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  • Item #: 031254
    ISBN: 9781619302655
    Retail: $17.95
    Rainbow Price: $12.95

      There are so many valuable lessons here for kid-preneurs! Written in a way that kids will understand, the pages are colorful and clear, with illustrations and text boxes making it visually appealing. I liked the timeline at the beginning that goes from early bartering for goods to social media! There are many examples of entrepreneurs’ stories that kids will know like George Washington and Steve Jobs. I really loved how they walk students through the steps to plan their business, starting with a personality quiz and an honest self evaluation of your strengths. This is followed by brainstorming, evaluating your ideas, then writing an overview and summary. Other topics covered include: customers and competition, marketing and communication, and managing the money you make. Each step includes a project for the reader to complete. At the least, this book will be a great education in some basic business principals, and at the best, you groom and watch blossom a possible career for your child or student! Sc, 122pp  ~Sara

  • Item #: 058902
    ISBN: 9780531284650
    Retail: $6.95
    Rainbow Price: $5.50
  • Item #: 000283
    Retail: $29.99
    Rainbow Price: $20.95

    Create your own long lasting, professional looking book! The IlluStory A+ kit contains non-toxic, washable markers, writing pages, instructions, hints, a story planner, and a postage paid envelope. Write your story, then illustrate it. When you're finished, mail it in (at no additional charge) for completion and production. They'll typeset and bind your book, returning a 7" x 9" hardcover book that even has a place for a dedication. The kit produces an 18 page book, and the author's bio can be placed on the back cover.

    Authors have the choice of either creating their book by hand using the materials in the kit, or producing their book online using the company's website. Working online allows kids to upload photos or scanned images and use digital drawing tools and effects (like speech bubbles, pre-designed backgrounds and more). Designing online also allows them to place more text on each page (there are per-page word limits for hard copy bookmaking). Planning sheets, informational sheets on types of writing and quite a few "story web" graphic organizers flesh out the contents of IlluStory A+ and may be helpful to tie the project in with your current writing curriculum. Next step, the Library of Congress! - Megan

  • Item #: 032264
    Retail: $8.00
    Rainbow Price: $6.95

    What could be a more appropriate activity to accompany your study of Ancient Egypt than making your own papyrus? This kit includes instructions and enough strips of Egyptian papyrus stem to create one sheet of papyrus. The process takes several days, and a lot of soaking, but when you're done, you can use your sheet of authentic papyrus for your own unique Egyptian work of art, or a scroll! Please note that this kit does have a distinctive salty, dried-plant "aroma" which may be more offensive to some noses than others. ~ Jess

  • Item #: 039063
    ISBN: 9780978503765
    Retail: $15.95
    Rainbow Price: $11.50
    It was a different way of life, being a pioneer in the west, and perhaps hard for some to really imagine. Well, imagine no longer. The 25+ roll-your-sleeves-up-and-get-stuck-in projects of all different kinds will bring you face to face (from the comfort of your own home, of course) with life as a pioneer. Build replica sod houses, log cabins and covered wagons; make your own 3-D maps, pemmican, and butter; cross-stitch, journal, garden, and more. History really opens up through the facts, anecdotes, biographies, trivia, and great activities in this book. Well-illustrated with pictures and maps, this 122 page softcover book is sure to please. Zach
  • Item #: 016351
    ISBN: 9780740338281
    Retail: $56.95
    Rainbow Price: $51.26

    This is a one-semester course that will introduce business management to your budding entrepreneur. Students will learn the ins and outs of creating and developing a small business, organizing a business, and the benefits (and challenges!) of being your own boss. Course now comes on a USB flash drive. System requirements: Windows 7/Windows 8 and 8.1/Windows 10.

