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  • Item #: 012410
    ISBN: 9780746007983
    Retail: $12.99
    Rainbow Price: $11.69

    Even after all the exploration and discovery of the last few hundred years, even with the increasing urbanization of late, there are still many wild places virtually undisturbed by man. Discover mountains, jungles, and deserts through the detailed, colorful illustrations of this Usborne book. Descriptions of the flora, fauna, terrain, animals and people associated with each of these places are numerous and linked to all of the pictures. This 98-pg book is a combined volume of three separate titles: Mountains, Jungles, and Deserts. ~ Zach

  • Item #: 038063
    ISBN: 9780141321059
    Retail: $5.99
    Rainbow Price: $4.50

    Buck enjoys life as the pampered family dog of Judge Miller. When Manuel, the gardener's helper, secretly steals Buck to be sold, the civilized lifestyle that Buck grew up under no longer exists. It is the height of the Klondike gold rush, and dogs like Buck are in high demand as sled dogs. In a time and place when survival is an everyday battle, Buck must adapt to a lifestyle where primal instincts are the key to survival. The Signet Classic Edition not only includes the unabridged novel with an introduction by Alex Kershaw, but presents several of London's other works including "Diable," "An Odyssey of the North," "To the Man on Trail," "To Build a Fire," and "Love of Life." This edition has 133 pgs, pb. ~ Enh

  • Item #: 008235
    ISBN: 9780395547854
    Retail: $9.95
    Rainbow Price: $7.75
  • Item #: 015751
    Retail: $19.50
    Rainbow Price: $8.95
    Don't worry - there is no gambling involved! Poker's Wild, by the makers of the ever popular Sequence Game, plays very similarly to Sequence. However, in this game you place cards on blank spaces on the game board in an attempt to create a high scoring poker hand. To begin play, the dealer shuffles the 54 cards (52 cards found in a normal deck and 2 "wild" cards), places 2 starter cards on the starter spaces on the board, and deals out five cards to each player. Each turn, a player sets a card next to any card on the game board and draws from the draw deck to replenish his/her hand. Cards must be played (and poker hands created) vertically or horizontally, not diagonally. To receive a score, the card you played must contribute to the hand. Each player has a point sheet to mark every time they create a scoring poker hand, and scoring hands range from one point for a single pair to 10 points for a royal flush. After all the cards are placed on the game board, players total their points to determine who wins. This game is fun for everyone - whether you are familiar with poker or not! 2-6 players. ~ Megan
  • Item #: 014418
    ISBN: 9780794521974
    Retail: $4.99
    Rainbow Price: $4.74
  • 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 #: 021997
    ISBN: 9780794535681
    Retail: $4.99
    Rainbow Price: $4.49

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

  • Item #: 060900
    ISBN: 9780794534349
    Retail: $10.99
    Rainbow Price: $9.89

    Mazes help kids develop skills they don’t even realize. Add to the fun with these 30 tear-off, fun mazes to solve. The top cover is detached so kids can easily tear the sheets from the pads. Pages are multicolored and mazes are varied. In addition, each big page features things to spot and places to fill in with drawings. The back is made of sturdy cardboard so it can be used just about anywhere. Scenes include a range: outer space, nature, modern and ancient, etc. Note: includes one spooky streets scene with zombie-like characters. In the back, you’ll find smaller, full-color images pictured with answers. Keep some on hand in the car; they would make great placemat activities at restaurants, for example. 14” x 11”. ~ Ruth

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

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

  • Item #: 060898
    ISBN: 9780794533595
    Retail: $9.99
    Rainbow Price: $8.99

    I don’t know very many children who don’t like stickers. Usborne knows that and they offer over 130 stickers to help children learn about astronomy and space. Every topic is a two-page spread, for a total of 32 pages on which young astronomers can place their stickers. Realistic stickers are labeled so you know on which pages to put them and are large enough for smaller hands to manipulate more easily: 1/2” up to about 5”. Walk with an astronaut on the moon, see the earth from space and see the starry sky from earth, or visit all of our planetary neighbors for a kid-friendly introduction to astronomy and space.

