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Book Review: Lives of the Scientists

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This is an excellent children’s nonfiction book that shares short info on the lives of a selection of scientists throughout history. It is sort of a picture book, in the sense that it has a picture on nearly every page, but much more words that you’d normally see in a picture book.

The scientists are arranged chronologically, and I especially like that each one’s initial page includes where and when they were born and where and when they died (if they died).

I do wish the dates were included as well in the Table of Contents, so you could see at a glance which scientists would be relevant to the time you are studying, but I guess I can’t have everything. My solution to this, on books I own, is to simply pencil the dates in on the Contents.

This is a book I think I will look for purchase (used) on Amazon, as it will be handy to have on hand, to refer to as we travel to different times in our history lessons. I like to interject scientists of the times into our history lessons, but don’t necessarily need to go into great depth with each one, so this is a great little book to read short (2-4 pages) info on the lives and contributions of a variety of scientists.

I was pleasantly surprised to see women represented as well as men, although not equally. I counted 15 men and 7 women, but frankly it’s often hard to find ANY women represented in this sort of book, so this was a good sampling, I think.

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BOOK SERIES REVIEW: Great geography & culture book series: A Child’s Day

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Found this book at the library while researching books on China to use with this idea of Homeschooling with The Amazing Race, as discussed in our podcast episode #19.

 

This series is full of beautifully done photo picture books depicting a child from a foreign (as in, non-American) city/village. Each book is a different child in a different country.

 

In the China book, they introduce you to the child and her family, show her home and how she starts here day. From there it goes through her typical day and describes many different items and traditions that are unique to her country (with lots of great photos!)  The story ends with bedtime and afterwards are a few pages with “More About China”, “Language of China”, “The Chinese Words in the Book”, and “Find out more” (which is a short list of other books about China.

 

Here’s a list of other books in the series:

Bongani’s Day: From Dawn to Dusk in a South African City

Iina-Marja’s Day: From Dawn to Dusk in Lapland

Geeta’s Day: From Dawn to Dusk in an Indian Village

Cassio’s Day: From Dawn to Dusk in a Brazilian Village

Nii Kwei’s Day: From Dawn to Dusk in a Ghanaian City

Huy and Winh’s Day: From Dawn to Dusk in a Vietnamese Town

Enrique’s Day: From Dawn to Dusk in a Peruvian City

 

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BOOK REVIEW: Blast Off to Earth!: A Look at Geography

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This book was so cute and fun! A class of kid robots from space visit the Earth on a field trip. A robot guide narrates info about the planet, including going through each continent and describing the uniqueness of each. I highly recommend reading in a robot voice to your kids! We had so much fun taking turns reading different parts in our robot voices! 🙂 Great book! For ALL ages!

 

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BOOK REVIEW: Many Creatures, A Song about Animal Classifications

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This is a cute little picture book that details all the animal classifications: mammals, amphibians, fish, birds, reptiles, and insects…to the tune of “Clementine.” There’s even a website that you can download the song for free off of: www.capstonekids.com/sciencesongs (among others).

Cute pics, cute song, cute book! Check it out!

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BOOK REVIEW: The Blues Go Birding Across America

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This is an adorable picture book written from the perspective of 5 bluebirds that travel around America, learning about the natural history of birds in a cute cartoon story format. It kind of reminds me of the Magic School Bus series in the way the pages are set up…with a story told in the main part of the pages and lots of fascinating bird facts sprinkled around each page in the talk bubbles of the birds themselves and little blocks of notes. Each page has darling art work coupled with a story narrative about their travels, a short birding tip, a notebook page from one of the birds about their adventures on that page, and a small page from their “field guide” about a specific bird which they encountered on that part of their trip.

It’s all woven together in a very sweet way with the birds’ adventures across America, meeting all sorts of different birds along the way. This is just one of a series of books about “The Blues” family of bluebirds, all of which are just adorable and packed with great birding info! I have a real interest in teaching my children about birds, being a bird enthusiast myself, so I really enjoy sharing The Blues books with my kiddos, ages 5 and 10.

As with all Dawn Publications books, this one is packed full of great educational info and on the back page there are more birding facts and info about the authors and illustrator, and links to more info.

I highly recommend anything from Dawn Publications, as I’ve been receiving books for review for years now and they are always of a very high quality in art and content and educational aspects.

From their books: “Dawn Publications is dedicated to inspiring in children a deeper understanding and appreciation for all life on Earth.”  That’s a mission I can REALLY get behind! Check them out!

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