  • Item #: 045954
    Retail: $14.00
    Rainbow Price: $10.95

       Some people like to buy pretty rocks and crystals, others like to work a little harder for them. Get out your hammer and break open the geodes included in this set to reveal gorgeous crystals you can add to your collection. You get 5 geodes, a collection bag, plastic safety goggles, and informational booklet. Place a geode in a bag or old sock, place it on a hard surface outside (not on mom’s kitchen floor), and hit it with your hammer. Be sure to wear protective eye wear, chips can fly!! Geodes aren’t pretty on the outside, but what’s inside is worth the effort. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 010749
    ISBN: 9780942617351
    Retail: $14.95
    Rainbow Price: $13.50

    A great introductory offering on economics from Bluestocking Press. Author Karl Hess does a good job of explaining the differences between capitalism, socialism, and communism, stressing the advantages of capitalism over the others. Hess also sings the praises of the entrepreneur and encourages the reader to consider having his own business, no matter what his age. Chapters cover money, personality, work, family business, investing, volunteering your time, education, and legal considerations. I appreciated the final chapter, words of wisdom from some highly successful entrepreneurs. A five-page resource section encourages the young capitalist to take the next step. 190 pgs.

  • Item #: 025295
    Retail: $4.49
    Rainbow Price: $3.95

    Kaleidoscopes are fun to play with at any age, but even more fun is assembling your own. This little kit comes with all you need mirror, tube, lens, small colorful transparent tiles, and chambers with eye hole and tile placement. Follow the simple instructions on the included sheet then decorate your kaleidoscope to fit your personality. These kits would be great as a party activity/favors or use them with your science to talk about colors and reflection. You can even exchange the tiles for something else you would rather add like tissue paper, sequins, and more. Since the tube isn't sealed, you can switch the items to get a different view. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 012547
    Retail: $17.00
    Rainbow Price: $8.50

    Your kids will love learning their letters as they make their own colorful books. The kit includes a 20+ page accordion folded book that features a photo frame cover so they can personalize it with an adorable picture of themselves. Then kids simply decorate each chipboard letter (each has a design of sorts outlined to color in), punch them out, peel off the backing and stick them onto a page of their book. Each piece is backed with repositionable adhesive, so they can be readjusted as the need arises. Then kids can "read" their book – or stretch it out and admire their artwork! The book closes handily with an elastic loop and button for easy and neat storage. Eight washable markers are included in the set. ~ Megan

  • Item #: 027113
    ISBN: 9780936163963
    Retail: $64.99
    Rainbow Price: $62.95
    "Eighty-five percent of audience members cannot remember the main point of a speech immediately after hearing it." This statement made by Jeff Myers in the DVD portion of this program is shocking. How can you be a great communicator if most of your audience doesn't even remember what you said? Jeff Myers shares six steps to help you become a great public speaker and overcome that statistic in this program. The kit includes a student text, a 6-session DVD series, and a CD-ROM teaching guide for a group setting. Beginning with lessons on shaping the student himself, he shares the effect that the ability to speak can have on one's entire life and helps students conquer their fear of public speaking. He then moves on to teach the characteristics that shape a great speech: gaining maximum impact, reaching the heart of the audience, delivering the talk with confidence, and tips for an unforgettable speech. Each step consists of an interesting book lesson and a 15-30 minute DVD segment. Every lesson begins with a story of a great communicator from history including Billy Graham, Abraham Lincoln, and Winston Churchill. You then turn to your TV to learn from Jeff, via DVD, the heart of each lesson. Jeff animatedly shares stories and advice as he talks you through each step. Pages in the book correspond to his lecture so you can follow along and take away the important points. The next section reviews the points Jeff shared in the DVD and goes in-depth with each as it provides specific insight and encouragement to help you apply each lesson to your own life and communication. Students are faced with thoughtful questions to answer in response to each strategy and provided with helpful outlines and worksheets in the personal application section of each lesson. Each chapter ends with a speech project, complete with a helpful outline, to enable you to incorporate the skills just learned into your public speaking. Outlines for additional types of speaking, such as introducing a speaker, making a presentation to one person, giving a eulogy, and other instances are provided in the back. Quotes from Jeff and famous people throughout history adorn each page to offer additional insight and tips. Please note that student texts are also available separately for multiple students. ~ Steph
  • Item #: 067641
    ISBN: 9781338158809
    Retail: $21.99
    Rainbow Price: $16.50