  • Item #: 021151
    ISBN: 9780794533236
    Retail: $6.99
    Rainbow Price: $6.64

    Colorful picture pages and loads of word labels make for an interactive and fun foreign language activity! I reviewed the Spanish book, but the one with English words would be great for an ESL student learning English. Each label has the Spanish word with the article which is great! This is how kids should learn new vocabulary, with the article (a or the) because it shows the gender and number of the word itself. Verbs are shown in their infinitive form as they ought to. Beneath this is the word in English. As you are looking at a page of illustrations for animals or family or foods, you place the label by each picture. If you are unsure about mispronunciation, you can go online to hear the words! Later pages show a cartoon scene, at the beach or in a town, and you place the labels in context next to the correct item. Labels tell you what page to place them on. You also get several blank labels to add even more vocabulary words to the pages, so get your dictionaries out! I like this as an addition to songs, or an introductory language program like Little Pim or the Sara Jordan materials. Once you have placed all of the stickers, you have a nice vocabulary book to look at and practice your Spanish! 16pp plus 8 pages of stickers, pb. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 059009
    ISBN: 9780310725756
    Retail: $16.99
    Rainbow Price: $10.95

    If you have a comic book reader, the Adventure Bible Handbook might be a great way to interest them in reading stories from the Bible. Travel with the children of an archeologist throughout the Holy Land as they go in search of their missing father. In their quest to find Dad, they travel back in time with unusual tour guides who use RSP (really smart phones) devices to reach their destinations. They travel by hang glider, camel, kayak, and more, learning first-hand about places and events along the way. As unusual as this approach might seem, the Adventure Bible Handbook takes children on a chronological tour of major events. After meeting all the characters of the story, begin at the Garden of Eden, then go to the flood and see how large the ark really was; visit the Tower of Babel, meet Abraham and his family, then travel with Joseph to Egypt before moving on through other Bible events. For each stop in the story, you will not only read about the group of travelers, there will be photos of the area, items found there, explanation of unusual terms, and a Bible summary of that particular event. There may also be a scripture quotation (NIrV unless otherwise noted) or reference, so you can read more on the subject. The good news is that the children find their father, but they learn so much as they are searching.

    Some great resources are also found in this handbook. In the front of this 240-page hardcover book is a list of the pages on which you can find references to the books of the Bible (chronologically) and a list of the stories that are covered in the Adventure Bible Handbook. The back of the book includes a reading guide to the Bible, the Apostles' Creed, scripture index that tells you the page of the handbook on which you can find a particular scripture, a subject index, and a guide to the images (photos) used in the handbook. Your child can also access games and activities to accompany their Adventure Bible Handbook at www.AdventureBible.com.

    Use the Adventure Bible Handbook to get your child interested in God's Word and to introduce them to the adventure and excitement of the events that are foundational to the Christian faith. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 011697
    ISBN: 9781594763144
    Retail: $8.95
    Rainbow Price: $8.25
  • Item #: 046706
    ISBN: 9781594763229
    Retail: $6.45
    Rainbow Price: $6.30

  • Item #: 046707
    ISBN: 9781594763106
    Retail: $8.95
    Rainbow Price: $8.25

  • Item #: 055193
    ISBN: 9780794532857
    Retail: $5.99
    Rainbow Price: $5.69

    Usborne books have always held a special place in my heart, as they were the science "go to" books my children devoured in their growing years. I appreciated the quality illustrations and detailed information, not to mention their reasonable pricing!

    This newest offering from Usborne continues this tradition of excellence and affordability. Containing fifteen birds known for their vibrant colors, brief points of interest and colorful illustrations, these books will make a perfect addition to your nature studies or art class. Each bird is represented on a two-page spread. On the first page, the bird is illustrated in full color; then the subsequent page shows the bird in black and white outline for your child to color. Tips for using colored pencils, shading and water colors are found at the back of the book. Selected birds include: Golden-breasted Starling, Lesser Bird of Paradise, Lesser Flamingo, Scarlet Macaws, Gouldian Finch, Keel-billed Toucan, Common Kingfisher, Golden Pheasant, Mandarin Ducks and many others. 31 pgs, pb. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 003975
    ISBN: 9780794533854
    Retail: $9.99
    Rainbow Price: $9.49

    Let the learning begin! Designed for elementary children but also beneficial for older learners, this engaging sticker book introduces foundational concepts in a fun, interactive way. In the traditional Usborne style, the two-page layouts contain colorful and clear-cut illustrations; concise, interesting text; and fascinating "tidbits" of information. Contents include an overview of body systems and functions, skeletal system, muscles, circulatory system, digestive system, brain, senses, cells, reproductive system, health and sickness, compelling facts and a brief history of medicine.

