- Discover the historical context behind many of the world’s richest Christmas traditions in this festive series that explores the celebration of this holiday in different countries and regions. Find great recipes, special songs, and singular celebrations highlighted in each title.The Discovery Encyclopedia, 2013, from the publishers of The World Book Encyclopedia, is a starter general A-Z look-up source in 13 hard-cover volumes. The set is designed to be used by newly independent readers ages 8-10 whose first language is English and by students ages 10-13 learning English (English as a Second Language/English as a Foreign Language—ESL/EFL). There are colorful illustrations, pictures, and maps throughout the set. An index leads students to information wherever it is in the set, and an included collection of maps of the world supplements information in the set about countries and continents. The set has easy-to-read articles about countries of the world, U.S. states, Canadian provinces and territories, such famous people as U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, and Brazilian soccer player Pelé, and about such historical events as World War I and World War II.Sneak a peek inside a bear's den or dolphin's watery home. Follow a lion looking for lunch or a bat trying not to become supper. Animals' lives are all about survival. It really is a wild animal kingdom out there.Complement core studies of biology, geography, zoology, and ecology. Each volume discusses the physical features and behaviors of representative animals from each habitat, their survival status, and much more.This is the original set of books for Gearhead Garage (Set 1), which is complementary to Gearhead Garage (Set 2). Rev up those reading engines! "Gearhead Garage" explores the evolution, design, and technology of the most earth-shaking cars and motorcycles. With dynamic photos, diagrams, charts, and infographics galore, this series will have reluctant readers racing for more.Powerful, angry, and legendary gods and goddesses from ancient stories still excite us today. From fighting giants to throwing lightning, learn what these mythical leaders were known for.Which was more destructive: Hurricane Katrina or Typhoon Usagi? The Emma Maersk cargo ship weighs the equivalent of how many blue whales? Which is the faster jet plane: The Raptor F-22 or the Blackbird SR-71? Biggest, fastest, heaviest, strongest—fascinating and sometimes surprising comparisons. They all are presented in compelling info-graphics and quick-to-read text.Specifically created for younger students, each 10-volume set covers a spectrum of high-interest topics, from nature and weather to automobiles and dinosaurs. Learning Ladders books engage readers with colorful illustrations and curriculum-oriented content, providing the perfect blend of facts, fun, and story.World Book’s Christmas in the Philippines is a richly illustrated, 80-page volume about Christmas traditions in the Philippines. The text and illustrations combine to show how people celebrate a favorite Filipino holiday, from its roots in pagan rituals to its continued relevance in modern times.World Book’s Christmas in Russia is a richly illustrated, 80-page volume about Christmas traditions in Russia. The text and illustrations combine to show how people celebrate a favorite Russian holiday, from its roots in pagan rituals to its continued relevance in modern times.What does Noel, the French word for Christmas, mean? Is mistletoe a good luck charm in France?The pictures and easy-to-read sentences in Christmas in Paris and the Provinces help young readers learn about how people in Paris and the Provinces celebrate Christmas. The book shares special Christmas songs, easy-to-follow recipes and Christmas crafts that represent Paris and the provinces of France.When was the first Christmas celebration held at the White House? Who donated the National Christmas Tree in 1978? What is the Pageant of Peace? The exciting, eye-catching pictures and easy-to-read sentences in Christmas in America’s Capital help young readers learn about how people in the U.S. capital, Washington, D.C., celebrate Christmas. The book shares Christmas carols, easy-to-follow recipes and crafts.What is heat, and how do we use it? Follow the cartoon character “Heat” to discover the answers in ice water, on asphalt roads, and even in the center of Earth! Through bright and colorful comic-book-style pages, kids will have fun exploring such concepts as expansion, contraction, conduction, and more.What is magnetism, and how do magnets work? Follow the character “Magnetism” to discover the answers through compasses, electric motors, and even refrigerator magnets! Bright and colorful comic-book-style pages will make learning about magnetic poles and fields fun. Kids will be excited to explore electromagnetism and learn such concepts as attraction and repulsion.How is your heart like a bicycle pump? Find out on a guided tour of the human body in The Circulatory System. Comic-book-style illustrations along with easy-to-read text help young readers understand key concepts in human anatomy. Kids can follow cartoon red blood cells as they journey through arteries and veins to deliver oxygen and nutrients to the body. Cartoon guides help explain how the body maintains a constant temperature, why blood pressure is important, and how white blood cells help combat disease.This graphic nonfiction book introduces various animal life cycles, including birds, amphibians, butterflies, and mammals. This comic book-style book offers readers a visual learning experience with unconventional characters designed to make complex science topics fun and easy to understand. The book pairs humor with real-life examples to help make even the most difficult topics approachable.What is addition, and how does it work? With the character “Addition” as their guide, readers will count ants, plant seeds, and pretend to be a shark, to find out! Through bright and colorful comic-book-style pages, kids will have fun discovering basic addition strategies, such as “finding the tens” and “making friendly numbers.” A list of additional resources and a helpful addition table are featured in the back of the book.What is subtraction, and how does it work? With