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12 Stories about Helping after a Disaster

Patricia Hutchison (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781645820291

When earthquakes rocked Mexico in 2017, UNICEF brought drinking water and blankets. They also got children back to school. When wildfires raced through California in 2018, an MLB player and his teammates raised money for fire victims. Soon after Superstorm Sandy hit in 2012, an 11-year-old Florida boy designed a better sandbag. This book features 12 stories about making a difference when disaster strikes. Each chapter includes attention-grabbing photos and fascinating facts. Sidebars go beyond the basics, and prompts invite readers to think for themselves. A Ways You Can Help page offers suggestions anyone can try.

12 Stories about Helping the Community

Samantha S. Bell (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781645820284

Since 1976, Habitat for Humanity has helped people in need get homes of their own. Rapper Pharrell Williams offers free summer learning camps for at-risk and low-income kids. Pilots who belong to Angel Flight Northeast use their personal airplanes to fly patients to medical care for free. This book features 12 stories about making a difference for others in our communities. Each chapter includes attention-grabbing photos and fascinating facts. Sidebars go beyond the basics, and prompts invite readers to think for themselves. A Ways You Can Help page offers suggestions anyone can try.

12 Suspenseful Mysteries

Samantha S. Bell (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781645820253

What happened to Amelia Earhart? Was there really an ancient city called Atlantis? What caused the fire in the sky over Siberia in 1908? This book features 12 puzzling mysteries, some centuries old, that remain unsolved. Yet people today still wonder about them and try to find answers. Each story includes attention-grabbing photos and fascinating facts. Sidebars go beyond the basics, and prompts invite readers to think for themselves. Additional mini-stories encourage further exploration.

12 Impossible Daredevil Stunts

Samantha S. Bell (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781645820246

Harry Houdini escaped from handcuffs, straightjackets, jails, and boxes, sometimes while underwater. Willie Harris broke barriers for black stuntmen. Kitty O’Neil reached 618 miles per hour in a rocket car. This book features 12 thrilling stories about people who braved injury and worse to do impossible things. Each includes attention-grabbing photos and fascinating facts. Sidebars go beyond the basics, and prompts invite readers to think for themselves. Additional mini-stories encourage further exploration.

12 Epic Rescues

Samantha S. Bell (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781645820222

In 2018 in Thailand, 12 members of a boys’ soccer team were trapped in a cave. In 1987 in Texas, a baby named Jessica fell down a well. In 2010, 33 Chilean miners were working deep underground when their only way out collapsed. Each time, the world held its breath. This book features 12 stories of epic rescues. Some have happy endings, and some are bittersweet. Each includes attention-grabbing photos and fascinating facts. Sidebars go beyond the basics, and prompts invite readers to think for themselves. Additional mini-stories encourage further exploration.

Explore Paris

Douglas J. Fehlen (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781645820161

A lively introduction to the City of Lights, the capital of France, home to the Eiffel Tower, and a world center for culture and art. Each chapter features attention-grabbing photos, colorful details, and fascinating facts. Sidebars go beyond the basics, and prompts invite readers to think for themselves. Includes a timeline of major events, a page of Fun Facts, and maps showing Paris’s location in its country and the world.

Explore Mexico City

Patricia Hutchison (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781645820130

A lively introduction to the world’s largest Spanish-speaking city, the capital of Mexico and its economic center. Each chapter features attention-grabbing photos, colorful details, and fascinating facts. Sidebars go beyond the basics, and prompts invite readers to think for themselves. Includes a timeline of major events, a page of Fun Facts, and maps showing Mexico City’s location in its country and the world.

Video Games from Then to Now

Angie Smibert (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781645490494

Video game technology is brought to life with photo-driven design, clear text, and an integrated timeline, making this an excellent resource on the history of video games for elementary students. The saga of video games is rife with epic quests, thievery, and competition. It took Ralph Baer about 15 years to complete his quest to play video games on home TVs, finally selling the first gaming console. Then Atari stole his table tennis game and made Pong and arcade history. Shortly after, Atari would also ignite the console wars with its Atari 2600. From Spacewar! to Mario Bros. to Fortnite, gaming has gone from geek to mainstream, with top Esports winners taking home millions of dollars. With virtual reality, where will gaming go next?

