, and Barbarian history. The book goes in strictly chronological order, so one time period of a civilization will be covered, and then a different civilization may be covered, returning to another era of the first civilization later, to encompass a significant historical event of that civilization. Each chapter is further split into smaller, more bite-sized amounts that lend themselves well to a younger attention span. The chapters are presented at a level they will understand, but at the same time, find fairly absorbing. History is presented in more of a story-type format that they will appreciate, and the author emphasizes that the book is not intended to give a complete overview of the time period, but rather to give the student a chronological order of major events and an appreciation and understanding of different cultures while presenting it in a way that will foster an enthusiasm and enjoyment of the subject matter. For example, while not every ruler of a civilization may be named, along with major accomplishments, an overview of the period highlighting important events and rulers, along with details of how the people in the civilizations lived comprise the short chapters. Mythical stories as well as historical fiction-type passages about young children from different cultures are woven into the narrative to stimulate further interest. These almost story-type chapters are meant to be read aloud to younger children, or those with reading difficulty, while good readers and older children can read or take turns reading the chapters aloud.

    When a chapter has been completely read, you and the students then turn to the curriculum manual/actvitiy guide. At the beginning of each chapter in the guide, corresponding page references are given from four recommended supplements Kingfisher History Encyclopedia, The Kingfisher Illustrated History of the World, The Usborne Book of World History, and the Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of World History. These selections further flesh out the history lessons, particularly for those periods or civilizations where less supplemental reading is available. When all the chapter reading has been accomplished, the next order of business are the reading comprehension-type review questions for each chapter section. Following the questions, the student is asked to summarize the chapter in a few sentences. The author again stresses that important facts be included in this narrative, but not necessarily every single one. A few sample narrations are also supplied for each section. The student’s narrative is then written, illustrated with his/her favorite part of the lesson. The narratives can be collected and put into a loose-leaf binder, to create the student’s own world history. After these activities have been completed, a list of readings chosen to supplement and complement the history lesson are supplied, as well as a following list of corresponding literature suggestions to further flesh out the lesson, with books telling stories from that era. Author, publisher, copyright date, and a sentence summary of each book are given for ease in locating the book.

    Now for some real hands-on work! The activities commence with “Map Work,” where a map of the appropriate area is supplied, and the student identifies and marks pertinent areas, routes, and features. The geography section is normally followed by a coloring page, highlighting some aspect of the history lesson, or some other word activity. Finally, the chapter closes with a selection of projects to do to really “get into” the featured civilization or time period. These may be arts, crafts, writing, or science projects, or just fun supplemental activities. Most require only common household supplies and art supplies such as paints & paintbrushes, boxes, newspaper and waxed paper, self-drying clay, etc. Several projects are provided for each chapter, covering a wide range of activities. These could include anything from building your own hut to making your own cunieform tablets, mummifying a chicken, brick-making, baking an African or Greek feast, purple dye, an erupting volcano, an olympic wreath, a Native American sand painting, a Roman chariot, making paper, and LOTS more. When you’ve covered the chapter content as much as is desired, move on.

    While the breadth of activities and readings may seem overwhelming or time-consuming, keep in mind that not every suggested book needs to be read, and not every single project needs to be completed. (But Mom, can’t we embalm the chicken today?) Spend as much time in an era as suits the students, pacing yourself to cover everything that is of interest. The structure of the curriculum makes it especially easy and enjoyable to use with several children in this age range, although I’m sure the older kids would love to get into it too!

    Volume One was revised in 2006 and now features more illustrations, maps, several timelines and additional parent/teacher notes. The text is paperback, and the Curriculum Guide/Activity Book is a bound paperback. - Jess

  • Item #: 028440
    ISBN: 9780794530600
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    Each bold, colorful page holds easy text and plenty of images to uncover each part of the human body. From the way it looks, inside and out, to its place in the body, to its function and how it works, each body part is explained in detail. Simple, fun experiments are spread throughout, as well as Usborne-recommended websites that let children explore the human body further.

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

  • Item #: 012201
    ISBN: 9780794530488
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    Covers various things of the sea and ocean, including underwater life, all kinds of animals, boats and ships, pollution, seashore life, coral reefs, unknown seas, and much more. This book also supplies Internet links to approved sites with additional information, pictures, and activities.

  • Item #: 032276
    ISBN: 9781935614340
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  • Item #: 032228
    ISBN: 9781935614357
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  • Item #: 012200
    ISBN: 9780794528966
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    This 400-page paperback text from Usborne is a fantastic reference guide that provides an extensive overview of world geography. First, you get a general overview of planet Earth. Next, more detailed sections cover the geographical phenomena of earthquakes, volcanoes, oceans, weather, climate, and world ecosystems. The people and cultures of the world (North America, South America, Australasia and Oceania, Asia, Europe, and Africa) are then extensively discussed, followed by an Atlas of the World portion of the book comprised of various maps (60 total) of all seven continents. The text concludes with a Fact File section that provides a medley of information on topics including but not limited to geographers and scientists, world records, time zones, constellations, and types of government.

