Review of Mysterious Patterns

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Mysterious Patterns: Finding Fractals in Nature by Sarah C. Campbell; photos 
by Sarah C. Campbell and 
Richard P. Campbell Primary    Boyds Mills    32 pp. 4/14    978-1-62091-627-8    $16.95 Bring up the math term fractals in a roomful of adults, and it’s likely quite a few eyes will glaze over. Yet wife-and-husband team Sarah and Richard Campbell […]

Kids Discover: Ancient Egypt app review

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Long-running children’s nonfiction magazine Kids Discover has made an admirable jump to digital — twenty-one of their issues on natural and social sciences are currently available as apps. I took a look at the digital version of volume 11: Ancient Egypt (Joe Zeff Design, 2013). The app offers eight content chapters: “The Gift of the […]

Books mentioned in the May 2014 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

Folklore Duffy, Chris, Editor Fairy Tale Comics Gr. K–3    128 pp.     Roaring Brook/First Second    2013 Trade ISBN 978-1-59643-823-1 Goldman, Judy Whiskers, Tails & Wings: Animal Folktales from Mexico Illustrated by Fabricio VandenBroeck Gr. 4–6    58 pp.    Charlesbridge    2013 Trade ISBN 978-1-58089-372-5 Lee, H. Chuku, Reteller Beauty and the Beast Illustrated by Pat Cummings Gr. K–3    32 pp.    HarperCollins/Amistad    2014 Trade ISBN 978-0-688-14819-5 […]

Insects and arachnids

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Arnosky, Jim Creep and Flutter: The Secret World of Insects and Spiders Gr. 4–6   40 pp. Sterling This introductory volume encourages readers to be “mindful of the small.” Arnosky highlights specimens in labeled groupings that he presents — textually and visually — in accurate, captivating, and even tender detail. Conversational prose is illustrated with the author’s […]

Folklore

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Duffy, Chris, Editor Fairy Tale Comics Gr. K–3   128 pp. Roaring Brook/First Second In this fine companion to Nursery Rhyme Comics, editor Duffy has chosen seventeen tales (“Puss in Boots,” “Rapunzel,” and “Hansel and Gretel,” among others) to be adapted by seventeen illustrators and cartoonists, including Raina Telgemeier, Brett Helquist, Charise Mericle Harper, and Jillian Tamaki. […]

Sports and recreation

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Hudson, Maryann Girls’ Golf Gr. 4–6    48 pp. ABDO Lawrence, Blythe Girls’ Gymnastics Gr. 4–6    48 pp. ABDO Peters, Chris Girls’ Hockey Gr. 4–6    48 pp. ABDO Williams, Doug Girls’ Basketball Gr. 4–6    48 pp. ABDO Girls’ SportsZone series. These volumes survey four sports and the female athletes at their forefronts. Each chapter pairs a […]

Gardening and outdoor discovery

It's Our Garden

Ancona, George It’s Our Garden: From Seeds to Harvest in a School Garden Gr. K–3   48 pp. Candlewick From spring planting to winterization, full-color photographs chronicle a year in the life of an elementary school garden in Santa Fe; students are shown composting soil, watering plants, and sampling the edible delights. While green is visually ubiquitous, […]

Oceanography

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Butterworth, Chris See What a Seal Can Do PS–Gr. 3   32 pp. Candlewick Illustrated by Kate Nelms. Butterworth tells the story of one gray seal’s search for food. He dives down deep, and on his way back up, he comes across a mackerel shoal (an impressively illustrated motion-filled orb). Facts about seals appear in smaller italicized […]

Digital fun and learning

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Nonfiction apps and e-books can be excellent tools to supplement classroom learning or independent research. These four interactive offerings — three science, one poetry — engage young users as they educate. Cute kid Sloan Graham, the bear-suit-clad main character of I Love Mountains, has a passionate interest in the titular landforms. Over nineteen interactive pages, […]

Review of Josephine

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Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker by Patricia Hruby Powell; 
illus. by Christian Robinson Intermediate, Middle School    Chronicle    104 pp. 2/14    978-1-4521-0314-3    $17.99 To describe Josephine Baker’s life as “dazzling” is not an exaggeration. In this incomparable biography both Powell and Robinson convey the passion, exuberance, dignity, and eccentricity of their subject through words […]