National Science Teachers Association
2017
Ancient Earth Journal: The Late Jurassic
Book Jacket   Juan Carlos Alonso and Gregory S. Paul
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9781633221086 Dinosaur species that lived 162145 million years ago are documented in gorgeous, detailed illustrations set on pages like a naturalist's journal. After introductions to each of the major groups or orders of the period (therapods, sauropods, ornithischians, and pterosaurs, plus a small chapter on mammals), features of each animal are highlighted through abundantly captioned action sketches and anatomical close-ups. Pronunciation key appended. (c) Copyright 2017. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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2017
Animals by the Numbers
Book Jacket   Steve Jenkins
Kirkus Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission. A visual compendium of facts and figures about the animal world.The prolific Jenkins knows how to present information in ways that resonate with his child readers. He presents aspects of animal physiology that have particular appeal for their ease of understanding (size, heart rate, life span) and for their eww! factor (venom, poison, human deaths). His examples range widely, and his information reflects what young readers want to know. How many different kinds are there? Which is fastest? Who travels furthest? He even touches on endangered species and mass extinctions. This engaging title will also delight educators, who will find it a splendid source for graph- and chart-reading practice. There are pie graphs and bar charts in varying designs, histograms, proportionally scaled graphics, clusters, a timeline, and even a flow chart. There are numerous symbols and keys. The clean design places both the animal images and the connected infographics on generous white space with clear labels. Aspects such as size and biomass are presented to scale, and these comparisons always include humans. The graphical combination of cut-and-tornpaper collage, words, and numbers begins with the table of contents. In an afterword, Jenkins explains where he got his numbers and how he dealt with conflicting statistics. A special treat for all who love animal statistics. (bibliography, websites) (Informational picture book. 6-12) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
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2017
Because of an Acorn
 Lola M. Schaefer
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9781452112428 A spare text describes the relationship between living things in an oak forest ecosystem. Some examples are of circumstance (the abundance of trees attracts nesting birds) and some of happenstance (a hawk alighting on a branch knocks off an acorn), but the book, with handsome illustrations featuring browns and greens, nicely emphasizes nature's interconnectedness. Additional oak forest information, including environmental tips, is included. (c) Copyright 2017. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9781452112428 A spare text describes the relationship between living things in an oak forest ecosystem. Some examples are of circumstance (the abundance of trees attracts nesting birds) and some of happenstance (a hawk alighting on a branch knocks off an acorn), but the book, with handsome illustrations featuring browns and greens, nicely emphasizes nature's interconnectedness. Additional oak forest information, including environmental tips, is included. (c) Copyright 2017. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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2017
A Beetle is Shy
 Dianna Hutts Aston
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9781452127125 Larger-than-life watercolor illustrations of colorful, gem-like beetles are framed by poetic text describing their features and behaviors. This exploration of beetle biodiversity showcases their "kaleidoscopic" colors; their range of stature ("A beetle is colossal... / or microscopic"); their lively moves as they dig, run, hop, and swim; the ways they are "helpful... / or harmful" to human endeavors; and more. An eloquent blend of science and art. (c) Copyright 2017. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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2017
Best in Snow
Book Jacket   April Pulley Sayre
Kirkus Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission. This striking photo essay engages curious readers as the world of snow is revealed in all of its frigid manifestations. Be it a shivering, huddled squirrel or a cardinal posing as a vermilion exclamation point within a maze of snow-laden branches, the frost-flecked forest creatures gazing forth from Sayre's compelling compositions contrast perfectly with the stark descriptions. A freeze. / A breeze. / A cloud. / It snows. The economically precise language entices and beguiles in a rhyming progression that accompanies a series of photos that range from dark gray clouds to drifting snowflakes to a brittle pane of ice fractals. The photos are stunning. Two red-winged blackbirds are captured in midair, about to land on a feeder; snowflakes on a red squirrels coat stand out in a double-pagedominating close-up; individual drops of water are captured melting from ice-encrusted fir needles. Stealthily introduced science concepts unfurl amid a visual symphony of meteorological splendor. The appended science facts perfectly accompany each line of poetry reproduced from the body of the text, harmoniously blending the authors twin disciplines of science and creative writing. A lesson-enriching bibliography is also provided. Adult companions of young explorers will find in Sayre's latest nature study an ideal vehicle for early STEAM curricula and activities at home or in school. (Informational picture book. 3-8) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9781481459167 In brief, simple poetic phrases (sometimes only two words per page) and stunning photos, Sayre celebrates snow in its many forms. Forest animals make appearances, but it is the exquisite close-up pictures of frost, snowflakes, and ice that steal the show. Teachers should gladly add this companion to Raindrops Roll to their science/nature and poetry units. Further information is included at book's end. Reading list. (c) Copyright 2017. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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2017
Bubonic Panic
Book Jacket   Gail Jarrow
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9781620917381 In her third book in this trilogy (Red Madness; Fatal Fever), Jarrow focuses on the nineteenth century, when the bubonic plague reared its ugly head in places like Hong Kong, Honolulu, and San Francisco. The thorough, fascinating treatment is complemented by a handsome design that includes numerous primary source artifacts. An exemplary contribution to the history of science and medicine. Timeline. Bib., glos., ind. (c) Copyright 2016. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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2016
About Habitats: Polar Regions.
 Cathryn Sill
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9781561458325 One simple sentence of text faces a detailed full-page painting of a feature (e.g., a narwhal, Antarctic hair grass) of a polar region, both Arctic and Antarctic. Each numbered plate corresponds to an afterword containing a paragraph about the feature and further information. Easily accessible initially, the information expands with the reader's skill; repeating labels would improve coordination of text and afterword. Websites. Bib., glos. (c) Copyright 2016. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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2016
Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine
 Laurie Wallmark
Kirkus Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission. Two hundred years after her birth in 1815, the world is finally beginning to pay attention to Ada Byron Lovelace, considered by many to be the inventor of computer programming. Computer scientist and debut author Wallmark introduces her subject as a child fascinated by numbers, lucky enough to be born to a geometry-loving mother with the means and inclination to nurture her daughter's talents. She focuses on her subject's adolescence, choosing details that highlight Lovelace's development as a mathematical genius. The girl sketches models for flying machines, works endless calculations to compute the wings' poweryoung readers will sympathize as they hear how "writing for so long made her fingers hurt"and studies a toy boat to see how minute adjustments to its sails affect its speed. A bout of measles that leaves her temporarily blind and paralyzed serves to further hone her brilliance, as her mother drills her with math problems. She is perfectly positioned for her fateful meeting with Charles Babbage, whose proposed Analytical Engine prompts her to write the algorithm (described as "a set of mathematical instructions") that becomes the world's very first computer program. Chu's illustrations, digitally colored in a deep, jewel-toned palette, accompany the lively prose. Lovelace is a Pre-Raphaelite beauty set against a backdrop of teeming Victorian interiors littered with diagrams and pages of figures; children will enjoy spotting the girl's loyal cat. A splendidly inspiring introduction to an unjustly overlooked woman. (author's note, timeline, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 5-8) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
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2016
After the Ashes
Book Jacket   Sara K. Joiner
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9780823434411 In 1883 Java, after the eruption of Krakatau and the tsunami, rival colonist girls Katrien and Brigitta must endure the harsh tragedy of their circumstances (including death of family members) to survive. Strong-willed aspiring scientist Katrien's obsession with Darwin proves helpful but feels forced at times. Some impacts of Dutch East Indies colonialism are cursorily addressed in the story. An author's note adds historical details. Bib. (c) Copyright 2016. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Kirkus Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission. Joiner's debut novel draws readers in with familiar themes but raises the stakes by setting it during one of modern history's most violent natural disastersthe eruption of Mount Krakatau in 1883. Born in the Dutch East Indies, Katrien Courtlandt is Dutch by ancestry but Javanese by all other accounts. Katrien struggles to fit into the mold of a 13-year-old Dutch girl and would much rather be exploring the jungle with her best friend, indigenous boy Slamet, than learning how to sew from Tante Greet, who is trying to groom her into the perfect Dutch lady. Her carefree days end when Mount Krakatau erupts, spewing ash across the sky and snatching everything dear to herher father, her aunt, her friend, and her home. As fate would have it, Katrien is thrown together with her nemesis, Brigitta, and the rivals must overcome their differences to survive not just the loss of their families, but also deadly tsunamis and extreme thirst and hunger. Despite contrived speech patterns (why do indigenous people speak Dutch translated into broken English and "in a thick accent" generations after the Dutch arrived?) and inaccuracies (a "kampong" is a village not a thatched cottage, and the so-called Javanese language used is actually Bahasa Indonesia), the story is saved by an intriguing, if at times incredible, storyline. Despite cultural slips, this heart-rending story of love and loss, family ties, and friendship will keep readers hooked till the end. (Historical fiction. 10-15) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
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2016
Ancient Earth Journal: The Early Cretaceous: Notes, drawings, and observations from prehistory
Book Jacket   Juan Carlos Alonso