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

  • Item #: 019067
    ISBN: 9780794522186
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    A great handbook for surviving all types of unexpected predicaments and emergencies. Each hazard is thoroughly covered with tips, do's and don't, potential problems in dealing with the situation, and how-to's. Learn how to build a fire in wet conditions, construct temporary and permanent shelters, collect rainwater, and more. Other helpful skills such as first aid, self-defense, maps and compasses, and much more are covered. An easy, and potentially lifesaving, read! ~ Megan

  • Item #: 066233
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    Early in our nation's history, the primary reason for education was to allow each person to read the Bible for himself. In the same spirit comes this complete first grade curriculum. While it incorporates history, science, art, and math, the heart of the program is phonics-based reading instruction with Biblical emphasis. This program was revised in 2013 and features a new title, changes to the teacher's manual and new package resources.

    Phonics instruction begins with a quick review of letter names and sounds using full-color alphabet flash cards, then follows with in-depth, step-by-step teaching of all phonics constructs. Phonics lesson plans teach new skills while reviewing previously-learned skills. By Lesson 31, students are able to read Bible stories in a special beginning Bible Reader. The reader uses a thematic approach to teach Bible history in chronological order from Genesis to Revelation. Students are expected to retell the Bible story, and then create a keepsake Bible notebook in which they summarize and illustrate Bible stories. (Linda used a similar approach years ago to teach Bible to our older children, and they enjoyed it very much.) Weekly memory verses selected from Proverbs help to develop character and handwriting at the same time. Hands-on projects are designed to help children understand the world of the Bible. These include creating timelines using the included figures, making Bible times costumes, and celebrating a Sabbath meal. Science focuses on the wonders of God's creation, and uses three Usborne books (Things Outdoors, Science with Water, and Science with Plants), which are included with the curriculum. Math incorporates hands-on activities, math manipulatives and a math workbook (Complete Book of Math Gr. 1-2). If you prefer a more serious approach to math (as we do), you can add another math program.

    The Deluxe Package includes the Teacher's Manual; student book; student worksheets; a Bible Notebook; Bible Reader; Complete Book of Math Gr. 1-2; My Big Book of 5-Minute Devotions; Unifix Cubes; a small geared clock; addition and subtraction flashcards; wood pattern blocks; Pattern Animals; Things Outdoors; Science with Water; Science with Plants; Honey for a Child's Heart; Peter and the Wolf CD; Enjoying Art Together; and Drawing with Children. ~ Bob

  • Item #: 035055
    ISBN: 9780794511418
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    Like all other Usborne books you've ever seen, this colorfully detailed encyclopedia is packed with info and ready to be explored. Well laid out on eye-catching pages, the history of the ancient world is detailed from the earliest civilizations of Mesopotamia 
(the book first has a few pages about early farmers and towns of 12,000 years ago)
 to the end of the Roman Empire in the early centuries AD. Stunning photographs and detailed reconstructions illustrate the book as you learn about Egypt, Greece, and other civilizations. The last section is an ancient world fact finder, with a "who's who in the ancient world", a time chart, a glossary, and an index. Web links mentioned in the book are routed through an Usborne site so they can be kept up to date. This small-format version is 7.5" x 9.5" and will complement any history program or be a great read all on its own. ~ Zach

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

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

  • Item #: 010198
    ISBN: 9780753473849
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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 #: 067084
    ISBN: 9781465435521
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      Children love learning about animals. Satisfy their curiosity with a healthy dose of learning using this well illustrated and engaging book. After a brief introduction to the animal kingdom, each of five sections is dedicated to different animal groups: Mammals, Birds, Reptiles and Amphibians, Creepy-crawlies, and Fish. Each section begins with an overview of the animal group before covering specific animals and traits of the group. Information presented clearly explains basic intricacies of the animal world and the vibrant illustrations bring animal life alive! Includes special features to facilitate learning: quizzes, “turn and learn” to follow a topic, and “weird or what” animal facts. Additional reference section included. Excellent introduction to the animal world for children. Evolutionary content. 168 pgs, hc. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 067083
    ISBN: 9781465414571
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     Beginning with microscopic life, this beautifully photographed encyclopedia invites children to a world teeming with diversity and color. Children will learn fascinating details. Did you know that even though all spiders make silk only some species catch prey in their webs? Did you know the polar bear is the largest land-based meat eater? This enthralling resource offers more than 1500 photographs!

