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Booklist Review of Horror in Ohio

Four haunted places in Ohio take center stage in this entry in the Scary States (of Mind) series (10 titles). Four-page chapters delve into the history of each, sensationalizing only slightly for added effect. First up is Franklin Castle in Cleveland, said to be haunted by the mother and…

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Booklist Review of Space-ology

This series zeroes in on the space experience, explaining what it’s like to become an astronaut, live and work in space, and journey to Mars. Action-packed photographs and a picture glossary help provide context to young readers while a concluding experiment extends the learning.

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Booklist Review of Snake Cake

What do you get when you mix a green tree python with a red velvet layer cake? A recipe for some silly rhymes. This entry in the Read and Rhyme: Level 2 series (8 titles) takes on the –ake word family by crafting a short narrative about Jake, who bakes a cake that gets eaten by his pet…

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Booklist Review of Armenia

Readers ready for an introduction to world countries will find a perfect beginning series in Countries We Come From. Each title includes large, clear text accompanied by corresponding color photographs that explore the country’s geography and statistics, topography, wildlife, history, and…

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Booklist Review of Bulgaria

Readers ready for an introduction to world countries will find a perfect beginning series in Countries We Come From. Each title includes large, clear text accompanied by corresponding color photographs that explore the country’s geography and statistics, topography, wildlife, history, and…

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Booklist Review of Malaysia

Readers ready for an introduction to world countries will find a perfect beginning series in Countries We Come From. Each title includes large, clear text accompanied by corresponding color photographs that explore the country’s geography and statistics, topography, wildlife, history, and…

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Booklist Review of Afghanistan

Readers ready for an introduction to world countries will find a perfect beginning series in Countries We Come From. Each title includes large, clear text accompanied by corresponding color photographs that explore the country’s geography and statistics, topography, wildlife, history, and…

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Booklist Starred Review of Becoming an Astronaut

Lots of pictures and inviting, informative text offer a glimpse into some of the training that aspiring astronauts need to complete before they’re permitted to travel into space in this installment in the Spaceology series (6 titles). Thoughtful, magazine-style page layouts feature…

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Booklist Review of At Home

Using simplicity and consistent text patterns, this I Spy series (8 titles) book is an effective tool for teaching early literacy skills. A series of seven two-page spreads walk readers through a house, where one object is identified in the room and then described with an adjective…

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School Library Journal Review of Bugged Out! The World's Most Dangerous Bugs

The connection between bugs and bubonic plague, malaria, and other dangers are highlighted in this series. Each title opens with a true story of a human victim, which includes a photo and quotes from the person. Background information follows in clear, well-organized prose. Readers learn…

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Booklist Review of Fossils: What Dinosaurs Left Behind

Owen provides young, dinosaur-crazy children with a basic introduction to fossils and the work of paleontologists in this Dino-Sphere series (10 titles) entry. Incorporating a large font, short sentences, plentiful color photographs, and text boxes into two-page topical spreads makes…

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School Library Journal Review of Los países de donde venimos/Countries We Come From

This series goes beyond obvious topics to highlight unfamiliar facts about seven countries in South America and the Caribbean. Readers will learn about climate, natural resources, animals, etc., through maps, diagrams, and rich color photography. Digestible text blocks and simple sentence…

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