Why did medieval physicians fill a patient’s nostrils with hog’s dung? Can eating camel poop really help cure dysentery? And why are 21st-century doctors carrying out fecal transplants on patients with serious digestive problems? We often think of poop as yucky and dirty, but since ancient times, doctors have explored how it can be used as a treatment for illnesses and injuries. This new Science Slam! title will engross readers—and gross them out! Filled with information perfectly suited to the abilities and interests of an early elementary audience, this colorful, fact-filled book gives readers a chance not only to learn, but also to develop their powers of observation and critical thinking. With fascinating photographs and surprising, high-interest facts about a material that we don’t usually read about, the book makes learning about excrement poop-sitively amazing!
In this book, readers will get the chance to investigate their bodies like scientists! They’ll learn all about their skeletons, muscles, hearts, lungs, and blood. They’ll also discover how to take care of their bodies and learn answers to the questions: Why is it important to drink lots of water? What foods should we eat every day? And why should we be active, brush our teeth, and get plenty of sleep?
In this book, readers will get the chance to learn about their senses as if they were scientists! They will discover how their senses work and learn lots of fascinating facts about their eyes, nose, ears, tongue, and skin. In this age-appropriate introduction to the topic, readers will get to investigate and challenge their own senses!
Specially created to support early years teaching, this beautiful new words and pictures book is perfect for children learning to read. As young readers turn the pages, they will have lots of opportunities to: tell and understand time; explore the importance of physical exercise, healthy eating, basic hygiene, and keeping healthy and safe; understand behavior and consequences; find out about technology in homes and schools; and look at the similarities and differences between everyday places and objects all over the world.
In 1963, Les Skramstad came home after a hard day’s work at the local mill and mine in Libby, Montana. His wife kissed him at the door and his kids playfully grabbed his legs. They didn’t mind that he was covered in powdery brown dust. Little did Les and his family know that the dust was deadly. Deadly Mine: Libby, Montana traces the tragic story of a small mining town that eventually became poisoned by a deadly mineral called asbestos. Fascinating photos of the actual events, maps, and fact boxes enrich the compelling text. The personal and heart-breaking story will grip and inspire young readers.
In December 1952, a thick layer of black smog blanketed London. The filthy air blinded people on the streets and brought traffic to a screeching halt. Worst of all, the pollution was deadly. It sickened 100,000 people and took the lives of 4,000. Killer Smog: London, England traces the devastating story of air pollution that took thousands of lives and brought London to a standstill. Fascinating photos of the actual events, maps, and fact boxes enrich the compelling text. The personal and heart-breaking story will grip and inspire young readers.
Protecting the environment can be as simple as thinking more about the food you buy and where it comes from. In Eating Green, kids will discover what qualities make food eco-friendly and how they can join in the movement to make their planet greener. Along the way, young environmentalists will be introduced to important concepts such as sustainability, organic, free-range, and grass-fed.
From taking a close-up look at the parts of an ear, to learning how our ears work as a team with our brain, My Amazing Sense of Hearing explores everything to do with how we hear. What are sounds? What is an ear drum? And do our ears really stop us from toppling over? These questions and many more will be answered in this lively, fact-packed new book for young readers.
From taking a close-up look at the parts of an eye, to learning how our eyes work as a team with our brain, My Amazing Sense of Sight explores everything to do with how we see. Why do we see the world in color? Why do some people wear glasses? These questions and many more will be answered in this lively, fact-packed new book for young readers.
From taking a close-up look at the parts of a nose, to learning how our noses work as a team with our brain, My Amazing Sense of Smell explores everything to do with how we smell. What exactly is a smell made of? How do we recognize smells? And what exactly is snot all about? These questions and many more will be answered in this lively, fact-packed new book for young readers.
From taking a close-up look at a tongue, to learning how our tastebuds work as a team with our noses and brains, My Amazing Sense of Taste explores everything to do with how we taste our food. How do our tongues detect different flavors? Why cant we taste our food when we have a cold? These questions and many more will be answered in this lively, fact-packed new book for young readers.
From taking a close-up look at the skin, to learning how our skin and nerves work as a team with our brains, My Amazing Sense of Touch explores everything to do with how we feel the things we touch. How do we detect soft, rough, hot, or cold? How does our sense of touch stop us from getting hurt? These questions and many more will be answered in this lively, fact-packed new book for young readers.
Kids can get creative in the kitchen with inspiration from the tasty recipes in Super 'Wiches. Young chefs can choose from classic favorites with a twist such as grilled cheese and PB&J, or innovative fare like Thanksgiving Treats and Tuna Avocado Roll-Ups. Each recipe includes suggestions for customizing the sandwiches to match the tastes of the cook or to make artistic creations. After all, cooking is an artand art is all about experimenting! Each recipe includes a nutrition tip and a fact box as well as a list of tools and ingredients and easy, step-by-step instructions. Kids will learn about nutrition and healthy eating, sequencing and following directions, math and measuring skills, and kitchen safety. Bon apptit!
If you're feeling thirsty, this book is for you! Learn to make delicious fruit drinks and smoothies that not only taste good, but can be good for you, too! Each recipe includes a healthy tip as well as an ingredients and tools list and easy, step-by-step instructions for making fun and nutritious beverages. Kids will love dazzling their family and friends with delicious and tasty drinkssuch as the bubbly Red Lava Volcano, the green Kiwi Concoction, and the shake-like Banana Bonanza. Soon, they will be begging you for the recipes!