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9781633220331 Dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals are presented as if on the pages of a naturalist's journal. Multiple sketches of each species provide details on anatomy, size, and behaviors, carefully combining artistic interpretation with known facts about the creature. Notes that explain conditions in the featured period (100144 million years ago) accompany the illustrations. (c) Copyright 2016. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Kirkus Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission. Two accomplished paleoartists invite armchair paleontologists to go eye to eye with 21 dinosaurs and flying reptiles. Each chosen dino is presented in a two- to four-page gallery of full-body color portraits supplemented with sepia close-ups of claws and maws. They range from toothy theropods like Carcharodontosaurus saharicusposed with jaws open, closed, and drenched in goreand towering sauropod Argentinosaurus huinculensis to Enaliornis barretti, an early bird. All are carefully identified and caught in natural poses with faint shadows but almost no other background detail. Nearly all gaze directly up at viewers with predatory or (if vegetarian) cautionary mien. Their physical details and brightly patterned, scaly hides are worked with fine-lined realism, and colors, particularly in feathers, glow iridescently. Each entry includes a tally of basic information, a select set of descriptive labels, and a scale drawing of the creature next to a (usually much smaller) human figure. Perhaps in an effort to add verisimilitude, though, the authors salt the captions and commentary with unsupported notes on "Temperament" and behavior ("Microraptor emits a high-pitched squawk"), nor do they cite any sources or leads to further information. Eye candy for both serious and casual dinophiles, with an admixture of facts and fancies. (pronunciation guide) (Nonfiction. 8-11) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
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2016
Animal Mouths
 Mary Holland
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9781628555523 Close-up photographs accompany this discussion of a variety of animals' mouths. Different types of teeth, beaks, and mandibles are featured along with explanations of how each mouth and its unique components are best suited for each animal. Simple (but overly long in places) text makes this suitable for beginning nature enthusiasts. Back matter provides review and encourages further exploration. Glos. (c) Copyright 2016. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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2016
Bilby: Secrets of an Australian Marsupial
 Edel Wignell
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9780763667597 With charm and appreciation for their full range of behaviors, Wignell conveys information about bilbies through the perspective of a growing baby bilby and the nocturnal movements of its mother as she forages for food in an Australian desert filled with predators and danger. Jackson's impressionistic brushstrokes and contrasting colors of the blue-tinged bilbies in the oranges of Australia emphasize their darting and twitching movements. Ind. (c) Copyright 2015. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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2016
Birdology: 30 Activities and Observations for Exploring the World of Birds Young Naturalists
Book Jacket   Russo, Monica
Kirkus Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission. A longtime nature columnist invites young people to use their eyes, ears, hands and minds to learn about birds. More than an introduction, this is an immersion in the world of birding. Chapter by chapter, the author discusses field marks, beaks and feet, wings, eyes and nests, habitats, feeding, migration, and ways to protect and nurture birds. Each chapter also includes directions for activities: things to look and listen for, things to make and do. The author's stated aim is "to foster independent study by careful observation and hands-on activities." While many of the birds described and pictured are labeled, the focus isn't naming but what else readers might learn through close attention. Her lengthy text is full of information, presented in a chatty, conversational way that often directly addresses readers: "By now you might be confused." While the author adds interesting facts about birds from faraway places, she's mostly discussing birds that will be familiar to residents of the United States and southern Canada. (Both author and photographer live in Maine.) She even suggests observing chickens. The activities are relatively simple and could easily be done independently or as a family or class project. For older readers or adults who hope to encourage young nature watchers, a thorough and interesting exploration. (Nonfiction. 9 up) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
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2016
Call of the Osprey
Book Jacket   Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9780544232686 Readers learn basic osprey information from Montana Osprey Project scientist Erick Greene's presentation to a high school group. Patent thoroughly describes the raptors' behaviors as well as field and laboratory research conducted by the scientists. The pages are filled with current and historical photographs; biographical sketches of scientists and students; and details about the region's ecological history. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind. (c) Copyright 2016. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Kirkus Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission. Ospreys, severely affected by DDT in the 1960s, now serve as indicators for the success of pollution remediation on a Superfund cleanup site. Scientists from the Montana Osprey Project invite the public to share their enthusiasm for these amazing raptors, bringing young people to visit the nests and maintaining two webcams while carrying on the work of collecting and analyzing samples of blood and feathers from osprey chicks along the Clark Fork River. Patent introduces the birds and the project, explaining environmental issues resulting from mining in the Clark Fork area, various dangers for ospreys, and the research. A chapter of osprey observations done through Web cameras, watching two pairs raise their chicks, is followed by an explanation of the problem of mercury and then a description of the attachment of transmitters to these birds to research migration patterns. There's a great deal of information crammed into this title; many sidebars and special sections interrupt the exposition. Readers without a solid science background may have difficulty following the steps of data analysis. Libraries still holding Patent and Muoz's Ospreys (1993) will find that simpler title a helpful overview of the species, but this one demonstrates how studying these birds may help address some knottier scientific problems. More science than adventure, this is a challenging addition to the Science in the Field series. (Nonfiction. 12-16) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
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2016
Chocolate: Sweet Science and Dark Secrets of the Worlds Favorite Treat
 Kay Frydenborg
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9780544175662 Frydenborg explores chocolate's complex history, from the cacao tree's probable origins to today's Big Candy, without sugarcoating the sweet's "dark secrets." The book closes by covering modern-day attempts to make chocolate production more sustainable and ethical. Informative sidebars, photos and maps, and historical recipes interspersed throughout, plus a full-color photographic insert, enhance the presentation. Timeline, websites. Bib., ind. (c) Copyright 2015. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Kirkus Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission. Stories of ancient cultures, religion, conquest, slavery, privilege, invention, medicine, culinary experimentation, science and more are all confected together in this flavorful, richly textured historical chronicle of chocolate.Once confined to religious rituals and royalty, consumption of chocolate is now an $83 billion worldwide business, with the average European eating 24 pounds per year and the average U.S. citizen, 11 pounds per year. Frydenborg begins this fascinating history in Mesoamerica, where cocoa beans were used as currency; it was so valuable that its consumption was reserved for emperors. The conquistadors brought cocoa to Europe, where its popularity grew quickly among the privileged. With the decimation of indigenous populations thanks to European invaders, African slaves had to be imported for cocoa bean cultivation. The kind of chocolate we know today was developed through experimentation in the 19th century. We have the Swiss to thank for milk chocolate and the Dutch for the chocolate bar. The author lays it all out in a lively text punctuated by archival illustrations, photographs and sidebars, taking care to impress upon readers that even today, chocolate is more than just dessert. Its medicinal properties and applications have long been noted, as has its usefulness as a stimulant. A deliciously informative, engaging and sweeping chronicle of one of the most popular treats in the world. (timeline, bibliography, websites) (Nonfiction. 12-18) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
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2016
Dirty Rats?
 Darrin Lunde
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9781580895668 Rats spread disease, but there's a positive side, too: some "help plants spread their seeds," and rats are a vital part of the food chain. Double-page oil paintings introduce various species around the world; the brief text mentions physical adaptations to different habitats. The presentation lacks depth, but given the subject, that might draw in rat-phobic readers. Websites. (c) Copyright 2015. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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2016
Egg
Book Jacket   Robin Page
Kirkus Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission. With their characteristic design and choice of intriguing details, this prolific author-illustrator pair introduces "nature's perfect package": the egg.An egg-shaped introduction encapsulates the main ideas of this latest offering in a series of titles exploring nature's wonders. Almost every animal begins life in an egg. Some, like human eggs, are nurtured internally, but many more develop outside. Eggs come in an astonishing variety of shapes, sizes, colors and numbers and are tended to in myriad ways or simply strewn, developing on their own. All contain what's necessary to form and nurture the new creature. Spread by spread readers learn about the range of egg layers, egg sizes, how many are lain and where, egg eaters, egg protection, packaging, carrying, incubation and emergence. A final spread looks inside the eggs of a chicken and alligator as each creature develops over time, in five stages from embryo to hatchling. Text in the upper-left corner of each spread presents the topic. Realistic torn- and cut-paper images set on a plain white background are identified and explained in short paragraphs. The backmatter includes thumbnails and further information about the 54 egg-laying creatures picturedfrom slugs and simple animals through insects, spiders, fish, amphibians and birds, plus two mammals (the mongoose and the platypus). Appealing, accessible and accurate, this is another admirable creation. (additional reading) (Informational picture book. 4-9) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9780547959092 Brief, clear paragraphs introduce each section of this exposition of "Nature's Perfect Package," including "Egg Layers," "Egg Eaters," and "Incubation." Attention to details such as scale and color inform the labeled torn- and cut-paper collage illustrations; captions are focused, helpful, and interesting. A final double-spread compares the internal development of a chicken and an alligator egg. Additional species facts appended. Reading list. (c) Copyright 2015. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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2016
Emu
Book Jacket   Claire Saxby
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9780763674793 The life cycle and habits of emus are told through the story of a male emu raising his young in an Australian eucalyptus forest (female emus depart after egg-laying). Spiky digital illustrations perfectly display the birds' hairlike feathering, their awkward-looking flightless movement, and the landscape's rough textures. On each spread, additional statistics and facts about emus accompany the main narrative. Ind. (c) Copyright 2016. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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2016
