The year 2017 saw the most active and costly hurricane season on record. Moving photographs help tell the human stories of Harvey, hitting Texas and Louisiana; Irma, the strongest Atlantic basin hurricane ever recorded, pummeling Florida; and Maria, the worst natural disaster ever to hit Puerto Rico and Dominica. Detailed information tracks the paths of each storm, the clean-ups that followed, what remains to do.
It cost $10 billion to combat the wildfires in California in 2017 that scorched 300,000 acres of land and left 100,000 people displaced. With dry weather and drought bringing more catastrophic wildfires to the western United States and Canada, this timely title discusses the human and physical impacts of these and other fire disasters and how fire professionals and policymakers are combatting them.
As one of the Earth's biggest countries and the one with the world's largest population, China is well-known for its rich history and traditions. Books in the Countries of the World series teach readers about countries' unique features through engaging content and pictures. Readers will learn about China's culture, monuments like the Great Wall, and animals like panda bears that call China home. This book includes a table of contents, activity sections, sidebars, infographics, recipes, a glossary, and references to learn more.
The peninsula nation of South Korea is stamped by urban centers and technological advances. Towering buildings stretch into the sky while high-speed trains whiz South Koreans and travelers wherever they need to go. Open the cover of this informative read to discover engaging text and vivid photos alongside labeled maps, a language feature, a recipe, a historical timeline, and more!
El Salvador may be the smallest country in Central America, but it is filled with rich life and beauty! The hidden pyramid of Tazumel attracts many adventurers, while the sounds of cumbia music delight locals in the streets. Readers will dive into this and more as each chapter highlights different elements of El Salvador. Special features such as maps, fun facts, a recipe, an activity, and a timeline provide a deeper look into this nation in the tropics!
Stretching long and thin along South America’s southwestern coast is the diverse nation of Chile. Its landscape features the jagged Andes, the dry Atacama Desert, varied forests, and chilling glaciers. The people and cultures provide as much contrast as the land! Readers will explore Chile’s uniqueness through engaging text, labeled maps, a language feature, a traditional recipe, a historical timeline, and much more!
Boasting cultural riches, Belgium is where readers dreaming of travel can experience castle-filled towns, visual and musical arts, and buzzing urban hubs. Each bright page of this title provides engaging text and photos, while labeled maps, a traditional recipe, a language feature, a timeline, and more give readers a chance to experience the nation from afar!
The events surrounding the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 did not look the same to everyone involved. Step back in time and into the shoes of a fireman fighting the fires, a girl whose home is destroyed, and a resident of Chinatown as readers act out the scenes that took place in the midst of this historic event. Written with simplified, considerate text to help struggling readers, books in this series are made to build confidence as readers engage and read aloud. This book includes a table of contents, glossary, index, author biography, sidebars, and timelines.
Pakistan is a country with a rich Islamic history that plays a large role in daily life. From clothing and behavior to nationwide celebrations, the Pakistani people take great pride in their religious connection. But there is much more to this Asian nation! In this title, readers will take a trip across Pakistan’s varied landscape, meet the country’s diverse wildlife, and discover so much more! Features such as maps, a famous face, and more provide an engaging reading experience. Head to Islamabad and beyond with this informative title!
Gemstones are more than just pretty rocks. These stones serve a purpose far beyond jewelry or decoration! In this book, beautiful photos and interesting text combine to create a fascinating glimpse into the world of gemstones. Many special features turn this into a stand-out introduction to the subject, including a gemstone profile, comparison features, a formation diagram, and an activity. The text, photos, and features combine to create an engaging read sure to strike readers’ interest in gemstones!
Did you know Scotland’s national animal is the unicorn? The country even has a National Unicorn Day on April 9. What other surprises does this nation hold? In this title, readers will discover the country’s customs, celebrations, and much more. Special features including how to speak Scottish Gaelic, a Scottish activity and recipe, and a historical timeline provide engaging additions to the main text. Uncover all the treasures of Scotland in this fact-filled title!
Sedimentary rocks are the only type of rocks that contain fossils! But that’s not the only reason sedimentary rocks are important. Scientists study the rocks to learn about Earth’s history, while other people collect the rocks for use in construction, farming, and even art. This title introduces readers to these useful rocks, including information about how to identify them, how they form, and how people use them. Special features, including a profile, an activity, and formation diagrams, help highlight the key features of sedimentary rocks in this title for curious readers.
From the Pampas to Patagonia, Argentina is a land of varied landscapes, colorful cities, and passionate people! In this title, readers will explore the people, wildlife, customs, and much more that make Argentina a vibrant nation. Special features including a profile of a famous face from Argentina, a recipe for a sweet treat, and numerous fun facts will keep readers hooked. See all that Argentina has to offer in this exciting book!