Spring is in the air! When warmer weather arrives, tastes turn to lighter foods, and young chefs will love the assortment of healthy, seasonal ingredients they can use in Spring Spreads to "Nutty" Breads. Creating scrumptious dishes like Lemon Asparagus Spears, Orange Pecan Mini Breads, and Guacamole Spread is easy with these fun, simple recipes. Each recipe includes a nutrition tip and a fact box, as well as a list of tools and ingredients and easy, step-by-step instructions. Kids will learn about nutrition and healthy eating, sequencing and following directions, math and measuring skills, and kitchen safety. Go onchow down!
The mouthwatering recipes in Winter Punches to Nut Crunches will make kids want to come out of hibernation! With lots of healthy winter fruits and vegetables in supply, making recipes like Peppermint Hot Chocolate, St. Patricks Green Smoothie, and Nut-and-Honey Bars will be fun and easy for even the youngest of cooks. Each recipe includes a nutrition tip and a fact box, as well as a list of tools and ingredients and easy, step-by-step instructions. Kids will learn about nutrition and healthy eating, sequencing and following directions, math and measuring skills, and kitchen safety. These recipes will get tummies growling!
Therapy animals can improve a person's mood, motivate a child to read, and comfort the sick--sometimes even more successfully than humans. How? Simply the act of being present, friendly, "pet-able," and attentive is often all it takes. In this introduction to therapy animals, kids will learn about the special traits required of non-human caregivers and the places where these animals work--from schools to hospitals to nursing homes. The bright pictures and fascinating text are sure to engage emergent readers and give them a deep respect for the work these animals do.
Grab your apron and get ready for some fun and easy baking! Young chefs can choose from delicious recipes that include classic favorites, such as chocolate-chip cookies and lemon bars, and healthy treats, like banana-apple cookies and granola bars. Each recipe includes a nutrition tip and a fact box, as well as a list of tools and ingredients and easy, step-by-step instructions. Kids will learn about nutrition and healthy eating, sequencing and following directions, math and measuring skills, and kitchen safety. Best of all, it's lots of fun!
One of the oldest diseases in history, malaria was once common all over the world. Some scientists believe that malaria may have killed more people than any other disease in human history. Fortunately, doctors now understand the causes of the disease and have developed effective treatments. Yet in some parts of the world, malaria continues to kill hundreds of thousands of people each year. In fact, it's estimated that every 30 seconds a child in Africa dies from this terrible disease. Why is this super killer still taking so many lives? And will humans ever conquer malaria once and for all? In Malaria: Super Killer!, children will learn all about this disease, including its history, how it spreads, and how doctors and organizations continue to work to eradicate the illness from impoverished areas. Readers will also meet individuals like Dawn Dubsky, a malaria survivor from Chicago who founded America Against Malaria, a group working to defeat the disease in the African nation of Ghana.
For thousands of years, smallpox had been one of the world's biggest killers. From the terrible plague that nearly wiped out the entire Aztec and Inca populations in the 1500s to the outbreak in the colonies that killed many of George Washington's troops during the Revolutionary War, smallpox has been responsible for some of the worst epidemics of all time. In the 1960s, the World Health Organization started a worldwide vaccination campaign in an attempt to wipe out this disease once and for all. By 1980 they declared victory, and there hasn't been a known case of smallpox since. But are we really completely safe from this terrible killer? In Smallpox: Is It Over?, children become medical detectives as they investigate the history of the disease, how it spreads, and the impressive details of how doctors and scientists developed a cure that has saved millions of lives. Packed with large photos and written in a narrative style, kids will come to understand the devastation that a contagious disease can inflict--and learn how humankind bravely responds.
In the 1700s, cities in Europe and North America were expanding quickly, and many people lived in tiny, cramped homes and tenement buildings. During this time, tuberculosis (TB) outbreaks were common--and deadly. Between 1700 and 1900, TB killed about 1 billion people around the world. Why? In the 1880s, a German doctor discovered that TB was caused by tiny germs that could spread whenever a person suffering from the illness coughed or sneezed--or even breathed! The crowded living conditions in cities made deadly TB outbreaks more likely. By the 1950s, effective antibiotics for tuberculosis had been created and the disease was considered treatable. So people don't need to worry about contracting the illness anymore, right? Readers will learn otherwise when they meet Oswaldo Juarez, a nineteen-year-old student who lived in Florida. He was hospitalized and almost died from a new form of TB--in 2007! In Tuberculosis: The White Plague!, kids will learn all about the history of this contagious illness, how the disease continues to mutate and adapt, and the ways doctors are fighting back and developing new cures.
On a hot September day in 1924, Jesus Lajun noticed a terrible smell coming from his house in Los Angeles. He went down to his basement and discovered a dead rat, which he picked up and tossed in the trash. A few days later, Lajun came down with a fever and noticed a strange, purple lump on his thigh. Soon Lajun was dead, as was his daughter, several of his neighbors, his ambulance driver, and even the priest who had performed his funeral. All of them died from the same illness! What killed Jesus Lajun and quickly spread with disturbing ease to the people around him? A doctor studying the case soon discovered that it was plague, a deadly disease that's spread by fleas and rodents--including rats. In Bubonic Plague: The Black Death!, children will learn all about the three forms this disease takes in the human body--bubonic, pneumonic, and septicemic--including how the disease spreads, the worst outbreaks in history, and how doctors have developed effective medicines to combat the illness. Most important, children learn how to avoid catching bubonic plague in the first place!