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  • Item #: 002662
    ISBN: 9780794525156
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  • 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 #: 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 #: 051260
    ISBN: 9780890516188
    Retail: $24.99
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    Instilling a love for science in my children was always a primary goal in our early days of home-schooling. One of my secret tools was always keeping a stack of interesting science reference books available for them to thumb through or to look up a quick question on their own (yes, this was pre-internet!), but I always struggled to find good quality books that did not overwhelm us with evolutionary content and would often lament to my husband, that it would sure be nice to have a Christian alternative to the informative Usborne or DK resource books. I am so excited to share that Master Books and My Father's World have heard the cries of many homeschool families and have joined together to provide quality science reference books that offer beautiful photographs and illustrations without the inundation of evolutionary teaching.

    Beginning with Genesis 1:1, this book introduces the scientific method, real science, fields of science and the reasons to study science and then dives into seven sections covering a wide range of scientific subjects. Section 1: Matters and Chemicals covers atoms, elements, molecules, solids, liquids, gases, melting and boiling, crystals, water, chemical changes, acids and bases and composites. Section 2: Energy, Motion and Machines presents energy, converting energy, the energy of motion, forces and motion, measuring force and motion, gravity, heat and cold, helpful machines, simple machines, machine power, friction and energy and matter. Section 3: Electricity and Magnetism contains electrical energy, static electricity, flowing electricity, electrical circuits, using electricity, magnetism, and magnetism to electricity, electricity to movement, movement to electricity plus more. Section 4: Light and Sound introduces sound waves, using sound, light, reflected and refracted light, using light, laser light and more. Section 5: Earth and Life presents planet earth, inside the earth, the rock cycle, volcanoes and earthquakes, atmosphere, weather and climate, mountains and valleys, rivers and lakes, coastlines, seas and oceans, life on earth and the earth in trouble. Section 6: Space and Time explores earth in space, exploring space, earth's orbit, magnetic earth, inner planets, solar wanderers, outer planets, the sun, stars and galaxies, deep space, and the universe.

    The last section provides over sixty projects covering topics in each of the previous six categories. Science projects contain a concise "you will need" list, clear step by step instructions, and colorful accompanying photographs. Each project also contains the reference page for further information and utilizes commonly found items. Glossary and index provide helpful reference material. hc. 247 pgs. ~ Deanne

  • 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 #: 073328
    ISBN: 9780794542887
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  • Item #: 073327
    ISBN: 9780794542870
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  • Item #: 073326
    ISBN: 9780794532826
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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 #: 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 #: 002664
    ISBN: 9780794528713
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  • Item #: 007663
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    Part O-Ball, part vehicle, these super-grabbable cars offer lots of play for little crawlers and teethers. The top portion of the car is like an O-ball, while the tough-looking wheels feature rattling beads inside for additional noise and fun. Two styles; if you order more than one, we'll assort.
  • 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 #: 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 #: 031908
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    It looks like a lunchbox, but it's really a tea set! Inside this 10" x 7" lunchbox-style carrying case is a charming metal tea set, painted in springtime colors of green, pink, yellow and white. The 15-piece set includes a metal serving tray, a teapot with a lid, 4 teacups, 4 saucers, and 4 plates. The plates are green with pink flowers and a white and pink checkered border, while the carrying case, tray, and teacups are green with yellow polka-dots (with white and pink checkered accents). The teapot is white and pink checkered with a pink flower and yellow and green polka-dot accents. ~ Lisa

  • Item #: 057663
    ISBN: 9781579129569
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    Some art books are too young, some are too much, well this one is juuuust right for your middle schoolers. Young readers can have a look at famous artists like Van Eyck & Vermeer, Manet & Monet, Klimt & Munch as they also learn art vocabulary. Explore 32 different artists! Lots of color photos and illustrations bring the text to life. Everything from cave paintings to portraiture to learning about museums! You could read it front to back or use it as a reference when looking at a certain time period or location. It is a lovely hardcover book that is certainly gift-worthy. Inside the front cover is an 8.5 x 8.5" envelope with five coloring pages outlining works from Dali, Cassatt, Seurat, Monet, and DaVinci. Add some Prismacolor pencils and you will have one happy young artist! Hc, 96pp, 10x10". ~ Sara

  • Item #: 053739
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    Do you go to the store, hoping to find something for your baby to chew on to bring some relief to those aching gums and grow weary of seeing the same tired teethers? These three adorable and colorful teethers are shaped like delicious little pieces of fruit (a pineapple, a bunch of grapes, and a strawberry) packaged on cardboard backing that looks like a blender. They look oh-so-chewable with interesting textures, and they are constructed out of soft, 100% food-grade silicone. Easy grasp handles and hollow insides encourage dexterity. Dishwasher and freezer safe, BPA, latex, and phthalate free. Great for a baby shower gift as well! Made in the USA. ~ Megan

