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NSTA Recommends Dirt or Soil--What's the Difference?

Part of the series Down & Dirty: The Secrets of Soil, this book helps young students to develop a clearer understanding of the differences between soil and dirt. The book provides an…

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NSTA Recommends How Do Animals Help Make Soil?

Part of the series Down & Dirty: The Secrets of Soil, this book explores that importance of animals in the formation of soil. The cycling of organic material back into the soil is the…

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NSTA Recommends Is All Soil the Same?

Part of the series Down & Dirty: The Secrets of Soil, this book focuses the reader on the differences in soils. When young scientists think about soil, they may have a single image of…

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School Library Journal Review for Down & Dirty: The Secrets of Soil

What’s Soil Made Of? provides an overview of organic components, rock weathering, animals living in soil, and different types. Animals focuses on excretion and decomposing bodies and…

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The Horn Book Guide Review for Air

This collection of activities features physical science concepts that at times are above the indented audience. Each activity uses household times to explore properties of air, with…

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The Horn Book Guide Review for Rocks and Minerals

Concepts such as rock composition, formation, and erosion are investigated through a series of activities that, while popular classics, are at time weak analogies for geological concepts. The

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The Horn Book Guide Review for A First Look at America's Presidents

K-3. First Look at America’s Presidents series. Each highly abbreviated biography of a US president uses a variety of visual and textual elements arranged informally on pages designed to look

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Booklist Review for Franklin D. Roosevelt: The 32nd President

This brief biography condenses the life of Franklin D. Roosevelt into 24 pages of facts and full-color photos. The first double-page spread summarizes the “tough times” America experienced…

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Dark Labyrinths

The topics of the Scary Places series may seem familiar—castles, cemeteries, haunted houses—but the format elicits a surprisingly expansive reach. Each book is divided into 11 two-page…

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Snowshoe Hare

Kids may or may not have heard of the snowshoe hare, but they will certainly be intrigued by what they learn in this compact title, part of the Arctic Animals: Life outside the Igloo series.…

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Bark Scorpion

All that a young arachnologist would want to know about the bark scorpion appears in this installment in the Desert Animals Searchin’ for Shade series. The large-font sentences and…

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Baking and Crushing

The wide-format books in the Rock-ology series discuss facts related to geology. A typical double-page spread introduces a new topic in several short, large-print sentences supplemented by an

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