Monday, November 24, 2014
Each chapter in Desert Life features a different species that has adapted to survive in this harsh habitat. From examples of snakes and turtles to gerbils and cacti, this book proves that living in the desert takes special skills and aptitudes, particularly the ability to go without food or water for several days. Young readers will enjoy learning about these species for the first time.
Deserts by Seymour Simon
Desert Giant: the World of the Saguaro Cactus by Barbara Bash
Watching Desert Wildlife by Jim Arnosky
easyLearn Adaptations in Animals
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum app
The Massachusetts Desert
Danger on the Mountain: Scaling the World's Highest Peaks by Andrew Donkin
Everest: an Eyewitness Book by Rebecca Stephens
To the Top: the Story of Everest by Stephen Venables
Airplane Mount Everest
Mount Everest Travel Guide
Wachusett Mountain winter sports
MA mountains and peaks
Saturday, November 22, 2014
This book is an introduction to Peter Mark Roget, the man who devised the thesaurus. Ms. Bryant tells of Roget's birth in Switzerland and move to England when a young child. Being shy, Roget's youth is spent reading books and compiling lists, something that serves him well later on. Roget eventually becomes a tutor and a doctor, more sources of information that will help write his thesaurus. After starting a family and establishing his medical career, Roget notices other books of word lists which aren't as effective as his. This gives him the courage and inspiration to publish his own work in 1852. The illustrations throughout the book use text and collage in Melissa Sweet's inventive way. Historical objects (book bindings, type drawers, Roget's pages etc) are incorporated throughout and much of the text has synonyms provided. At the end of the book, there's additional notes and a timeline on Roget. The Right Word is a fun and informative book for ages 5 and older.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
This non-fiction chapter book starts with an introduction to the earliest industrial technologies that would eventually create the transcontinental railroad. Each chapter focuses on a specific theme, from the conditions of the workers to native life in the Wild West. The Great Race between the Union and Central Pacific railroads boasts its own chapter, culminating in the driving of the golden spike where the two rails meet. Railroad Fever is a great book for older middle school readers.
Bandanas, Chaps and Ten Gallon Hats by Bobbie Kalman
The Railroad by John R. Matthews
The Industrial Revolution by Hilarie N. Staton
Holiday Train Rides
Train Gallery at Wenham Museum
Chatham Railroad Museum
Monday, November 17, 2014
Sparkly stars seem to light up this book of introductory constellations. With poetic narration, Seeing Stars compares constellations in the sky to their imaginary counterparts. A bear outline helps children conceptualize the Great Bear, for example. All of the constellations appear together at the end of the book, making it perfect for early grade readers.
The Big Dipper by Franklyn M. Branley
Stars! Stars! Stars! by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace
Older than the Stars by Karen C. Fox
Boston University public open night
Astronomy after Hours, Museum of Science
This is a simple book for elementary school readers who want to know more about the Arctic, or the natural phenomenon that led to the sinking of the Titanic. From formation to dissolution, this book follows the life of an iceberg. While icebergs can provide habitats for arctic animals, they are also potentially dangerous. After reviewing the Titanic disaster, the book ends with a brief mention of how sailors and travelers protect themselves from icebergs today.
Antarctica by Linda Aspen-Baxter
Icebergs and Glaciers by Seymour Simon
Explore Antarctica by Bobbie Kalman
Exploring the Arctic Seafloor exhibition
The cross-section illustrations in Big Buildings will delight children who want a more detailed understanding of some of the most famous ancient architecture ever constructed. The Great Pyramid, the Parthenon, and Notre Dame are just a few of the structures that are dissected and deconstructed to help explain how they were built. A helpful glossary in the back keeps all the new terms in one convenient place.
The Taj Mahal: How and Why it was Built by Christine Moorcroft
Greek Temples by Don Nardo
The Aga Khan Award for Architecture
Harvard Art Museum Ancient Art Collection
Peabody Museum of Archeology and Ethnology