Eyewitness Explorer: Nature Ranger
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2016
The Fantastic Ferris Wheel: The Story of Inventor George Ferris
 Betsy Harvey Kraft
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9781627790727 This absorbing picture-book biography of the engineer and inventor focuses on the design, construction, and success of his twenty-six-story observation wheel at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, later known as the Ferris wheel. Young readers will be drawn into Salerno's energetic, bright mixed-media illustrations, which strike the perfect balance between wonder, technical detail, and historical accuracy. "More About George Ferris" is appended. Bib. (c) Copyright 2016. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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2016
Fire Birds: Valuing Natural Wildfires and Burned Forests
Book Jacket   Sneed B. Collard
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9780984446070 Beginning with a brief report lamenting wildfire danger and damage, Collard devotes the rest of the book to a contemporary, enlightened view of such fires, with specific birds as the main beneficiary of the resulting food and shelter. Salvage logging also receives thoughtful treatment as an economic boon but an ecological bust. Colorful nature photos illustrate the account. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind. (c) Copyright 2016. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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2016
Flying Cars: The True Story
Book Jacket   Andrew Glass
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9780618984824 In this enthusiastic overview, young readers are introduced to a number of attempts to create a car that could also serve as a viable aircraft. Each chronological entry discusses the technology of an inventor's attempted design; features diagrams and archival photos, advertisements, and media clips; and offers reasons these vehicles never really caught on. Bib., glos., ind. (c) Copyright 2016. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Kirkus Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission. Cars that fly? Only in stories like Harry Potter or Chitty Chitty Bang Bang or fantasy films, right? Nope, flying cars have been in existence since the beginning of the 1900s. Who knew? Author-illustrator Glass departs from the world of picture books (The Wondrous Whirligig, 2003, etc.) to apply his hand to long-form nonfiction. And what a high-flying job he has done. He devotes a chapter to each of 14 visionary men who believed they could prove that cars and planes could be fused into one flying machine. First was Gustave Whitehead, who designed a bird-shaped glider named the Condor in 1901; the last was Daniel Zuck, who predicted squadrons of commuters in Plane-Mobiles. The names of their machines were as imaginative as their inventions: Henry Ford's Sky Flivver, Harold Pitcairn's Autogiro, and Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion car are just a sampling. The fascinating details of the dangers and difficulties each man faced read smoothly and engagingly. Glass' research is extensive and impeccable, and the archival black-and-white photos provide visual context. All in all, it's a tremendous narrative-nonfiction debut for a creator who's long been associated with the 32-page format. Start your engines and get ready to take off for an amazing read. (author's note, glossary, source notes, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 9-13) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
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2016
Food Engineering: From Concept to Consumer
 Michael Burgan
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2016
The Fruits We Eat
 Gail Gibbons
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9780823432042 With short, simple sentences, Gibbons presents an overview of fruit, discussing why we eat it; how it's grouped according to the type of plant it grows on, such as vines, trees, or bushes; and how it is grown, harvested, and shipped. The bright illustrations feature boxed diagrams, often with cross sections, that label the parts of many fruits. Websites. (c) Copyright 2015. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Kirkus Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission. The prolific Gibbons tackles fruitshow they grow, their parts, and what portions we eat. Beginning with facts about perennial and annual fruits and how many servings children should aim for each day, the book then looks at how fruits can grow on plants, bushes, vines, and trees. Good vocabulary is introduced and defined along the waybotanist, pollination, cultivated. The middle of the book is taken up by individual looks at 13 different kinds of fruits that show cutaway views labeled with parts, the whole plant/bush/vine/tree, and some of the popular varietiesfor grapes, golden muscat, red flame, and concord. This is followed by a discussion of growing seasons and climates, large farms versus backyard ones, harvesting fruit and getting it to market, and some other fruits that were not featured in the text, including star fruits, apricots, and persimmons. A final page lists more fruit facts and two websites (one for the United States, one for Canada) about food guidelines. The text sometimes gets lost in Gibbons' busy and full pages, and while her illustrations are detailed and specific for each type of fruit, the watercolors won't make mouths water. This lacks the information of other nonfiction titles and the pizzazz of April Pulley Sayre's Go, Go, Grapes! (2012), but it may be just the ticket before a school trip to a farm. (Informational picture book. 4-8) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
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2016
The Great Monkey Rescue: Saving the Golden Lion Tamarins
Book Jacket   Sandra Markle
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9781467780308 Once nearly extinct in the wild due to deforestation, golden lion tamarins have made a comeback in their native Brazilian rainforest through zoos reintroducing captive-born monkeys and people planting "living bridges" of trees to help the tamarins travel from one forest patch to another. Excellent photos, interesting text, and an inspiring message will engage readers. Reading list, timeline, websites. Glos., ind. (c) Copyright 2016. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Kirkus Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission. Markle chronicles the amazing efforts to save a tiny (and adorable) species. In 1960 there were only an estimated 200 golden lion tamarins in the wild. Their habitat along the coast of Brazil was being destroyed by logging. In 1975 there were about 122 in captivity, but they weren't breeding; when they did, the young died. After laying out this grim reality, the economical text goes on to describe how zoologist Devra Kleiman discovered that golden lion tamarins had a different family structure than chimps and other primates. When the tamarins were housed appropriately, their populations in captivity skyrocketed, reaching 500 in the '80s. Efforts then began to reintroduce them to the wild. Initial attempts failed, but mixing wild-born tamarins with zoo-born worked; then came the push to expand their available habitats. Markle does her usual excellent job presenting information in a page-turning narrative young zoologists will not be able to put down. Varied page layouts, vibrant photographs, and charming monkey mugs boost appeal. Contextual definitions of difficult or new concepts and fine backmatter, including further resources (both Web and print), a glossary, and a timeline, make this a must for nonfiction collections seeking more than just-the-facts series animal titles. An animal conservation tale with a happy ending (3,200 estimated in the wild today) and a must-read for monkey lovers. (index) (Nonfiction. 9-12) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
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2016
High Tide for Horseshoe Crabs
Book Jacket   Lisa Kahn Schnell
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9781580896047 It's starting." This informative picture book deftly builds anticipation for the yearly spawning of the horseshoe crabs and the attendant migratory bird feast and scientific data collection. Realistic watercolor and pencil illustrations include mesmeric moonlit scenes, an endnote explains the crabs' importance to medical science, and helpful endpapers identify the crabs' body parts and their functions. Reading list, websites. Bib. (c) Copyright 2015. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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2016
Home Address: ISS: International Space Station
 James Buckley Jr.
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2016
How to Swallow a Pig: Step-by-Step Advice from the Animal Kingdom
 Steve Jenkins
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9780544313651 The authors impart considerable information about certain behaviors of eighteen animals via numbered instructions for readers to duplicate, say, a python swallowing a pig. While this conceit is maintained throughout ("you'll have to do a few things that you're probably not used to"), the steps are accurate and the jaunty language catchy; Jenkins's collages are striking as always. An afterword gives additional facts. Bib. (c) Copyright 2016. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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2016
Hurricane Watch
Book Jacket   Melissa Stewart
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9780062327765 After explaining how hurricanes form, this volume explores the role of scientists tracking hurricanes and gives a toned-down description of conditions when a hurricane makes landfall. Although a few of the simplifications may cause confusion, the clear layout; dynamic, full-bleed, digitally enhanced watercolor illustrations; and plain, reassuring language will help readers understand this dramatic type of weather. Activities appended. Websites. Glos. (c) Copyright 2016. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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2016
Inside Biosphere 2: Earth Science Under Glass
Book Jacket   Mary Kay Carson
Kirkus Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission. A 1990s science experiment aimed at space exploration finds a new purpose in the 21st century. Built to test long-term human survival in a closed ecological system like a potential Mars colony, the 3.14-acre glass-enclosed structure called Biosphere 2 is now being used for investigations of climate change here on Earth. Framing her narrative as a tour of the facility, now open to and welcoming visitors, Carson's information-packed text introduces the original experiment, in which eight people survived for 2 years, and then, chapter by chapter, describes new studies. In the rain forest, biogeochemist Joost van Haren investigates how much carbon dioxide a forest can hold and the effects of drought. An "ocean" with a no-longer-viable coral reef is being repurposed into a model of the nearby Gulf of California, under the supervision of marine biologist Rafe Sagarin. What was once a farm is now a Landscape Evolution Observatory, with replicas of a nearby hillside where hydrologist Luke Pangle studies how water, energy, and carbon move through landscapes. Sustainability coordinator Nate Allen works underneath in the Technosphere, where power and plumbing systems support the entire structure. Well-chosen, clearly captioned photographs support the text, while flashback boxes inform readers of what came before. For middle and high school readers, an encouraging example of earth scientists working to understand and deal with climate change in new and amazing ways. (glossary, resources, index) (Nonfiction. 12-15) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9780544416642 Carson takes readers into Biosphere 2, the research facility designed to be a self-sustaining model of Earth's environments. There's brief coverage of the "biospherians" who were sealed inside from 1991 to 1993, but the focus is primarily on current research under the direction of scientists at the University of Arizona. Plentiful photos capture the feel of a busy research center. Glos., ind. (c) Copyright 2016. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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2016
The Inventors Secret.