the character “Subtraction” as their guide, readers will count peaches, worms, and train cars to find out! Through bright and colorful comic-book-style pages, kids will have fun discovering basic subtraction strategies, such as mental visualization and problem writing. A helpful table and a list of additional resources are featured in the back of the book.Jaguarandis, hellbenders, and San Joaquin kit foxes are just a few of the colorful species discussed in Endangered Animals of North America. Learn where these animals live, what threatens their existence, and what is being done to save them. Detailed maps provide visual learners with a reference for each animal’s range. A helpful glossary and index direct readers to the most important terms and topics.What does climate change affect sea turtles and puffins? Why are polar bears in the Arctic threatened by climate change? How does climate change directly affect animals? The exciting, eye-catching photographs and easy-to-read sentences in Wildlife and Climate Change help young readers learn about the possible devastating effects of climate change on wildlife. As they read along, kids will learn how they can help fight climate change by changing little things in their everyday lives. The book also has a helpful glossary and an index that direct students to the most important terms and topics.Will climate change stretch our supplies of food and water to the limit? How are crops and livestock threatened by climate change? Does eating fish damage the oceans more? What would happen if the snow on top of the Rocky Mountains melted? The exciting, eye-catching photographs and easy-to-read sentences in Food, Water, and Climate Change help young readers learn about the challenges to providing food and water in a warming world and how people are adapting to meet the challenges. As they read along, kids will learn how they can help fight climate change by changing little things in their everyday lives. The book also has a helpful glossary and an index that direct students to the most important terms and topics.Who was Merlin? What was the Code of Chivalry? What was the Quest for the Holy Grail? Who were the Knights of the Roundtable? With The Legend of King Arthur, kids can explore questions and mysteries that have puzzled scholars and experts about the legends of surrounding heroic figure of King Arthur.What did dinosaurs look like? Were they warm-blooded or cold-blooded? Is it possible to bring dinosaurs back? How is a fossil restored? With Revealing the Secrets of Dinosaurs, kids can explore questions and mysteries about these fascinating creatures that roamed the world millions of years ago.How was Machu Picchu built? Was Machu Picchu a sanctuary? What was the Festival of the Sun? What caused the decline of Machu Picchu? With The Mystery of Machu Picchu, kids can explore questions and mysteries about Machu Picchu, the famous Inca archaeological site in Peru.How did the crow get its black feathers? How do the gods protect the people from drought and other natural disasters? Through engaging narration and colorful illustrations, this book helps children explore the rich mythologies and legends of the many cultures of the peoples of South and Southeast Asia.How did Odin and his brothers create the world? How did the master smith Ilmarinen create the legendary Sampo? Myths and Legends of Scandinavia tells these stories and many more. Through engaging narration and colorful illustrations, the volume helps children explore the mythologies of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden.Where did the people of Ireland come from? Who was King Arthur? Who was Finn MacCool? Through engaging narration and colorful illustrations, Myths and Legends of Ancient Britain and Ireland helps children explore the rich mythologies and legends of the many cultures of the peoples of Britain and Ireland.Water is an essential ingredient to all forms of life as we know it. Is it possible that there is life in the icy ocean that covers Jupiter’s moon Europa? Find out in Squishy, Fishy Robot Explorers! Learn how engineering professor Mason Peck plans to create fishlike robots to explore distant and unknown body of water. In collaboration with NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program, this book features projects on the cutting edge of space exploration and space technology!Kids might not think of cities as natural habitats, but from moss growing on a wall to storks nesting atop a chimney, many living things share these built environments with people. Life in the Cities engages students in grades 5 to 8 with richly illustrated descriptions of the habitats and inhabitants that thrive in our cities. It also explores the ways people work to protect their city environments. The book includes a fun quiz and a helpful glossary.What’s the difference between bergy bits and growlers? What keeps seals warm when they swim in icy water? Life in the Polar Lands engages middle readers from grades 5 to 8 with surprising facts about the life in the Arctic and Antarctic regions. It also describes challenges that people face in these harsh but strikingly beautiful environments. The book includes a fun quiz and a helpful glossary.Crocodiles, hippos, otters, and manatees! Great diving beetles, kingfishers, Amazon River dolphins, and emperor dragonflies! Such amazing creatures chase prey or munch aquatic vegetation in freshwater habitats around the world. Full of maps, fun facts, photos, and illustrations, Rivers, Lakes, and Wetlands takes readers on a boat tour of wildlife in our planet’s lakes, rivers, streams, marshes, and coastal waters. The volume’s special features include a glossary, a climate zone map, photographs, and an index.High elevations and frigid temperatures? The mountain goat, with its long, soft fur and specialized hooves, says bring it on! Snow leopards and bighorn sheep agree. In Mountains and Polar Regions, students follow animals through difficult terrain and learn about the adaptations that have allowed these amazing creatures to thrive in some of Earth’s coldest and most inhospitable habitats. The volume is packed with fun facts, photos, maps, and detailed illustrations and photographs. Special features include a glossary, a climate zone