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Review of Thomas Jefferson’s Battle for Science: Bias, Truth, and a Mighty Moose!

Thomas Jefferson’s Battle for Science: Bias, Truth, and a Mighty Moose! by Beth Anderson; illus. by Jeremy HolmesPrimary, Intermediate    Calkins/Astra    48 pp.5/24    9781635926200    $18.99e-book ed.  9781635928624    $11.99As a product of the Age of Reason, Thomas Jefferson was long fascinated by science in general and the natural world in particular. Consequently,...

Review of The Enigma Girls: How Ten Teenagers Broke Ciphers, Kept Secrets, and Helped Win World War II

The Enigma Girls: How Ten Teenagers Broke Ciphers, Kept Secrets, and Helped Win World War II by Candace FlemingMiddle School, High School    Focus/Scholastic    384 pp.3/24    9781338749571    $19.99e-book ed.  9781338749588    $19.99Bletchley Park, a World War II cryptology center, operated in the English countryside where an extensive and complicated code-breaking operation allowed...

Review of Ferris

Ferris by Kate DiCamilloIntermediate    Candlewick    240 pp.3/24    9781536231052    $18.99e-book ed.  9781536237375    $18.99Returning to her literary roots in Florida (see: Because of Winn-Dixie, rev. 7/00; Raymie Nightingale, rev. 3/16), DiCamillo again explores bonds of family, friends, and community. Ferris Winkey finds the summer before fifth grade a puzzling one. Much turbulence...

Review of Brave Baby Hummingbird

Brave Baby Hummingbird by Sy Montgomery; illus. by Tiffany BozicPrimary    Wiseman/Simon    48 pp.3/24    9781665918497    $18.99e-book ed.  9781665918503    $10.99Acting as narrator, a young hummingbird describes his first year, beginning when “my older sister and I hatch, two days apart, from eggs as small as navy beans.” They feel a breeze “many...

Review of What Makes Us Human

What Makes Us Human by Victor D. O. Santos; illus. by Anna ForlatiPrimary    Eerdmans    48 pp. 3/24    9780802856258    $18.99e-book ed.  9781467467865    $18.99In this thought-provoking book (published in partnership with UNESCO), Santos presents an engaging version of the guessing game “What Am I?” Readers can infer from the book’s title that...

Review of Hello, Sun

Hello, Sun by Julie Downing; illus. by the authorPreschool    Porter/Holiday    32 pp.4/24    9780823452057    $18.99In this companion to Hello, Moon (rev. 7/21), Downing records the activities of a group of woodland animals, including rabbits, bears, butterflies, and a hawk, as they engage in their daytime routines. The book sets a gentle...

Review of I Was: The Stories of Animal Skulls

I Was: The Stories of Animal Skulls by Katherine Hocker; illus. by Natasha DonovanPrimary    Candlewick    40 pp.4/24    9781536223132    $18.99Hocker reminds readers that there is more to nature than a casual glance affords. When a group of child and adult hikers discovers an animal skull, they are prompted to consider what...

Review of You and the Bowerbird

You and the Bowerbird by Maria Gianferrari; illus. by Maris WicksPrimary    Roaring Brook    48 pp.8/23    9781250849878    $19.99e-book ed.  9781250347398    $11.99Perched in a treehouse on the border of an Australian rainforest, a young child (“you”) keeps a journal chronicling the activities of a busy male satin bowerbird. The child first observes...

Review of I Ship: A Container Ship’s Colossal Journey

I Ship: A Container Ship’s Colossal Journey by Kelly Rice Schmitt; illus. by Jam DongPreschool, Primary    Millbrook/Lerner    40 pp.10/23    9781728476827    $19.99Readers follow every step of the (fictional) container ship Carolina, which is carrying freight from a port in Asia to delivery in the Netherlands. Carolina acts as narrator, initially providing...

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