    Over 130 single-use, brightly colored stickers reinforce the concepts as children place the appropriate sticker in the proper place. Younger children now have a great hands-on activity to work on while older siblings label and color in their anatomy coloring books. Glossary. SC. 32 pgs. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 028440
    ISBN: 9780794530600
    Retail: $9.99
    Rainbow Price: $8.99

    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 #: 001712
    ISBN: 9780794535476
    Retail: $7.99
    Rainbow Price: $7.19

       Little ones are never too young to begin their education about gardening, and this Usborne book provides an interactive way to start. Over 100 stickers and 24 colorful pages teach children about things that grow, plant words, parts of a tree; types of seeds, how they grow and which ones are edible; flowers, their parts, how they grow; plants through the four seasons; plants for food, fruits and nuts, and peanuts. Every page has age-appropriate information, illustrations, and outlines on which to place the stickers. The four sticker pages have page numbers that correspond to where they should be placed. A great follow-up to this book would be to let your little one help plant your garden! ~ Donna

  • Item #: 062674
    ISBN: 9780794534967
    Retail: $8.99
    Rainbow Price: $8.09

    Blast off for space with your little astronauts using the stickers and scenes in this fun and informational, 24-page Usborne sticker book. Over 250 stickers can be placed to show objects in space; visitors at a space museum; men on the moon; astronauts and their training and much more. There are 14 different scenes in this 9”x 12” book and each has a bit of scene information. Sticker pages are labeled at the bottom with the corresponding scene pages. Let your little ones learn a little more and have a bit of fun. ~ Donna

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

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

  • Item #: 026268
    ISBN: 9780794522117
    Retail: $4.99
    Rainbow Price: $4.49

    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 #: 055198
    ISBN: 9780794532956
    Retail: $9.99
    Rainbow Price: $9.49

    I would have loved this book as a kid! Not only did I love stickers, but I also enjoyed learning about pretty paintings and different parts of the world. Everything from the font used in the text to the illustrations is done to appeal to kids. Ten pages of full-color stickers and 31 pages of interesting tidbits about the art and artists combine when students are asked to place the sticker on the muted-color version of the artwork. Information about the artist, the materials they liked to use, where they are from and how they liked to paint are in small captions of text among pictures. It is very insightful and would be a great start to a biographical study of an artist. Since there is no space for drawing within the sticker book itself, you may want to hand your students a sketchpad and some colored pencils to unleash their creativity—they will surely be inspired! This great visual supplement for art or world history class would also make a fine gift for your favorite art aficionado. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 020882
    ISBN: 9780794532024
    Retail: $8.99
    Rainbow Price: $8.09

    Introduce kids to famous works of art with the help of stickers! Each two-page spread explains a simple art appreciation topic such as shapes, faces, places, or patterns. Several small reproductions of famous artwork appear on each page accompanied by captions. The art reproductions are printed faintly, because they're waiting for the vibrant, matching stickers to make them pop! Kids will enjoy watching the paintings come to life as they select and apply the corresponding stickers. There's more to this book than matching paintings: geometric stickers in a variety of shapes, colors and patterns give budding artists opportunities to respond to creative prompts within the book. Kids will create their own still life using flower stickers, form Picasso-style faces, and shape a seaside collage with photo stickers of seashells. 24 pgs, pb. ~ Lisa

  • Item #: 064191
    ISBN: 9780794536879
    Retail: $14.99
    Rainbow Price: $13.49