map, photographs, and an index.Which frog is more poisonous than the deadliest snake? Why do toads have bumpy skin? How are amphibians related to fish? Why are some amphibians endangered, and what can we do to protect them? Amphibians provides readers an introduction to amphibians and their physical characteristics. Students learn about their life cycle, behaviors, and adaptations to various habitats. The volume’s special features include maps, diagrams, fun facts, glossary, resource list, and index.What is the largest fish of all? Why must sharks and rays constantly move? Why do catfish have whiskers? Which fish live in the open ocean, and which live close to shore? Fish introduces readers to fish and their physical characteristics. Students learn about life cycle, behaviors, and adaptations of fishes to various underwater habitats. The volume’s special features include maps, diagrams, fun facts, glossary, resource list, and index.What dinosaur swung her tail like a club? Which dinosaurs had bills like ducks? Did all Stegosaurs have spiky tails? What did they eat, where did they live, and what were they afraid of? In Armored dinosaurs! The Ornithischians, readers take a field trip to learn all about the dinosaurs covered in bony plates, those with duck bills, horned heads, and more!What animals live in the Arctic and Antarctica? What people live in the Arctic? What environmental threats are Earth’s polar regions facing? Explore Earth’s coldest regions and the variety of ice formations that define these places. Icy Worlds examines the climate, landscape, and animal life of Earth’s polar regions to help kids discover what these places can teach us about our planet, its past, and its future.How many sheets of paper was the Gutenberg printing press capable of printing in a day? What were the first words spoken over a telephone? Who were the first people to use magnetic compasses for navigation? How did Copernicus change the way we look at Earth’s place among the planets? Inventions and Discoveries traces the history and development of objects and ideas that have changed how we live, from the discovery of fire to the development of the Internet. With Inventions and Discoveries, kids will learn about the milestones in such areas as communication, transportation, and astronomy.What newborn sea creature weighs as much as a fully-grown elephant? Which sea animal can live longer than most humans? Which one looks just like a star? Young learners interested in nature and animals will dive deep to meet giant whales, scary sharks, and miniature seahorses that can all breathe in the water in the book Under the Sea. From the reef to the sandy ocean floor, animals swim and crawl among curious plant life.What do kits, cubs, chicks, and joeys have in common? Which animals hatch from eggs or live in their mothers’ pouches? Young will discover how different animals babies live, learn, and grow to be just like their parents in the book Animal Babies.Different plants thrive in different climates, from your backyard to the rain forests of Madagascar. Which California trees can grow taller than the Statue of Liberty? What North and South Carolina coastal plant eats insects? Which plants are sharp to the touch? With Plants Around the World, young readers will learn how plants need us and how they help us.What causes the seasons to change? How many hours do elephants spend eating each day? What are the largest creatures that ever lived? Young learners see the basic needs of all living things. Bright illustrations and easy-to-read sentences introduce early readers to the web of life in the book What Living Things Need.How big is the biggest animal? How do cheetahs run so fast? What’s the difference between a mammal and a reptile? Biggest, Fastest, Smallest, Slowest answers all these questions and more! Each colorful page blends beautiful photographs, engaging illustrations, and easy-to-understand text to teach young readers about the animal kingdom. Fun, interactive activities let kids to put their new knowledge to the test!What happens on other planets? How did our solar system form? Where did the planets get their names? A Place in Space answers all these questions and more! Each colorful page blends beautiful photographs, engaging illustrations, and easy-to-understand text to take young readers on a trip through the solar system. Fun, interactive activities let kids to put their new knowledge to the test!What are the most popular sports around the world? Can I play a sport by myself? What sports are played in the snow? Play Sports answers all these questions and more! Each colorful page blends beautiful photographs, engaging illustrations, and easy-to-understand text to show young readers about the wide world of sports and games. Fun, interactive activities let kids to put their new knowledge to the test!For the price of a few cups of coffee, you can help prepare your kids for school success with this innovative and fun method of learning for pleasure. The Secret Files of Professor L. Otto Funn uses “disguised” instruction that presents academic concepts in fun and engaging ways. A package of fake mustaches is included so kids can wear a disguise as they learn!Ask WOW: Was Dracula Real? presents the history and folklore surrounding one of the spookiest monsters: vampires! This book uses beautiful photographs and illustrations; well-written and easy-to-understand text; and maps, timelines, and glossaries to explore the world of vampires—both fictional and real-life!Diagrams, graphs, and other infographics give readers visual literacy practice while also digging into the killer whales' appearances, daily lives, and homes.Through engaging text, dynamic infographics, charts, timelines, and photos this high interest title discusses the life and impact of the "s-hero" and inspirational ballerina Misty Copeland; from her youth to her philanthropic efforts and guidance to young women around the world.Through engaging text, dynamic infographics, charts, timelines, and photos this high interest title discusses the life and impact of the "s-hero" and inspirational athlete Alex Morgan; from her youth to her philanthropic efforts and guidance to young women around the world.
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