 Suzanne Slade
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9781580896672 Two boys who "just had to see how things worked" grow into two of America's great inventors and manufacturers: Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. When Henry, frustrated by repeated failure, meets Thomas, he gets simple yet critical advice: "Keep at it." A lively tale of tenacity and passion, illustrated with watercolor and pencil-and-ink illustrations that reflect the text's energy and high spirits. Timeline. Bib. (c) Copyright 2016. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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2016
Little Puffins First Flight
 London, Jonathan
Kirkus Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission. A horned puffin hatches, grows and flies for the first time on the Alaskan coast.London's characteristically lyrical, clipped free verse describes the meeting of two puffins, followed by nesting, tending their single egg and the hatching of their "hungry gray fuzz-ball." Taking turns to guard the chick and hunt, Mother and Father Puffin raise Little Puffin to fledging. One night, spectacularly foregrounded against the rising moon by Van Zyle in three successive spreads, Little Puffin makes his way to the edge of the cliff and then jumps, first falling and then flyingto find his own mate four years later. With the exception of naming his puffin family, London largely avoids anthropomorphizing his subjects even as he uses figurative language his preschool audience will understand: "Dressed in her life jacket / of carefully fluffed feathers, / Mother Puffin bobs like a cork / in the icy cold ocean." Scientific facts (puffins have heavy bones; their predators include gulls) are woven neatly into the brief, just-dramatic-enough narrative. Van Zyle keeps his palette realistically limited to cold grays and blues except for that tremendous yellow moon and the puffins' beaks, relying on shifts in perspective and scale to maintain visual interest. In one humorous image, three herrings droop comically from Father Puffin's beak. A two-page author's note provides further information. A bracing nature adventure for animal-loving preschoolers. (Informational picture book. 2-6) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9781941821404 Little Puffin is born on a cliffside and cared for by his parents until the time comes for him to strike out on his own. In a lyrical text, London traces the life cycle of a horned puffin, from mating to nesting to first flight; Van Zyle's somewhat fuzzy paintings alternate close-up views of the birds with sweeping landscapes. An author's note provides more information. (c) Copyright 2015. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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2016
Magnificent Minds: 16 Pioneering Women in Science and Medicine
Book Jacket   Pendred E. Noyce
2016
Mrs. Carters Butterfly Garden
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2016
Next Time You See a Spiderweb
 Emily Morgan
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Ocean: A Visual Encyclopedia
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2016
The Octopus Scientists
Book Jacket   Sy Montgomery
Kirkus Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission. An international team of scientists with varied focuses work together on a remote South Pacific island to study octopus behaviors. Two weeks on Moorea, in French Polynesia, snorkeling and diving around the reefs off the coast, admiring the abundant life, and learning about octopuses. What could be nicer? In her latest observation of scientific fieldwork, Montgomery doesn't ignore the downsidethere's more searching than studying, here, and it's often physically uncomfortablebut she dwells on the joys of admiring the endless variety in the underwater world and learning about these reclusive, intelligent, surprising creatures. With ease that comes from long practice, she weaves a narrative full of fascinating detail, helpful comparisons, direct quotations, and personal reactions that bring readers into the experience. Chapters of action, with smoothly integrated explanatory background, are interspersed with informative passages about octopuses, the field station, and coral reefs. She describes the team's daily explorations in the water and their inside lab work, identifying the food remains they've collected from neat piles outside the octopuses' dens. This is an account of a successful expedition, although it raises more questions than it answers. "The field is about serendipity," expedition leader Jennifer Mather reminds readers. Amazing photographs reveal the octopuses' remarkable shape-changing abilities and help readers visualize this experience. Science in the field at its best. (Nonfiction. 10-16) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9780544232709 Montgomery tags along with four scientists studying the decision-making of the Pacific day octopus in the French Polynesian island region of Moorea. To do so, they first have to find the octopuses. Montgomery explains the scientists' data collection methods, along the way describing all aspects of life in the field. Abundant, stunningly clear underwater photographs highlight a range of marine species. Bib., ind. (c) Copyright 2016. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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2016
A Passion for Elephants: The Real Life Adventure of Field Scientist Cynthia Moss
Book Jacket   Toni Buzzeo
Kirkus Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission. A childhood love of horses translates into an adult career devoted to learning about and promoting protection for African elephants. For 40 years, field scientist Cynthia Moss has lived with and studied the elephants of Amboseli National Park in Kenya. Buzzeo, who focused on a fictional elephant calf in My Bibi Always Remembers, illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka (2014), here introduces a real-life elephant scientist who has combined her passion for studying these big animals with activism around the world for a big cause: banning the sale of ivory. Choosing details young readers will understand, the author moves quickly from a description of Moss' early life to an explanation of how she came to live in Kenya. She goes on to give examples of the kinds of questions the scientist wondered about and what she learned about elephant family behavior. Colorful illustrations, done with colored pencils, acrylic paint, watercolor, ink, and collage and bordered with appropriate designs, add interesting details. There are wide-angled scenes and close-ups of elephants in the wild. But this narrative has a dark side. Many, many elephants have been killed for the ivory in their tusks. The image of an elephant "lying lifeless in the beating sun" and men loading its bloody tusk into a truck filled with other bloody tusks will distress readers of any age. The simplicity of the narrative and its playful emphasis on and repetition of what is "BIG" seem at odds with the grim reality of ivory poaching, making this a book that may have a hard time finding an audience. (endnote, further reading, additional sources) (Picture book/biography. 7-9) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9780803740907 For forty years, Cynthia Moss has studied the elephants in Amboseli National Park, Kenya, and has fought against ivory poaching through lectures and fundraising. The seriousness of the realities of poaching and Moss's work and activism is undermined by the book's jarring refrain ("Cynthia Moss was not afraid of BIG things"). Colorful mixed-media illustrations are naive and charming. Reading list, websites. (c) Copyright 2016. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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2016
The Pier at the End of the World
 Paul Erickson
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Raindrops Roll
 April Pulley Sayre
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9781481420648 Captivating photos picture an oncoming storm, followed by shots of raindrops in various stages, configurations, and contexts, such as on a katydid's back or splashing into a stream. Sayre subtly explains the nuances of these appearances in minimal poetic phrases that use alliteration, onomatopoeia, and occasional rhyme and that closely follow the photographs. Scientific information about rain, the water cycle, and more is appended. Reading list. (c) Copyright 2015. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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2016
Remarkable Minds: 17 More Pioneering Women in Science and Medicine
Book Jacket   Penny Noyce
2016
Sally Ride: A Photobiography of Americas Pioneering Woman in Space
Book Jacket   Tam O Shaughnessy
Kirkus Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission. A uniquely personal portrait of the United States' first woman in space, illustrated with sheaves of public and private photos. As her longtime companion, as well as co-author (of Exploring Our Solar System, 2003, etc.) and business partner, O'Shaughnessy is in an unparalleled position to illuminate Ride's inner life as much as her well-known outer one. She does so here in a frank, engagingly detailed account that tenders as much about her subject's significant friendships and loves as it does about her outstanding academic, athletic, astronautical, and post-NASA achievements. All of these are also traced in the illustrations, which begin with baby and toddler pictures, close with images of post-mortem tributes (Ride died in 2012, of pancreatic cancer), and in between mix family snapshots and posed portraits with report cards, yearbook photos, news clippings, mementos, and letters. Sue Macy's excellent Sally Ride: Life on a Mission (2014) covers much of the same territory (and broke the news to younger readers that Ride was gay), but both the visual material and the author's personal memories here add significant insights and angles of view to her subject. They describe the growth and complex character of a smart but unmotivated young "underachiever" who became anything but and stands as an exemplar for budding scientists of any sex. A perceptive, loving tribute. (timeline, index) (Biography. 10-13) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
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2016
Sand Swimmers: The Secret Life of Australias Desert Wilderness
 Narelle Oliver
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9780763667610 In this fascinating, handsome introduction to Australia's "Dead Heart" desert, its evolutionary history, and the plant and animal life surviving there today, Oliver combines a gripping narrative of human exploration with compelling descriptions of the hardy flora and fauna of this little-known habitat. Her linocut illustrations provide views of the mysterious landscape and lifeforms which will catch readers' attention. Bib., ind. (c) Copyright 2016. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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2016
Small Wonders: Jean-Henri Fabre and His World of Insects
 Matthew Clark Smith
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9781477826324 Little-known outside his native France, nineteenth-century entomologist Jean-Henri Fabre made important discoveries by observing living insects: he learned about metamorphosis and instinctual behaviors hard-wired into wasps and termites, and he proved that insects communicate via pheromones. Ferri's watercolor and pencil illustrations in earthy tones help to draw us into Fabre's fascinating world of curious intimacy with nature. Timeline. Bib. (c) Copyright 2015. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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2016
So, You Want to Work with the Ancient and Recent Dead?
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2016
Space!
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2016
Spidermania: Friends on the Web
 Alexandra Siy
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9780823428717 A combination of close-up photography and electron microscopy creates unforgettable, colorful visuals in this informative, almost-affectionate explanation of spider classification, anatomy, behavior, and capabilities. Venom is noted, but the emphasis is on "Friends," from fishing spiders to spitting spiders. Helpful captions are often color-coded, but some body parts are hard to identify. Reading list, websites. Bib., glos., ind. (c) Copyright 2016. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Kirkus Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission. For their latest memorable venture into microscopic worlds, two veteran collaborators bring children face to face with the original "web masters" (Bug Shots, 2011, etc.). "To know a spider you must first look into its eyes." Along with being a proposition as riveting as it is uninviting for most readers, Siy's observation is literally true, as the arrangement of their multiple eyes is often a key to spider identification. Expanding on her taxonomic topic, the author focuses on observable behaviors and physical characteristics throughout a general overview and brief introductions to 10 arachnids. She closes with specific methodology that includes both a chart of eye patterns and a set of systematic questions that will help distinguish true spiders from close relatives. As always, Kunkel's bright, sharp, close-up photographs and even closer-up electron micrographs, all with detailed production notes, are a highlightthe former artfully angled to show body parts and coloration, the latter using false colors to make spinnerets and other tiny physical features easily visible. Though the author's argument that spiders are our friends (in support of which she even enlists E.B. White's Charlotte) is vitiated by frequent images and mentions of black widows, brown recluses, some Australian spiders, and how seldom anyone actually dies from venomous bites, the mixed message will still draw both budding naturalists and readers after cheap thrills in equal numbers. An unusual approach to the creepiest of crawlies, likely to snare unwary passers-by in droves. (index, multimedia resource lists, glossary) (Nonfiction. 8-11) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
