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  • 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 #: 060903
    ISBN: 9780794532871
    Retail: $12.99
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  • Item #: 021630
    ISBN: 9780486444567
    Retail: $1.99
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    This small, pocket-sized (4.2â₝ x 5.75â₝) book can lead to a large imagination! With a theme focused on methods of travel and fun places to go, the book features mazes, connect the dots, crosswords, word searches, decoding messages, and many other fun activities. Interspersed throughout is information about the different ways people travel. The pages are black and white and can be colored with crayons, markers, or colored pencils. Solutions are included in the back of the book. There are 48 fun-filled activities and word games included in all. An inexpensive and fun travel-time filler, perfect for your next road trip. 64 pgs, pb. *Jon
  • Item #: 040252
    ISBN: 9780794513191
    Retail: $9.99
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    Looking for ideas for those long (or short) car trips? This fantastic pack of cards from Usborne is full of fun things to do while traveling. Just choose one of the 50 colorful cards and follow the instructions on the back. The majority of the games are for 2 or more people and all you'll ever need for the activities is paper and writing utensils (sometimes not even that). Examples of games include "Find the Words" where players think of one word and then have a set amount of time to create as many words as they can using the letters from the original word; "Word Bugs" which is like Hangman, but with a bug instead of a body; "Snapping Mouth" which is like an origami project; "First to 50" where players choose one thing to count and try to be the first to find 50; and many many more. Some standard games like Rock Paper Scissors and Single Word Stories (where players take turns saying one word in a story) are also included. Cards are 3.75" x 6." ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 024231
    ISBN: 9780811822176
    Retail: $12.99
    Rainbow Price: $9.00

    The word "rubbernecker" may not be familiar to you, but you can probably identify with this universal reflex to slow down and peer at accidents, cars stopped by the side of the road, construction sites, and other unpredictable incidents on the road. This aptly titled travel game plays on this instinct to help make long (or even short) car trips a little more bearable. The bulk of the cards display an object to look for while traveling. In Rubberneckers and Flying Rubberneckers, these are names or pictures of items, while Rubberneckers Jr. features pictures of easier-to-find items on every card so even pre-readers can play. Each time you find one of these objects, you earn 5 points. Some cards in Rubberneckers and Flying Rubberneckers also have bonus point opportunities! For example, one card asks that you spot a basketball court, backboard, or hoop for five points. If there are people actually playing basketball on the court, you get to add an extra five points! Special cards in each deck add fun twists to the play. In Rubberneckers, there are two wild cards, which allow players to draw another card from the deck and trade a card with another player. When a player draws a "Car Pool" card, they alert all the other players and everyone looks for the object. Whoever spots it first gets the card and the points. Five "Super Rubbernecker" cards hold multiple objects, each one worth ten points, and "Share the Road" cards ask players to perform some action (like waving with your foot) and getting a person in another car to wave or smile back. Game play is similar in all versions of Rubberneckers, with the Junior version being simpler to play. Typically, each person is dealt five cards. Once an item has been found, and new card replaces it, and the game continues until players reach a specified number of points (100 is suggested for Rubberneckers). Of course, the game can also be played solo as well. The game cards are large (3" x 4½"), laminated, durable, and store easily in a box that will hold up to many years of car trips. Although Rubberneckers is marked ages 8 and up, younger children can easily play on a team or if someone reads the cards without pictures to them. This will probably be more exciting for everyone than playing Rubberneckers Jr. with older children. - Melissa

  • Item #: 042303
    ISBN: 9780794515195
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  • Item #: 006688
    ISBN: 9780794533458
    Retail: $9.99
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    Challenge yourself with this book of Animal Mazes, Monster Mazes, and Treasure Mazes. Each of the three sections feature 12-14 colorful mazes, often on a two-page spread, other times with just one maze per page. Each maze comes with a little storyline about the main characters, Cat and Mouse, and you must help them find their way wherever they are going or help them solve different puzzles. Their adventure takes them to many different scenes and lots of different challenges. Will you help them get all the way from the beginning to the end of the book (and their big adventure)? Answers are included at the end of each section. ~ Megan

  • Item #: 040724
    ISBN: 9780140382402
    Retail: $4.99
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    This edition features a short introduction about the author, larger print, and 346 pgs.

