Geography and maps

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Brasch, Nicolas Community Maps Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     Smart Apple Brasch, Nicolas Country Maps Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     Smart Apple Brasch, Nicolas Land and Sea Maps Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     Smart Apple Brasch, Nicolas World Maps Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     Smart Apple Map Smart series. This series looks at how maps are created, special features […]

Indigenous cultures

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Bruchac, James and Bruchac, Joseph Rabbit’s Snow Dance: A Traditional Iroquois Story Gr. K–3     32 pp.     Dial Illustrated by Jeff Newman. The Bruchacs retell a pourquoi tale that the elder included in two previous collections (Iroquois Stories and The Boy Who Lived with the Bears). This version differs significantly (unfortunately, there’s no source note), but […]

How things work

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Boothroyd, Jennifer How Do Hang Gliders Work? Gr. K–3     32 pp.     Lerner Boothroyd, Jennifer How Do Helicopters Work? Gr. K–3     32 pp.     Lerner Boothroyd, Jennifer How Do Parachutes Work? Gr. K–3     32 pp.      Lerner Silverman, Buffy How Do Hot Air Balloons Work? Gr. K–3     32 pp.      Lerner Silverman, Buffy How Do Jets Work? Gr. […]

Social change

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Burgan, Michael Tank Man: How a Photograph Defined China’s Protest Movement Gr. 4–6     64 pp.     Capstone/Compass Point Nardo, Don Hitler in Paris: How a Photograph Shocked a World at War Gr. 4–6   64 pp.     Capstone/Compass Point Captured History series. Photographs can often be more powerful than the written word in bringing social change. These use […]

Review of A Perfectly Messed-Up Story

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A Perfectly Messed-Up Story by Patrick McDonnell; 
illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Little, Brown    40 pp. 10/14    978-0-316-22258-7    $17.00 “No pages were harmed in the making of this book.” This cheeky copyright page disclaimer is undoubtedly true, but the very realistic-looking messes inside — and on the cover—make it hard to believe. For Louie, […]

Jump See Farm app review

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New educational app Jump See Farm (JUMPSEEWOW, October 2014) introduces preschool and primary-age kids to life on several independent rural farms as well as an urban apiary (Best Bees, right here in Boston!). From the main menu, tap on an icon to explore one of six subjects: pig, sheep, dairy cow, chicken, tractor, and bees. […]

Review of Winter Bees

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Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold by Joyce Sidman; illus. by Rick Allen Primary, Intermediate    Houghton    32 pp. 11/14    978-0-547-90650-8    $17.99 In winter, bees (“we are nothing on our own”) keep their precious queen warm by massing together into a “sizzling ball.” Hibernating garter snakes, safe in a cave, “’round each other twist […]

Review of The Spiritglass Charade

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The Spiritglass Charade [Stoker & Holmes] by Colleen Gleason Middle School, High School    Chronicle    356 pp. 10/14    978-1-4521-1071-4    $17.99    g In the second Stoker & Holmes mystery (The Clockwork Scarab, rev. 9/13), the royal family enlists the teenage protagonists to investigate whether a young lady, Willa Ashton — who believes she can communicate with her […]

Review of The Book with No Pictures

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The Book with No Pictures by B. J. Novak Preschool    Dial    48 pp. 9/14    978-0-8037-4171-3    $17.99    g Novak (from television’s The Office) goes meta in this very funny text-only picture book. On crisp white pages, in a large black font, readers and listeners get clued in: “Here is how books work: Everything the words say, […]

Review of El Deafo

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El Deafo by Cece Bell; illus. by the author; 
color by David Lasky Intermediate, Middle School    Amulet/Abrams    242 pp. 9/14    978-1-4197-1020-9    $21.95 Paper ed.  978-1-4197-1217-3    $10.95 At the age of four, in 1975, Bell contracted meningitis, leaving her severely to profoundly deaf. In this characterful, vivid, often amusing graphic-novel memoir she recaptures the experiences of […]