      Information is presented according to how the animals relate to one another. The first section microscopic life covers bacteria, single-celled life, zooplankton and seaweeds. Next are short chapters on fungi and plants as the foundation of the tree of life. Subsequent chapters are dedicated to invertebrates, insects, fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. The photography is up close and personal; children will be able to see the intricate details and vibrant colors of each animal represented. An excellent resource for your home or class library. 302 pgs, hc. ~ Deanne

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

  • Item #: 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 #: 016325
    ISBN: 9781465443472
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    How big is the Sahara? Which products are in greatest demand around the world? You just might need a good reference book to come up with the answers to these and many other questions.  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 scrapbooking style with photographs and accompanying text.  An extension question is printed at the bottom of each even-numbered page and the answer can be found at the bottom of the odd numbered pages (upside down).  “Turn and Learn” icons tell 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, a quiz, glossary and more.  I’m always a fan of DK books even for non-reading, younger children. This hardcover, 136-page book is no exception. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 006643
    ISBN: 9780794515584
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    My eight-year-old's first reaction to this book was an emphatic "Cool!" Brilliant color pictures and graphics welcome you to the world of the microscopic. What would a DNA strand look like if magnified 7 million times? How about greatly magnified parts of plants, insects, and the human body? Find out here. Each section shows amazing color pictures of dramatically magnified objects and organisms. For example, the Plant and Fungi chapter shows a greatly enlarged picture of water plants called desmids and diatoms. Instructions are given for collecting pond or lake water so that you can view the microscopic life in a drop of water. Although much of the book depicts and describes the microscopic world, the latter part of the book is devoted to how microscopes work, from a standard lens microscope to the electron- scanning microscope. Pointers are given for buying a microscope and using advanced techniques for preparing various types of slides and mounts. A wonderful resource for any student interested in the "hidden" world around us. - Jerry

  • Item #: 003121
    ISBN: 9780794517106
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    This Usborne book is filled with details about various inventions throughout the ages, from ancient times to those still in development. Inventions in transportation, food, communication, clothing, medicine, and much more are included. For each invention, the book provides a short history of why and how the item was invented, people who contributed, and ways the invention has changed since it was first developed. Cartoony illustrations are scattered throughout the pages, adding lots of interest and providing captions with descriptions showing how the inventions work. Additional text boxes add even more interesting information. Like all Usborne books, this one provides tons of fascinating tidbits of facts that are sure to entertain while educating. Students will enjoy learning about the invention and development of things like the bicycle, chocolate, dishwashers, computers, jeans, x-rays, books, and so much more. Includes a timeline, glossary, and index. By Anna Claybourne & Adam Larkum, 96 pgs, pb. ~ Rachel

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

  • Item #: 000979
    ISBN: 9780794526887
    Retail: $39.99
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    This book covers it all, from the dawn of history right up to the year 2000, for all the major civilizations, all the rulers, and all the events in world history. Pages are filled with clear, interesting accounts of historical events, realistic reconstructions of scenes, and tons of incredible photographs. More than 100 charts and maps are included, allowing you to see exactly where events took place. Besides being an intriguing book to read, this is also your link to world history on the web. After reading about a subject, go online; every link leads you to a website where you can read additional information, watch video clips, play games, see photos, and use other unique website features to experience "virtually" all of world history. I was never much for history, but I wish I had this book when I was younger; these websites look really intriguing. For a study of the ancient world you can get virtual tours of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, a virtual walking tour of Rome and Athens, learn to speak Ancient Greek, write in hieroglyphics, take interactive tours of museums, explore the Valley of Kings in Egypt and learn about the pharaohs buried there and their tombs through photos and panoramic movies, view profiles of famous Romans and Greeks, explore a clickable Roman marketplace, and loads more. Some sights are interactive, where you can, for example, reenact the Battle of Hastings, and some are treasure troves of information, maps, timelines, and diagrams.

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

  • Item #: 028448
    ISBN: 9780794517380
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    The updated version of Usborne's popular Mysteries and Marvels of Nature has been reorganized, has traded in many of its detailed illustrations for eye-catching full-color photos, and now also features internet links where readers can see nature in action. While the original version organized its six chapters around different species, such as "Ocean Life," "Plant Life," and "Bird Life," the updated version focuses on particular life science topics, such as feeding, movement, communication, and relationships, and examines each topic through each group of organisms. For example, under "Feeding," readers flip through the section to see how (carnivorous) plants, fish, reptiles, birds, mammals and insects all find or capture the food they need to survive. While this approach makes it more difficult to see each aspect of a group of organisms side-by-side, it does make for interesting comparison with other groups of organisms. In general, I would say that there is a little less text in this version than in the older one, since more page space is occupied by the photographs. Some animal examples used are similar to the ones in the original book, but plenty of new material has been included as well. One other small difference here is the lack of the "True or False" quiz questions scattered throughout the original version. Instead, with this version (and internet access) readers can listen to humpback whales sing, find out what the world looks like to a bee, and go on a safari in the Kalahari Desert by visiting the suggested internet links. I'd venture to guess this one would hold the attention of young readers longer, with its abundance of huge, sharp, dramatic animal photos to enjoy! 128 pgs, hc. - Jess

  • Item #: 001712
    ISBN: 9780794535476
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       Little ones are never too young to begin their education about gardening, and this Usborne book provides an interactive way to start. Over 100 stickers and 24 colorful pages teach children about things that grow, plant words, parts of a tree; types of seeds, how they grow and which ones are edible; flowers, their parts, how they grow; plants through the four seasons; plants for food, fruits and nuts, and peanuts. Every page has age-appropriate information, illustrations, and outlines on which to place the stickers. The four sticker pages have page numbers that correspond to where they should be placed. A great follow-up to this book would be to let your little one help plant your garden! ~ Donna

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