       Create a dozen custom bath bombs with this kit! Simply choose a mold; follow the crystal clear directions to get the right amount of ingredients; mix; pack the mold; and let dry. The bomb sets after 5 minutes so you can reuse the mold, but the bombs should be left to dry for about 4 days before using. Once you have the basic idea, you can be really creative. Mix colors to get unique shades, supplement scents with your own essential oils, pack the molds with multiple colors for fun effects and details, use your own cookie cutters for different shapes, or even hide little surprises inside the bombs to give as a gift! Everything you need is included: three 75g bags of colored baking soda (Pink-red, yellow, and blue), 4oz of citric acid, strawberry kiwi scented oil, 1.05 oz of glycerin, and five plastic molds (penguin, ice cream cone, dolphin, yay cloud, and sphere; sizes are between 1.5” and 3.5” long).

  • Item #: 028224
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $24.95

    I've seen the cute make-your-own snow globes where you insert a photo, but this kit has so much for you to create! All supplies are included to make 2 globes. You begin with polymer clay in a rainbow of 10 colors. There are lots of tips for blending colors and making layers. Follow the directions to get the right size, but you can make whatever little sculpture your heart desires: a critter, a cupcake, a snowman, etc. using the sculpting tool & your hands. Bake the object & let it cool. Then use glue dots to stick it to the bottom piece (1 blue/1 green.) Add glitter & water to the dome, insert the plastic ring, and screw the 2 parts together. Voila! Finished products will be about 3.5" high, about 4" in diameter. You could use a paint pen (not included) to sign & date the base, or write a message and give it as a gift for someone special! ~ Sara

  • Item #: 030311
    Retail: $29.95
    Rainbow Price: $15.71

    Monopoly has always been a staple game at our house in many editions. This unique adaptable game kit allows your family to make your own special Monopoly game. They supply you with a basic Monopoly-like game board, in similar colors to a regular Monopoly game, the same types of spaces and suggested dollar amounts, but with spaces for you insert your own street or place names, utility names, and your own customized "lose a turn," "free space," and "fate" spaces. Other features of the game board include "lotto" spaces where players must roll specific numbers to win a prize, as well as "good news" and "bad news" spaces. The game also includes six game board markers of various colors, two dice, self-stick blank printable labels, paper of different colors and thicknesses, and CD-ROM with customizable templates. Pop in the CD-ROM and you can design your own money by inserting clip art, photos and text, your own custom labels for the game board, your own "good news" and "bad news" game cards, game board location deed cards, and of course labels to fit on the box front and sides, the board, and anywhere else "Make Your Own"Opoly is printed to transform it instead to "JonesOpoly," or "RainbowOpoly," - anything you want! The previously-separate booklet with clip art suggestions and information on customizing the game is now located on the CD-ROM as well. With lots of your own "family history" to draw from, and room to custom-design it all with ease, we're sure that your own custom-made Monopoly version will be more of a hit in your family than the original! Computer requirements: PC w/ Pentium Processor, Windows XP or Vista, and color inkjet or laser printer. - Jess

  • Item #: 056615
    ISBN: 9780763645618
    Retail: $15.99
    Rainbow Price: $8.39

    As a bird enthusiast, I am not easily impressed when a new birding for beginners type book lands on my desk. Many of the books are written from the same perspective - here is how to do it, and here is a catalog of common birds to go out and find. Taking a different spin on bird watching, this book piqued my interest level. Yes, it does begin with the basics necessary to the new bird watching enthusiast, but it narrows the focus to a location we all are familiar with…our own backyard (or sky outside our window for those without a yard.) The author walks you gently through the usual and unusual places that birds can be found and introduces the value of nature sketching.