    Some children may have a difficult time applying themselves to books that cover technical programming concepts (such as “looping,” “variables,” etc.) or even books that lead directly into those ideas. The focus of this book is instead on short, unstructured lessons exclusively covering Scratch or Scratch games. Instead of having concept-based lessons to follow, as in How to Code in 10 Easy Lessons, kids will work on creating short, simple games using Scratch. These short lessons start out simple (such as making characters move around the screen) and end with making pattern games and virtual pets. Once kids understand how to make basic games, they move on to four fully-fledged game projects. Throughout these lessons the emphasis is placed on the game they are creating, not on programming concepts. Picture this as coming at programming from another angle; instead of learning about what a variable is and then putting a variable named “score” in the game, they are shown how to keep a “score” within their game and then learn why a “score” is a variable and what that entails. To help kids out even more, all instructions and concepts come with full-color illustrations (and cute cartoon characters) which show exactly how to do the projects in a fun, cute way. If your child is interested in programming, but may be more excited about making games as a focus, this is for them. 94 pages. Spiral-bound.

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

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

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

  • Item #: 002470
    ISBN: 9780794531256
    Retail: $8.99
    Rainbow Price: $8.54

    What is classical music? What inspired the great composers? What role does technology play in classical music? Learn about the history of playing and writing classical music, how it evolved through religion and then entertainment, operas, ballet, orchestra and more! There are loads of images, both illustrations and photos to engage the reader's interest – and one more thing…stickers! Over 90 of them! As you read, there are pale versions of the sticker images (various artwork, instruments, portraits, etc.) to show where to place them. When you are done with your "stickering," you have a lovely book of interesting facts about classical music! As you find in all Usborne books, it is colorful throughout and really pulls the reader along to discover what is inside. Sc, 32pp plus 10pp of stickers. ~Sara

  • Item #: 070331
    Retail: $39.99
    Rainbow Price: $31.99

      In Colt Express, 2-6 players become true outlaws of the Wild West, gearing up to relieve a train (and its passengers) of valuables. The “board” is a realistic, 3D cardboard locomotive and train cars. Each game plays over the course of five rounds, with 3-5 turns per round. Players plan each round’s heist by playing action cards one at a time to a common pile for each “turn.” Actions consist of Moving (up or down), Looting, Shooting, Punching (to relieve other bandits of their valuables), and Moving the Marshal. At the end of the round, the deck is flipped over and players take turns carrying out the actions they planned at the round’s beginning. Not everything always goes according to plan! Certain turns require that cards are placed face-down; others change turn order and even allow multiple actions in one turn. So, players will often find themselves in over their heads, being forced to take actions that no longer make any sense! As chaotic as it is simple, this uniquely thematic game is perfect for family game nights. Winner of the 2015 Spiel des Jahres (Game of the Year) award. 2-6 Players; 40 minutes.

  • Item #: 059663
    ISBN: 9780794531393
    Retail: $9.99
    Rainbow Price: $9.49

    Learn the culture and history of Ancient Egypt in a fun, tangible way! Read about different elements of daily life, find the matching sticker, and put it in the right place. Learn about their clothing, jobs, entertainment, the Nile River, and more! Parents, there is a section about the Egyptian gods and magic charms, but these are presented from a purely informational standpoint. 32 softcover pages with over 120 stickers. – Laura

  • Item #: 021011
    ISBN: 9780794532635
    Retail: $6.99
    Rainbow Price: $6.64

    Colorful picture pages and loads of word labels make for an interactive and fun foreign language activity! I reviewed the Spanish book, but the one with English words would be great for an ESL student learning English. Each label has the Spanish word with the article which is great! This is how kids should learn new vocabulary, with the article (a or the) because it shows the gender and number of the word itself. Verbs are shown in their infinitive form as they ought to. Beneath this is the word in English. As you are looking at a page of illustrations for animals or family or foods, you place the label by each picture. If you are unsure about mispronunciation, you can go online to hear the words! Later pages show a cartoon scene, at the beach or in a town, and you place the labels in context next to the correct item. Labels tell you what page to place them on. You also get several blank labels to add even more vocabulary words to the pages, so get your dictionaries out! I like this as an addition to songs, or an introductory language program like Little Pim or the Sara Jordan materials. Once you have placed all of the stickers, you have a nice vocabulary book to look at and practice your Spanish! 16pp plus 8 pages of stickers, pb. ~ Sara