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Defining and Discussing Free Speech - Booklist Review - October 2019

Defining and Discussing Free Speech - Booklist Review - October 2019

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Free speech and its limits are complicated subjects, sometimes even for courts. So hats off to this book for its explanations and examples that make the topic not only understandable but also thought-provoking. The book begins with freedom of speech surrounding the flag, but then it moves into the history of the First Amendment and the controversies around it, including deference to the anthem, the Red Scare of the 1950s, free speech in schools, and the new notion that corporations are entitled to free speech. There is also information about life in countries where free speech is devalued or not...

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Hadrosaurus - Booklist Review - October 2019

Hadrosaurus - Booklist Review - October 2019

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In 1858, the Hadrosaurus foulkii unearthed in New Jersey gained worldwide fame for being the most complete dinosaur skeleton ever found (at the time) and the first to be mounted (standing) for display. This volume in the North American Dinosaurs series (6 titles) pulls readers in with a narrative account of William Parker Foulke’s discovery of the duck-billed dino skeleton. Readers get a feel for how scientists piece together information and continually revise their opinions in response to new discoveries, such as with hadrosaur’s skull shape. Photos of dinosaur fossils and museum displays, digital renderings, and infographics illustrate this introductory...

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Daring and Dangerous - Booklist Review - June 2019

Daring and Dangerous - Booklist Review - June 2019

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With short, direct sentences and real-world examples, the volumes in the Daring and Dangerous series introduce reluctant or struggling readers to the high-interest topics of treacherous jobs and activities. Auto Racers focuses on the high number of accidents—and frequent fatalities—that befall race-car drivers; the many names included in the short text may cause some reader confusion. Sky Jumpers examines the people who jump out of planes, both professionally (Navy SEALS, smoke jumpers) or recreationally (BASE jumpers, skydivers). A variety of extreme weather events are on display in Storm Chasers, which shows how the tools people use to follow and document storms has changed over the...

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Carlsbad Caverns - Booklist Review - April 2019

Carlsbad Caverns - Booklist Review - April 2019

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This volume in the National Laboratories: Scientists in National Parks series (6 titles) digs deep into the historical and scientific significance of Carlsbad Caverns, found in the Chihuahuan Desert. Discovered first in 1898, the long, deep caverns have provided geologists, paleontologists, and microbiologists opportunities to study and discover new information about the Southwest. Boldly photo-illustrated with maps, period images, and pictures of scientists at work, the large-trim chapters take readers through the findings of the various scientists, underscoring the importance of each. The real selling points here are the variety of scientific fields showcased and the hands-on components; suggested comprehension...

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Arthropods - Booklist Review - April 2019

Arthropods - Booklist Review - April 2019

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Elementary-schoolers get a lively introduction to the scientific system of classification in this very visual installment in the Animals Have Classes Too! series (6 titles). After a brief description of classification, the text moves on to the star of the show: arthropods. Lots of full-color, high-resolution close-up photos of arthropods, all of which are labeled, spotlight the varied examples of life in this phylum, which includes insects, spiders, crustaceans, and millipedes. Because the book uses arthropods as a (very effective) example to focus more on how the classification system works, kids looking for in-depth info on the creatures could be...

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