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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 #: 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 #: 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 #: 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 #: 073328
    ISBN: 9780794542887
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  • Item #: 073327
    ISBN: 9780794542870
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  • Item #: 073326
    ISBN: 9780794532826
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  • 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 #: 001533
    ISBN: 9780140309270
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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 #: 057663
    ISBN: 9781579129569
    Retail: $19.99
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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 #: 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 #: 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 #: 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 #: 067884
    ISBN: 9780794539658
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    Looking for fun activities to occupy little minds as you go from here to there as you travel? Look no further than this portable size activity book. Measuring 5” x 7 ½”, it fits perfectly in your purse or in the hands of you little one. Activities vary and include seek-a-word, drawing exercises, Sudoku, crosswords and much more. Also includes games for 2 or more players. Answers in the back of the book. PB. 108 pgs. ~ Deanne

  • 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 #: 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 #: 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 #: 026930
    ISBN: 9780486431383
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    If you were to hear me extol the virtues of this book to someone, the phrase that you would most likely hear would be, "You can't find books like this anymore!" And it is information that you are unlikely to learn even in Boy Scouts. Flipping randomly through the pages, I find things like: War Kites, How to Stock a Fresh-Water Aquarium, How To Make Puppets and Puppet Show, Practical Taxidermy for Boys, Traps and Trapping, and my personal favorite, Home-Made Hunting Apparatus (whip bow looking the coolest of these). It's contains the high-interest activities that an adult remembers doing in their childhood, and parents wish that their kids would get out-of-doors to try out. Also, it is handily divided into Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter activities, so they never have an excuse to stay inside and watch TV.

    Of course, a 19th century book is going to have some outdated information and materials: it's hard to find a barrel stave these days. It also has 1800's regard for safety; were safety glasses even available back then? Since you're experimenting with whip bows and working with sharp glass for war kites I'm guessing you'll want some basic protection. This book also assumes a good deal of room for some activities: it is hard to build and sail a raft without some space.

    But the shortcomings are few, with the outdated terms easily deciphered, old materials fairly substitutable, and a pair of work gloves and eye protection being all that most projects require in the way of safety. All in all, any boy who has some space and maybe a little parental guidance will have a blast all through the year with this book. It should give electronics a run for their money, and help kids remember that the outdoors is fun for any adventurous boy. As the author says in the preface: "Let boys make their own kites and bows and arrows; they will find double pleasure in them, and value them accordingly, to say nothing of the education involved in the successful construction of their home-made playthings." ~ Mark

  • Item #: 026268
    ISBN: 9780794522117
    Retail: $4.99
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    A visual introduction to the past, this colorfully illustrated Usborne book shows children differences in the way 11 ordinary places have changed over time. Each two-page spread shows a scene from a familiar place such as a store, a street, or the kitchen. The left-hand view shows the way things appeared about a hundred years ago, while the opposite scene shows what each place looks like today. They'll learn that in the past, cooking had to be done by burning wood in a stove, shopping was done by having the clerk package and weigh items for you, and often several children all slept together in one big bed! Designed to spark discussion and get young children thinking about the differences between yesterday and today, they are sure to learn some surprising things about the past - and maybe even appreciate more the conveniences of today! - Jess

  • Item #: 021705
    ISBN: 9781937494018
    Retail: $89.95
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    We had a lot of philosophy in college while studying worldviews. This course reminds me of the approach our college used and combines philosophy with important skills that should be part of a good in-depth study: philosophy, worldview, writing, speaking and thinking. The authors three goals for this text are for it to be easy to use, engaging and empowering; I believe she is very successful at achieving her goals. This course may be used as your primary curriculum, to which you would just add math, science and foreign language: or use it as a supplement. Guidelines for using the program either way are included in the front of the reader.

    I find the study of philosophy intriguing and have really enjoyed reading through the Reader (text) of this curriculum. Students will spend time learning about Thales, Pythagoras, Xenophanes, Heraclitus, Parmenides, Empedocles, Protagoras, and Democritus: what they really believed and what they contributed to the world. Learn how what they believed was shaped by their predecessors and how their thinking shapes culture even today. The idea behind this course is that students will be equipped to understand our changing world.

    The Reader is a spiral-bound, 125-page, softcover book that is printed with full color illustrations. There are specific components found in every lesson presented. First, the student will read the philosophers story (the Readers first component). They will find anecdotes and facts about their lives, accomplishments, beliefs and contributions in sections labeled at the top of the page Meet the Philosopher, His Story Unfolds, Impact of Ideas, and The Story Ends. The second component is the Write, Think, and Speak sections. These are labeled down the side of the reading text and the actual assignments are found on the adjacent page. In the Write section, students will be shown the 7-step writing process, beginning with the first draft, how to build pauses into their writing, how to polish their writing, how to critique, evaluate and revise and do a final draft for a final project. The Think section may include assignments, but also includes information for deeper thinking. Speak works to improve and enhance the students ability to speak orally put their thoughts into words that sound intelligent and well thought-out. The lessons third item is geography. Students will learn about the geography during the featured philosophers life and includes a map and a short summary about the time period. On the adjacent page, students will learn about the philosophers School of Thought. The final section of each lesson is the Contrast section. This is where students read statements, quotations or documents from the philosopher and compare and contrast them to what the Bible says (Biblical Worldview). Scripture found in the reader and workbook is from the English Standard Version (ESV).

