An elementary exploration of landslides, focusing on the geological evidence that helps explain how and where they form and spotlighting famous examples, such as the 2013 Indian landslides.
An elementary exploration of volcanoes, focusing on the geological evidence that helps explain how and where they form and spotlighting famous examples, such as Hawaii’s Mauna Loa.
A kindergarten-level introduction to grasslands, covering their climate, plant and animal life, and such defining features as their varied grasses.
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 kindergarten-level introduction to deserts, covering their climate, plant and animal life, and such defining features as their dry terrain.
A kindergarten-level introduction to oceans, covering their climate, plant and animal life, and such defining features as their salty water.
A kindergarten-level introduction to mountains, covering their climate, plant and animal life, and such defining features as their rocky peaks.
A young explorer’s introduction to Wyoming’s Yellowstone National Park, covering its geyser-filled landscape, plants, animals such as bison, and activities such as camping and fishing.
A young explorer’s introduction to California and Nevada’s Death Valley National Park, covering its desert landscape, plants, animals such as desert tortoises, and activities such as bird-watching.
A look at a common food chain on a North American prairie, introducing the bluestem grass that starts the chain, the badger that sits atop the chain, and various animals in between.
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.
A sailor boy named Nick travels the uncharted world of the late 1700s in this illustrated account of the historic three-year voyage of the British vessel Endeavour and its captain, James Cook.
This fun combination of original fable and factual information introduces young readers to the state of Texas through an entertaining and educational story based on the state symbols, history and geography. Take a trip through Texas as Sam, the star travels the state. Along the way Sam meets new friends and learns about the animals, plants, geography, and culture that make Illinois a great state! In addition to the illustrated story, interesting and informative factual sidebars about the state are found throughout the book. A treasure-hunt map plots the journey and a cultural recipe is also included. This book ends with state facts at a glance, a reading comprehension quiz, and more things to see and do around Sam with a map showing the locations. This title is a great way to explore Illinois in preparation for state reports or family vacations! Super Sandcastle is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.
Easy-to-read text with bright, full color photographs brings Texas to young students. Presented in a simple, easily understandable, "scrapbook" format, kids will truly enjoy opening this travelogue-like book. This 48-page book is filled with current state facts and statistical data. Important historical information segues to up-to-date details on cities, economics, geography, and climate. Checkerboard Library is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.
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 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.
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.
Lyndon B. Johnson was born in Texas in the early 1900s. This appealing biography highlights Johnson's life as he represented Texas in the United States Congress for 24 years and became the 36th President of the United States. Through engaging images, intriguing sidebars and facts, easy-to-read text, and a supportive glossary and index, readers will learn interesting topics such as the Higher Education Act, Voting Rights Act, Minority Whip, and the Vietnam War.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!