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Cover: Underwater World Set 1

Underwater World Set 1 – School Library Journal

Basic information is presented in these overviews. The full-color photographs…illustrate the texts nicely and are clearly captioned. Each title includes a labeled diagram of the featured animal and short, simple sentences. The two-page chapters have catchy titles to spark interest in… View →

 
Cover: Essential Lives Set 1

Laura Ingalls Wilder (Essential Lives) – Booklist

Beginning with a publishing history of Little House in the Big Woods (1932), this title in the Essential Lives series first explains how the Great Depression affected Wilder personally and professionally. Berne then recounts the highlights of Wilder’s life, emphasizing how reality… View →

 
Cover: Main Street School~ Kids with Character Set 1

Main Street School: Kids With Character Set 1 – School Library Journal

Colorful illustrations depict a multicultural classroom…they do a decent job of imparting lessons on character development. View →

 
Cover: 3-D Shapes

3-D Shapes – School Library Journal

These basic titles introduce shapes through line drawings, full-color photographs, and one or two simple sentence descriptions. Each volume begins with a two-page labeled illustration of the shape. Each book ends with a springboard activity to find shapes in everyday surroundings. A… View →

 
Cover: First Ladies Set 1

First Ladies Set 1 – School Library Journal

These brief biographies begin with each woman’s childhood, college life, and meeting her husband…they delve into their professional and personal lives…The author then describes the role each woman played in her husband’s political life, including campaigning and promoting her own… View →

 
Cover: Cool Cooking

Cool Pizza to Make & Bake (Cool Cooking) – School Library Journal

Easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions take readers from dough to sauce to toppings to completed pizza. An overview of necessary cooking tools is included, as is an index and glossary. This is just one of many terrific titles in the Cool Cooking series, which touches on a variety… View →

 
Cover: Barnyard Buddies Set 1

On the Duck Pond (Barnyard Buddies) - Booklist

With a clear, very simple format, this small, square title in the Barnyard Buddies series includes fascinating science for very young readers. Good for sharing at home or in the classroom.
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Cover: Beginning to End

Beginning To End – School Library Journal

Short chapters explain the steps necessary to produce each product. . . . Back matter has a “Can You Guess?” page with two questions. Captioned color photos or drawings appear on every spread and pair well with the narrative. . . View →

 
Cover: Cool Cooking

Cool Cooking – School Library Journal

These attractive books emphasize creativity. Each one begins with spreads that show necessary equipment, describe basic cooking terms, and illustrate ingredients. Substitutions are encouraged, and an ‘Allergy Alert’ is included. The pages are as appetizing as the recipes themselves, with… View →

 
Cover: Perfect Pets

Perfect Pets – School Library Journal

These books are presented in two parts. The first introduces the animal and is complemented with color photos of children and their pets; the second part is a rhyming tale about care, accompanied by cartoon illustrations. Each volume closes with a page of “Fun facts.” The layout, like the… View →

 
Cover: Cool Cooking

Cool Cooking – School Library Journal

The general instruction pages and the eight or so recipes that follow are written in clear, informal prose and illustrated with bright, sharp color photographs. The bindings and covers have a glossy finish for easy cleanup. Some dishes are simple and could easily be made by the target… View →

 
Cover: Defending the Nation

Defending the Nation - School Library Journal

These books give basic information about various military and governmental organizations. Written in simple vocabulary and organized into sections of a spread or two, they have plenty of clear, well-captioned photos. Glossary words are printed in red within the text. Large sidebars lend… View →