    The back section of the Reader is full of valuable resources. There are checklists for writing assignments and what to look for in the writing process and assignments, peer critiques, and evaluation. For each of the philosophers, writing assignments are included with the guidelines and required contents included. These are timed written assignments (15 minutes), but you could turn them into a research paper or essay if you would like a more detailed writing assignment let them choose their favorite philosopher for a year-end project. These assignments are in addition to the writings found within the lessons. A list of recommended resources is also included, just in case your student wants to learn more in a specific area.

    A Teacher Resource CD is included inside the back cover and includes answer keys to mapping assignments, timelines, and at-a-glance instructions.

    The Student Workbook is more like a notebooking journal. There are formatted pages on which students answer questions from each section of the lesson and blank maps to label. The second part of the workbook is the Write, Think, Speak Journal. This journal is referenced in the lessons and this is where the students answer questions found on the Write, Think, Speak pages of the lesson. There are also the same checklists, peer critique and evaluation in the back of the student workbook as those found in the Reader. The glossary pages at the very back of the student workbook are for the student to write the meaning or definition of words. The words even have page number references to help them out. The Student Workbook is not reproducible.

    There are a couple of products referenced in the Reader and recommended for use with this study: Philippians in 28 Weeks and The Wise Woman with Literary Analysis Journal Questions. Adding these books will enhance your study.

    If you are ready to tackle a meaty study, this one is great! Well-laid out and easy-to-use, this course will engage your deep thinking high schooler. Give them a reason to write and help them put their thoughts together for a solid foundation in a rapidly changing world all from a Biblical Worldview. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 020576
    ISBN: 9781420645491
    Retail: $8.99
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    Here’s an opportunity for you to look at the artwork of Debbie Mumm® everyday. The cover of this plan book has the image of a quaint old-fashioned schoolhouse, and inside there is space for 40 weeks of lesson plans. The weekly schedule is shown on two pages, with six planning squares per day, Monday through Friday. Each planning square is lined for neatness and ease in writing lesson plans. Included with the planning pages are substitute teacher information, student roster, seating chart and information on standards pages. This 8.5“ x 11” book is spiral bound and contains 96 pgs. Donna

  • Item #: 018172
    ISBN: 9780064462273
    Retail: $7.99
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    Written in a similar style to the other Don't Know Much About books, this journey through the 50 states presents several questions and answers about each state as it is covered. Each page features one state (except for Texas, which of course needs two), with a small outline map of the state and other basic facts about the state, including the state bird and flower near the top of the page. Then several questions about the state are posed, some about more basic information about the state, and some involving more trivia-like information, such as "How many trees does it take to make a gallon of maple syrup?" for Vermont,"What is a keystone, anyway?" for Pennsylvania, or "Why were Nebraska's first settlers called 'sodbusters'?" for Nebraska. Other small interesting facts and state jokes are included as well. Also, a complete map of the U.S. is featured inside the front and back covers. Not a comprehensive look at each state, but an entertaining and informative read.

  • Item #: 006643
    ISBN: 9780794515584
    Retail: $14.99
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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
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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 #: 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 #: 028742
    ISBN: 9781425816841
    Retail: $43.96
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  • Item #: 028455
    ISBN: 9780794536480
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    When disaster strikes, there are those who are overcome, and those who survive. Some of the disasters in this book are things you would hope never even make it into your nightmares, let alone real life. Happen they did though - from shark attacks to explosions onboard a spaceship, a helicopter crash inside an active volcano and a submarine that suddenly sinks without warning. These and six more stories of survival in the face of incredible catastrophe will enthrall and amaze you. An easy book to read, with diagrams of some of the disasters and rescue attempts, this is a 141-page, paperback book that you just won't want to put down. ~ Zach

  • Item #: 028448
    ISBN: 9780794517380
    Retail: $16.99
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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 #: 028443
    ISBN: 9780794516291
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    Sometimes a clear diagram or picture can make all the difference, especially in the study of math. After looking at several similar products, this one stands out among the rest because of its high-quality graphics. This colorful reference is packed with over 500 math terms, 300 diagrams, and 100 worked examples. Alike topics are grouped together into 4 main sections (numbers; algebra; shape, space and measures; and handling data) and extensively cross-referenced at the bottom of each spread. 128 pgs.