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2016
Spit and Sticks: A Chimney Full of Swifts
 Marilyn Grohoske Evans
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9781580895880 This informative book follows a pair of chimney swifts as they arrive in Texas, build their nest in a farmhouse chimney, raise their chicks, and fly south for the winter. Attractive watercolor collages add extra meaning by showing the farmhouse humans (not mentioned in the narrative) engaging in parallel "nesting" activities, preparing for and welcoming a new baby. Additional facts about chimney swifts are appended. (c) Copyright 2016. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Kirkus Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission. While a pair of swifts raises a family in their chimney, a Texas family grows as well. The straightforward text in Evans' first picture book follows a family of swifts from the pair's return to the chimney of the farmhouse where they were born through nest-building, egg-laying and hatching, and feeding their chicks, who eventually fledge, fly, and feed themselves. In fall, the birds take off, joining a swarm of swifts heading for their winter home in the Southern Hemisphere. This simple narrative focuses exclusively on the birds, but it is mirrored by the activities of the mixed-race farming family shown in artfully primitive watercolor illustrations (with collage elements). One page shows the birds building their nest inside the chimney; opposite, the human father and daughter construct a crib while the visibly pregnant mother knits. While the birds "snuggle close" on the eggs, the human father reads to his daughter on his lap. A striking double-page spread shows the chicks emerging from their eggs. On the next pages, "It's a Boy" balloons fly from the farmhouse mailbox. Throughout the summer the baby grows ever more capable, just as the chicks do. An endnote includes further information about swifts and suggestions for readers to learn more and help preserve these interesting birds. A clever connection to the natural world for young readers and listeners. (Informational picture book. 3-7) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
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2016
Steve Jobs: Insanely Great
Book Jacket   Jessie Hartland
Kirkus Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission. A free-wheeling graphic biography of Steve Jobs. The late visionary behind Apple and Pixar lent himself to caricature, and illustrator Hartland (Bon Apptit: The Delicious Life of Julia Child, 2012, etc.) takes full advantage. Her inspirational version of the "insanely great" Jobs is a misfit who refused to follow the rules or play well with others, who was as rebellious as he was smart. Eventually becoming one of the richest men in the world, he followed a spiritual path of asceticism, looking for gurus, seeking a purer truth than can be found in material possessions. Yet he showed a remarkable lack of compassion and empathy toward his associates and was forced out of the Apple he had founded because others considered him so difficult. He wasn't the computer whiz that his early collaborator Steve Wozniak was, but the marketing acumen of his passion for design and simplicity proved equally crucial in Apple's transformation of the personal computer from a hobbyist pursuit into a paradigm-shifting commercial product. "Woz is the engineering genius," the author writes in a kid's scrawl that matches the rough-hewn illustrations. "Steve is the salesman with the big picture." As she later quotes her subject, who saw Apple prosper beyond anyone's wildest expectations, "I don't think it would have happened without Woz and I don't think it would have happened without me." Recognizing his own deficiencies, Jobs recruited Pepsi's John Sculley to run the company: "While Steve knows himself to be quirky, tactless, confrontational, and insensitive, he knows Sculley is polite, polished, and easygoing"though inevitably, there was a power struggle between the two. The narrative somehow squeezes Jobs' important innovationsthe iMac, the music empire of iPods and iTunes, the smartphone revolution, the iPadinto a breezy narrative that engages and entertains. Nothing new or revelatory here, but the book can serve as a good introduction to Jobs and will impress with its concision those who already know a lot about him. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9780307982957 Through her jam-packed, roughhewn, kitchen-sink visual style, Hartland provides readers with a plethora of information, both personal and professional, about a complex, driven, sometimes difficult individual. Beginning with his birth in 1955 and ending with his death in 2011, a mostly chronological retelling of well-known events in Jobs's career unfolds. The book delivers a depiction of Jobs that is well balanced and accessible. Bib. (c) Copyright 2016. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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2016
Terrible Typhoid Mary: A True Story of the Deadliest Cook in America
Book Jacket   Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9780544313675 What was it like to be a servant, an immigrant, a woman in the early twentieth century? Bartoletti weaves the answers into the beginning of "Typhoid Mary" Mallon's story--using Mary as a lens to view a wider swath of American society--then covers epidemiologist George Soper's cat-and-mouse game of tracking Mary down. Excellent nonfiction with a novelistic trim size and narrative. Timeline. Bib., ind. (c) Copyright 2016. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Kirkus Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission. A creative approach, strong on vivid details and words that appeal to the senses, animates this biography of Typhoid Mary. It opens like a novel, with a scene in 1906 of a wealthy woman firing her cook. In "a terrible fix" to find a new one, she hires an Irish immigrant named Mary Mallon, who, unknowingly, turns out to be a typhoid-fever carrier later dubbed Typhoid Mary. The chapter's title, "In Which Mrs. Warren Has a Servant Problem," and its final one-sentence cliffhanger, "Mary's life was about to change forever," reflect literary techniques typically found in fiction, while art nouveau typeface for chapter titles and a closing "Photo Album" create an old-fashioned tone. The chronological narrative quotes from such primary sources as contemporary newspapers and books and incorporates information about the disease and the fight to eliminate it. In trying to supplement limited personal sources about Mallon, Bartoletti bogs down her writing with language like "perhaps," "most likely," "must have," and "may have." Responsible though such introductions to supposition are, the result is a narrative that feels uncertain and may have readers wondering about unvoiced alternative scenarios. One section, meant to tie the past to the present, misinterprets a Gallup poll, incorrectly stating that most Americans don't trust their local governments. Awkward attempts to improve on an inherently interesting topic undermine this otherwise fine account. (Nonfiction. 10-14) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
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2016
The Walking Fish
 Kopel Burk
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Welcome to Mars: Making a Home on the Red Planet
 Buzz Aldrin
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9781426322068 With Marianne J. Dyson. Astronaut Aldrin, drawing on his lifetime of science and space experiences, invites readers to imagine themselves among the first people to visit Mars. Detailed considerations of the technology needed for extended space travel, exploration, and colonization alternate with descriptions of and photographs from prior Mars missions. Several included activities encourage readers to explore related science concepts. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind. (c) Copyright 2016. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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2016
Welcome to New Zealand:
Book Jacket   Sandra Morris
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9780763674779 Morris urges budding scientists to look keenly at the world around them and keep a "nature journal" ("Since I live in New Zealand, my observations are based on...that region...each person's nature journal is unique"). The text is upbeat and encouraging, and the naturalistic mixed-media illustrations are lovely, but the mishmash of suggestions can be a little hard to follow. Bib., glos., ind. (c) Copyright 2016. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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2016
When the Earth Shakes: Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Tsunamis
Book Jacket   Simon Winchester
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9780670785360 The author combines scientific information about volcanoes, earthquakes, and tsunamis and detailed considerations of major historical events with his own personal experiences as a geologist and science writer. The text includes excellent explanations of the ways in which geologists conduct research, reason from evidence, and develop theories. Impressive modern and historical photographs, many depicting wreckage, are included. Reading list, websites. Ind. (c) Copyright 2016. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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2016
Wild at Heart: Mustangs and the Young People Fighting to Save Them
 Terri Farley
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9780544392946 Beginning with "Wild Horse Annie," the 1950s activist who secured protections for America's wild horses, this wide-ranging volume explores horses' prehistoric ancestors, herd dynamics, the horrors of government roundups, and today's young activists fighting to make a difference. Emotional language and first-person sidebars try to recruit readers to the cause, while crisp color photos depict beautiful horses in their natural habitats. Bib., glos., ind. (c) Copyright 2016. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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2015
About Habitats: Polar Regions
 by Cathryn Sill
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9781561458325 One simple sentence of text faces a detailed full-page painting of a feature (e.g., a narwhal, Antarctic hair grass) of a polar region, both Arctic and Antarctic. Each numbered plate corresponds to an afterword containing a paragraph about the feature and further information. Easily accessible initially, the information expands with the reader's skill; repeating labels would improve coordination of text and afterword. Websites. Bib., glos. (c) Copyright 2016. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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2015
Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine
Book Jacket   by Laurie Wallmark
Kirkus Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission. Two hundred years after her birth in 1815, the world is finally beginning to pay attention to Ada Byron Lovelace, considered by many to be the inventor of computer programming. Computer scientist and debut author Wallmark introduces her subject as a child fascinated by numbers, lucky enough to be born to a geometry-loving mother with the means and inclination to nurture her daughter's talents. She focuses on her subject's adolescence, choosing details that highlight Lovelace's development as a mathematical genius. The girl sketches models for flying machines, works endless calculations to compute the wings' poweryoung readers will sympathize as they hear how "writing for so long made her fingers hurt"and studies a toy boat to see how minute adjustments to its sails affect its speed. A bout of measles that leaves her temporarily blind and paralyzed serves to further hone her brilliance, as her mother drills her with math problems. She is perfectly positioned for her fateful meeting with Charles Babbage, whose proposed Analytical Engine prompts her to write the algorithm (described as "a set of mathematical instructions") that becomes the world's very first computer program. Chu's illustrations, digitally colored in a deep, jewel-toned palette, accompany the lively prose. Lovelace is a Pre-Raphaelite beauty set against a backdrop of teeming Victorian interiors littered with diagrams and pages of figures; children will enjoy spotting the girl's loyal cat. A splendidly inspiring introduction to an unjustly overlooked woman. (author's note, timeline, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 5-8) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
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2015
After the Ashes
Book Jacket   Sara K Joiner
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9780823434411 In 1883 Java, after the eruption of Krakatau and the tsunami, rival colonist girls Katrien and Brigitta must endure the harsh tragedy of their circumstances (including death of family members) to survive. Strong-willed aspiring scientist Katrien's obsession with Darwin proves helpful but feels forced at times. Some impacts of Dutch East Indies colonialism are cursorily addressed in the story. An author's note adds historical details. Bib. (c) Copyright 2016. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Kirkus Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission. Joiner's debut novel draws readers in with familiar themes but raises the stakes by setting it during one of modern history's most violent natural disastersthe eruption of Mount Krakatau in 1883. Born in the Dutch East Indies, Katrien Courtlandt is Dutch by ancestry but Javanese by all other accounts. Katrien struggles to fit into the mold of a 13-year-old Dutch girl and would much rather be exploring the jungle with her best friend, indigenous boy Slamet, than learning how to sew from Tante Greet, who is trying to groom her into the perfect Dutch lady. Her carefree days end when Mount Krakatau erupts, spewing ash across the sky and snatching everything dear to herher father, her aunt, her friend, and her home. As fate would have it, Katrien is thrown together with her nemesis, Brigitta, and the rivals must overcome their differences to survive not just the loss of their families, but also deadly tsunamis and extreme thirst and hunger. Despite contrived speech patterns (why do indigenous people speak Dutch translated into broken English and "in a thick accent" generations after the Dutch arrived?) and inaccuracies (a "kampong" is a village not a thatched cottage, and the so-called Javanese language used is actually Bahasa Indonesia), the story is saved by an intriguing, if at times incredible, storyline. Despite cultural slips, this heart-rending story of love and loss, family ties, and friendship will keep readers hooked till the end. (Historical fiction. 10-15) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
