Historical and anecdotal information about each of the fifty states' official state capitals.
With two official languages and many different ethnic groups, Afghanistan is a diverse country with a rich and ancient history. Delicious food, thrilling sports, and festive celebrations are hallmarks of Afghani life, despite decades of war. This title introduces young readers to modern-day life and culture in this complex nation.
Vibrant colors, lively music, and welcoming smiles fill the streets of the beautiful country of Cuba. Despite a history of economic hardships, the people of Cuba have created a nation dedicated to warmth and culture. Young readers can explore the country few citizens of the United States have been able to visit in this lively title.
Nestled within the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea, the Dominican Republic is one of two countries on the island of Hispaniola. The Dominican Republic’s Spanish and African roots have come together to create a nation of rich culture and unique beauty. Explore exotic wildlife, some of the Americas’ oldest landmarks, and so much more in this title highlighting the Dominican Republic.
The mention of Egypt immediately stirs up images of towering pyramids and powerful pharaohs, but there is so much more to discover! As young readers immerse themselves in this title, they will find a diverse land of deserts and fertile river plains, nomads and city-goers, and differing cultural norms and practices all while marveling over beautiful images of the people and landscape.
Among much of the conflict in the Middle East, Jordan has become a place of refuge for many seeking safety. This land of deserts along the Great Rift Valley is home to the ancient city of Petra and people wearing welcoming smiles. This title is the perfect trek through the culture, customs, and daily life in Jordan.
From the mounting heights of the Pyrenees down through the Meseta Central Plateau and into the Andalusian Plains along the Mediterranean, Spain is a nation whose culture is as diverse as the land. Deep-rooted Christianity sets the stage for vibrant festivals while day-to-day life incorporates tapas and siestas. This title will allow young readers to appreciate all there is to discover in Spain!
This book explains how the caves were formed, and what creatures can be found in the caverns.
Through hard work and determination, Lizzie Johnson built one of the largest cattle herds in the country, earning her the nickname "Cattle Queen of Texas." This interesting and inspiring biography highlights the life of Lizzie as she made her way to being one of the most famous cattle ranchers of her time. Through the appealing images and fascinating facts, readers will learn about Lizzie's journey across the Chisholm Trail and how she used brush popping to help grow her large cattle herd.
George W. Bush grew up in a prominent political family in Texas. After serving as Texas governor, Bush followed his father's footsteps in becoming President of the United States. This biography allows readers to discover the life of George W. Bush and explore some the impact he made as president through acts like No Child Left Behind. Readers will also learn of the many unexpected challenges Bush faced, such as the al-Qaeda attack on September 11, 2001, the War on Terror, and the Iraq War.
Sam Houston lived a unique and exciting life. This captivating biography focuses on Houston's life and how he became the only person to be president of a republic, a United States senator, and the governor of two different states. The intriguing facts, easy-to-read text, and appealing images work in conjunction with an accessible glossary and index to help readers navigate their way through the text while feeling engaged and enlightened as they learn about the Republic of Texas, Cherokee Indians, Texas history, and how Houston became the governor of Texas.
In the middle of the 1830s, Texans fought against the Mexican government for its independence. During the Texas Revolution, many leaders emerged, such as Sam Houston, Lorenzo de Zavala, William Travis, Francita Alavez, Sidney Sherman, Susanna Dickinson, James Bowie, and Juan Seguin. This captivating biography allows readers to learn about the incredible accomplishments of these people and what they did to make an impact on the Texas Revolution.
Among the millions of stories ever told, the tales of the legendary explorer Marco Polo are the most renowned. Listen as an old-time scribe tells his curious young neighbor about stories that are worth remembering.
A look at a common food chain in the Rocky Mountains, introducing the ponderosa pine tree that starts the chain, the mountain lion that sits atop the chain, and various animals in between.
The Caddo and Comanche were two of the largest American Indian groups living in Texas before European contact. This nonfiction title explores the history of the Caddo and Comanche, how they adapted to European colonists and American settlers, and the impact they made on Texas history. The Hasinai, Kadohadacho, Natchitoches, Comanche Nation of Oklahoma, and Shoshone are some of the tribes that readers will discover through engaging sidebars and facts, intriguing images, easy-to-read text, and a supportive glossary, index, and table of contents.
Rene-Robert Cavelier, or Sieur de La Salle, grew up in France dreaming of adventures in distant lands! This exciting biography allows readers to explore new worlds with La Salle as they read about his fascinating life. Featuring plenty of bright images, easy-to-read text, constructive facts and sidebars, and an accessible index, table of contents, and glossary, readers will be excited to learn about the Mississippi River discovery, Ville-Marie, Fort Crevecoeur, and other impressive exploration details!
