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  • Item #: 002662
    ISBN: 9780794525156
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  • Item #: 069205
    ISBN: 9780794537654
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    If you have young children who are curious about computers and how they function, then this captivating, full-color flap book will help to satisfy their curiosity. With computers, tablets, and smartphones all around, this timely resource helps children understand the design features and development of modern computers, as well as some of their capabilities with basic, understandable explanations of coding and how computer programs organize and send information around. Each page holds bright, fun illustrations with Usborne-typical chunks of text explaining bits and pieces of the illustrations and providing relevant information through age appropriate, memorable explanations. Over 70 fun lift-the-flaps offer entice children to discover even more information. 14 pgs, hc. ~ Mike

  • Item #: 059677
    ISBN: 9780794529581
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    What would your little one like to know about the Earth? Lift the flaps of all shapes and sizes to see the facts about our world: running rivers, fascinating forests, the watery world, the dry world, things we use and our extraordinary earth. 80 flaps hide interesting little tidbits of information on every page of this 13-page board book. See the steps of the water cycle or find who is lurking in the rain forest by lifting sturdy flaps to reveal “Our World.” ~ Donna

  • Item #: 056133
    ISBN: 9780794534554
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    Fun on every page and a surprise under every flap – children will learn about our universe. Only 12 pages in length, but over 70 flaps throughout! Flaps of all shapes and sizes – long flaps, round flaps, big flaps over little flaps, and odd-shaped flaps, reveal important facts about the universe in which we live. The pages are constructed of sturdy cardboard for repeated flap-lifting to find answers to questions about the universe – where are we located, how the universe got here, what is the universe made of, and many more questions. In true Usborne fashion, children will be intrigued by the illustrations and have hours of fun as they See Inside the Universe. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 006310
    ISBN: 9780794513214
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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 #: 052093
    ISBN: 9780794529468
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    What could be a boring overview of the different branches of science (materials, plants, anatomy, light, sound, forces, earth and space) truly comes to life in this engaging Usborne presentation. The study book is made up of 8 two-page spreads, each of which allows the reader to discover more about each topic through the lively illustrations, short captions, and over a hundred flaps, fold-outs and tabs. Even more fun are the "flaps within flaps," each of which encourage the reader to dig a little deeper and rewards them with additional fun details. For example, one page on materials is illustrated to look like a shelf, with different objects (a purse, beakers, a vase, a scarf, etc.) labeled with what they are made out of. When you lift the beaker flap, it shows beneath how glass is made from sand which is heated and shaped. Beneath that flap is another illustration that shows why glass is useful for making windows. For only having 13 pages, this is one book that can provide hours of browsing for the curious (and tactile!) learner! – Jess

  • Item #: 052094
    ISBN: 9780794533113
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    Similar in some ways to See Inside Your Body, also by Usborne, this book is packed with more flaps to lift and geared for a slightly younger reading level. In thirteen study pages the book covers digestion, the circulatory system, bones and muscles, the brain, the senses, growing and healing. Most topics are presented on facing pages, with a combination of large and small cartoonish illustrations (all captioned), and flaps integrated on most of them. On the spread about the brain, much of the spread is devoted to a large illustrated flap with the brain, covered with small cartoons of what the different parts of the brain are responsible for. When you lift the main flap, you see an example of what happens when your body sends your brain a message, complete with numbered steps and a line to trace with your finger. The edges of the pages are filled with small illustrated flaps that introduce other facts about the brain: how it is made up of two halves, how the skull protects the brain, how much the brain weighs, etc. To add to the fun, many of these flaps are "nested" with additional flaps hiding underneath with even more information, and occasionally other pull-tabs and pop-ups incorporated as well. Little hands and eyes will find lots to explore here. – Jess

  • Item #: 000541
    ISBN: 9780794516253
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  • Item #: 042293
    ISBN: 9780794514525
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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 #: 002664
    ISBN: 9780794528713
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  • Item #: 030668
    ISBN: 9780794524234
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    This introduction to astronomy offers readers clear, interesting text, detailed diagrams, interesting facts, and lots of large, full-color photography! Each two-page spread focuses on a different topic related to astronomy, including skywatching, telescopes, the sun, the moon, eclipses, stars, galaxies, constellations, what the night sky looks like at different times of the year, the planets (and finding them in the sky), and much more. Each page features interesting, but more general text on the topic, with plenty of related photos, each with detailed and informative captions. Geared for the beginning sky-watcher, there are lots of tips on finding these heavenly bodies in the sky, and star maps are included for both the Southern and Northern hemisphere at different times of the year. Referenced weblinks (accessed through Usborne's website) are featured with many topics, for further online exploration. 48 pgs. – Jess

