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  • Item #: 006624
    ISBN: 9780794508159
    Retail: $14.99
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    If a picture is worth a thousand words, these are worth a million! Profusely illustrated with lively, but sparse, text, this volume would appeal greatly to a visual learner. The cutaway diagrams, maps and timeline features are very helpful. Like the first edition Kingfisher Illustrated History of the World, most pages incorporate a timeline of events during the period covered on the page-spread. A bottom of the page timeline shows in shaded color the period covered. Medieval World goes from 500 AD to 1500, beginning with the destruction of the Roman Empire and ending with the birth of the Renaissance. Very attractive overviews that your children will read for fun (and pick up a lot of history along the way).

  • Item #: 012211
    ISBN: 9780746007051
    Retail: $8.99
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    The sections of this book tell the stories of the inventors and inventions in particular fields, such as printing, photography and film, inventions in the home, medical inventions and

  • Item #: 006310
    ISBN: 9780794513214
    Retail: $12.99
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    Embark on a virtual tour of the city, exploring busy city streets to the countryside where the Roman army set up camp. Learn about ancient Roman customs from the public bath (warning: there are cartoon-ish derrieres aplenty in this particular scene) to the games held at the Colosseum. This 15-page board book contains over 50 fun flaps.

  • Item #: 003121
    ISBN: 9780794517106
    Retail: $10.99
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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 #: 015689
    ISBN: 9780794520373
    Retail: $12.99
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    Enjoy 16 pages jam-packed with valuable information and over 70 flaps to flip for further fun facts! (Try saying that 3 times fast.)

  • Item #: 004595
    ISBN: 9780794524784
    Retail: $24.99
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    This is the combined, hardcover volume of the Children's Picture World History series, covering the first civilizations to 1914 A.D. Given to her as a gift, this volume was eagerly devoured from cover to cover by our then 5th grade daughter, who scarcely put it down and opened every sentence with "Did you know...?". Previously showing very little interest in history as a school subject, we were impressed at the ability of this book to hold her interest. The text is highly readable and the illustrations captivating. If you are force-feeding history to your upper-elementary or junior high student, this may be the answer. Please note that this is a secular publication. You may want to edit or omit some of this volume, particularly the earliest part. Depending on the age of your children, you may let them "edit" themselves - or use the discrepancies between the secular and Christian worldview as the basis for discussion.

  • Item #: 013827
    ISBN: 9780794529758
    Retail: $9.99
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    Learn all about some of the coolest planes, tanks, and ships during WWI! This fun deck has 50 cards – 2 that lay out a timeline of the war, and 48 featuring different vehicles. It’s really neat to see the different types of weapons each side had, how many people it took to make them work efficiently, some of their shortcomings, and so much more. Perfect for any military, history, or WWI buff. – Laura

  • Item #: 048938
    ISBN: 9780794524005
    Retail: $10.99
    Rainbow Price: $9.89

    Reading through this Usborne book made me want to take a few vacation days and go explore someplace exotic. It highlights some of the most popular or influential explorers from ancient to current times. It shares their exciting stories in a concise but captivating way, showing the supplies they needed, hardships endured, reasons for their travels, how their trips made history, and more. The text itself is fascinating, but the illustrations really make the book stand out. There are cartoon drawings and profiles of the explorers with speech bubbles displaying things they said or wrote, photographs or reproductions of famous vessels, tools, etc. used in exploration, colorful maps, and scenes of impressive things explorers discovered. Small text boxes share especially interesting information, captions are descriptive and informational, and the text is engaging. Starting with the ancient Egyptian adventurer Harkhuf, who traveled to a place called Yam to bring back precious treasures to the king of Egypt, the book continues through explorers such as the ancient Greek Pytheas, Vikings like Leif Ericsson, the Italian traveler Marco Polo, the Muslim explorer Ibn Battuta who covered 75,000 miles across Africa, the 15th Century Chinese adventurer Zheng He who explored the lands around China for the emperor and spread the word that China was in charge, Portuguese sailors who explored the African west coast looking for a way to Asia, Christopher Columbus and other adventurers who explored/invaded the New World, and Ferdinand Magellan's trip around the world. The scientific aspects of later explorations are also covered, like Captain Cook's mapping of the coast of Canada, and then attempting a scientific expedition to the Pacific Ocean; nature-lover and German-born Alexander von Humboldt who studied the plants and wildlife of South American jungles; Lewis and Clark's remarkable adventure across North America; Dr. Livingstone's missionary efforts in Africa; British officer Charles Stuart who explored the Australian outback; and even more current Antarctic adventures and races. Ocean and space exploration are touched on lightly. Obviously, a wide range of explorers and explorations are covered, so this is a perfect introductory book for kids and a good way to get them to see the excitement and adventure of exploring. By Anna Claybourne, 104 pages, pb. ~Rachel