    However, this is where the similarity to other introductory bird books ends. Beginning with the importance of observation, she leads children through bird identification by color and shape including the perched and flight silhouettes, bills, feet, and crests. She also encourages observation of behavior, sounds, habitats and other fine details before introducing the value of field guides, migration and classification. Bird sketching tips are intermingled throughout the text. An excellent introduction to bird watching or a valuable companion to the bird field guides on your shelf. Graphically detailed with colorful illustrations and textual information, reminiscent of an Usborne book. Recommended resources and web link provided. 55 pgs, hc. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 062844
    ISBN: 9780486779799
    Retail: $12.99
    Rainbow Price: $9.95

    A classic animation project has just become a lot easier! I fondly remember making a more simplistic zoetrope than this in my middle school years, but a lack of proper materials, accurate templates or drawing skills made it really frustrating. With this book, all those problems are obsolete!

    Simply cut out all the pre-printed cardstock pieces (An X-Acto knife might be handy for the smaller cuts), fold on the dotted lines, and glue where indicated (glue not included). Then, following the simple directions, use your paper zoetrope to make your own animation strips. If you’re like me and can’t draw, you can cut out and assemble the included person and dog puppets, photograph them in various poses, then use the images to create your own strips. If even that seems a little too tricky at first, there are strips available for a free download at the author’s website: http://www.robives.com/blog/extra_animation_strips_zoetrope. There you’ll find such material to animate a silly bull fight, a walking robot, and two original photographic strips made by Eadweard Muybridge (a famous photographer who studied motion). Additional zoetrope strips are often available online, but those will require a little cutting and pasting to fit properly. The book also briefly explains a variety of stop motion animation techniques from simple to those requiring a digital camera.

    All in all, this is a really fun project that would be great for older students or even multiple ages, with older siblings building the zoetrope and younger siblings creating some of their own animations. From Dover, 26 softcover pages. – Laura

  • Item #: 022211
    ISBN: 9781425748821
    Retail: $26.99
    Rainbow Price: $16.47

    This unique study/devotional book does a fine job of covering much of the Bible; it is packed full of 108 family-oriented Bible lessons from Genesis to Revelation. The author makes so much of the Bible accessible to even your young ones. The Old Testament section includes much of Genesis and Exodus and most familiar stories, as well as lessons on the kings and prophets. Most of the New Testament lessons are taken from the Gospels and Acts, but each other book
    is given one chapter. Begin each lesson with the provided questions to arouse interest and introduce the lesson theme. The retelling of a Biblical story follows.
    Choose to read the included Biblical story or the corresponding passage in your own Bible. The next section, entitled Things to Think About, provides open-ended questions for discussion. The devotional ends with Things to Pray About, which offers unscripted prayer suggestions. Each lesson concludes with Things to Do, an activity suggestion section. Here you will find general directions for varied activity options (crafts, serving, worship, etc.). In some cases, activities are geared to particular age groups and are identified as such. Many of the craft-type activities appeared to be more elementary-aged focused: make a people collage, make an advent chain, etc. However, since these activities are
    explained in general terms, you can easily tailor the activity to your own child's level. Many of these activities require supplies you would normally have around a home-school house. There are some activities that require supplies, such as
    "chalk talk" and flannel board suggestions, but these are optional. There are also unique suggestions that would be appropriate for a variety of ages such as singing and dancing to praise songs or thinking of a friend and planning a time to tell him about Jesus. This book would work as a more in-depth family devotional or as a Bible curriculum in the elementary years (no tests included). 595 pp, sc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 066275
    Retail: $15.00
    Rainbow Price: $11.95

    Grab your favorite book and gather around for lots of laughs! This game contains 100 prompt cards (each containing 2 prompts) and a 60-second timer. That’s it! Each player supplies a book, and it can be any type: cookbook, novel, textbook, travel guide, etc. In each round, one player is designated the “Picker” and they begin by picking a prompt card and choosing one of the two prompts. Examples of prompts are “The meaning of life is…” or “Text on a warning label” or “A good warning to children.” Players all race to find a word, phrase, sentence, or several sentences in their book that they think will best satisfy the prompt. Once the first player finds their match, the timer is turned and all other players have just 60 seconds to pick something. Once the time is complete, players take turns reading aloud their selection and the “Picker” chooses their favorite answer. The “Picker” role rotates, and sometimes the books do as well! The first player to earn a predetermined number of cards wins the game. 3-8 players; game time is approximately 20 minutes. ~ Megan

