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Product Type: Books
Age: Late Elementary School Years
Categories: Science

 


2011 Award
Even as Octopus Needs a Home
(by Irene Kelly, Holiday House $16.95 Score:)

A fascinating collection of animal homes are shown in this young science book. From treetop chimps to spiders in underwater bubbles, Irene Kelly shows the great variety of places animals live in. The art is playful but realistic enough to inform and the text is lively while conveying a sense of how and why the animals live where they do.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Time Zones
(by David A. Adler, Holiday House $16.99 Score:)

Did you ever try to explain time zones or the reasons for them to your children?  In an age when long distance travel and news events are so much a part of our lives, an understanding of time zones becomes basic to our understanding. This is simply told and easy to grasp. What is amazing to this reader is that it took until 1883 for the United States to adopt time zones. In other words, until then, every town had it's own high noon time and the clocks were set to that moment. For kids who have family that lives far away or parents whose work takes them globe trotting, this is a book that will be of interest.  7 & up.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Tropical Rainforests
(by Seymour Simon, Smithsonian/Harper $16.99 Score:)

Full color photographs add much to the beauty of this large handsome book that introduces young people to the rainforest. Though the text is not for beginners, care has been taken in choosing good size type, leaving enough white on the page and clear prose that will not overwhelm the reader. Simon leads the reader from the emergent layer, to the canopy, the understory and all the way down to the forest floor. A visual adventure. Also, in the same series, a handsome book called, Global Warming. They say 5 & up. We'd say more like 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
X-treme X-ray
(by Nick Veasey, Scholastic $9.99 Score:)

An interesting book of X-ray photos that show the inside of our bodies as well as bugs, bats, fish, and many living creatures. But, perhaps the most interesting parts of the book show the inside of a computer, an MP3 player, cell phone, game machine, and jet airliner. The text is light reading and many of the factoids are told in the form of questions--find the answers is sometimes a little annoying. That said, this is a fun paperback to dip into.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
I Feel Better with a Frog in My Throat
(by Carlyn Beccia, Houghton Mifflin $17 Score:)

Kids of a certain age love being grossed out and this is one of the best of that genre because it isn't merely yucky, it is full of fascinating information about old and gross sounding cures that have been used through the ages. It is set up in a true false format asking readers to speculate on the effectiveness of rubbing moldy bread on your leg, putting mustard on your head or tying earthworms around your neck. The art is as gross out as the ideas of using mummy powder or a dead manís skull or maggots to cure what ails you. A thought provoking book that combines science and history in a picturebook for older readers. 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Bones, Skeletons and How They Work
(by Steve Jenkins, Scholastic $16.99 Score:)

A fascinating book that compares the bones of humans with those in the animal kingdom. It also looks at the role bones play in protecting us, keeping us upright and even repairing themselves. Illustrated with cut paper collages, this is a Science book that will excite and inform young readers. A glossary adds detailed information to the body of the book, for those who want more. This is young science as it should be--lively and lucid.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Born to be Giants
(by Lita Judge, Roaring Brook Press $17.99 Score:)

Unlike so many dinosaur books that catalog the many kinds of dinosaurs, Lita Judge gives young readers a look at the many ways baby dinosaurs hatched and became the giants. Budding paleontologists and the just curious reader will be fascinated with the way Judge shows how scientists have used what they know about living creatures to understand how dinosaur babies made it from the nest to their prehistoric forests and swamps. Did you ever consider how dinosaurs warmed their nests without sitting on them? Can you imagine a T-Rex mama protecting her young? With a touch of good-natured humor, amazing research, and lively illustrations, Judge brings little known information to life in a fascinating book for 6-9ís.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Human Body Q & A
(DK $12.99 Score:)

Colorful photos and simple answers to typical questions make this a book to dip into for interesting information about the human body. It looks at our bones, heart, muscles, digestive and circulatory systems, our brains and senses. It also addresses why we need to eat and how our bodies heal when they are injured. Some of the color photography is totally amazing and the factoids are not too big for beginners to wrap their curiosity around. 8-12.

Age: Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2010.

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2010 Award
Ready Set Grow!
(Sonia Whillock-Moore, et al, DK $12.99 Score:)

This is the kind of book we would bring home in anticipation of summer vacation and dreams of growing things filled our heads. Although we seldom got around to all the projects, this kind of outdoor project book is fun to pick and choose from or dream on. With 30 projects this handsome book is full of photographs and simple ways to recycle containers into planters and grow plants in a yard or on a terrace. Learn how to make a wick fed starter container with a soda bottle, small quantities of compost, grow a fairy circle or floral tepee, or if you are really ambitious make an enchanted path of concrete leaves for stepping stones. An inspiring book of ideas for kids and parents to share while planning and actively doing. 7 -12.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
3-D Explorer: Rain Forest
(by Joe Fullman, paper engineering Kieth Williams a, Silver Dolphin Books $17.95 Score:)

Striking 3D pop-ups invite young readers into the rain forests of the world. There are five transparent layered scenes with keys that identify the many animmals and plants found in each setting. The book is also laced with stunning photographs and factoids. It's not a book that kids will likely read from page one to the end. It's more of a book to browse through and get a sense of wonder about the amazing variety of species in the natural world. From the undergrowth to the canopy of the rain forest, this is a visually exciting introduction.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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