This title introduces young readers to diamonds, the hardest natural substance on Earth! Learn how diamonds are formed and where they are found. Historical and modern mining methods are detailed, and topics such as conflict diamonds are covered. The many uses of diamonds are examined, from industrial applications in products such as diamond saws and dentists' drills to engagement rings and birthstone jewelry. See how artisans such as diamond cutters and lapidaries use diamonds to create beautiful and useful jewelry by paying special attention to the four C's, carat, cut, clarity, and color. Finally, a list of tools and tips will set young rock hounds up to unearth their own treasures. Glossary words in bold, an index, and phonetic spellings for those hard-to-pronounce geologic terms enhance and supplement the text. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Checkerboard Library is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.
Where do you live – in an apartment block, a townhouse, a cottage in the country? Sounds nice but it’s a bit ordinary, isn’t it? What if you lived somewhere really special – in a fairy tale castle with tall spires and steeples, for instance?
Harry Styles first rose to international fame as a member of the pop group One Direction, which took the world by storm after its members were discovered on The X Factor. But his successful solo music ventures and fresh acting career have proven that Styles is much more than just a teen heartthrob and pop sensation. Learn more about the life of this talented young star and his rise to fame as an independent singer and actor.
Known for his creative songwriting and unique talent, Ed Sheeran has developed a devoted following of music fans around the world. Raised in a small town in England, he independently produced his music until influential artists Elton John and Taylor Swift recognized his talent and helped him pursue his dream. Through dedication and perseverance, the “Thinking Out Loud” singer has become one of the defining voices in pop music today.
From online singing sensation to international superstar, boy-next-door Shawn Mendes is one of the world’s biggest young stars. Born and raised in Pickering, Ontario, Shawn first gained attention by singing cover versions of songs, which he posted online to quickly garner a huge, grassroots fan base—and eventually a record deal. Learn how the singer’s hard work and dedication helped him become an award-winning artist, and a voice for positive change.
From Disney star to blockbuster actor, fashion influencer, singer, and activist, Zendaya is making waves in Hollywood. This remarkable book shows that her fun, relatable persona and outstanding acting and singing chops aren’t the only reasons that she is a role model for girls and women around the world. She also champions her self worth, and is a figure for causes such as female empowerment and racial equality.
Bursting onto the world stage at the age of 11 as Hermione Granger in the film version of Harry Potter, Emma Watson has since become an acclaimed actress, voice for social change, and style icon. This intriguing book follows her rise to fame, navigating from child star in England to grown-up acting roles, and using her widespread influence to work as an activist for gender equality around the world.
Inspiring people for decades, Buffy Saint-Marie is a singer-songwriter, visual artist, activist, educator, public speaker, and philanthropist. Beginning life as an orphan on a reserve in Saskatchewan, Sainte-Marie grew to become an international icon. This award-winning songwriter has experienced censorship at times because of her vocal activism against war and on behalf of native peoples. She continues to create music and art, speak out, and support life-long learning through educational and scholarship programs.
American teenager Zuriel Oduwole tries to live by the quote: “If your dreams don’t scare you, then they’re not big enough.” A filmmaker, public speaker, and writer, Zuriel has interviewed dozens of world leaders and pushed them to promote the education of girls around the world. Founder of the Dream Up, Speak Up, Stand Up organization, Zuriel teaches citizen filmmaking to kids around the world, speaks out on gender equality at major world forums, and makes world leaders accountable for supporting girls’ education initiatives.
Readers who love clay modeling and stop motion videos will enjoy this exciting book, which will inspire them to create claymation projects. From creating their own unique clay figures to taking projects to the digital screen, readers will like the engaging photographs and step-by-step instructions that show them the techniques and tools needed to design and create their visions in claymation!
If you like the idea of combining materials such as fabric, paint, ink and google eyes on a canvas, then mixed media is the art form for you! This awesome book guides young artists in creating works in mixed media, a visual art form in which artists can combine different types of techniques and media, or materials. Creative ideas and endless possibilities will allow readers to create projects that showcase their individuality. Clear photographs and step-by-step techniques guide readers along the way.
