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The Story of the Indians of the Western Plains - Frank Humphris. This book teaches about the different tribes of Plains Indians and the way they lived. It informs the reader about their clothing, weapons, homes, leaders, fights, and customs such as dances.
Publisher: Ladybird Books; Loughborough, 1973.
General Grade Level: Intermediate.




(Animal Lives) The Life of a Cat - Jan Feder (Illustrator - Tilman Michalski). This book chronicles part of the life of a tabby cat that lives on a farm. It shows how the tabby cat hunts and raises her kittens. After this selection, this book teaches about the anatomy, senses, reproduction, territory, language, body language, and relatives of the domestic cat. It also includes many pieces of trivia about cats. It even includes illustrations of different breeds of cat.
Publisher: Childrens Press International; Chicago; 1982.
General Grade Level: Intermediate.




Dandelion Book of Dogs

Jean Kemper (Illustrator - June Goldsborough). This is a very educational and heart-warming selection about many different breeds of dogs. It describes 29 breeds out of the more than 120 recognized by the American Kennel Club. I like that at the end of the book, the author gives recognition to the merits of mixed breed dogs.
Publisher: Dandelion Press Inc., New York; 1979.
General Grade Level: Intermediate.




Magic School Bus inside Ralphie: A Book about Germs
Magic School Bus inside Ralphie: A Book about Germs

Joanna Cole (Illustrator - Bruce Degen). This book teaches children about how the human body detects and fights against infection by bacteria and viruses when Mrs. Frizzle and her students enter Ralph's body in the magic school bus. The book is humorous and entertaining and educational.
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.; New York; 1995.
General Grade Level: Intermediate.




Magic School Bus Meets the Rot Squad: A Book about Decomposition
Magic School Bus Meets the Rot Squad: A Book about Decomposition

Joanna Cole (Illustrator - Bruce Degen). This book introduces children to the concept of decomposition, or rot. Mrs. Frizzle and her students travel into a rotting log on the magic school bus. They see all kinds of insects and plants that help in the process of decomposition. They also discover that decomposition is a necessary component of the life cycle and learn that using recyclable materials is important.
General Grade Level: Primary to Intermediate.
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc; New York; 1995.




..If You Grew up With Abraham Lincoln
..If You Grew up With Abraham Lincoln

Ann McGovern (Illustrator - George Ulrich). This book makes children imagine what it would be like to grow up when Abraham Lincoln was growing up. It teaches about the clothing, houses, food, jobs, schools, subjects, and transportation of the frontier regions of Kentucky and Indiana - where President Lincoln grew up.
Publisher: Scholastic Inc; New York; 1966.
General Grade Level: Primary (1st-2nd).
Note: My sister received this book in South Dakota at Mount Rushmore and it is signed by a performer that dresses and acts like Abraham Lincoln.




Clifford the Firehouse Dog
Clifford the Firehouse Dog

Norman Bridwell. In this selection, Clifford and Emily Elizabeth go to visit a firehouse and Clifford's brother, Nero, that is a firedog there. Through this book, children learn what to do in case of a fire, they learn to have a fire plan, to not play with matches or the stove, to have their parents check the fire alarms and to stop, drop and roll if they catch on fire.
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.; New York; 1994.
General Grade Level: Primary.




Let's Play Science

Mary Stetten. This book teaches how to conduct many various kinds of science projects. It teaches how to grow things, how to use one's senses; how to use light shadows, and air; how to make small machines & how to use magnets and water, as well as how to care for pets.
Publisher: Harper & Row, Publishers; New York; 1979.
General Grade Level: Primary to Intermediate.




Rocks and Minerals

Nelson W. Hyler, Felix Sutton, Martin L. Keen, Irving Robbin (Illustrators - Kenyon Shannon, John Hull, Darrell Sweet, Robert Doremus, Goerge Zaffo). This book teaches information about the classification of rocks, mineral, gems, crystals, and metals. It also gives tips on how to create a rock & mineral collection, as well as on how to grow salt crystals.
Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap, Publishers; New York; 1982.
General Grade Level: Late Intermediate to Advanced.




