The American flag has had many designs since its beginnings in the 1770s. But then, just as today, it was an inspiration for those who lived and fought under it. This book explores the history and symbolism of the American flag, including how it inspired Francis Scott Key to compose the national anthem and encouraged Francis Bellamy and James B. Upham to write the Pledge of Allegiance.
Christopher Marlowe might have become a great playwright, but he was murdered at age 29. The true story of what happened that night in 1593 is still a mystery. This book presents both facts and fiction that explore the mystery surrounding the murder of Shakespearean-era playwright Christopher Marlowe
NASA Takes Photography into Space considers the work of NASA photographers as they began exploring space. Using many stunning, full-page photos, it examines the photography’s contributions to NASA’s overall mission, including how space exploration has pushed photography technology forward. Features include a glossary, references, websites, source notes, and an index. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Essential Library is an imprint of Abdo Publishing, a division of ABDO.
Careers in architecture and construction involve designing, planning, managing, building, and maintaining structures. This book highlights a variety of specialized jobs with promising growth potential. Find out what path you need to follow in education and training to reach your dream job.
Since its introduction in the 1970s, hip-hop has become a way of life. This title takes an inside look at hip-hop music. Hip-Hop Music examines the origins of many styles of hip-hop music, such as crunk and gangsta rap, and explores how they burst into the mainstream and went global. Features include a timeline, a glossary, essential facts, references, websites, source notes, and an index. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Essential Library is an imprint of Abdo Publishing, a division of ABDO.
Find out what it takes to make it in the competitive world of professional acting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
This title examines an important historic event - the Harlem Renaissance in New York City. Easy-to-read, compelling text explores the history of the Harlem neighborhood and issues around racism, Harlem's African-American community, cultural identity, and creative spirit - from jazz to dance to poetry, key influential figures such as W.E.B. Du Bois, Zora Neale Hurston, Duke Ellington, and Alain Locke, and the effects of this event on society. Features include a table of contents, a timeline, facts, additional resources, Web sites, a glossary, a bibliography, and an index. Essential Events is a series in Essential Library, an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.
What will houses look like in the future? From space stations to pod living, this innovative title examines how architects design and plan for the world of tomorrow. Readers put concepts to work when they design their own home based around a unique shape.
Whether you're looking for something to do on a rainy day or making a personalized gift for a friend, crafts are a great way to pass the time. They also provide an opportunity to learn how to draw meaning from technical texts. The activities in this book push readers to read for comprehension, use information gained from the text and illustrations to follow step-by-step directions, determine relationships among steps in a technical process, and build the skills they need to make the perfect crafts for the Thanksgiving season.
A biography of Italian Renaissance artist Michelangelo, examining his masterful commissions and papal relationships, as well as some of his most enduring works.
A biography of Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh, examining his contributions to the Post-Impressionist style and his early death, as well as many of his greatest paintings.
With prompting questions and historical background, an early reader comes face to face with famous works of Modern art and is encouraged to identify images and consider different meanings.
With prompting questions and historical background, an early reader comes face to face with famous works of Romantic art and is encouraged to identify feelings and consider dreamlike subjects.
In a new edition of their second collaboration, author J. Patrick Lewis and illustrator Gary Kelley take readers back to 1911 -- to the city Paris, where history's most famous portrait, Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa, has gone missing from the Louvre Museum. As France laments the loss of its most treasured masterpiece, a zealous Italian watches with amusement, for he alone knows the truth behind the mystery of the vanished lady with the peculiar smile. Lewis's words, narrated by the proud thief himself, tell the spirited tale, while Kelley's illustrations masterfully depict each turn of the unfolding drama. Based on true events, The Stolen Smile is the story of a hopeful hero and one painting's powerful spell.
An elementary introduction to the lives, work, and popularity of One Direction, a British pop group formed on the TV singing contest The X Factor known for such songs as “What Makes You Beautiful.” This colorful and newly expanded series surveys concert stages, film sets, and athletic venues to introduce six more icons of entertainment and sports. Young readers will meet dynamic wide receiver Calvin Johnson, A-list actress Kristen Stewart, boy-band sensation One Direction, and more, learning where these stars came from, the challenges they’ve overcome, and how they made it to … The Big Time!
An elementary introduction to the life, work, and popularity of Taylor Lautner, an American actor known for his roles in such hit movies as the Twilight saga and Abduction. This colorful and newly expanded series surveys concert stages, film sets, and athletic venues to introduce six more icons of entertainment and sports. Young readers will meet dynamic wide receiver Calvin Johnson, A-list actress Kristen Stewart, boy-band sensation One Direction, and more, learning where these stars came from, the challenges they’ve overcome, and how they made it to … The Big Time!
If you struggle to turn sticks into figures, then perhaps it is time to seek out a Trained Professional Artist! Illustrator Elwood H. Smith consults his expert funny bone as he leads budding artists through a tutorial on how to draw tricycle- riding pigs, silly-grinning cars, and jousting ketchup bottles. Emphasizing that subjects can be based on everyday materials and that artists have unique styles, this is a workbook that will encourage readers to experiment with their own types of visual expression.
Combining biographical profiles with poetry selections, this revised and updated selection of Voices in Poetry highlights the extraordinary lives and talent of some of the world’s most influential poets. From Shakespeare’s classic love sonnets to Hughes’s songs of the African American experience, this series introduces readers to six unique poetic voices from multiple perspectives by featuring full-length poems or excerpts from larger works and examinations of the author’s style and thematic material. This title provides an exploration of the life and work of 16th-century English writer William Shakespeare, whose poetry is known best for its sonnet form as well as its transcendent descriptions of love.
A primary prelude to the guitar, including what the string instrument looks and sounds like, basic instructions on how to play it, and the kinds of music that feature it. Making Music offers young readers a chance to experience a variety of musical instruments—before they even play a note! Labeled images assist in identification of common components as this series describes the featured instrument’s sounds and workings, including basic instruction on how to play it. A brief history of the instrument across world cultures puts it in context with others of its kind, and each title concludes with a spotlight on a famous musician who plays the instrument today.