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2015
Ancient Earth Journal: The Early Cretaceous:
 by Juan Carlos Alonso, Gregory S. Paul
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9781633220331 Dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals are presented as if on the pages of a naturalist's journal. Multiple sketches of each species provide details on anatomy, size, and behaviors, carefully combining artistic interpretation with known facts about the creature. Notes that explain conditions in the featured period (100144 million years ago) accompany the illustrations. (c) Copyright 2016. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Kirkus Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission. Two accomplished paleoartists invite armchair paleontologists to go eye to eye with 21 dinosaurs and flying reptiles. Each chosen dino is presented in a two- to four-page gallery of full-body color portraits supplemented with sepia close-ups of claws and maws. They range from toothy theropods like Carcharodontosaurus saharicusposed with jaws open, closed, and drenched in goreand towering sauropod Argentinosaurus huinculensis to Enaliornis barretti, an early bird. All are carefully identified and caught in natural poses with faint shadows but almost no other background detail. Nearly all gaze directly up at viewers with predatory or (if vegetarian) cautionary mien. Their physical details and brightly patterned, scaly hides are worked with fine-lined realism, and colors, particularly in feathers, glow iridescently. Each entry includes a tally of basic information, a select set of descriptive labels, and a scale drawing of the creature next to a (usually much smaller) human figure. Perhaps in an effort to add verisimilitude, though, the authors salt the captions and commentary with unsupported notes on "Temperament" and behavior ("Microraptor emits a high-pitched squawk"), nor do they cite any sources or leads to further information. Eye candy for both serious and casual dinophiles, with an admixture of facts and fancies. (pronunciation guide) (Nonfiction. 8-11) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
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2015
Animal Mouths
 by Mary Holland
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9781628555523 Close-up photographs accompany this discussion of a variety of animals' mouths. Different types of teeth, beaks, and mandibles are featured along with explanations of how each mouth and its unique components are best suited for each animal. Simple (but overly long in places) text makes this suitable for beginning nature enthusiasts. Back matter provides review and encourages further exploration. Glos. (c) Copyright 2016. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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2015
Bilby: Secrets of an Australian Marsupial
Book Jacket   by Edel Wignell
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9780763667597 With charm and appreciation for their full range of behaviors, Wignell conveys information about bilbies through the perspective of a growing baby bilby and the nocturnal movements of its mother as she forages for food in an Australian desert filled with predators and danger. Jackson's impressionistic brushstrokes and contrasting colors of the blue-tinged bilbies in the oranges of Australia emphasize their darting and twitching movements. Ind. (c) Copyright 2015. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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2015
Birdology: 30 Activities and Observations for Exploring the World of Birds
Book Jacket   by Monica Russo
Kirkus Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission. A longtime nature columnist invites young people to use their eyes, ears, hands and minds to learn about birds. More than an introduction, this is an immersion in the world of birding. Chapter by chapter, the author discusses field marks, beaks and feet, wings, eyes and nests, habitats, feeding, migration, and ways to protect and nurture birds. Each chapter also includes directions for activities: things to look and listen for, things to make and do. The author's stated aim is "to foster independent study by careful observation and hands-on activities." While many of the birds described and pictured are labeled, the focus isn't naming but what else readers might learn through close attention. Her lengthy text is full of information, presented in a chatty, conversational way that often directly addresses readers: "By now you might be confused." While the author adds interesting facts about birds from faraway places, she's mostly discussing birds that will be familiar to residents of the United States and southern Canada. (Both author and photographer live in Maine.) She even suggests observing chickens. The activities are relatively simple and could easily be done independently or as a family or class project. For older readers or adults who hope to encourage young nature watchers, a thorough and interesting exploration. (Nonfiction. 9 up) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
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2015
Call of the Osprey
 by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9780544232686 Readers learn basic osprey information from Montana Osprey Project scientist Erick Greene's presentation to a high school group. Patent thoroughly describes the raptors' behaviors as well as field and laboratory research conducted by the scientists. The pages are filled with current and historical photographs; biographical sketches of scientists and students; and details about the region's ecological history. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind. (c) Copyright 2016. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Kirkus Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission. Ospreys, severely affected by DDT in the 1960s, now serve as indicators for the success of pollution remediation on a Superfund cleanup site. Scientists from the Montana Osprey Project invite the public to share their enthusiasm for these amazing raptors, bringing young people to visit the nests and maintaining two webcams while carrying on the work of collecting and analyzing samples of blood and feathers from osprey chicks along the Clark Fork River. Patent introduces the birds and the project, explaining environmental issues resulting from mining in the Clark Fork area, various dangers for ospreys, and the research. A chapter of osprey observations done through Web cameras, watching two pairs raise their chicks, is followed by an explanation of the problem of mercury and then a description of the attachment of transmitters to these birds to research migration patterns. There's a great deal of information crammed into this title; many sidebars and special sections interrupt the exposition. Readers without a solid science background may have difficulty following the steps of data analysis. Libraries still holding Patent and Muoz's Ospreys (1993) will find that simpler title a helpful overview of the species, but this one demonstrates how studying these birds may help address some knottier scientific problems. More science than adventure, this is a challenging addition to the Science in the Field series. (Nonfiction. 12-16) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
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2015
Chocolate: Sweet Science and Dark Secrets of the Worlds Favorite Treat
 by Kay Frydenborg
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9780544175662 Frydenborg explores chocolate's complex history, from the cacao tree's probable origins to today's Big Candy, without sugarcoating the sweet's "dark secrets." The book closes by covering modern-day attempts to make chocolate production more sustainable and ethical. Informative sidebars, photos and maps, and historical recipes interspersed throughout, plus a full-color photographic insert, enhance the presentation. Timeline, websites. Bib., ind. (c) Copyright 2015. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Kirkus Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission. Stories of ancient cultures, religion, conquest, slavery, privilege, invention, medicine, culinary experimentation, science and more are all confected together in this flavorful, richly textured historical chronicle of chocolate.Once confined to religious rituals and royalty, consumption of chocolate is now an $83 billion worldwide business, with the average European eating 24 pounds per year and the average U.S. citizen, 11 pounds per year. Frydenborg begins this fascinating history in Mesoamerica, where cocoa beans were used as currency; it was so valuable that its consumption was reserved for emperors. The conquistadors brought cocoa to Europe, where its popularity grew quickly among the privileged. With the decimation of indigenous populations thanks to European invaders, African slaves had to be imported for cocoa bean cultivation. The kind of chocolate we know today was developed through experimentation in the 19th century. We have the Swiss to thank for milk chocolate and the Dutch for the chocolate bar. The author lays it all out in a lively text punctuated by archival illustrations, photographs and sidebars, taking care to impress upon readers that even today, chocolate is more than just dessert. Its medicinal properties and applications have long been noted, as has its usefulness as a stimulant. A deliciously informative, engaging and sweeping chronicle of one of the most popular treats in the world. (timeline, bibliography, websites) (Nonfiction. 12-18) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
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2015
Dirty Rats?
Book Jacket   by Darrin Lunde
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9781580895668 Rats spread disease, but there's a positive side, too: some "help plants spread their seeds," and rats are a vital part of the food chain. Double-page oil paintings introduce various species around the world; the brief text mentions physical adaptations to different habitats. The presentation lacks depth, but given the subject, that might draw in rat-phobic readers. Websites. (c) Copyright 2015. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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2015
Egg: Natures Perfect Package
Book Jacket   by Robin Page
Kirkus Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission. With their characteristic design and choice of intriguing details, this prolific author-illustrator pair introduces "nature's perfect package": the egg.An egg-shaped introduction encapsulates the main ideas of this latest offering in a series of titles exploring nature's wonders. Almost every animal begins life in an egg. Some, like human eggs, are nurtured internally, but many more develop outside. Eggs come in an astonishing variety of shapes, sizes, colors and numbers and are tended to in myriad ways or simply strewn, developing on their own. All contain what's necessary to form and nurture the new creature. Spread by spread readers learn about the range of egg layers, egg sizes, how many are lain and where, egg eaters, egg protection, packaging, carrying, incubation and emergence. A final spread looks inside the eggs of a chicken and alligator as each creature develops over time, in five stages from embryo to hatchling. Text in the upper-left corner of each spread presents the topic. Realistic torn- and cut-paper images set on a plain white background are identified and explained in short paragraphs. The backmatter includes thumbnails and further information about the 54 egg-laying creatures picturedfrom slugs and simple animals through insects, spiders, fish, amphibians and birds, plus two mammals (the mongoose and the platypus). Appealing, accessible and accurate, this is another admirable creation. (additional reading) (Informational picture book. 4-9) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9780547959092 Brief, clear paragraphs introduce each section of this exposition of "Nature's Perfect Package," including "Egg Layers," "Egg Eaters," and "Incubation." Attention to details such as scale and color inform the labeled torn- and cut-paper collage illustrations; captions are focused, helpful, and interesting. A final double-spread compares the internal development of a chicken and an alligator egg. Additional species facts appended. Reading list. (c) Copyright 2015. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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2015
Emu
 by Claire Saxby
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9780763674793 The life cycle and habits of emus are told through the story of a male emu raising his young in an Australian eucalyptus forest (female emus depart after egg-laying). Spiky digital illustrations perfectly display the birds' hairlike feathering, their awkward-looking flightless movement, and the landscape's rough textures. On each spread, additional statistics and facts about emus accompany the main narrative. Ind. (c) Copyright 2016. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Eyewitness Explorer: Nature Ranger
 by DK
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2015
The Fantastic Ferris Wheel: The Story of Inventor George Ferris
Book Jacket   by Betsy Harvey Kraft
