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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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Katie Can - School Library Journal Review October 2018

Katie Can - School Library Journal Review October 2018

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Part of a new series, this picture book introduces Katie, a young girl who has Down syndrome. Readers follow Katie at home, at the grocery store, and at school, where she learns to write a new word. The book deftly explores Down syndrome, explaining that “Katie has a disability” that makes it “hard for her to learn new things,” while focusing on her accomplishments and the things that make her special. Oriented toward emerging readers, the book contains simple sentences with no more than 10 words per page. The upbeat tone and child-friendly language allow the target audience to gain...

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Project: STEAM - Booklist Review August 2018

Project: STEAM - Booklist Review August 2018

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Looking for science-minded home or classroom projects for elementary-school children? These books in the new Project: STEAM series have plenty of hands-on ideas to keep young readers busy. Each project includes numbered instructions, and colorful photos document each step of the process. Sometimes, the instructions are a bit vague (for example, to “find a roller coaster design program online”). The science is generally helpful, but not all of the books provide the same level of science support. Goo Makers presents adequate instructions for making slime and other gooey substances, but the science support is relatively weak, with some explanations of...

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Un mundo pequeño para todos, en todas partes - School Library Journal Review April 2018

Un mundo pequeño para todos, en todas partes - School Library Journal Review April 2018

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Children will love learning how kids around the world go to school, play sports, use technology, and more. Each topic is presented with one or two lines of text, large captioned pictures, and a simple map to provide context. Many countries are represented, including Haiti, Panama, China, and New Zealand. The full-page photographs are inviting. Included in each book: detailed suggestions for educators, sample comprehension questions for students, and a photographic glossary of new vocabulary terms highlighted throughout the text. VERDICT Early geography collections can’t go wrong.  — School Library Journal, April 2018 VIEW NOW

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