  • Item #: 005858
    ISBN: 9780486264783
    Retail: $3.00
    Rainbow Price: $2.50

    This witty and lighthearted play by Oscar Wilde is a comic masterpiece. Performances of this comedy have brought joy to audiences worldwide, and today you can have this play come to life in your own home. The book is in script format, complete with stage cues so you may reenact the play with your children, or simply read along and use your imagination to put the characters on the stage. The play begins in Algernon Moncrieff's London flat, where the main character Jack (whose city name is Ernest) has proposed to dear, sweet Gwendolen. However, this simple proposal soon reveals to Gwendolen's mother, Lady Bracknell, that Jack is not on her list of eligible young men as a suitable husband for Gwendolen. Lady Bracknell quickly goes to work interviewing Jack to see if he might be a good suitor for her daughter. After a series of questions, things are looking good for Jack; however, one piece of the puzzle is missing. Jack does not know his blood-line, as he was found in a black leather hand-bag in the cloak room of a train station. After instructions from Lady Bracknell, it is clear that Jack must find some relations, more importantly his parents, before he will ever be allowed Gwendolen's hand in marriage. Continue on with the story as it twists and turns towards the surprising ending. Unabridged paperback, 54 pages. - elise

  • Item #: 048868
    ISBN: 9781414333236
    Retail: $13.99
    Rainbow Price: $4.95

    This easy-to-use devotional Bible would be great to get your kids thinking about real situations they may face. Each devotion is less than a page in length and includes a story, scripture reading (for which you will need your own Bible, any translation), questions to think about, optional activity, prayer suggestion, memory verse (New Living Translation), and a truth to remember. The story is open-ended, so children or family can think about possible endings that would be appropriate and God glorifying. If coming up with a good solution is difficult, look in the back of the book for suggestions.

    This book has a theme for each month – getting along with family, serving others, God's Word, Creation, knowing Jesus, and others. The themes correspond to those of the Pioneer Clubs, which is a ministry that meets weekly to help children learn about God and his Word. Use this book as a daily devotional or as supplemental reinforcement for those who attend Pioneer Club. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 017489
    ISBN: 9780935607000
    Retail: $18.95
    Rainbow Price: $13.95

    By the same authors of Discovering Great Artists, above, this project book features 75 art activities, all based on the work of famous American artists. The very helpful table of contents groups the artists into four categories, based on periods and style and also provides at-a-glance guidance on the art activity used, the style, the technique used for the project, the recommended age level, and the level of adult help. Each artist and corresponding project is featured on one or two glossy, full-color pages which offer background on the artist, a portrait of the artist as interpreted by a child, a description of the activity, a list of materials, and a step-by-step procedure. You'll enjoy activities such as designing a magazine cover like Norman Rockwell, drawing a busy scene in the style of Grandma Moses, creating a stained glass window with colored "bubbles" like Frank Lloyd Wright, creating your own "Seussel" character in the style of Theodor Seuss Geisel, and much, much more. You can also visit the author's website (www.brightring.com/americanartists.html) for links to examples of each artist's work. If your art appreciation course includes a study of American artists, you won't want to bypass this one! 142 pgs, pb. – Jess

