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

 


2004 Award
The True-Or-False Book of Dogs
(by Patricia Lauber/ illus. by Rosalyn Schanzer, HarperCollins $15.99 Score:) Did you know that all are descended from wolves? Or that dogs bark more than wolves? Do dogs hear more than we do? This true-and-false book answers questions that even an avid dog lover might not have asked. 6Ė9.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
Dinosaur Hunter
(by Elaine M. Alphin/illus. by Don Bolognese, HarperCollins $15.99 Score:) Back in the 1880s when bone hunters were searching for dinosaur fossils, a boy named Ned dreams of finding a dinosaur that will go to a museum. A good adventure story for young history buffs, dinosaur enthusiasts, and beginning readers. 8 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
Dragonology
(Dr. Ernest Drake, Candlewick $18.99 Score:) If you know a budding dragonologist in your midst, this book will light his fire! Itís a fine example of what a fertile imagination can do when allowed to soar. It examines in detail the fine differences between dragons of the East and West and explores their history. 9 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
Escape from Earth
(by Peter Ackroyd, DK $19.99 Score:) Beginning with the Cold war and the weapons race, Ackroyd gives young readers a political grounding that explains the history of space exploration, highlighting the space mission from Sputnik to space voyages of the future. Marvelous photographs, factoids and clear narrative make this a solid choice for 8s & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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Exploring Our Solar System
(by Sally Ride and Tam O Shaughnessy, Crown $19.95 Score:) A fascinating tour of the solar system that will help your student zoom in on each of the planets and their moons. Brilliant photos and diagrams plus a clear narrative make this a good nuts and bolts introduction. Seeing the universe through the eyes of the first American woman in space gives this book an added dimension.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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Don't Know Much About Space
(by Kenneth C. Davis, HarperCollins $19.95 Score:) Our readers love the author's blend of questions and factoids. Just right for reading before bed and feeling as if you've learned five new facts to share with family and friends. Our own family reads a couple of these questions at the dinner table. You might end up feeling a bit like Johnny Carson with plenty of "I did not know that" moments but your kids will love the fact that you don't have all the answers! Davis raises important questions, like "How can you watch an eclipse safely" to more thought provoking questions like "Why would mice like Mercury?" and "If black holes are invisible, how do we know they're there?"

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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Our Solar System
(by Seymour Simon, William Morrow $19.99 Score:) With over a hundred science books to his credit, Seymour Simon artfully blends information appropriate to the school age audience he writes for with spectacular photographs that kids will enjoy pouring over. The good news is that Simon has also covered the solar system with individual titles for each planet and they are now available in paper back from Mulberry books for $6.95 each. We'd also recommend Destination Space - this title explores what we are able to see using the Hubble Space Telescope.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
Close to Shore: The Terrifying Shark Attacks of 1916
(by Michael Capuzzo, Crown $16.95 Score:) One of the most suspenseful books of the season, Close to Shore is an artful blend of drama, history and science. Itís hard to believe that in 1916 swimming in the ocean was a new sport and scientists believed that man-eating sharks lived only in myths! When a rogue great white shark strikes repeatedly off the Jersey Shore and then moves on to the New York beaches, mass hysteria breaks out. Youíll have to read parts of this with your eyes closed! A top-notch adaptation of an adult book by a master storyteller. Be forewarned, this may turn the tide on your future dips in the deep blue sea. 9 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2005 Award
Tigress
(Nick Dowson/illus. by Jane Chapman, Candlewick $15.99 Score:) Lyrical prose is counterpointed with interesting facts that together convey the story of the Tigress and her young. Chapman's illustrations capture the cubs as they grow from small enough to be carried by their necks, to big enough to pounce and hunt for food. Imagineóin 18 months, tiger cubs learn all they need to know, and slink off through the jungle grass to begin their independent lives. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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2006 Award
Prehistoric Actual Size
(by Steve Jenkins, Houghton Mifflin $16 Score:) It isnít about the facts, though this is a picture book crammed full of facts and tidbits of information. In this case, itís far more about the wonder of these amazing specimens, shown in their actual size. Though they canít fit in their entirety, Jenkins show you enough of a detail to deliver the big ideas. Imagine a dragonfly with wings more than two feet across, or a terror bird large enough to eat a horse! Of course, we do not know how large or small horses were in those days. Also top rated, I See a Kookaburra! Introducing animals from differing habitats. 6 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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