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Cover: Children's Illustrators Set 1

Children's Illustrators Set 1 – School Library Journal

Wheeler documents each artist’s life, education, training, and career in brief, well-written texts enhanced by photos of the artist at work and at play. She also comments on the formal elements of art evident in each man’s work. These introductions to. . .superlative illustrators will… View →

 
Cover: National Parks Set 1

National Parks Set 1 – School Library Journal

Beautifully illustrated with full-color photos taken by the author, these titles are not only informative but also quite readable. Each volume discusses the origins, history, ecosystems, geology, wildlife, and highlights of the park. A section on future challenges such as overcrowding and… View →

 
Cover: Rhyme Time

Rhyme Time – School Library Journal

In this series of beginning readers, each book focuses on a different rhyming sound. The first page lists 10 rhyming words and notes that “words that rhyme do not have to be spelled the same.” Then each of the words is illustrated with a full-color photograph and a descriptive sentence… View →

 
Cover: Animal Kingdom Set 2

Animal Kingdom Set 2 - School Library Journal

These. . .books all follow the same basic format of short, two- to three-page chapters, large print, and lots of full-color photos. Each book gives basic information about its subject such as the animal’s physical characteristics, its habitat, and what it eats. The easy vocabulary and short… View →

 
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Chris Van Allsburg (Children's Illustrators) – Booklist

This short biography. . .provides a quick overview of the life and work of the two-time Caldecott winner. With short sentences in spacious type and a photo on each double-page spread, the small, square book appears accessible to young children. View →

 
Cover: Children's Authors Set 3

Children's Authors Set 3 – School Library Journal

These introductions to. . .well-known children’s authors offer many facts and anecdotes that fans might find appealing. Each book begins with a little background about the writers’ works, and then moves to childhood events and family situations that influenced their work. . .[and] contain… View →

 
Cover: Stink Set 1

Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid (Stink) - School Library Journal

Delightful full-page and spot-art cartoons and playful language in large type bring the child’s adventures to life. “Things are definitely looking up, up, UP” with this bright addition to beginning chapter-book collections.
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Cover: Animal Kingdom Set 2

Animal Kingdom Set 2 - School Library Journal

In each of these slender introductions, short paragraphs of large-print text describe basic anatomy, distinctive physical characteristics, habitats, hunting method, diet, birth of young, natural enemies, and defense mechanisms. . . . Most of the color photographs adequately depict their… View →

 
Cover: Stink Set 1

Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid (Stink) - Booklist

The narrative is fun and laced with puns—from Mt. Trashmore to “newt in shining armor,” and it’s peppered with black-and-white illustrations, including comics (“The Adventures of Stink”) reflecting Stink’s triumphant fantasies.
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Cover: Jokes

Jokes – School Library Journal

Most assuredly, children will laugh. . . View →

 
Cover: Sight Words

Sight Words – School Library Journal

Each of these small-format titles introduces beginning readers to six to eight “sight words.” On each spread, one of the words (like, of, out, them, she, two, etc.) is highlighted in the frame of a small magnifying glass and used in a simple sentence. Opposite this page is a full-page… View →

 
Cover: World War I

World War I – School Library Journal

These brief books present a remarkable amount of information and provide readers with a clear understanding of complicated issues…the unbiased texts are illustrated with mostly black-and-white and sepia photos varying from postage-stamp size to full page. Some full-color paintings are… View →

 
Cover: All Aboard America Set 1

All Aboard America Set 1 – School Library Journal

These books feature large type, interesting photographs, and fun facts relating to each site. The vocabulary is advanced for younger readers, but the scope is narrow enough to provide basic information about the background, individuals involved, and construction of the structure or monument… View →

 
Cover: Holidays Set 1

Holidays Set 1 – School Library Journal

. . .nicely organized, attractively packaged, and easy to understand. Each book discusses the history and some of the rituals, foods, customs, and activities associated with the holiday. . . . If you’re looking for something new, these titles are suitable choices. View →

 
Cover: First Biographies Set 3

First Biographies Set 3 – School Library Journal

Basic, easy-to-read biographies with enough information for a first report. The books provide a list of important dates, important words, suggested Web sites, and a useful index. Captioned black-and-white photos appear on every spread. These books provide the same information as those that… View →

 
Cover: Word Families Set 1

Word Families Set 1 – School Library Journal

Each book opens with labeled photos of six objects that end with the featured letters. On the following pages, a photograph and a simple sentence using the words give each item a context. Readers can see the complete word, recognize it in a sentence, and then read the story that uses all of… View →

 
Cover: Cats Set 3

Cats Set 3 – School Library Journal

Each of these titles briefly examines the origins, behavior, and physical characteristics of a particular breed of cat and gives basic information about domestic cats in general. The straightforward texts are fairly simple; difficult terms are in bold print and defined in the glossary. A… View →

 
Cover: Animal Kingdom Set 1

Animal Kingdom Set 1 - School Library Journal

Two- to four-page chapters discuss one aspect of each animal’s life. The texts are simple and clear enough for newly independent readers. The few difficult words such as “arboreal” are printed in a different color and defined in the text and/or glossary. Appealing, full-color… View →

 
Cover: Animal Kingdom Set 1

Animal Kingdom Set 1 - School Library Journal

They have the necessary components to teach the fundamentals of doing research, and the factual content is correct and interesting. View →

 
Cover: First Biographies Set 2

First Biographies Set 2 – School Library Journal

Each of these books contains simple, large-type print with plenty of white space. There is usually one picture or illustration on every spread, and the illustrations are either photographs or what appear to be hand-tinted engravings. These books . . . will be useful for young researchers or… View →