  • Item #: 002152
    ISBN: 9780794521387
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    This Bible story collection follows an extremely traditional and beautiful design externally: a distinctive, oversized, cloth-covered hardbound text with copper illumination. Well written key stories are relayed: 34 from the Old Testament and 34 from the New. I appreciate the depth of story communicated and the conversational, yet engaging tone. With Usborne, one might expect busy, brightly colored illustrations within the text. These, however, are muted water color and colored pencil and enhance the story rather than emphasize themselves. The gentle-colored, textured-looking pages also accentuate the story. Although aimed as a read-aloud for younger children, your upper elementary child will also enjoy reading these. A two-page illustrated map follows each Testament and 9 pages of alphabetized Who’s Who help identify main characters. A beautiful and meaningful keepsake! 191 pp, 8.5” x 11” hc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 027115
    ISBN: 9781849053341
    Retail: $14.95
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    Living with a child who displays Asperger's tendencies may lead to discord in the home-but oftentimes an understanding of their unique personality traits is the key to family harmony. Written for children of all ages, this charming book explains Asperger's characteristics in easy-to-understand language which will appeal to the child who demonstrates these traits as well as their siblings. Engaging animal illustrations assist in bringing clarity to the characteristics and experiences of Aspies to enable a better understanding of their strengths and struggles. hc. 67pgs. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 003382
    ISBN: 9780746033654
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    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
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    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 #: 026170
    ISBN: 9780794522292
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    Students of all ages will be extra motivated to practice Spanish phrases once they take a look at these flash cards! What sets these cards apart is the adorable claymation-like images of animals, objects, and children in modern settings. Each 4" x 6" card features a Spanish phrase (with an accompanying illustration) on one side, with the identical image translated into English on the other side. A variety of topics are covered including colors, animals, numbers, the parts of a house, and more. The centerpiece of the set is what I call the "dialogue" or "scene" cards. These cards feature people having short conversations, with their dialogue appearing in speech bubbles. (For example, one card shows a woman asking her student where his book is; the student answers "I don't know."). Pronunciations of the words and phrases found on the cards are available on Usborne's website. The set contains 50 cards total. ~ Lisa

  • Item #: 050844
    ISBN: 9780794530853
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    See how WWII was waged in the air, on land, and on and under the seas. Follow the timeline of the start of the war in Poland in 1939 to the end in Japan during 1945. Readers will enjoy the colorful graphics and information spread throughout the pages. Over 70 flaps to lift on 15 pgs, hc. – John

  • Item #: 033475
    ISBN: 9780794522162
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    A great introduction to the world of acting and the theatre. This colorful book is packed full of illustrations, photographs, and information on just about every aspect of theatre. It contains information on acting tips, improvisation, building characters, lines, designing sets, costumes and make-up, props, sound and lighting, musicals, films and television, the history of theatre, playwrights, and much more. Suggestions are even included on how to break into the world of theatre! A good overall look at drama. ~ Megan

  • Item #: 001863
    ISBN: 9780794537951
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  • Item #: 035331
    ISBN: 9780688170431
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    Authored by Joanna Cole of Magic School Bus fame, this short illustrated book explains to young readers how babies are made and born. The book doesn't go into any detail on conception, simply saying that the child began as one little cell. "Half of the cell came from your mommy, and the other half came from your daddy." The illustration shows a couple each holding half of a construction paper heart. The book ends with a list of suggestions for parents on how to answer children's questions on birth. All in all, it's a sweet, simple story that shares the very basics with young children. If you're looking for a religiously neutral introduction to the subject, this is a good one.
  • Item #: 012403
    ISBN: 9780794515263
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    An introductory guidebook to rocks, fossils, and much more. Through the numerous colorful illustrations and diagrams, the various geological processes that helped to form the world's collection of rocks, minerals, and fossils are described. Students will learn the difference between igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks as well as what clues they give us as to how the Earth's surface formed. Students will additionally learn where to look for certain rocks and fossils and how to identify them. The effect natural forces (such as water, wind, ice, and volcanic eruptions) have had on the shape of the land is also discussed. Much of the book sticks to the subject, but evolution is assumed and evolutionary dating is used. 32 pgs. ~ Enh

  • Item #: 064203
    ISBN: 9780794533366
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    I liked this book from the moment I opened it! It looks like a real fashion designer’s sketch book, featuring models drawn mostly with simple, straight lines. The pages have prompts for a person to finish: a series of heads that you add hats to, designing glasses on a page of faces, adding color to outlined gowns at a movie premiere, and even a fun department store window display! It is so very creative and open-ended yet provides something to get you started. Other pages include: casual clothes, party make up, nails, hair-dos, hand-bags, coats, jewelry, fabric design, & more. This would make a perfect gift with a set of colored pencils or art markers for an aspiring designer who loves to play with color. You might even inspire a career with your gift! 10x12”, 80pp

