The art of glass blowing has been around for over 4,000 years! Readers explore the history of blown glass, the tools and equipment that is used, and how it is still practiced today in this engaging nonfiction reader that features vibrant images and informational text.
This interesting book examines the holidays and traditions in Vietnam, which include colorful festivals that celebrate meaningful lunar calendar days and unique family traditions. Dynamic images, concise fact boxes, and clear text introduce readers to the traditional foods, clothing, and other practices used to celebrate holidays in Vietnam. Readers will also find out about Vietnamese folklore and religious practices.
Celebrating the country's 150th birthday in 2017, it’s time to celebrate Canada! This timely title explores the exciting events and celebrations that are taking place in honor of Canada’s sesquicentennial year. From the traveling SESQUI festival to special community projects everywhere, Canada’s 150th Birthday offers an exciting opportunity to discover how Canadians will be celebrating the country's history, people, and cultures. Children will be inspired by the engaging activities that encourage students to get involved in coming up with their own ideas to wish Canada a happy birthday.
A nation with Spanish, African, Asian, and Caribbean roots, Cuba’s people celebrate their diversity with a range of cultural traditions. From celebrated Cuban music and dance to legends and family customs, this interesting book guides readers through the celebrations and traditions practiced by Cubans throughout each year. Other celebrations include national holidays and Christian observances.
Made up of diverse cultures and with a history of European rule, Ghana is rich in unique traditions. Many holidays and festivals celebrate national events, food harvests, and religious holy days. From unique clothing to traditional music, storytelling, and foods, readers will delight in this interesting title that follows the different holidays and cultural traditions throughout the year in Ghana.
This fascinating book introduces readers to the cultural traditions in the Central American country of Honduras. A largely Catholic country, readers will learn how Honduran people celebrate traditional religious holy days in new and different ways. Family celebrations and indigenous cultural traditions are also detailed. Colorful images and fact boxes examine the traditional clothing and foods of Honduras.
Iceland is a country full of unique traditions—some stemming from its Norse heritage and others from religious observances. Readers will learn about the interesting cultural traditions of Iceland, from distinctive food festivals to family traditions, as well as holidays connected to traditional myths and stories. Topics also include Icelandic celebrations of familiar holidays such as Easter and Christmas.
This engaging book takes readers through a year of holidays and traditions in Poland. Many of the country’s holidays are based on Catholic holy days—but traditional Polish customs, clothing, and food remain at the center of every occasion. Colorful images and clear text also help readers discover traditions and holidays unique to Poland, such as harvest festivals and family traditions.
Known for its diversity, Sri Lanka is a country with many unique cultural traditions. This intriguing book guides readers through a year of holidays and traditions in the country, from Buddhist celebrations such as Poya Days, to the family traditions of specific ethnic groups. Other celebrations also include Hindu, Muslim, and Catholic holidays, and festivals celebrating food and farming.
A country with a rich history and culture, Turkey’s cultural traditions are influenced by Islamic holy days and its diverse ethnic population. Clear images and text with interesting fact boxes guide readers through a year of traditions and celebrations in the influential country. Find out also how traditional Turkish foods, clothing, and music are featured and celebrated.
Readers take on the role of historical detectives as they examine letters and diaries as primary sources and discover how they can be used to study the past.
Readers take on the role of historical detectives as they examine photographs as primary sources and discover how they can be used to study the past.
Readers take on the role of historical detectives as they examine speeches as primary sources and discover how they can be used to study the past.
Readers take on the role of historical detectives as they learn about artifacts as primary sources and discover how they can be used to study the past.
Did you know Band-Aids were invented by accident?! And that they weren't mass-produced until the Boy Scouts gave their seal of approval? 1920s cotton buyer Earle Dickson worked for Johnson & Johnson and had a klutzy wife who often cut herself. The son of a doctor, Earle set out to create an easier way for her to bandage her injuries. Band-Aids were born, but Earle's bosses at the pharmaceutical giant weren't convinced, and it wasn't until the Boy Scouts of America tested Earle's prototype that this ubiquitous household staple was made available to the public. Soon Band-Aids were selling like hotcakes, and the rest is boo-boo history.
In 1959 the Boston Red Sox was the last team in the Major Leagues to integrate. But when they call Elijah “Pumpsie” Green up from the minors, Bernard is overjoyed to see a black player on his beloved home team. And, when Pumpsie’s first home game is scheduled, Bernard and his family head to Fenway Park. Bernard is proud of Pumpsie and hopeful that this historic event is the start of great change in America. This fictionalized account captures the true story of baseball player Pumpsie Green’s rise to the major leagues. The story is a snapshot of the Civil Rights Movement and a great discussion starter about the state of race relations in the United States today.
In this nonfiction joyride, Bertha Benz and her sons drive across Germany in the world's first automobile. It's 1888 and Bertha Benz's husband, Karl, has invented the prototype Benz motorwagen. But the German government declares the vehicle illegal, and the church calls it the devil's work. Unbeknownst to her husband, Bertha steals away with her two sons and drives nearly one hundred miles to prove just how amazing the motorwagen is. Bertha's mechanical savvy gets the boys to Grandma's house safely, and the remarkable mother/son road trip reduces global concern about moving vehicles.
Take a tour of the Lone Star State. From King Ranch to the Alamo on through the capital city of Austin, explore historical sites, learn about the people who helped Texas develop, and discover the natural beauty of this dynamic state.Revised and re-illustrated, OUR TEXAS (originally TUMBLEWEED TOM ON THE TEXAS TRAIL) takes readers on a tour of the cities and wilderness of this larger-than-life state.
"The sky in Montana somehow seems bigger, bluer, and more spectacular than in any other state." Author Sneed B. Collard, III writes, "it's simply because our sky stretches over such an abundance of beauty." In B is for Big Sky Country readers will find out where the Going-to-the-Sun Road really takes you and what city the copper capitol dome calls home.
Rosa Parks makes a special visit to the Sweets Shop and whisks Finley and Fiona away on a historic journey of courage. Includes extensive back matter with biography, further reading, and author interview.
The Sweets Shop always gets special customers, but when Sally Ride comes to visit, Fiona and Finley go on a special trip—into outer space! Finley and Fiona have a blast, but there’s more to learn on this epic journey than they expected. Includes extensive back matter with biography, further reading, and author interview.
Fiona and Finley travel to the 1600s with Pocahontas to see her forest home. Pocahontas wants to help the troubled English settlers in Jamestown, but trouble is brewing. Pocahontas’ father, Chief Powhatan, has captured one of the Englishmen. Can Pocahontas save him before it’s too late? Includes extensive back matter with biography, further reading, and author interview.
Susan B. Anthony takes Fiona and Finley to the 1870s, where the kids learn that women can’t vote yet. But Susan B. Anthony has a plan! Includes extensive back matter with biography, further reading, and author interview.
From American revolutionaries to abolitionists to suffragettes, generations have celebrated the Liberty Bell’s message of freedom. This informative book explores the history and importance of America’s most famous bell.
It was the War of 1812, and the Battle of Baltimore raged! The Americans’ valiant defense inspired Francis Scott Key to write a poem – and the Star-Spangled Banner was born. Readers will discover the origins of our national anthem in this engaging book.