  • Item #: 035980
    ISBN: 9780977129416
    Retail: $15.95
    Rainbow Price: $11.50
    The interesting passages and hands-on projects in this book take children back in time to experience life during World War II. Thirteen chapters are organized under two main parts: on the home front and on the front lines. Each chapter holds a fascinating account on one challenging aspect of life during the war such as supporting the troops or food rationing for those at home or lifting morale, spying, and war technology of those living on the front lines. Tons of World War II trivia and vocabulary and black and white illustrations embellish the text, and one or two pertinent projects complete each chapter. When you're working hard with those at home you can construct your own model Anderson shelter and bake ration cakes, and when you join the soldiers on the front line you will learn to make your own secret message deck and signal light to send coded messages. 118 pages. Steph
  • Item #: 071215
    ISBN: 9781780672816
    Retail: $19.95
    Rainbow Price: $15.50

    What would you call your artistic style? Are you a fan of bright moving colors like Miro? Do you like to use positive and negative space like Chillida? Do you want to try drawing with scissors like Matisse did? This book is interactive. As you learn about 18 artists, you will be asked to draw, paint, cut and create both in and out of the newsprint pages. Many of the activities use simple art/craft supplies you likely have on hand (and if you don't you can improvise.) There are several colored pages in the back to get you started. It has a nice variety of projects that leave you room to add your own artistic flair. It does focus more on modern art, which is nice since there are loads of classical art books out there! Add this to your art lessons and see what happens! Approx. 130pp, sc, 8x11". ~ Sara

  • Item #: 050048
    Retail: $25.00
    Rainbow Price: $12.96

    You could also call this kit "Combine and Package" your own lip gloss and make it an exercise in marketing! Your student will enjoy their results with this easy-to-follow kit from Faber-Castell. You get four different shades of safety-tested cosmetics and five nice plastic tubes with applicators for your finished products. Kids can decorate the finished tubes with stickers and rhinestones (included) to give as gifts or to keep in the clear vinyl zippered pouch. Directions are simple, with pictures showing how to fill and layer the gloss in the tubes. It would be fun to do with a friend or alone. There are a few very small plastic components, so adult supervision may be necessary with the younger kids. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 027357
    ISBN: 9780545647960
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $15.25

    In true Klutz form, these felted critters are wildly colored and packed with personality. The generous swatch of wool roving features deep lavender, goldenrod, electric aqua and magenta, resulting in blue squirrels, yellow foxes, pink bunnies and purple mice. The book details five projects including a squirrel, cat, bunny, fox, and mouse (with variations on the mouse to make a hedgehog). Step-by-step, full-color illustrated instructions are provided for each project along with "finishing touches" to help troubleshoot any unfinished areas. You get enough wool to create all of the projects, plus a special 3-pronged felting needle and a foam block. If you have multiple crafters in the family, this would be a great kit to allow each child to create their own project. – Jess

  • Item #: 035981
    ISBN: 9780977129409
    Retail: $15.95
    Rainbow Price: $11.50
    Discover what it was like to live in America during the 16th and 17th century with this history project book. A timeline of key dates of colonial America and a brief overview of the thirteen colonies at the front puts the events and years into perspective, while the first chapter completes the foundation by providing a fascinating account of how colonial America came to exist and how life there began. The remaining seven chapters each focus on one aspect of life in colonial America, such as life in a colonial home, colonial clothes, work, communication, or the kids of the colonial days. Each of these chapters provides interesting passages on the respective part of life surrounded by features such as colonial words to know, spotlight on famous colonists, and hands-on projects that bring what you read to real life. Construct your own miniature wattle and daub house as you learn about colonial homes, sip your own homemade apple cider while reading about colonial farms and gardens, and make your own yarn, cloth, and dye just as the colonists did while dressed as a colonist with the help of other projects in the colonial clothes chapter. Fort-four projects in all provide plenty of original activities to recreate life in colonial America. Steph
  • Item #: 035878
    Retail: $99.00
    Rainbow Price: $74.95

    When I wanted my daughters to learn to sew, I didn't trust my own knowledge of how to do it right and arranged for them to have private lessons. It was great! But expensive. This one-semester course would have been much better, I think. All you need to go from complete beginner to knowing you have the ability to tackle any basic pattern is right here. Well-done video instruction (the presenter has a pleasant voice and manners) allows you to repeat any part if you didn't quite get it or need to review later. A complete course manual parallels all video class material as well as provides additional content (like a fabric chart) and illustrations. Patterns for both adult sizes as well as child (pre-teen) sizes of a classic A-line dress (or nightgown) are provided for the final project. [Patterns are PDF files for you to print. Patterns will need to be taped together (adult sizes will have lots of taping) but the patterns are very sturdy and can be used repeatedly without the frustration of ripped tissue.] Like I said, it's all here. And it's non-consumable – you can use it for multiple children at one time – or sequentially.

