Reviews

School Library Journal Review of Eco-Disasters

Gr 4-6–A dramatic introduction sets the scene of each event, followed by short chapters that describe it from start to finish or to its current status, with an emphasis on its immediate and continuing human costs. Each book clearly states who or what was responsible for the disaster, and…

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School Library Journal Review of Weirder and Cuter

With a few sentences per page and a variety of well-chosen photos, these books introduce animals that will be new to many readers. Children’s books on axolotls, snub-nosed monkeys, and Polish chickens are particularly hard to find. The text provides general data on physiology, behavior, and…

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A Review of "All About Money" in School Library Journal

Why were no quarters minted in 1931 and 1933? Which denomination is cheapest for the U.S. Treasury to manufacture? Emergent readers will learn the answers to these and many other questions in this introductory set. These slim volumes discuss the worth of each item, its written notation, and…

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A Review of "Immigrant Experiences" in School Library Journal

Leaving a life behind to start anew elsewhere is a daunting task but one that speaks to the essence of the American spirit. Each group represented here has much in common yet very different experiences in their journeys. Starting with a time line and fast facts that succinctly illuminate…

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A Review of "My Day Learning Health and Safety" in School Library Journal

The average preschooler’s learning day incorporates a vast amount of basic information, such as healthy eating, being a good friend, bus and fire safety, and more. This series introduces some of these conversations to young learners by using a brief word count, color photographs that offer…

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Baby Animals – School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

…text brevity, sentence structure, and mostly simple vocabulary make these accessible to early readers. The visual appeal alone makes the series worth considering for beginning readers of nonfiction.

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Biografías de deportistas olímpicos – School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

Kids are provided with lots of statistics, mainly how many medals the athlete has won, where, and for what event, all accompanied by full-page photographs. There is also a description of the physical attributes that have contributed to their success.

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Building by Design – School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

This series is comprehensive, and the definitions and explanations of complex scientific and engineering topics are suitable for middle school readers. It will facilitate students’ understanding of why each of these structures is unique and its importance in fulfilling the needs and goals…

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Caballos – School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

Large photographs accompanied by a few facts introduce children to a handful of horse breeds in this perfectly translated series. The photographs are very attractive and go hand in hand with the text. When appropriate, some of the images include children, thus furthering their appeal. A…

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