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July 15, 2005 Edition

Guts: Our Digestive System, by Seymour Simon


Have you ever wondered what your body does with the food you swallow? Find out, in full color, with this straightforward explanation of how your tongue and teeth work together to start a process that takes your esophagus, small intestine, large intestine, liver, gallbladder, and more to complete. (elementary grades and older)

Andy Warhol: Prince of Pop, by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan


People seem to either get him or they don’t: if you are one who does, this biography is for you. Warhol’s life and art are revealed in all their glory, from the 25 cats called Sam to his career-making Campbell’s soup cans. The authors take pains to explore the differences between his brash public persona and his private, inner self, and don’t shy away from his lifestyle. Warhol comes across as a dedicated artist, shrewd businessman, loving son, and wildly eccentric individual who shaped the 60s as much as they shaped him. (high school)

Great Discoveries and Amazing Adventures, by Claire Llewellyn


From beginning to end, this collection of the strange and marvelous will not fail those who delight in reading about mummies, precious stones and gold, forgotten cities, and extinct animals. Divided into four sections, this covers the natural world (fossils, mummies, and monsters), riches from the earth (discoveries of gold, diamonds, oil, and coffee), lost worlds (ancient civilizations, tombs, and temples), and finally hoaxes and frauds (photos of fairies, faked fossils, and newly discovered paintings by masters). The beautifully designed cover will draw you in, and the fascinating stories will keep you reading to the end. (high elementary grades and older)

Pterosaurs: Rulers of the Skies in the Dinosaur Age, by Caroline Arnold


During the Mesozoic era, the skies were filled with flying reptiles called pterosaurs. With wingspans ranging in size from 14 inches to more than 40 feet, there was as much variety among pterosaurs as there is among birds today. Learn about the giants, such as Quetzalcoatlus, and the tiny ones like Pterodactylus. Have a look at the meat-eaters and the plant-eaters, and find out how scientists know about these long-extinct animals. Extensively researched and beautifully illustrated, this is a great book for dinosaur lovers. (elementary grades and older)

Skyscraper, by Susan E. Goodman and Michael J. Doolittle


Ever wonder what it takes to build a skyscraper? Here’s everything kids want to know, and more. This lovely book is full of color photos that give a sense of the scope of the project and how much work goes into it. Along with the main narrative are extensive photo captions, interesting statistics and facts, and quotes from project managers, engineers, masons, ironworkers, and architects. (kindergarten and elementary grades)

Jurassic Shark, by Deborah Diffily, paintings by Karen Carr


Meet Hybodus, a shark that lived in the Jurassic ocean. Not the biggest, not the fastest, but perhaps the fiercest, capable of attacking even Liopleurodon, a predator much bigger than Hybodus. This is the story of a day in the life of a female Hybodus - follow along as she hunts for food and someplace safe to have her baby. (elementary grades)

Where Willy Went, by Nicholas Allan


Willy is a little sperm who lives inside Mr. Brown. He’s preparing for the Great Swimming Race, when he and 300 million other sperm all compete to be the first to get to the egg that lives in Mrs. Brown. Willy’s a fast swimmer: he practices every day, but so does Butch, Willy’s rival. Find out who wins and what it all means in this very introductory book about human reproduction. (kindergarten and older)

The Guide to Good Manners for Kids, by Peggy Post and Cindy Post Senning


Manners aren’t stuck-up, they’re for helping you not stick out, and advice from this book can help you feel comfortable in all kinds of situations. Do you know how to act when you’re having a sleepover with a friend? Can you email a thank-you note? What do you do if a store clerk is rude to you? Maybe a friend will invite you to watch a movie with a rating that you and your parents have agreed you won’t watch… do you watch it? It’s not all about salad forks any more - these and other real-life situations are addressed with humor and honesty. (elementary grades and older)

John Winthrop, Oliver Cromwell, and the Land of Promise, by Marc Aronson


When history goes beyond dates and names, it can be fascinating - think about the Lord of the Rings movies, which are nothing but well-packaged slices of fictional history. Aronson knows this, and in this book, brings historical figures from the early days of American colonization to life. These thinking men want the best for those they care about - but who do they care about? Drawing parallels between the founding of the American colonies 400 years ago and current events, Aronson paints a fascinating and nuanced picture of history as layers of people, their loyalties, and the decisions they made. (middle school and older)

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