  • Item #: 046804
    ISBN: 9780794523503
    Retail: $13.99
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    Peek inside some of the world's most magnificent structures with this lift-the-flap book. The Great Pyramid, Colosseum, Sultan Ahmed Mosque, Notre Dame Cathedral, Palace of Versailles, Himeji Castle, Tower of London, Guggenheim Museum, and Sydney Opera House are all featured with colorful, detailed illustrations and explanatory captions. Portions of each building contain flaps to lift that provide views of the inside. For example, the Colosseum scene shows the exterior of the structure, but when the flap is lifted, you get to see the interior of the Colosseum filled with crowds of spectators cheering on the gladiators. The scene also contains additional flaps with information about weapons and helmets. The book is packed with interesting background information about how the structures were built, the purposes of the buildings, and their cultural and historical impact. The back of the book has a two-page spread comparing the interiors, exteriors, and heights of skyscrapers around the world. 14 thick pgs, hc. ~ Lisa

  • Item #: 018005
    ISBN: 9780794528331
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $17.99
    This book covers it all, from the dawn of history right up to the year 2000, for all the major civilizations, all the rulers, and all the events in world history. Pages are filled with clear, interesting accounts of historical events, realistic reconstructions of scenes, and tons of incredible photographs. More than 100 charts and maps are included, allowing you to see exactly where events took place. Besides being an intriguing book to read, this is also your link to world history on the web. After reading about a subject, go online; every link leads you to a website where you can read additional information, watch video clips, play games, see photos, and use other unique website features to experience "virtually" all of world history. I was never much for history, but I wish I had this book when I was younger; these websites look really intriguing. For a study of the ancient world you can get virtual tours of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, a virtual walking tour of Rome and Athens, learn to speak Ancient Greek, write in hieroglyphics, take interactive tours of museums, explore the Valley of Kings in Egypt and learn about the pharaohs buried there and their tombs through photos and panoramic movies, view profiles of famous Romans and Greeks, explore a clickable Roman marketplace, and loads more. Some sights are interactive, where you can, for example, reenact the Battle of Hastings, and some are treasure troves of information, maps, timelines, and diagrams.

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

  • Item #: 011250
    ISBN: 9780794533663
    Retail: $7.99
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    Exactly the same as the above in content, but less than half the size at 5 5/8" x 7".

  • Item #: 067908
    ISBN: 9780794539214
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $17.99

  • Item #: 012200
    ISBN: 9780794528966
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $17.99

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

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

  • Item #: 011249
    ISBN: 9780794534660
    Retail: $18.99
    Rainbow Price: $17.09
    Share the Greek Myths with your children. This hardcover book contains over 15 stories, including the Adventures of Odysseus, Jason and the Golden Fleece, the Many Tasks of Heracles, and Theseus and the Minotaur. The pages are all colored, with bright borders, and many of the pages are further illustrated with pictures from the myth. All in all, this beautiful book will draw young children - and older kids - into the Greek Myths. 128 pages. - Melissa
  • Item #: 000980
    ISBN: 9780794535285
    Retail: $39.99
    Rainbow Price: $35.99

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

  • Item #: 060901
    ISBN: 9780794522667
    Retail: $14.99
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  • Item #: 021997
    ISBN: 9780794535681
    Retail: $4.99
    Rainbow Price: $4.49

    This book contains the same colorful illustrations and captivating descriptions as other Usborne books, but feature large font and simple text to make the information accessible and captivating to new readers. Detailed and interesting facts tell of daily life for people, places, and things of long ago. Includes a glossary and index.

