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SLC Review - A First Look at America's Presidents

This series tells about many of our presidents in simply written text that young students can understand. Each title focuses on the life and contributions of the president; where he was born, what led him into the presidency, and his accomplishments. Each book features a timeline and a…

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Booklist Review - Is All Soil the Same?

Dirty is the perfect name for a series that will have kids wanting to head outside and…
some of the interesting points the books make about soil—what it is, how it’s formed, what it’s good for.
Is All Soil the Same? goes deeper into soil’s composition and explains why soil can be differen

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Booklist Review - What's Soil Made Of?

Dirty is the perfect name for a series that will have kids wanting to head outside and…
some of the interesting points the books make about soil—what it is, how it’s formed, what it’s good for.
Though the titles don’t have to be read in any particular order (especially since some of the i

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Booklist Review - Why Do Most Plants Need Soil?

Dirty is the perfect name for a series that will have kids wanting to head outside and see some of the interesting points the books make about soil—what it is, how it’s formed, what it’s good for.Why Do Plants Need Soil? details the nutrients plants get from the earth that allows them to…

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Booklist Review - How Do Animals Help Make Soil?

Dirty is the perfect name for a series that will have kids wanting to head outside and see…
some of the interesting points the books make about soil—what it is, how it’s formed, what it’s good for.
How Do Animals Help Make Soil? looks at the way creatures, from earthworms to sheep, add nutr

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NSTA Recommends What's Soil Made Of?

Part of the series Down & Dirty: The Secrets of Soil, this book introduces young scientists to the components of soil. It starts by explaining clearly that a primary component of soil is the broken up pieces of the underlying rock layer in an area and how that rock is broken into…

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NSTA Recommends Why Do Most Plants Need Soil?

Part of the series Down & Dirty: The Secrets of Soil, this book explores the importance of soil to most plants. Beginning with a short review of what soil is, this book looks at why soil is important to the survival of most plants. Soil provides an anchor for plants and a source of…

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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 understandable definition for what soil is, how it is formed, and why it’s important to living…

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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 focus here. Starting with insects and worms helping to break down plant and other organic waste, 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 the dark, black soil that they planted a seed in. Examples are used to explore several different…

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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 mentions how earthworms and larger animals loosen soil. Plants mentions vegetation that grows without…

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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 directions provided through step-by-step instructions and photographs. Young experimenters are encouraged to…

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