Monthly Archives: July 2012

Leukemia: True Survival Stories

Sandra Markle writes many nonfiction books for children.  Leukemia tells the story of two people with different types of blood cancer.  It follows each child through diagnosis and treatment.  Information is presented in easily understood text accompanied by full-color photos … Continue reading

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Jodie’s Passover Adventure

Budding archaeologist, Jodie wants to share her interest with her cousin Zach.  She wants to take him to Hezekiah’s Tunnel.  When Hezekiah was King of Jerusalem, he had a tunnel built as an escape route in case of attack.  Jodie’s … Continue reading

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Samurai

Samurai were at their most powerful  in medieval Japan (1100s – 1600s)They lived by a strict code of honor, to protect their daimyo, or lord.  Training began at a very young age to lead disciplined lives.  Photographs and illustrations show … Continue reading

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The Friesian Horse

Almost always pure black, this stunning breed of horse is also known for its calm temperament.  One of the oldest domesticated horse breeds, their history goes back to the Middle Ages.  Friesian horses are all registered and only the best … Continue reading

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Arabians are My Favorite

Not only does Elaine Landau introduce this popular breed, she presents information about horses in general.  Owning a horse is a big responsibility and there are several things to consider before buying one as a pet – a place to … Continue reading

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Fur

This nonfiction book for young readers shows examples of mammals that have fur, or hair.  It can be long or short, stiff or soft, a lot of a little.  Fur has different purposes for each animal – protection or camouflage.  … Continue reading

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Badgers

Very young readers will find this nonfiction book on badgers filled with easily understood facts.  Habitat and diet are described.  Badgers can be formidable fighters when protecting themselves.  Simple, large text is paired with full-page, colorful photographs.  Included are a … Continue reading

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Toads

Young readers will learn the basics about this unique amphibian.  How they look, what they eat, and how they protect themselves are described in simple, large text paired with full-page, colorful photographs.  The life cycle, from eggs dangling in water, … Continue reading

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Black Holes

Black holes in space are a phenomena that are hard to study.  Formed when a large star burns out, the gravity pulls all surrounding matter, even light, in.  Scientists study this occurrence through telescopes both on earth and in space.  … Continue reading

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Experiments with Rocks and Minerals

As with many True Books, this one starts with two statements, only one of which is true.  Jam-packed with information, definitions, and explanations, readers will learn many basic facts geologists know.  The first chapter tells how the scientific method works … Continue reading

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Pheasant Hunting

Young, would-be hunters can read about the equipment, skills, and techniques needed when hunting for pheasants.  How to handle guns and what to wear to protect the hunter are among the safety tips given.  Almost every page has a “Wild … Continue reading

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Scooby-Doo! Monster of a Thousand Faces!

Scooby-Doo and friends are embroiled in three monster stories in this graphic novel.  The first one, “Man of a Thousand Monsters”, concerns the graphic artists who create scary beings on computer and the make-up artists who use masks, molds, and … Continue reading

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Colonial Towns

Beginning with a map and timetable of the 13 original colonies, young readers learn about life in Colonial America.  Words to know are highlighted and explained right on the page.  Additional related facts are found in small sidebars along with … Continue reading

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The Georgia Colony

This book begins with the history of the area that would eventually become the Georgia Colony.  Tor thousands of years, native Americans, namely the Creek and the Cherokee, lived in the region.  By the 1500s, Europeans began to explore North … Continue reading

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When a Dragon Moves In

While the story concept is not new, Moore and McWilliam do a terrific job of supplying humor to a boy’s imagination.  “If you build a perfect sandcastle, a dragon will move in.” (First line in the story.)  And then the … Continue reading

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These Hands

This beautifully illustrated picture book was inspired by a personal story.  A grandfather focuses his grandson’s attention on his hands – hands that competently did many things.  He lovingly shows his grandson Joseph how to tie shoes and bowline knots, … Continue reading

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Jackie Robinson: Gran Pionero del Beisbol (Baseball’s Great Pioneer)

This graphic novel, written in Spanish, is a biography of the life of Jackie Robinson.  Always athletic, Jackie’s journey led him from being a juvenile delinquent, to sports in college, to playing on a small football team in Honolulu.  The … Continue reading

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My Horse, My Friend: Hands on Touch Training for Kids

Bibi Degn describes how to establish a respectful relationship with one’s horse using the TTouch way developed by Linda Tellington-Jones.  The touch was developed to create a safe and meaningful friendship for both the horse and the rider.  Degn relates … Continue reading

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Learning to Care for Reptiles and Amphibians

When people are thinking about pets to own, there are many things to consider.  The differences between reptiles and amphibians and how they have evolved from ancient times are presented first.  General facts are given about snakes, lizards, turtles and … Continue reading

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Top 25 Football Skills, Tips, and Tricks

For those who already enjoy football and for those just learning the game, this book is for you.  Skills for each aspect of the sport are detailed.  Almost every sentence tells how to do or how to improve plays in … Continue reading

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Top 25 Baseball Skills, Tips and Tricks

For those who already enjoy baseball and for those just learning the game, this book is a must-read.  Skills for each aspect of the sport are detailed.  Almost every sentence tells how to do or how to improve plays in … Continue reading

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The Czech Republic

For those wanting to learn basic information about the Czech Republic, this book contain facts about the geography, wildlife, and people.  The Czech Republic has only been an official country since 1993, but history of the area goes back to … Continue reading

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The Civil War: Leaders and Generals

Eight influential people are showcased in this Civil War book.  Brief snapshots of Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, General  Robert E. Lee, General Ulysses S. Grant, General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, General George McClellan, Harriet Tubman, and Frederick Douglass tell of their … Continue reading

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Wodney Wat’s Wobot

Cute little WodneyWat has trouble saying words with Rs.  On his birthday, he received a robot that repeats what he whispers – and corrects his pronunciation!  One day, obnoxious Camilla Capybara, the World’s Meanest Rodent, returned to school with her … Continue reading

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Bike Mechanic

All bike riders will find this book a treasure.  Beginning with a description of types of bikes and basic tools needed for most repairs, this book is jam-packed with information for maintaining or modifying almost anything on a bike.  There … Continue reading

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