  • Item #: 023655
    ISBN: 9780471215950
    Retail: $16.00
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    Subtitled "40 Time-Traveling, World-Exploring, History-Making Activities for Kids," this book contains an assortment of activities to take kids back in time, allowing them to recreate the discoveries of the past, or use what was "new technology" back then. The activities are arranged chronologically through time, with each activity given an introduction, list of (common) materials, a step-by-step procedure, and a fairly lengthy explanation. Additional ideas for extending your investigation through each period of history are also offered, as well as other timely, relevant facts for each activity. After reading about a Mesopotamian soap recipe, kids gather a few materials to see for themselves exactly how soap works. We've all heard of Archimedes' great discovery made in his bathtub, now kids can recreate and experiment with this concept - no bath necessary. And although readers may be surprised to know that the ancient Egyptians made and used glue, they can whip up some of their own to use. The equipment used is nothing fancy (chances are if the ancient Egyptians owned it, so do we!), and the simple procedures are easy enough for most kids to work through on their own (although adult help is noted in several activities). While the results of these experiments won't necessarily come as a surprise, participants are able to put themselves in the place of that time period or civilization, and imagine that what they're accomplishing was at one time regarded as a very sophisticated method! Please note that the book is from a secular publisher, most noticeable in the dating terminology used (B.C.E./C.E.) and in the first section of the book on early humans. However, we feel that the value of the book's activities overall outweighs these easy-to-omit features. - Jess

  • Item #: 013763
    ISBN: 9780794523244
    Retail: $12.99
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    Whether you are traveling cross-country, abroad, or simply enjoying a stay-cation this year, this fantastic activity book may be exactly what you are looking for to combine fun with learning while keeping little minds and hands busy. Activities vary from stickers (includes over 150!), doodling/drawing, puzzles, mazes, and lots, lots more! Not just your typical activities, kids will learn interesting things about different countries and use their math and logic skills too. Activities will take you across the world and even into outer space. With all the great discoveries found here, your children will have little time for boredom! Answers included. Another quality learning resource from Usborne. 96 pgs, sc. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 029301
    ISBN: 9780528008313
    Retail: $5.99
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    Looking for a bunch of activities to keep your kids quiet and happy for extended periods of time? The activities themselves aren't really travel-themed, but they certainly would keep kids entertained during long rides or flights. The book includes pictures to color, mazes, dot-to-dots, hidden-picture drawings, color-by-number scenes, riddles to solve, and more. Cut back on all the "Are we there yet?" questions with the mountain of activities in this book. By Rand McNally, 256 pgs, pb. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 029832
    ISBN: 9780525464389
    Retail: $24.99
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    Amazing is a good adjective for this book. Incredible is another. Awesome works pretty well, too. Let me just say that I am long past third grade, but I could spend a few more hours lifting every flap, pulling every tab, reading every speech bubble, and turning pages to find another pop-up mountain or volcano. This book is so much fun to look through; every page is chock full of information presented in an inspiring, unique, and entertaining way. Covered is our place in space, sunshine, continents and oceans, rivers and mountains, countries, Europe, natural disasters, world distances and traveling times, and inhabitants. Another cool feature is the pop-up globe, made from stiff card, which is flat in the book but pops into a more-or-less round globe - it's really quite something! It is attached to the book by an elastic cord, so it won't get lost either. Learning geography can be a lot of fun, especially when kids are enjoying themselves - and they really can't do anything but that when they open this hardcover book. ~ Zach

  • Item #: 042301
    ISBN: 9780794512064
    Retail: $9.99
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  • 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 #: 037103
    ISBN: 9781420639483
    Retail: $13.99
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    When you hear the words "book report," what comes to mind? Boring… mundane… busy work? Well, what if I told you that book reports could be fun, creative, and engaging? This workbook by Teacher Created Resources is full of ideas for book reports and literary projects that your children will never call "boring." These reports go beyond the typical one page essays and challenge your children to not only read the book and apply what they read, but to also think creatively and use their imagination. The best part is the fact that the work is done for you (the teacher), as all you need to do is find the title you would like your child to read, select a project that best goes along with the title, and then photocopy the worksheets that contain the instructions and writing space needed to complete the project. This workbook also makes finding good books to read easier as there are Newbery Award Winners, California Young Reader Medal Winners, and Caldecott Medal Winners listed on the last few pages! As I was skimming through this workbook I found all sorts of fun projects that I would have loved to do. Idea #21 suggests your child read a book about a famous historical character. Then they create a History Interview Chart where they list things that were different or unique about the person or character's life in comparison to today. Next they interview an adult member of your family, such as a grandparent, and report on the similar things they recorded in regards to the character of the book they read. Idea #14 prompts your child to write a commercial regarding a book they just read to try and get others to read it. Other projects have children designing compare and contrast charts, timelines, puzzles, trading cards, puppets, masks, and other fun creations. Several projects also include your child playacting, interviewing, packing their bag for faraway travel, filling a time capsule, and writing their own version of the story. Most of the projects stand well on their own in regards to educational content, but some of the ideas are more entertaining than educational, so you may want to tweak them a bit by adding a writing assignment or combining it with another project. The possibilities are endless! Who knew book reports could be so fun? 112 pgs, pb. – elise

  • Item #: 026918
    ISBN: 9780794523565
    Retail: $19.99
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    Reusable magnetic clothing and accessories can be used on any of the eight scenes in this book. Children can learn about which clothing is appropriate for different weather or occasions, or they can be silly by dressing Ella on the beach with a party hat and umbrella. This can also be used to encourage children to choose their own clothing. Children may need assistance removing the magnets from the inside covers for the first time. Board book (magnetic), 20 magnets, 10 pgs.

