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School Library Journal Review for Apex Predators of the Amazon Rain Forest

Each featured beast fills an apex predator role in the rain forest ecosystem. Content focuses on predation in the first half, including the subject’s diet and hunting methods, with photos that show some of the action of the hunt. Life cycles and habitats are also introduced. Writing is…

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School Library Journal Review for Astronaut, Creating Visual Effects for Movies as a CGI Artist, Inventors, and Master Blasters

Though slim, each title provides enough background on its topic to give students a decent grasp on prospective job opportunities. The majority of the text focuses on current events and developments within the field (e.g., astronaut Scott Kelly’s historic year in space in Astronaut) but does…

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NSTA Recommends A Periodical Cicada's Life

Have you ever heard the buzzes and clicks of the cicadas on a hot summer night? As part of the Animal Diaries: Life Cycles series, your students will get an up–close and personal look into the life cycle of a periodical cicada. Written as a science diary, A Periodical Cicada’s…

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School Library Journal Review for Zoo Clues 2

A clever visual guessing game introduces unusual animals. Each spread provides a short sentence or two describing one animal feature. The accompanying photograph resembles a jigsaw puzzle with several pieces missing and the partial remaining image showing the body parts hinted at in the…

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School Library Journal Review for American Places: From Vision to Reality

Using eye-catching graphics, this series illuminates the fascinating histories of a few iconic U.S. sites. For instance, readers discover that in its infancy, the Statue of Liberty was so little regarded by the U.S. government that Congress refused to pay for the statue’s pedestal, thereby…

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Booklist Review for Ecuador, Honduras, Jamaica, and Peru

With bright photos and welcoming descriptors, like “Full of Wonder” and “Breathtaking,” the books in the Countries We Come From series present young readers with attractive overviews of individual countries around the world. Each begins with a world map showing the country’s location and…

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Booklist Review for My Body Is Tough and Gray

This entry in the Zoo Clues 2 series presents a series of tantalizing close-up photos, shaped like jigsaw puzzle pieces, of body parts with very brief descriptive clues such as, “My legs are short and strong” and “I have a long, stiff tail.” A full portrait with identifier (“I am a…

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Booklist Review for The Empire State Building

This entry in the American Places: From Vision to Reality series offers a pleasing overview of the skyscraper, from its inspirational design to its status today. Many of the two-page spreads focus on the engineering involved, especially the use of concrete and steel to support weight, as…

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Booklist Review for Roseate Spoonbill

The roseate spoonbill gets its name from its rosy pink feathers and spoon-shaped beak, which is one of the many facts kids will learn in this installment in the Swamp Things: Animal Life in a Wetland series. Appearing on the left-hand side of each spread are large-font sentences in a…

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SLC Review for Oak Tree

This series is ideal for the preschool through second grade curriculum. Large print text accompanies beautiful color photos and bold vocabulary terms are included in the simple sentences. Each title includes small text boxes and graphics that enhance the photos and provide additional…

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SLC Review for Sunflower

This series is ideal for the preschool through second grade curriculum. Large print text accompanies beautiful color photos and bold vocabulary terms are included in the simple sentences. Each title includes small text boxes and graphics that enhance the photos and provide additional…

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SLC Review for Pumpkin

This series is ideal for the preschool through second grade curriculum. Large print text accompanies beautiful color photos and bold vocabulary terms are included in the simple sentences. Each title includes small text boxes and graphics that enhance the photos and provide additional…

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