  • Item #: 049228
    ISBN: 9780996505710
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    Right-handed or left-handed, simple shapes, finger tracing, color-coding, catchy repetitive phrases and lots of practice make this single handwriting instruction book quite unique. Use it with big kids to littles. It’s not juvenile looking, but also without a complicated design. Using the horizontal format with a top spiral at the top, work through the pages from the front, then flip over and work through the back sides. The four basic shapes are color coded: orange ovals, lime loops, silver swings and mauve mounds. Finger tracing builds muscle memory. Saying the task steps of a task as you perform them helps reinforce new motor skills. And of course, there is pencil work tracing: inside bubble letters; writing letters; connecting letters, followed by sentences. Each lesson reviews the 4 main shapes. Additionally unique, the letters are grouped by the 4 basic shapes, not in alphabetical order: a good option for visual learners. It’s just well done. Whether your child would benefit from these methods, has never mastered cursive, or is a more traditional learner, this is as good a fit. Writing lines are .75” with dotted midline. Each lesson (10 total) can be completed in one 45-60-minute session, or in (up to 4) shorter, weekly lessons spread. 11”x 8.5”, 111 pgs, pb. ~ Sara

  • 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 #: 001533
    ISBN: 9780140309270
    Retail: $7.99
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    What do you do if you can't fix a broken doughnut making machine with tons of batter inside? What do you do after there are more than a thousand doughnuts and they just keep coming? What do you do if a rich lady has lost her diamond bracelet and it is inside of one of the doughnuts? If you're Homer Price, then your uncle has left you alone in the middle of this crisis and you have to find a way out of it! But that won't be a problem, because he's handled a skunk, four bank robbers, a 6' ball of string, and helped 100 families find their homes in the new subdivision where all 100 houses look exactly alike. - Melissa

  • 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 #: 067836
    Retail: $26.99
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      Can you correctly arrange Snow White, the Evil Queen, and all seven dwarves? This adorable “game board” is shaped like the dwarves’ cottage and stands upright. Featuring four windows with shutters and a door, all that open, it comes with 48 puzzles to solve – 24 exterior puzzles (worked while looking at the outside of the cottage) and 24 interior puzzles (flip it around so you’re facing inside the cottage.) Using the included puzzle book, you place some figures in their designated spots behind/in front of windows and door, and then you must determine where the remaining figures belong within the constraints of that particular puzzle. But be careful! Some figures can’t be placed in a certain color room, while some figures must always be placed together. Clues are given through a series of simple pictures and clearly explained in the puzzle book. This charming set includes puzzle board, seven dwarves, Snow White figure, witch/Evil Queen figure, puzzle and solutions booklet, and a beautiful hardcover picture book. Cottage and figures are all bright and well-made plastic pieces. – Laura

  • Item #: 051083
    ISBN: 9780794531232
    Retail: $16.99
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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 #: 011990
    ISBN: 9780141305950
    Retail: $8.99
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    Widge, a poor orphan, is commanded by his frightening master to watch Shakespeare's Hamlet and write down the entire play word for word. Widge works himself into the theatre where Shakespeare's cast rehearses and performs, and is taken in by the actors, who treat him as one of their own. As he secretly copies the lines, he begins to wonder if pleasing his master is worth betraying his new friends. See how Widge discovers such things as friendship, family, and home while getting an inside look of the Shakespearean era. 216 pgs. ~ Rachel

  • 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 #: 005378
    Retail: $6.99
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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 #: 002152
    ISBN: 9780794521387
    Retail: $29.99
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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 #: 000148
    ISBN: 9781427620743
    Retail: $17.95
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    An excellent unit to get children acquainted with a microscope - how to use it, and actual investigations with it. The World of the Microscope or the Complete Book of the Microscope (both by Usborne - see index) are highly recommended as basal resource books. Other resource books (list provided) should be obtained and available for reference. The unit requires a minimum of 42-48 days to complete. Activities look extremely interesting and the accompanying lab sheets are excellent - very thoughtfully constructed. Labs begin with the set up, use and clean up of the microscope. The next several labs teach children to make wet mounts, dry mounts, permanent mounts, and well mounts. Successive labs are spent using these skills to study a variety of things under the microscopic, from fibers to insect parts, with cells, plant parts, and simple cell animals in between. The book also contains vocabulary words, science supplier addresses and phone numbers, answers, and additional helpful tips about microscopes. Just looking through the unit makes me enthusiastic about using it - it looks like the best kind of learning - interesting and fun. I would guess that most children would thoroughly enjoy this adventure with a microscope - gaining invaluable skills for higher level science courses in the process. Children in the elementary grades would need some parental support to accomplish the study; older children could use it independently. Look into this one! 92 pages, paperback.
  • Item #: 003382
    ISBN: 9780746033654
    Retail: $22.99
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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 #: 001568
    ISBN: 9780486498966
    Retail: $6.99
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    Children and adults alike will enjoy the intricate, hand-drawn look of the seventy-six intricate mazes inside this book. The use of recycled paper gives the inside pages an off-white color that is not only soothing to the eyes, but also adds to the retro look. Difficulty level can vary by page and solutions for each maze are included in the back. – Rachel