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  • Alicia Alonso: Prima Ballerina

    Alicia Alonso: Prima Ballerina

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Carmen T. Bernier-Grand
    Format:   School & Library Binding
    Publisher:   Marshall Cavendish Corp/Ccb (2011, Sep 1st).
    Pages:   64

    Alicia Alonso’s artistic achievements are remarkable, considering that she became partially blind and lost her peripheral vision at age nineteen. From childhood, she exhibited a passion for dancing, studying first in Cuba and later in New York City, where she became an overnight sensation in Giselle and was promoted to principal dancer in Ballet Theater. Returning to Cuba in 1948, she founded her own company, which eventually folded due to lack of funding. In 1959 the Cuban government gave her enough money to establish a new dance school, Ballet Nacional de Cuba, which Alonso directs to this day. In elegant free verse and stunning artwork rendered in watercolor, colored pencils, and lithograph pencils on watercolor paper, Carmen T. Bernier-Grand and Raúl Colón capture the seminal events in Alonso’s life. more

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  • Legendary Journeys: Ships

    Legendary Journeys: Ships

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Brian Lavery
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Kingfisher (2011, Oct 25th).
    Pages:   32

    Legendary Journeys: Ships unfolds the enthralling history of sea-going vessels as they sailed across the globe, from the invention of simple rafts and dugouts to the new technologies of today’s luxury liners. Ten two-stage sliders with die-cuts and flaps make dramatic features that pull out to reveal amazing details of the world’s iconic ships and their inner workings. You can also share the experience of passengers sailing on the world’s great ships, including Captain James Cooke, botanist Joseph Banks and Molly Brown who survived the sinking of the TITANIC. more

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  • The Polar Bear Scientists (Scientists in the Field Series)

    The Polar Bear Scientists (Scientists in the Field Series)

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Peter Lourie
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Houghton Mifflin Books for Children; None edition (2012, Jan 10th).
    Pages:   80

    Follow scientists as they scan the Alaskan wilderness for these magnificent creatures. It is springtime on the North Slope of Alaska, and the U.S. Geological Survey team—the polar bear biologists Kristin Simac and Mike Lockhart—is gearing up for polar bear capturing. During a capture, all information is collected on the sea ice. The scientists locate bears from a helicopter, tranquilize them, give them tattoo ID numbers and tags, and collect data such as height, weight, and body fat measurements and samples such as blood, hair, feces, and even teeth. All this information goes into alarge database studied by scientists such as Drs. Steven Amstrup and George Durner, the former and current leaders of the Polar Bear Research Project. more

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  • Baby Mammoth Mummy: Frozen in Time: A Prehistoric Animal's Journey into the 21st Century (National Geographic Kids)

    Baby Mammoth Mummy: Frozen in Time: A Prehistoric Animal's Journey into the 21st Century (National Geographic Kids)

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Christopher Sloan
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   National Geographic Children's Books (2011, Sep 13th).
    Pages:   48

    Meet Lyuba—the most perfectly preserved baby mammoth ever discovered! Found lying along a riverside 31,000 years after her birth, Lyuba provides a never-before-seen view of prehistoric life in Siberia. Together with award-winning author Christopher Sloan, kids learn the story of her discovery by the indigenous Nenet people and peak inside Lyuba’s mysterious prehistoric world. Readers will join scientists as they recreate Lyuba’s life and death using cutting edge science—including paleontology, radiology, and forensic science—and reveal new information about mammoths and their ice age home. Lyuba’s incredible story, which debuted as a National Geographic Channel exclusive and as articles in National Geographic magazine and National Geographic Kids magazine, is certain to be a fascinating read for kids and a great complement to science curriculum. more

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  • 13 Planets: The Latest View of the Solar System

    13 Planets: The Latest View of the Solar System

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   David A. Aguilar
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   National Geographic Children's Books (2011, Mar 8th).
    Pages:   64

    First, Pluto left. Then it came back, along with Ceres and Eris...and now Haumea and MakeMake, too! The recent actions of the International Astronomical Union have put every solar system book out of date. In response, National Geographic joins forces with David Aguilar of the Harvard Smithsonian Astronomical Observatory to revise our 2008 book—and to update young readers on the high-interest topic of space. Using simple text and spectacular photorealistic computer art by the author, this book profiles all 13 planets in their newly created categories—plus the sun, the Oort Cloud, comets, and other worlds being discovered. Back-of-the-book activities offer hands-on fun for budding astronomers. more

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  • Plant-Eaters (Dinosaur Files)

    Plant-Eaters (Dinosaur Files)

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Olivia Brookes
    Format:   Library Binding
    Publisher:   Windmill Books (2012, Jan 15th).
    Pages:   32

    Provides facts and illustrations about herbivorous dinosaurs, including anatomy and behavior. more

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  • Predators (Dinosaur Files)

    Predators (Dinosaur Files)

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Olivia Brookes
    Format:   Library Binding
    Publisher:   Windmill Books (2012, Jan 15th).
    Pages:   32

    Describes some of the predatory dinosaurs that lived in prehistoric ages, including Allosaurus and Tyrannosaurus rex, and details how they hunted, what they may have looked like, and what they ate. more

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  • TIME For Kids Big Book of Science Experiments: A step-by-step guide

    TIME For Kids Big Book of Science Experiments: A step-by-step guide

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Editors of Time for Kids Magazine
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Time For Kids (2011, Dec 6th).
    Pages:   192

    @font-face { font-family: "Cambria"; }p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; }div.Section1 { page: Section1; } TIME For Kids' successful Super Science Book just got bigger and better-with the all-new Big Book of Science Experiments. This full-color and expanded hardcover book presents 100 fresh and fascinating experiments for kids 8 to 12 to wrap their heads (and hands) around. The inquiry-based experiments cover aspects of physical, life and earth science, and dovetail with the school science curriculum. The intriguing experiments were created by the experts at Mad Science, the world's leading science enrichment provider. Probing questions to be explored include: How does oil affect plants?Which traits do you share with your family?Can a battery turn a nail into a magnet? Clear and colorful step-by-step directions accompany each experiment so children can easily follow the procedure. more

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  • T. Rex (Dinosaurs Ruled!)

    T. Rex (Dinosaurs Ruled!)

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Leigh Rockwood
    Format:   Library Binding
    Publisher:   Powerkids Pr; 1 edition (2011, Aug 15th).
    Pages:   24

    Introduces the physical characteristics, habitat, and behavior of the meat-eating Tyrannosaurus rex. more

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  • The Lily Pond

    The Lily Pond

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Annika Thor
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Delacorte Books for Young Readers (2011, Oct 11th).
    Pages:   224

    A Mildred L. Batchelder Honor Book and an ALA-ALSC Notable Children’s Book, The Lily Pond continues the story of two Jewish sisters who left Austria during WWII/Holocaust and found refuge in Sweden.A year after Stephie Steiner and her younger sister, Nellie, left Nazi-occupied Vienna, Stephie has finally adapted to life on the rugged Swedish island where she now lives. But more change awaits Stephie: her foster parents have allowed her to enroll in school on the mainland, in Goteberg. Stephie is eager to go. Not only will she be pursuing her studies, she'll be living in a cultured city again—under the same roof as Sven, the son of the lodgers who rented her foster parents' cottage for the summer.Five years her senior, Sven dazzles Stephie with his charm, his talk of equality, and his anti-Hitler sentiments. more

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