  • Item #: 020826
    ISBN: 9780794532352
    Retail: $9.99
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    In this blast from the past, see the clothing, hair styles, and famous fashionable figures of prominent eras from ancient times through the 1960s – all informatively captioned. Faded images on each of the thirty-one pages correspond to the stickers located in the back of the book. Some of the 160+ beautiful stickers are illustrations, others are photographs, which complements the educational theme of the book. Included with the fun of a classic sticker book are informational pages like a directory of historical and current leading designers and a detailed fashion timeline.
  • Item #: 007358
    ISBN: 9780312367541
    Retail: $6.99
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    Meg and Charles Wallace, along with their friend, Calvin, search for their scientist father. Traveling through space, they finally find him on the planet of Camazotz. How will they rescue him from his evil captors?

  • 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 #: 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 #: 050840
    ISBN: 9780794531317
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  • Item #: 026229
    ISBN: 9780794525422
    Retail: $16.99
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    This hardcover book is filled with 35 famous paintings arranged chronologically, covering many of the most famous artists in history. Each two page layout contains a piece of art, information about the techniques used by the artist, and interesting information about the time period, subjects used, historical facts, and other details. There are also two fold out pages for Monet's Water Lilies and Picasso's Guernica. Though geared towards adolescents, the information is interesting to all ages and would make a great addition to an art appreciation class or as a coffee table book. 80 pgs. ~ Alissa

  • Item #: 014602
    ISBN: 9780486271231
    Retail: $4.99
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    Enhance your studies of North American exploration. This coloring book follows the explorers to the New World starting with the Vikings and chronologically "discovering" the land (roughly the period between 1000 A.D. and 1827) up to Jedediah Smith's travel to California. Informative text accompanies the illustrations, describing the depicted explorers and historical significance of their explorations. This would be wonderful to color as you study the various time periods and events illustrated - even if it takes you several years to complete!

  • Item #: 004115
    ISBN: 9780794534035
    Retail: $7.99
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    Learn how to tell time with colorful, reusable activities! This dry-erase workbook has sturdy laminated pages, a wipe clean pen, and a fun monster theme. Each page features practice activities to help kids master the skills of time-telling. Many of the exercises involve tracing or writing specific times upon analog clock faces in response to prompts. Students are also asked to look at clocks, then write out the time in words or numbers. (These activities tend to be fill-in-the-blank for the first half of the book.). Digital clocks are covered as well. Brief instructional material is provided to introduce a concept, but most of the workbook consists solely of practice exercises. The colorful, friendly monsters will hold kids' interests as they complete activities such as recording the times Spud the monster performs daily activities (ie. eating, shopping, bedtime) or writing departure times at the train station. A "Your day" section invites kids to write down the times they do certain tasks during the day, too. 22 pgs. ~ Lisa
  • Item #: 030666
    ISBN: 9780794508166
    Retail: $14.99
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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 #: 057626
    ISBN: 9781630588274
    Retail: $4.99
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  • Item #: 003983
    ISBN: 9781921049668
    Retail: $7.95
    Rainbow Price: $6.50

    Kids can travel through history as they work through the twelve mazes in this book. Each maze is 2-page spread and features a time period like Ancient Greece, Medieval France, Ming Dynasty China, American Gold Rush, etc. The full color mazes are packed with buildings, people, and objects from the featured time period and solvers must navigate around these obstacles to solve the mazes. Interesting factoids about the featured time period are included, and there are additional activities for each page (like searching for objects and counting how many of certain items there are). Kids will love making their way through the colorful mazes and just exploring the pages of fun and colorful illustrations. By Anna Nilsen, 32 pgs, pb. ~Rachel

  • Item #: 050830
    ISBN: 9780794531133
    Retail: $5.99
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    Color and learn about butterflies at the same time with this charming and realistic coloring book. Open this book and you have colorful images of butterflies on one side beside outline images to color with pencils or crayons. The name of each species is at the top of the page along with a sprinkling of butterfly facts. Coloring tips, such as how to shade, are scattered throughout. A variety of plants and flowers add to the colorful backgrounds. Imagine taking this book outside in the sunshine, hoping to see a real butterfly flutter by as you color it's likeness on paper. I can see middle-schoolers enjoying this book as much as little ones. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 033942
    ISBN: 9780439466059
    Retail: $11.99
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    These comic books feature Scooter McGinty, a boy who travels through time to visit notable events and key figures from American history. Your students will enjoy Scooter's humorous comments throughout his experiences with the pilgrims of Plymouth, the Lewis and Clark expedition, the midnight ride of Paul Revere, Henry Ford and the assembly line, and the fight for women's rights among seven other historic journeys. Each of the twelve, four-page comic books covers the important people, documents, or events of that time, ending with five comprehension questions. The front of the book holds background notes, teaching ideas, and a web link. Note that the euphemism "darn" is used at least once. 64 pgs., pb. ~ Steph

  • Item #: 042295
    ISBN: 9780794513665
    Retail: $8.99
    Rainbow Price: $8.09
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