For most of us, igneous rocks are no more than a stone’s throw away. These underrated rocks make up more than half of Earth’s crust! Not only that, but they have many uses in building, medicine, and other industries. This title dives deep into the properties, types, formation, and uses of igneous rocks. Special features designed to visually engage readers such as a profile, an activity, formation diagrams, and a rock cycle chart, complete this fact-filled read.
Metamorphic rocks form deep below Earth’s surface. Over thousands of years, they make their way to the surface. Then they are collected for use as building materials, sharpened tools, and even fertilizer! Interesting text and vivid photos engage readers in this fascinating book about metamorphic rocks. Additional special features, such as a rock profile, formation diagrams, and a rock cycle chart, will help underscore the key features of these useful rocks for confident students who are reading to learn.
Did you know Costa Rica is home to seven active volcanoes, a cloud forest, and beautiful beaches? But the most special thing about this tropical nation might be the people! All across Costa Rica, people practice pura vida, or pure life, in which relaxation is key. A great introduction to Costa Rica, this title includes fascinating fun facts, a language feature, a timeline of important historical events, and so much more! Pick up this book and discover the wonder of Costa Rica!
Spanning across 17,500 islands in Southeast Asia, Indonesia is a nation filled with diversity. From a landscape of volcanic mountains, rain forests, and swamps to a population of more than 300 different people groups, there is so much to discover on this nation’s islands. This title’s leveled text provides an engaging reading experience, while special features such as language, a recipe, and fast facts about Indonesia’s population, religions, government and more provide additional information. Take a trip to this island nation in this fun title!
Did you know the Netherlands has more bicycles than residents? The city of Amsterdam has been called “the bicycle capital of the world!” In this title, readers will discover many more interesting facts about the people and landscape of the Netherlands as well as detailed maps, a Dutch activity, and many other special features. Pedal through the Netherlands in this page-turning book!
Greece is a nation with a rich and ancient history dating back further than 2000 BCE! This long history has created strong cultural roots and traditions that emphasize hospitality and leisure. In this title, special features such as a timeline, famous face, and more take the reader through Greece’s history into today. Leveled text and vibrant photos give readers an approachable reading experience. Take a journey to the Mediterranean in this title about Greece!
Time for a fossil hunt! Digging through a layer of sedimentary rock, scientists uncover many relics of prehistoric Earth. Tiny trilobites prove that a vast desert was once an ocean. Huge dinosaur fossils show where dinosaurs once roamed! With this title, readers will learn about the types of fossils, how they form, and why scientists study them today. This title includes engaging special features such as a fossil profile, a fossil comparison chart, formation diagrams, and more, all designed to introduce readers to the fascinating world of fossils.
Denmark is an innovative and joyful nation where sustainable living and appreciating the smaller things in life take the front seat. This title takes readers inside the happiest country in the world by highlighting the nation’s landscape, people, communities, and much more. Special features such as directions to a Danish game and a recipe for a traditional treat give readers a taste of what it is like to be a Dane. Find out much more about this unique nation in this engaging title!
Snowflakes float gently through the air. Aged cheeses add the perfect flavor to an afternoon snack. Gas stoves boil water for pasta. Each of these everyday objects contains crystals! They are in nature, in food, and in many of the appliances and electronics we use every day. This title explores the ins and outs of crystals, from how they are structured and how they form to how we use them. Special features such as a crystal profile, an activity, and several formation diagrams help readers understand the complex world of crystals!
Explore Brazil, a country with some of the world's most significant natural wonders, as well as some of it's most populous urban areas. Unusual animals like toucans and jaguars call Brazil's lush rainforests their home. The country is also known for its vibrant, bustling cities, like Rio de Janeiro. Books in the Countries of the World series teach readers about countries' unique features through engaging content and pictures. This book includes a table of contents, activity sections, sidebars, infographics, recipes, a glossary, and references to learn more.
With one of the largest populations in the world, India is a land of crowded cities, but it's also known for its beautiful mountains and serene beaches. Books in the Countries of the World series teach readers about countries' unique features through engaging content and pictures. Explore India's colorful culture and traditions, how Indians celebrate, and what they eat. This book includes a table of contents, activity sections, sidebars, infographics, recipes, a glossary, and references to learn more.
A land of Amazonian jungles, Caribbean beaches, and hectic cities, Venezuela is a country of many contrasts. Books in the Countries of the World series teach readers about countries' unique features through engaging content and pictures. Readers will explore the country's love of sports like baseball, learn about its wild animals, and discover more about its complicated political history. This book includes a table of contents, activity sections, sidebars, infographics, recipes, a glossary, and references to learn more.