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9781627790727 This absorbing picture-book biography of the engineer and inventor focuses on the design, construction, and success of his twenty-six-story observation wheel at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, later known as the Ferris wheel. Young readers will be drawn into Salerno's energetic, bright mixed-media illustrations, which strike the perfect balance between wonder, technical detail, and historical accuracy. "More About George Ferris" is appended. Bib. (c) Copyright 2016. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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2015
Fire Birds
Book Jacket   by Sneed B. Collard III
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9780984446070 Beginning with a brief report lamenting wildfire danger and damage, Collard devotes the rest of the book to a contemporary, enlightened view of such fires, with specific birds as the main beneficiary of the resulting food and shelter. Salvage logging also receives thoughtful treatment as an economic boon but an ecological bust. Colorful nature photos illustrate the account. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind. (c) Copyright 2016. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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2015
Flying Cars: The True Story
 by Andrew Glass
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9780618984824 In this enthusiastic overview, young readers are introduced to a number of attempts to create a car that could also serve as a viable aircraft. Each chronological entry discusses the technology of an inventor's attempted design; features diagrams and archival photos, advertisements, and media clips; and offers reasons these vehicles never really caught on. Bib., glos., ind. (c) Copyright 2016. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Kirkus Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission. Cars that fly? Only in stories like Harry Potter or Chitty Chitty Bang Bang or fantasy films, right? Nope, flying cars have been in existence since the beginning of the 1900s. Who knew? Author-illustrator Glass departs from the world of picture books (The Wondrous Whirligig, 2003, etc.) to apply his hand to long-form nonfiction. And what a high-flying job he has done. He devotes a chapter to each of 14 visionary men who believed they could prove that cars and planes could be fused into one flying machine. First was Gustave Whitehead, who designed a bird-shaped glider named the Condor in 1901; the last was Daniel Zuck, who predicted squadrons of commuters in Plane-Mobiles. The names of their machines were as imaginative as their inventions: Henry Ford's Sky Flivver, Harold Pitcairn's Autogiro, and Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion car are just a sampling. The fascinating details of the dangers and difficulties each man faced read smoothly and engagingly. Glass' research is extensive and impeccable, and the archival black-and-white photos provide visual context. All in all, it's a tremendous narrative-nonfiction debut for a creator who's long been associated with the 32-page format. Start your engines and get ready to take off for an amazing read. (author's note, glossary, source notes, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 9-13) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
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Food Engineering:
 by Michael Burgan
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2015
The Fruits We Eat
Book Jacket   by Gail Gibbons
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9780823432042 With short, simple sentences, Gibbons presents an overview of fruit, discussing why we eat it; how it's grouped according to the type of plant it grows on, such as vines, trees, or bushes; and how it is grown, harvested, and shipped. The bright illustrations feature boxed diagrams, often with cross sections, that label the parts of many fruits. Websites. (c) Copyright 2015. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Kirkus Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission. The prolific Gibbons tackles fruitshow they grow, their parts, and what portions we eat. Beginning with facts about perennial and annual fruits and how many servings children should aim for each day, the book then looks at how fruits can grow on plants, bushes, vines, and trees. Good vocabulary is introduced and defined along the waybotanist, pollination, cultivated. The middle of the book is taken up by individual looks at 13 different kinds of fruits that show cutaway views labeled with parts, the whole plant/bush/vine/tree, and some of the popular varietiesfor grapes, golden muscat, red flame, and concord. This is followed by a discussion of growing seasons and climates, large farms versus backyard ones, harvesting fruit and getting it to market, and some other fruits that were not featured in the text, including star fruits, apricots, and persimmons. A final page lists more fruit facts and two websites (one for the United States, one for Canada) about food guidelines. The text sometimes gets lost in Gibbons' busy and full pages, and while her illustrations are detailed and specific for each type of fruit, the watercolors won't make mouths water. This lacks the information of other nonfiction titles and the pizzazz of April Pulley Sayre's Go, Go, Grapes! (2012), but it may be just the ticket before a school trip to a farm. (Informational picture book. 4-8) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
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2015
The Great Monkey Rescue:
Book Jacket   by Sandra Markle
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9781467780308 Once nearly extinct in the wild due to deforestation, golden lion tamarins have made a comeback in their native Brazilian rainforest through zoos reintroducing captive-born monkeys and people planting "living bridges" of trees to help the tamarins travel from one forest patch to another. Excellent photos, interesting text, and an inspiring message will engage readers. Reading list, timeline, websites. Glos., ind. (c) Copyright 2016. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Kirkus Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission. Markle chronicles the amazing efforts to save a tiny (and adorable) species. In 1960 there were only an estimated 200 golden lion tamarins in the wild. Their habitat along the coast of Brazil was being destroyed by logging. In 1975 there were about 122 in captivity, but they weren't breeding; when they did, the young died. After laying out this grim reality, the economical text goes on to describe how zoologist Devra Kleiman discovered that golden lion tamarins had a different family structure than chimps and other primates. When the tamarins were housed appropriately, their populations in captivity skyrocketed, reaching 500 in the '80s. Efforts then began to reintroduce them to the wild. Initial attempts failed, but mixing wild-born tamarins with zoo-born worked; then came the push to expand their available habitats. Markle does her usual excellent job presenting information in a page-turning narrative young zoologists will not be able to put down. Varied page layouts, vibrant photographs, and charming monkey mugs boost appeal. Contextual definitions of difficult or new concepts and fine backmatter, including further resources (both Web and print), a glossary, and a timeline, make this a must for nonfiction collections seeking more than just-the-facts series animal titles. An animal conservation tale with a happy ending (3,200 estimated in the wild today) and a must-read for monkey lovers. (index) (Nonfiction. 9-12) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
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2015
High Tide for Horseshoe Crabs
 High Tide for Horseshoe Crabs
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9781580896047 It's starting." This informative picture book deftly builds anticipation for the yearly spawning of the horseshoe crabs and the attendant migratory bird feast and scientific data collection. Realistic watercolor and pencil illustrations include mesmeric moonlit scenes, an endnote explains the crabs' importance to medical science, and helpful endpapers identify the crabs' body parts and their functions. Reading list, websites. Bib. (c) Copyright 2015. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Home Address: ISS: International Space Station
 by James Buckley
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2015
How to Swallow a Pig: Step-by-Step Advice from the Animal Kingdom
Book Jacket   by Steve Jenkins
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9780544313651 The authors impart considerable information about certain behaviors of eighteen animals via numbered instructions for readers to duplicate, say, a python swallowing a pig. While this conceit is maintained throughout ("you'll have to do a few things that you're probably not used to"), the steps are accurate and the jaunty language catchy; Jenkins's collages are striking as always. An afterword gives additional facts. Bib. (c) Copyright 2016. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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2015
Hurricane Watch
Book Jacket   by Melissa Stewart
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9780062327765 After explaining how hurricanes form, this volume explores the role of scientists tracking hurricanes and gives a toned-down description of conditions when a hurricane makes landfall. Although a few of the simplifications may cause confusion, the clear layout; dynamic, full-bleed, digitally enhanced watercolor illustrations; and plain, reassuring language will help readers understand this dramatic type of weather. Activities appended. Websites. Glos. (c) Copyright 2016. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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2015
Inside Biosphere 2: Earth Science Under Glass
 by Mary Kay Carson
Kirkus Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission. A 1990s science experiment aimed at space exploration finds a new purpose in the 21st century. Built to test long-term human survival in a closed ecological system like a potential Mars colony, the 3.14-acre glass-enclosed structure called Biosphere 2 is now being used for investigations of climate change here on Earth. Framing her narrative as a tour of the facility, now open to and welcoming visitors, Carson's information-packed text introduces the original experiment, in which eight people survived for 2 years, and then, chapter by chapter, describes new studies. In the rain forest, biogeochemist Joost van Haren investigates how much carbon dioxide a forest can hold and the effects of drought. An "ocean" with a no-longer-viable coral reef is being repurposed into a model of the nearby Gulf of California, under the supervision of marine biologist Rafe Sagarin. What was once a farm is now a Landscape Evolution Observatory, with replicas of a nearby hillside where hydrologist Luke Pangle studies how water, energy, and carbon move through landscapes. Sustainability coordinator Nate Allen works underneath in the Technosphere, where power and plumbing systems support the entire structure. Well-chosen, clearly captioned photographs support the text, while flashback boxes inform readers of what came before. For middle and high school readers, an encouraging example of earth scientists working to understand and deal with climate change in new and amazing ways. (glossary, resources, index) (Nonfiction. 12-15) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9780544416642 Carson takes readers into Biosphere 2, the research facility designed to be a self-sustaining model of Earth's environments. There's brief coverage of the "biospherians" who were sealed inside from 1991 to 1993, but the focus is primarily on current research under the direction of scientists at the University of Arizona. Plentiful photos capture the feel of a busy research center. Glos., ind. (c) Copyright 2016. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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2015
The Inventors Secret: What Thomas Edison Told Henry Ford
 by Suzanne Slade
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9781580896672 Two boys who "just had to see how things worked" grow into two of America's great inventors and manufacturers: Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. When Henry, frustrated by repeated failure, meets Thomas, he gets simple yet critical advice: "Keep at it." A lively tale of tenacity and passion, illustrated with watercolor and pencil-and-ink illustrations that reflect the text's energy and high spirits. Timeline. Bib. (c) Copyright 2016. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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2015
Little Puffins First Flight
Book Jacket   by Jonathan London
Kirkus Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission. A horned puffin hatches, grows and flies for the first time on the Alaskan coast.London's characteristically lyrical, clipped free verse describes the meeting of two puffins, followed by nesting, tending their single egg and the hatching of their "hungry gray fuzz-ball." Taking turns to guard the chick and hunt, Mother and Father Puffin raise Little Puffin to fledging. One night, spectacularly foregrounded against the rising moon by Van Zyle in three successive spreads, Little Puffin makes his way to the edge of the cliff and then jumps, first falling and then flyingto find his own mate four years later. With the exception of naming his puffin family, London largely avoids anthropomorphizing his subjects even as he uses figurative language his preschool audience will understand: "Dressed in her life jacket / of carefully fluffed feathers, / Mother Puffin bobs like a cork / in the icy cold ocean." Scientific facts (puffins have heavy bones; their predators include gulls) are woven neatly into the brief, just-dramatic-enough narrative. Van Zyle keeps his palette realistically limited to cold grays and blues except for that tremendous yellow moon and the puffins' beaks, relying on shifts in perspective and scale to maintain visual interest. In one humorous image, three herrings droop comically from Father Puffin's beak. A two-page author's note provides further information. A bracing nature adventure for animal-loving preschoolers. (Informational picture book. 2-6) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9781941821404 Little Puffin is born on a cliffside and cared for by his parents until the time comes for him to strike out on his own. In a lyrical text, London traces the life cycle of a horned puffin, from mating to nesting to first flight; Van Zyle's somewhat fuzzy paintings alternate close-up views of the birds with sweeping landscapes. An author's note provides more information. (c) Copyright 2015. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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2015