Flowering Plants - Amy Elizabeth Jensen, Grace F. Ferguson, Geoffrey Coe (Illustrators - Cynthia Iliff Koehler, Alvin Koehler). This book teaches about the family tree of the plant kingdom, the functions of different plant parts, the value of flowers, how to recognize and "tame" wild flowers, and about different types of trees.
Publisher: Grosset and Dunlap, Publisher; New York; 1982.
General Grade Level: Late Intermediate to Advanced.




Stars, Moons, and Planets - Norman Hoss, Esther Harris Highland, Harold Joseph Highland, Jean Bethell, Gene Liberty, Felix Sutton & Martin L. Keen (Illustrators - James Ponter, Walter Ferguson, Denny McMains, Joe Kotulla & Raul Mina Mora). This book teaches about astronomy, the solar system, famous astronomers, the sun, the planets, the earth, the moon, the tides, eclipses, lunar probes, meteors, comets, stars, the Milky Way, the galaxies, the universe and "other worlds."
Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap, Publishers; New York; 1982.
General Grade Level: Late Intermediate to Advanced.




Insects

Ronald N. Rood. This book teaches about early insects and fossils, helpful insects, eggs, insect babies, caterpillars, grasshoppers, dragonflies, flies, beetles, true bugs, moths, butterflies, ants, bees, wasps, and termites. It also teaches about the relationship between insects and plants and how to create an insect collection.
Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap, Publishers; New York; 1982.
General Grade Level: Late Intermediate to Advanced.




American Girls Collection Boxed Set: Kirsten (American Girls Collection Series: Kirsten)
American Girls Collection Boxed Set: Kirsten (American Girls Collection Series: Kirsten)

Janet Shaw (Illustrator - Renee Graef). These stories are about Kirsten Larson, a pioneer girl from Sweden who lives on a farm in Minnesota with her family. The book titles include: Meet Kirsten, Kirsten Saves the Day, Kirsten Learns a Lesson, Kirsten's Surprise, Changes for Kirsten, and Happy Birthday Kirsten. These books are entertaining but they also educate the reader about Swedish traditions and what life as a pioneer was like.
Publisher: Pleasant Company; 1987.
General Grade Level: Intermediate.




So You Want to Be President?
So You Want to Be President?

Judith St. George (Illustrator - David Small). This selection describes what it is like to be president, as well as what many of our Presidents were like. It discusses the perks and downsides to the job, and compares and contrasts the background, character, and doings of all of the U.S. presidents - from George Washington to Bill Clinton.
Publisher: Philomel Books; New York; 2000.
General Grade Level: Intermediate.
Award: Caldecott.
Note: this book also contains a very brief summary of each presidency at the end.
Other Category: Art work (very humorous!).
Other Works: Sacagawea
Sacagawea

, To See with the Heart; The Life of Sitting Bull
To See with the Heart; The Life of Sitting Bull

, Crazy Horse
Crazy Horse

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Other works by the illustrators: Why Mosquitoes Buzz in Peoples Ears: A West African Tale, Behind the Back of the Mountain: Black Folktales from Southern Africa, (Verna Aardema), The Ring in the Prairie: A Shawnee Legend.




Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions
Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions

Margaret Musgrave (Illustrators - Leo and Diane Dillon). This book gives insights about 26 of the African tribes, from the Ashanti to the Zulu. It describes ceremonies, celebrations, and day to day customs of the peoples. Some of the customs are shared by many people and others are unique, but one thing that is for sure is that tradition is important to all of these peoples. The illustrators have included at least one man, one woman, one child, their living quarters, an artifact, and a local animal in each of the illustrations.
Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers; New York; 1976.
General Grade Level: Advanced.
Award: Caldecott Medal.
Other Category: Artwork.

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