  • Item #: 062673
    ISBN: 9780794534417
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    Punch out and assemble the sturdy pieces, then have a battle! This building set has over 90 pieces that are printed on both sides and are die cut (the castle pieces as well as two opposing armies’ worth of soldiers). They assemble with slots and the directions are pretty simple to follow. The pieces themselves are like a layer of craft foam sandwiched between two layers of cardstock. The included 40 pages softcover book contains info about the different kinds of soldiers included (axe men, kings, queens, knights, assassins, archers, and more!) as well as life in the castle. Everything fits nicely inside of a colorful box for safe keeping. Great for your castle enthusiast or as a way to bring history to life! – Laura

  • Item #: 051083
    ISBN: 9780794531232
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    Most art books talk more about the painting itself than the artist. Here you learn about the person first. Kids learn things they won't get in just any old art book. Learn about the artist as a kid themselves, what they liked to do, and who inspired them. Most of the 35 artists are featured over two-page spreads, with more prolific artists getting four pages. There is a narrative, examples of their work, some representation of the person and where they come from, with snippets of information around the pages with funny little illustrations so it's not all so serious looking. Your students will like the easy-to-read format. This is not a text book, though there is a lot of information in this book. Use it as a starting point for a unit study on art and let kids choose a person to focus on. I think kids who are interested in art or museums will really enjoy this one. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 027008
    ISBN: 9781589236066
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    Many-a origami guides have I looked at and tried to follow, confused out of my mind. If you find yourself in the same paper boat, search no more! There are a few things that make this book different from your average how-to origami book. First, instead of having a list at the start of all the symbols and "basic" folds to familiarize yourself with and look back at, this book introduces those things as they come – which means you can jump right in and start! When a new symbol or fold is required in a design (and only when it becomes vital) the text takes a break, explains to you exactly what it means, and guides you in a truly step-by-step fashion how to do it. Second, and the best thing about this manual, is that it takes a new approach to showing what is happening to every fold with a glow and an afterglow. The "glow" highlights which part of the paper you will be folding. The "afterglow" appears around the edge where the fold ends up. The book is full-color, and each project is shown using yellow origami paper with white backing. The glow and afterglow are always bright orange so you can't miss them. Instead of a typical origami book which shows you one step, then another step that appears nothing like the previous one after numerous valley-mountain-reverse-inside folds, this one shows you precisely what you are folding and where it goes. Third, a DVD showing exactly what the artist is doing for every creation is included. So if the explanation and diagrams aren't enough, you can see a real-life example of the project being created. In addition to these three things, there are some other niceties about this guide. Inside its pages are plenty of photo-demonstrations plus ideas of how to use your creations and variations of them. Each section has one basic form that it builds off of, such as the kite-shape, and every project in that section starts with that form so you'll get really adept at making and using it. There are a total of 43 projects to cement your skills, and none are "throw away" pieces. There are 34 cool animal forms, and the rest are either lovely flowers or interesting shapes like stars and treasure boxes. The book comes with about 16 sheets of small (4 ¼" square) paper and files to print more, but personally I would advise buying some cheap origami paper because it is thinner, larger, and easier to fold. If you've struggled with understanding origami and are looking for a solid base of knowledge and a friendly way to get there, I highly recommend this guide. Spiral-bound hardcover, 223 pgs. ~ Janine

  • Item #: 010554
    ISBN: 9781416938613
    Retail: $17.99
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       Introducing your amazing home.the magnificent flesh and bone that come together to make you…YOU! Beginning with the body’s building blocks (cells), this book covers growth and aging, the skeletal system, muscles, skin/hair/nails, and the heart and brain, before transitioning to body systems and senses. Reproduction is included, but this is handled appropriately from a medical-scientific perspective. (Parents may wish to preview). Setting this book apart from the rest is the phenomenal 3D graphics that are very lifelike without the gore factor. It also includes a 2 page Timeline of Medical Knowledge which targets the most important discoveries in the area of medicine for :Ancient; Greek and Roman; Arabic; Middle Ages; Renaissance; 18th-19th Centuries; 20th Century and 21st Century. Brief mentions of evolution.  Presents a fascinating look at our human body through text and vibrant illustrations. Glossary and Index. 64 pgs. HC. ~ Deanne

  • 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 #: 041473
    ISBN: 9780794520458
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    It's always more fun to see something work than just read about it. This book allows children to follow their food as it travels through the body by lifting flaps to reveal the unseen story. See how your brain works and how your lungs help you breathe. This book is packed with great illustrations and 50 different flaps to lift and discover. This 16 pg book allows you child to learn in a fun and interesting way. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 018005
    ISBN: 9780794528331
    Retail: $19.99
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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 #: 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.)