Magnificent Minds: 16 Pioneering Women in Science and Medicine
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2015
Mrs. Carters Butterfly Garden
 by Steve Rich
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Next Time You See a Spiderweb
 by Emily Morgan
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2015
Ocean: A Visual Encyclopedia
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The Octopus Scientists
Book Jacket   by Sy Montgomery
Kirkus Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission. An international team of scientists with varied focuses work together on a remote South Pacific island to study octopus behaviors. Two weeks on Moorea, in French Polynesia, snorkeling and diving around the reefs off the coast, admiring the abundant life, and learning about octopuses. What could be nicer? In her latest observation of scientific fieldwork, Montgomery doesn't ignore the downsidethere's more searching than studying, here, and it's often physically uncomfortablebut she dwells on the joys of admiring the endless variety in the underwater world and learning about these reclusive, intelligent, surprising creatures. With ease that comes from long practice, she weaves a narrative full of fascinating detail, helpful comparisons, direct quotations, and personal reactions that bring readers into the experience. Chapters of action, with smoothly integrated explanatory background, are interspersed with informative passages about octopuses, the field station, and coral reefs. She describes the team's daily explorations in the water and their inside lab work, identifying the food remains they've collected from neat piles outside the octopuses' dens. This is an account of a successful expedition, although it raises more questions than it answers. "The field is about serendipity," expedition leader Jennifer Mather reminds readers. Amazing photographs reveal the octopuses' remarkable shape-changing abilities and help readers visualize this experience. Science in the field at its best. (Nonfiction. 10-16) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9780544232709 Montgomery tags along with four scientists studying the decision-making of the Pacific day octopus in the French Polynesian island region of Moorea. To do so, they first have to find the octopuses. Montgomery explains the scientists' data collection methods, along the way describing all aspects of life in the field. Abundant, stunningly clear underwater photographs highlight a range of marine species. Bib., ind. (c) Copyright 2016. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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2015
A Passion for Elephants: The Real Life Adventure of Field Scientist Cynthia Moss
 by Toni Buzzeo
Kirkus Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission. A childhood love of horses translates into an adult career devoted to learning about and promoting protection for African elephants. For 40 years, field scientist Cynthia Moss has lived with and studied the elephants of Amboseli National Park in Kenya. Buzzeo, who focused on a fictional elephant calf in My Bibi Always Remembers, illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka (2014), here introduces a real-life elephant scientist who has combined her passion for studying these big animals with activism around the world for a big cause: banning the sale of ivory. Choosing details young readers will understand, the author moves quickly from a description of Moss' early life to an explanation of how she came to live in Kenya. She goes on to give examples of the kinds of questions the scientist wondered about and what she learned about elephant family behavior. Colorful illustrations, done with colored pencils, acrylic paint, watercolor, ink, and collage and bordered with appropriate designs, add interesting details. There are wide-angled scenes and close-ups of elephants in the wild. But this narrative has a dark side. Many, many elephants have been killed for the ivory in their tusks. The image of an elephant "lying lifeless in the beating sun" and men loading its bloody tusk into a truck filled with other bloody tusks will distress readers of any age. The simplicity of the narrative and its playful emphasis on and repetition of what is "BIG" seem at odds with the grim reality of ivory poaching, making this a book that may have a hard time finding an audience. (endnote, further reading, additional sources) (Picture book/biography. 7-9) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9780803740907 For forty years, Cynthia Moss has studied the elephants in Amboseli National Park, Kenya, and has fought against ivory poaching through lectures and fundraising. The seriousness of the realities of poaching and Moss's work and activism is undermined by the book's jarring refrain ("Cynthia Moss was not afraid of BIG things"). Colorful mixed-media illustrations are naive and charming. Reading list, websites. (c) Copyright 2016. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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The Pier at the End of the World
 by Paul Erickson
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2015
Raindrops Roll
Book Jacket   by April Pulley Sayre
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9781481420648 Captivating photos picture an oncoming storm, followed by shots of raindrops in various stages, configurations, and contexts, such as on a katydid's back or splashing into a stream. Sayre subtly explains the nuances of these appearances in minimal poetic phrases that use alliteration, onomatopoeia, and occasional rhyme and that closely follow the photographs. Scientific information about rain, the water cycle, and more is appended. Reading list. (c) Copyright 2015. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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2015
Remarkable Minds: 17 More Pioneering Women in Science and Medicine
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2015
Sally Ride: A Photobiography of Americas Pioneering Woman in Space
 Tam O Shaughnessy
Kirkus Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission. A uniquely personal portrait of the United States' first woman in space, illustrated with sheaves of public and private photos. As her longtime companion, as well as co-author (of Exploring Our Solar System, 2003, etc.) and business partner, O'Shaughnessy is in an unparalleled position to illuminate Ride's inner life as much as her well-known outer one. She does so here in a frank, engagingly detailed account that tenders as much about her subject's significant friendships and loves as it does about her outstanding academic, athletic, astronautical, and post-NASA achievements. All of these are also traced in the illustrations, which begin with baby and toddler pictures, close with images of post-mortem tributes (Ride died in 2012, of pancreatic cancer), and in between mix family snapshots and posed portraits with report cards, yearbook photos, news clippings, mementos, and letters. Sue Macy's excellent Sally Ride: Life on a Mission (2014) covers much of the same territory (and broke the news to younger readers that Ride was gay), but both the visual material and the author's personal memories here add significant insights and angles of view to her subject. They describe the growth and complex character of a smart but unmotivated young "underachiever" who became anything but and stands as an exemplar for budding scientists of any sex. A perceptive, loving tribute. (timeline, index) (Biography. 10-13) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
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2015
Sand Swimmers: The Secret Life of Australias Desert Wilderness
 by Narelle Oliver
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9780763667610 In this fascinating, handsome introduction to Australia's "Dead Heart" desert, its evolutionary history, and the plant and animal life surviving there today, Oliver combines a gripping narrative of human exploration with compelling descriptions of the hardy flora and fauna of this little-known habitat. Her linocut illustrations provide views of the mysterious landscape and lifeforms which will catch readers' attention. Bib., ind. (c) Copyright 2016. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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2015
Small Wonders: Jean-Henri Fabre and His World of Insects
Book Jacket   by Matthew Clark Smith
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9781477826324 Little-known outside his native France, nineteenth-century entomologist Jean-Henri Fabre made important discoveries by observing living insects: he learned about metamorphosis and instinctual behaviors hard-wired into wasps and termites, and he proved that insects communicate via pheromones. Ferri's watercolor and pencil illustrations in earthy tones help to draw us into Fabre's fascinating world of curious intimacy with nature. Timeline. Bib. (c) Copyright 2015. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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2015
So, You Want to Work with the Ancient and Recent Dead?
Book Jacket   by J. M. Bedell
 
2015
Space!
 by DK
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2015
Spidermania: Friends on the Web
 by Alexandra Siy
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9780823428717 A combination of close-up photography and electron microscopy creates unforgettable, colorful visuals in this informative, almost-affectionate explanation of spider classification, anatomy, behavior, and capabilities. Venom is noted, but the emphasis is on "Friends," from fishing spiders to spitting spiders. Helpful captions are often color-coded, but some body parts are hard to identify. Reading list, websites. Bib., glos., ind. (c) Copyright 2016. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Kirkus Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission. For their latest memorable venture into microscopic worlds, two veteran collaborators bring children face to face with the original "web masters" (Bug Shots, 2011, etc.). "To know a spider you must first look into its eyes." Along with being a proposition as riveting as it is uninviting for most readers, Siy's observation is literally true, as the arrangement of their multiple eyes is often a key to spider identification. Expanding on her taxonomic topic, the author focuses on observable behaviors and physical characteristics throughout a general overview and brief introductions to 10 arachnids. She closes with specific methodology that includes both a chart of eye patterns and a set of systematic questions that will help distinguish true spiders from close relatives. As always, Kunkel's bright, sharp, close-up photographs and even closer-up electron micrographs, all with detailed production notes, are a highlightthe former artfully angled to show body parts and coloration, the latter using false colors to make spinnerets and other tiny physical features easily visible. Though the author's argument that spiders are our friends (in support of which she even enlists E.B. White's Charlotte) is vitiated by frequent images and mentions of black widows, brown recluses, some Australian spiders, and how seldom anyone actually dies from venomous bites, the mixed message will still draw both budding naturalists and readers after cheap thrills in equal numbers. An unusual approach to the creepiest of crawlies, likely to snare unwary passers-by in droves. (index, multimedia resource lists, glossary) (Nonfiction. 8-11) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
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2015
Spit and Sticks: A Chimney Full of Swifts
Book Jacket   by Marilyn Grohoske Evans
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9781580895880 This informative book follows a pair of chimney swifts as they arrive in Texas, build their nest in a farmhouse chimney, raise their chicks, and fly south for the winter. Attractive watercolor collages add extra meaning by showing the farmhouse humans (not mentioned in the narrative) engaging in parallel "nesting" activities, preparing for and welcoming a new baby. Additional facts about chimney swifts are appended. (c) Copyright 2016. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Kirkus Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission. While a pair of swifts raises a family in their chimney, a Texas family grows as well. The straightforward text in Evans' first picture book follows a family of swifts from the pair's return to the chimney of the farmhouse where they were born through nest-building, egg-laying and hatching, and feeding their chicks, who eventually fledge, fly, and feed themselves. In fall, the birds take off, joining a swarm of swifts heading for their winter home in the Southern Hemisphere. This simple narrative focuses exclusively on the birds, but it is mirrored by the activities of the mixed-race farming family shown in artfully primitive watercolor illustrations (with collage elements). One page shows the birds building their nest inside the chimney; opposite, the human father and daughter construct a crib while the visibly pregnant mother knits. While the birds "snuggle close" on the eggs, the human father reads to his daughter on his lap. A striking double-page spread shows the chicks emerging from their eggs. On the next pages, "It's a Boy" balloons fly from the farmhouse mailbox. Throughout the summer the baby grows ever more capable, just as the chicks do. An endnote includes further information about swifts and suggestions for readers to learn more and help preserve these interesting birds. A clever connection to the natural world for young readers and listeners. (Informational picture book. 3-7) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
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