    The 65 video lessons (5-6 per week) are 5-10 minutes each and include sewing machine fundamentals (i.e. threading properly, getting the correct thread tension, choosing the right stitch), different fabric types and "personalities", coordinating colors, how to read a standard pattern, how to measure your body correctly, and how to sew using a straight stitch and a zigzag stitch. Assignments are given via the video and the student is expected to do additional reading in the manual. With many lessons the student is encouraged to make journal entries as well as a sample to put in a binder thus creating a class record – and providing the basis for assessment (if you wish). Although instruction is simple and very understandable, it's also quite comprehensive and everything you would expect from a beginner's course including linings/interfacing, casings/hems, gathering, sleeves, buttonholes, buttons, and zippers. It all comes together in the final project that could be a matching mother/daughter dress if you preferred. Several field trips (such as to a local fabric store) are encouraged.

    The binder/manual has sleeves for the DVDs, an extensive class syllabus that gives the topic, skill, classwork, and homework or follow-up for each class as well as a materials list. Periodic skills assessments involve sewing projects – pin cushion, simple apron, and simple skirt. All of this leads up to the final project – a classic A-line dress (or nightgown, if you prefer). Machine sewing skills are emphasized so a well-running basic sewing machine is necessary. Five DVDs provide the lessons and a sixth CD-ROM provides the pdf pattern files (patterns include child sizes plus adult sizes). The 189-page binder manual includes a thorough glossary of sewing terms as well as the detailed information that parallels the videos. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 034077
    Retail: $4.99
    Rainbow Price: $3.95
    Create eye-catching faux leather wristbands perfect for little wrists. Four bands come with shaped charms of purple, silver, blue, and gold. Over 80 stickers, gems, and pearls can be applied to the wristband for even more variety. Wristbands have snaps and can be adjusted to two sizes. Wristbands are about 7" long, slightly smaller once snap is closed.
  • Item #: 005781
    ISBN: 9781845074395
    Retail: $13.99
    Rainbow Price: $10.25

    You don't have to have an unpronounceable name to be an inventor. It's true that many of the things we use all the time were invented by such people - Joseph Nicéphore Niepce invented the camera and Antoine van Leeuwenhoek invented the microscope - but there were others, too. James Watt invented the first efficient steam engine, Samuel Colt invented the revolver, and Thomas Edison invented the light bulb. This book is an inspiration to put your thinking cap on and see what you can come up with. Working through history in chronological order, the first section talks about the earliest inventions, which, unfortunately, the author dates back to tens of thousands of years ago. That's just on the first page, though, and as the book progresses through history it ties everything together with a timeline running along the bottom of every page. Most pages focus on a particular inventor and his work, but they also illustrate inventions from other inventors of that time period. The pages are very colorful and the illustrations abundant and detailed. This book includes a glossary and is 77 pgs, pb. ~ Zach

  • Item #: 054106
    ISBN: 9780486494418
    Retail: $5.99
    Rainbow Price: $4.95
    (Description provided by publisher - stay tuned for our own!) Kids can cultivate their storytelling skills with these kooky comics. More than 60 pages of cartoon panels illustrate funny situations — but all the dialogue balloons are empty. That's where the aspiring comedy writers come in, supplying each scene with witty repartee. For even more fun, they can color the pictures. Dover Boost™ editions, subtitled "seriously fun learning," are aligned to the Common Core with specific standards noted at the bottom of each page. A free teacher's manual can be downloaded from the Dover website.