Stephen F. Austin grew up to become known as the Father of Texas. Readers can learn about his interesting and incredible life in this appealing biography that has been translated into Spanish and highlights both Austin's life and Texas history. Through vivid images and illustrations, supportive text, an accommodating glossary and index, and fascinating facts, readers will learn about Texas pioneers, the empresario system, Freemasons, and how Austin became such an important figure in Texas history.
In the 1500s European explorers arrived in Texas in search of gold and glory. The Spanish were the first Europeans to arrive. Readers get to discover early Texas history in this fascinating nonfiction book that uses colorful images, intriguing facts, supportive text, and an accommodating glossary, index, and table of contents to introduce readers to various explorers such as Christopher Colombus, Cabeza de Vaca, Francisco Vazquez de Coronado, and La Salle. Children will be excited and engaged as they read through to also learn about the many American Indian tribes of the past. From the Caddo to the Apache, the Comanche to the Karankawa, readers will be captivated from beginning to end.
Texas has changed dramatically since it joined the United States in 1845. It has become a national leader in resources and many industries--it serves as a major supplier of the nation's oil, cattle, and agriculture. This inviting nonfiction book will intrigue readers as they learn about major Texas industries through colorful images and captivating facts. Children will learn about NASA, various types of music found in Texas, and even about the most popular Texas sports! The supportive text and accessible glossary and index aid in better understanding of the content and vocabulary.
During the 20th century, Texas grew from a land of farms and ranches to a state filled with large cities and industries. This fascinating title is a great introduction to Texas history, Texas social life and customs, and Texas economic conditions throughout the 20th century. The intriguing facts and vivid images work in conjunction with the supportive text and accommodating glossary and index to give children an opportunity to enhance their vocabulary and literacy skills while learning about the exciting history of Texas!
In 1833, American and Tejano colonists wanted independence from the Mexican government. Through a bloody Texas Revolution, the independent Republic of Texas was born! Readers will be enthralled as they make their way through this exciting and compelling book that uses vivid images, intriguing facts and sidebars in conjunction with easy-to-read text and an accessible glossary and index to enlighten readers about such things as the Law of April 6, 1830, the Battle of Gonzalez, Siege of Bexar, "The Consultation", and The Alamo. Along with these highlights of the Texas Revolution, this book also includes features on Santa Anna, Stephen Austin, and Sam Houston to give children a well-rounded introduction to Texas history.
By the 1800s, Mexican and American settlers were starting colonies throughout Texas. After Mexico won its independence from Spain, the real fight for Texas began. Through supportive text, vivid images, a helpful glossary, index, table of contents, and engaging sidebars and facts, readers will learn about Texas history, Texas colonization, the missions in Texas, Stephen F. Austin, and The Alamo.
After Texas earned its freedom from Mexico through a bloody revolution, its leaders were divided over whether Texas should join the United States. Through numerous captivating facts, vivid images, and easy-to-read text, readers will be enthralled as they make their way through this fascinating title that introduces them to Texas history, the Texas Revolution, and the Mexican-American War. The engaging sidebars, glossary, index, and table of contents make this book easy to navigate through and a perfect tool to aid in better understanding of the content and vocabulary.
After Texas joined the United States in 1845, Texas began to form its own identity. This new identity centered on the rise of the Texas cattle industry and the growing legend of the Texas cowboy. Readers will discover what cowboy life was like in the early days of Texas history as they make their way through this exciting book! Readers will learn about Texas cowboys, cattle trade, antebellum, the Battle of Fort Sumter, and more through vivid images, easy-to-read text, and numerous intriguing and engaging facts. A glossary, table of contents, and index is provided to aid in better understanding of the content and development of vocabulary.
Groups of American Indians had been living in the Texas region for thousands of years when American settlers decided to expand westward. This captivating book explores the Texas history and the history of American Indians and how each group found different ways to live on the region they inhabited. Readers will learn about a variety of tribes, including Karankawa tribe, Jumano, Caddo, Lipan Apache, and Shosone and discover how they struggled to survive European colonization, the Indian Removal Act, and American expansion. Other topics include the Dawes Act, Indian Civil Rights Act, and peace treaties. Through plenty of interesting and intriguing facts, engaging sidebars, accommodating glossary and index, and supportive text, readers will be encouraged to learn and explore the history of the Indians of North America.