Book review: The Fantastic Ferris Wheel: The Story of Inventor George Ferris, by Betsy Harvey Kraft, illustrated by Steven Salerno

Kraft, Betsy Harvey. The Fantastic Ferris Wheel: The Story of Inventor George Ferris. Illus. Steven Salerno. Holt/Christy Ottaviano, 2015. $17.99. 40p. 9781627790727. Ages 5-8. P8Q8… 167 more words

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Book review: Mary Cassatt: Extraordinary Impressionist Painter, by Barbara Herkert, illustrated by Gabi Swiatkowska

Herkert, Barbara. Mary Cassatt: Extraordinary Impressionist Painter. Illus. Gabi Swiatkowska. Holt, 2015. $17.99. 32p. 9781627790161. Ages 4-7. P7Q7

Growing up in the 1860s, Cassatt was different from other girls of the time. 111 more words

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Book review: The Tree in the Courtyard: Looking through Anne Frank’s Window, by Jeff Gottesfeld, illustrated by Peter McCarty

Gottesfeld, Jeff. The Tree in the Courtyard: Looking through Anne Frank’s Window. Illus. by Peter McCarty. Knopf, 2016. $17.99. 40p. 9780385753975. Ages 7-10. P8Q10

In memorializing the brief life of Anne Frank, Gottesfeld uses the perspective of the horse chestnut tree outside Frank’s secret annex window while she hides from Nazi imprisonment during World War II. 164 more words

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Book review: W Is for Webster, by Tracey E. Fern, illustrated by Boris Kulikov

Fern, Tracey E. W Is for Webster. Illus. Boris Kulikov. Farrar/Margaret Ferguson, 2015. $17.99. 40p. 9780374382407. Ages 6-8. P7Q8

For centuries, Webster’s dictionary was a classic in classrooms, but most students didn’t realize the person behind this endeavor. 145 more words

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Book review: Aaron and Alexander: The Most Famous Duel in American History, by Dan Brown

Brown, Don. Aaron and Alexander: The Most Famous Duel in American History. Roaring Brook, 2015. $17.99 32p. 9781596439986. Ages 7-10. P6Q9

The parallels between the lives of founding fathers Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton should have brought them together—orphaned at early ages, exellent students who became lawyers, short, courageous, and passionate about politics. 108 more words

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Book review: The Secret Subway, by Shana Corey, illustrated by Red Nose Studio

Corey, Shana. The Secret Subway. Illus. Red Nose Studio. 9780375870712. Schwartz & Wade, 2016. $17.99. 32p. 9780375870712. Ages 4-8. P9Q9

Before the current New York subway, there was a train powered by a fan that safely took people under busy Broadway for several years, beginning in 1870. 148 more words

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Book review: Our Moon: New Discoveries about Earth’s Closest Companion, by Elaine Scott

Scott, Elaine. Our Moon: New Discoveries about Earth’s Closest Companion. Clarion, 2016. $18.99. 72p. 9780547483948. Ages 10-14. 

Maps, portraits, photos, diagrams, and artists’ perceptions of space scenes extend the discussion in this large-format book to show changes in centuries of people discovering, observing, and exploring the magical “man in the moon” as inventions made it easier to observe. 130 more words

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