  • Item #: 042293
    ISBN: 9780794514525
    Retail: $19.99
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    This book could make a wonderful art program for younger students, incorporating both art appreciation and projects in a beautiful, easy to use format. The book features 22 impressive works of art from around the world and from a variety of periods. Each work is shown on a spread of pages along with a few short, interesting paragraphs of information about the work itself, the techniques used, and the artist who created it. Then you flip the page to see how you can imitate that work and style using simple materials and methods. For example, the first work highlighted is Van Gogh's "The Starry Night." After looking at the painting and reading about it, you turn to the next page, which has step-by-step directions to help you make your own swirly landscape using thick paints and a plastic fork. In six steps you go from drawing a simple landscape sketch, adding color, and using the fork to manipulate the paint into swirly patterns like those found in Van Gogh's painting. The end products are very attractive, and completing the projects will help students remember the distinctive styles of the artists they've studied. The projects pages are very colorful and offer beautiful illustrations of the finished projects to give students a visual aid. Throughout the 22 works/projects, students will be introduced to 3-D art, paintings, abstract art, prints, collages, Chinese brush painting, and other styles/types of art for a well-rounded but fun early art education. Hc, 96 pgs. – Melissa

  • Item #: 025240
    ISBN: 9780794511371
    Retail: $14.95
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  • Item #: 064205
    ISBN: 9780794520236
    Retail: $15.99
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       Start out with user guide pages that explain dictionary use, history, and other useful information about the English language. Then, for each letter of the alphabet (coded by color), words are explained with pronunciation, parts of speech, a brief definition, and sample sentences. Each page includes at least one illustration. Many are “exploded” diagrams that label components, such as parts of a house, grasshopper, or motorcycle. Includes an index, 6 ¾”x9 ¾”; 288 pp, sc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 035064
    ISBN: 9780794512446
    Retail: $8.99
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    This book offers a clever method of introducing young children to important events in world history. Filled with over 100 stickers featuring objects, people, and scenes representing these happenings, your child will travel the world and briefly learn about such events as the construction of the Great Pyramids of Egypt, the landing of the Pilgrims at Plymouth, and the fall of the Berlin Wall. The stickers are numbered, allowing for your child to easily locate the correct map to which they belong. Maps are divided into the following regions: Africa, Asia, North and Central America, South America, The Middle East, Australasia, Europe (Western), and Europe (Eastern). Although this book is not designed to provide an overly detailed account of the history of the world, it does serve to familiarize young learners to some of the more notable historical events. Please note: one of the events highlighted does pertain to Charles Darwin and his contribution to the idea of evolution. 24 pgs, pb. ~ Enh

  • Item #: 017229
    ISBN: 9780794527068
    Retail: $12.99
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  • Item #: 032686
    ISBN: 9780794524890
    Retail: $9.99
    Rainbow Price: $9.49
    This book combines the fun of stickers with the educational value of great art. Featuring over 100 of the best paintings from London's National Gallery, this book is divided by themes such as animals, fashion, children, light, history, hidden meanings, and more. Each page contains several "faded" miniature versions of famous paintings for students to "brighten up" with the full-color matching stickers. The paintings are labeled by title, date, and artist, with fascinating facts and insights that help students understand and appreciate the historical and cultural significance of the artwork. Raphael, Monet, Renoir, Degas and Rembrandt are just a few of the great artists showcased. Additional information about the paintings and London's National Gallery can be found on Usborne's website. 32 pgs, pb. ~ Lisa
  • Item #: 032342
    ISBN: 9780794515911
    Retail: $14.99
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  • Item #: 003382
    ISBN: 9780746033654
    Retail: $22.99
    Rainbow Price: $20.69

    This combined volume of all four Time Traveler books focuses on everyday life in various periods in history. Like the Book of World History it contains interesting text and captivating illustrations (in typical Usborne style!).