From simple card tricks to awe-inspiring magical illusions, this book dives into the techniques and skills needed to become a magician. Clear instructions, photos, and special tips guide readers through mind-bending tricks and illusions that are sure to amaze family and friends! Fact boxes highlight innovative magic tricks and the magicians who achieved them, inspiring every reader to release their inner magic.
Engineers design skyscrapers to help solve the challenge of making room for a large number of people on a small piece of land. Young readers will learn about the steps in the engineering design process and see what shapes and materials are used in construction to make tall buildings stable. A link to interactive activities online plus an activity in the book allow readers to create skyscrapers that can withstand weight, weather, natural disasters—and time!
A celebration of the words, phrases, and idioms that Shakespeare invented and the contributions he made to the modern-day English lexicon. The Bard of Avon is responsible for such familiar phrases as "what's done is done" and "too much of a good thing." He even helped turn "household words" into household words. As readers will discover, "the long and the short of it" is this: Will changed the English language forever. Will's words pop up all over the place!
In November 1885, impressionist painter Claude Monet vacationed in Étretat, France, where he spent his days outside, painting scenes of the seaside village. One morning he rose early and carried all of his supplies and half-finished paintings out to the cliffs and rocky beach, finally stopping to paint the arch called Manneporte. Eager to capture the scene before him, and aware that he must work quickly to catch the light, Monet became so engrossed in his work that he forgot to watch the incoming tide. Based on a true incident, MONET PAINTS A DAY introduces readers to the life and nature of this illustrious impressionist. Interspersed throughout the story are excerpts from the painter’s notes and letters, while a second layer of text and back matter includes information about Impressionism as a whole. Lush watercolor illustrations in the Impressionist style give readers a visual for this artistic movement. A bibliography is also included.
Juan Garcia Esquivel was born in Mexico and grew up to the sounds of mariachi bands. He loved music and became a musical explorer. Defying convention, he created music that made people laugh and planted images in their minds. Juan’s space-age lounge music - popular in the fifties and sixties - has found a new generation of listeners. And Duncan Tonatiuh’s fresh and quirky illustrations bring Esquivel’s spirit to life.
Easy to follow mother's day gift craft instructions for makerspaces, home activities, and classrooms.
Easy to follow father's day gift craft instructions for makerspaces, home activities, and classrooms.
Easy to follow Valentine's Day gift craft instructions for makerspaces, home activities, and classrooms.
The action of the big screen--car crashes, torrential rainfall, ships sinking--is the work of special effects! Directors and crews use anything they can to create a real and captivating experience. Enormous models, airplane engines, controlled fires, and much more create the excitement we all crave! Young readers will marvel over this behind-the-scenes look at how movies are made.
Costumes and props fill the sets of films! From tiny, frozen blueberries in The Hunger Games to a 108-pound gown in the 1938 film Marie Antoinette, they take on many shapes and sizes. Today, some are even created through 3D printing! This title weaves through the costumes and props of our favorite films while captivating readers with relevant photos and riveting film facts.
During the filming of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter’s scar was painted on 5,800 times! About 2,000 of those were painted on Daniel Radcliffe who played Harry Potter. This title explores the makeup, tools, and effects used to create everything from the scariest of monsters to the most elegant ladies.
Is it a space adventure or slit scan? The camera technique slit scan has been used to create the illusion of flying through space in movies like 2001: A Space Odyssey. Young readers will read about the camera tricks and special equipment used to create the jaw-dropping effects of motion pictures in Camera Tricks.
Tom Cruise performed his own stunts for the film Mission Impossible: The Ghost Protocol, which included dangling 1,700 feet from the world’s tallest building! Students will explore the extreme amount of planning, equipment, training, and expertise that goes into the stunts performed in films as they dive into this action-packed title.
Did you know that the Labrador retriever that starred in Marley and Me was a rescue dog from a shelter in Florida? His is a true rags-to-riches story! This title explores the history of animals in entertainment while highlighting some of the pet pals we have grown to love on the silver screen!