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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Students love to write about things that interest them! This helpful book teaches young writers about fiction and non-fiction styles of writing, different text structures, dialogue, similes, and metaphors, and formulating questions. Children are encouraged to write poems, songs, stories, projects, and simple books. They will also learn about the important parts of a book such as front and back covers, title page, contents, glossary, and index.
Did you know that New Year celebrations can be traced back more than 4,000 years ago? Dynamic photographs and well-crafted text introduce readers to New Year celebrations including Songkran, Chinese New Year, Rosh Hashanah, and Diwali.
Through vibrant photographs and accessible text, this inviting title looks at the rich diversity of art forms in different places around the world. From decorative art forms such as basketweaving to painting, sculpture, and other visual arts, readers will understand how art is an expression of culture.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Easy to follow father's day gift craft instructions for makerspaces, home activities, and classrooms.
Easy to follow mother's day gift craft instructions for makerspaces, home activities, and classrooms.