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Independent Dames: What You Never Knew About the Women and Girls of the American Revolution

Laurie Halse Anderson (2008), 40 pages
Illustrated by Matt Faulkner
Audience: 1st Grade - 5th Grade
Category: Biography, Especially for Girls, Historical, Multicultural, Nonfiction, Picture Books
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When you read your history books, you might think that all of the spies, heroes, and warriors who led and fought in the American Revolutionary War were men, but that just isn't true! This book combines bright pictures, interesting facts, and funny stories to tell the tales of a few of the women who helped make and shape this country. Some of the women crossed enemy lines to deliver important messages, and some wrote essays and newspaper articles supporting the American fight for independence. Some of them even dressed up like soldiers and joined the fighting! If you think that history is boring, think again. These incredible women made a difference, and had an exciting time doing it!
Similar books: Sea Queens by Jane Yolen; Wild Women of the West by Jonah Winter
Reviewed by: lauraf
Date read: 5/14/2012
ISBN-10: 0689858086
ISBN-13: 9780689858086
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Insect Detective

Steve Voake (2010), 32 pages
Illustrated by Charlotte Voake
Audience: Preschool - 2nd Grade
Category: Easy Reader, Nonfiction, Picture Books
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Insect Detective by Steve Voake is a gentle read about the fascinating world of insects. In this beautifully illustrated book the author uses large and small text to take the young reader on a journey outside. It encourages the reader to take a closer look at the creatures that are all around us. Insects are introduced to the reader as amazing and exciting creatures that are everywhere we go. The author also includes some easy-to-do experiments that will allow the reader to examine insects more closely. This is the perfect book for the beginning scientist.
Similar authors: Jim Arnosky; Louise Spilsbury; Carmen Bredeson; Peter Stein; Don McLeese
Similar books: Creep and Flutter: The Secret World of Insects and Spiders by Jim Arnosky; Backyard Bugs by Louise Spilsbury; Can You Find These Bugs? by Carment Bredeson; Bugs Galore! by Peter Stein; Insects by Don McLeese
Reviewed by: mb
Date read: 6/22/2012
ISBN-10: 0763644471
ISBN-13: 9780763644475
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Internment of Japanese Americans

John Wukovits (2012), 128 pages
Audience: 5th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Historical, Nonfiction
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After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the United States of America chose to move all of the Japanese Americans then living along the west coasts of Oregon, Washington and California to internment camps. Many of these Japanese Americans were the children of Japanese immigrants and were born in this country. Therefore, the United States of America was imprisoning its own citizens. This book is an account of the events that led to this decision, how the Japanese Americans coped with losing their possessions and freedom, and the government's plan to re-establish the internees into their former lives. The book includes footnotes throughout the book, a reference section listing other sources if you want to know more, and an index.
Book Series: World History
Reviewed by: lspraner
Date read: 2/26/2013
ISBN-10: 1420508245
ISBN-13: 9781420508246
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Isabella of Castile: Queen on Horseback

Joann Burch (1991), 63 pages
Audience: 4th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Biography, Historical, Nonfiction
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Isabella grew up in a cold, drafty castle in Castile, now a part of Spain. In the 1400s, when Isabella lived, Spain was divided into 5 kingdoms, and Castile was the largest. She became queen of Castile, and married Ferdinand, who ruled another kingdom, Aragon. Together they ruled the largest region in Spain. Isabella fought alongside her husband and their armies - she even wore armor! She was loved by her people, and she worked hard to be a just queen. Her children were each born in a different part of the kingdom because Queen Isabella was always traveling wherever her people needed her. Read about the Queen that sent Columbus to the Americas.
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 4/14/2009
ISBN-13: 9780531200339
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Island That Moved

Meredith Hooper (2004), 32 pages
Illustrated by Lucia deLeiris
Audience: K - 4th Grade
Category: Nonfiction
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In this book, The Island That Moved, the author Meredith Hooper takes us on a journey through time explaining how islands, continents, and mountains are formed. The amazing science of plate tectonics is clearly explained as we witness the beginnings and evolution of an island off the coast of Antarctica. This book's beautiful illustrations, coupled with a clear explanation of its topic will engage the beginning scientist and encourage him or her to further explore this fascinating field of science.
Similar books: Earth's Shifting Surface by Robert Snedden; A Changing Earth by Heather Miller
Reviewed by: mb
Date read: 6/29/2012
ISBN-10: 0670058823
ISBN-13: 9780670058822
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