    So, how is it different? The World History book goes through history, looking at different civilizations during each period. The Omnibus focuses in on specific time periods in history and examines in detail the lives of fictional characters who could have lived during that time. My (then) 12 year old daughter recommended reading through the World History volume first, then the Time Traveler's Omnibus to "zoom in" on certain historical periods. She says this book will "give you a better understanding and appreciation of how it was to live during that time - it's the next best thing to being there."

  • Item #: 030666
    ISBN: 9780794508166
    Retail: $14.99
    Rainbow Price: $13.49

    In typical, fascinating Usborne style, this updated volume takes readers on a whirlwind tour of 10,000 years of history, from the first farmers to the fall of the Roman Empire. Unlike many other books that focus on this time period, the focus is not only on the Greeks and Romans, but early civilizations from around the world are also represented, including the Hittites, Canaanites, the Hebrew kingdoms, Assyrians, Persians, the early Chinese, early Arab kingdoms, early North Americans, the people of ancient Peru, the Olmecs, the Celts, early African kingdoms, and many more. The focus is more on daily life than events of the time, and examples of housing, architecture, art, weapons, tombs, agriculture, and more are represented for each time period. Visual types will enjoy the cut-away views of structures so they can "see inside" houses and tombs of each civilization. A map and a list of important dates are also included for each civilization. Most pages also include a link to check out a related website that gives readers an opportunity to do things like hear how a Hittite would have said "hello" or play a game of Senet. An excellent resource for any study of ancient history. 96 pgs, pb. – Jess

  • Item #: 027850
    ISBN: 9780794521301
    Retail: $22.99
    Rainbow Price: $20.69

      Here at Rainbow Resource, we carry a good variety of resources for Greek mythology, and now we found another good one. The Usborne Book of Greek Myths is a very thorough, comprehensive coverage on the topic. The book is divided into two parts. The first and bigger part is the actual myths. The second part is a guide to the myths – who’s who, where did it happen (with maps), and a glossary. The font is large, and the artwork is a wonderful enhancement to the stories – full color illustrations highlighting details of the stories.  This Usborne book can be a tremendous help with your study of Greek myths and the lessons to be learned from them. 301 pages, paper board cover. ~ Donna 

  • Item #: 002083
    ISBN: 9780794537524
    Retail: $9.99
    Rainbow Price: $8.99

      Another Usborne hit! Introduce your children to classical music and composers in this beautifully illustrated reference book. Learn about the first composers, Renaissance Court and Church, Monteverdi, Music at the French Royal Court, Purcell, Vivaldi, Bach, Handel, Gluck, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Berlioz, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Wagner, Verdi, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Romantic Music in Russia, Dvorak, Mahler, Debussy, Bartók, and Stravinsky.

      This is a 32-page, hardcover book full of illustrations, photos, and snippets of information – just the right amount for an introduction to music history and appreciation. QR Codes are found on fifteen of the pages that when scanned will take you to a music sample by some of the composers – this is a great addition to the content of this book. If you don’t have a QR reader on your smart phone or tablet, you can still hear all of the samples by going to Usborne.com/quicklinks, and type in the title of this book. No CDs to keep track of, the music is just a scan and click away. All of the information about the QR codes and quicklinks is found in the back. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 000979
    ISBN: 9780794526887
    Retail: $39.99
    Rainbow Price: $35.99

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

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

  • Item #: 031780
    ISBN: 9780794516581
    Retail: $4.99
    Rainbow Price: $4.49