Photography from Then to Now

Rachel Grack (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781645490487

The technology of taking pictures is brought to life with photo-driven design, clear text, and an integrated timeline, making this an excellent resource on the history of photography for elementary students. So much science went into that selfie! First, people had to figure out how light even worked. Then, a French guy smeared sticky black stuff on a silver plate and the black stuff hardened in sunlight. And we had our first picture. (It was not a selfie.) People tried new chemicals and lenses and film to take better, faster pictures. Then came the digital revolution. Cameras got into cellphones and now there are SO many selfies. Will 3-D bring our photos right into reality?

Phones from Then to Now

Angie Smibert (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781645490470

Telephone technology is brought to life with photo-driven design, clear text, and an integrated timeline, making this an excellent resource on the history of landlines and cell phones for elementary students. Once upon a time, no one carried a phone around. Phones plugged into a wall and you could only move as far as the cord let you. And it basically stayed that way for 100 years! When we finally got cordless phones, you still had to stay in your house to call. The first mobile phones weighed 80 pounds and had to be carried around in a car—hence the term car phone. The dawn of the cell phone was the 1980s with the Motorola Dynatec. Phones changed forever. Now we have smart phones in our pockets!

Movies from Then to Now

Rachel Grack (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781645490463

The history of movie technology is brought to life with photo-driven design, clear text, and an integrated timeline, making this an excellent resource for elementary students. It took 50 years from the invention of photographs to the magical motion of movies. In the 1890s, Thomas Edison’s company decided to make a camera that could take a bunch of pictures really fast. Next came silent films, talkies, and Technicolor. New technology gave us widescreens, 3-D, IMAX, and, finally, the digital revolution. How will virtual reality change movie-going in the future?

Computers from Then to Now

Angie Smibert (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781645490456

Computer technology is brought to life with photo-driven design, clear text, and an integrated timeline, making this an excellent resource on the history of computing for elementary students. Back in the 1950s, computers were only for employees of the government and universities. They were way too expensive for the average person. In 1975, the Altair 8800 kit made them affordable. It also inspired a guy named Steve Wozniak to start Apple Computers with his friend Steve Jobs. Then came mice, GUIs, MacIntosh versus PC, and the World Wide Web. In the 2000s, computers got into cell phones and now everyone carries a computer in their pocket. Where will artificial intelligence take computers in the future?

Airplanes from Then to Now

Rachel Grack (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781645490449

The technological history of airplanes is brought to life with photo-driven design, clear text, and an integrated timeline, making this an excellent resource for elementary students. Bird envy drove aviation history. We studied bird wings to understand flight and made gliders. Then the Wright Brothers said, “Let’s add an engine!” and we left birds in the dust. Since then, we’ve flown faster, better, and bigger. What will happen next? Can Boeing or Airbus bring us hypersonic passenger jets? Would you ride in a self-flying taxi drone?

Statues of Easter Island

Elizabeth Raum (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781607536802

Describes the statues of Easter Island, including theories on how they were built, the people who built them, and what the statues are like today.

Great Wall of China

Elizabeth Raum (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781607536826

Describes the Great Wall of China, including how and why it was built, the dynasties behind its construction, what it was used for, and what it’s like today.

Machu Picchu

Elizabeth Raum (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781607536833

Describes the mystery of Machu Picchu, including how and why it was built, the emperor who lived there, why it was abandoned, and what the ruin is like today.

Stonehenge

Elizabeth Raum (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781607536840

Describes the mysteries behind Stonehenge, including how and why it was built, the people who built it, and what the ruins are like today.

Taj Mahal

Elizabeth Raum (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781607536857

Describes the Taj Mahal, including how and why it was built, how it was ruined and has been restored, and what it is like today.

Skyscrapers

Paige V. Polinsky (author)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781680786965

Readers will have a blast learning about Skyscrapers. From apartment buildings to the Empire State Building, this book explores how they are built, how they are used, and the engineer’s job to build and plan for them. Bright, full-page photos fill the pages of this fun title, while easy-to-read text introduces readers to key STEM concepts. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards.

Dams

Elsie Olson (author)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781680786941

Readers will have a blast learning about Dams. From beaver dams to the Hoover Dam, this book explores how they are built, how they are used, and the engineer’s job to build and care for them. Bright, full-page photos fill the pages of this fun title, while easy-to-read text introduces readers to key STEM concepts. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards.

Venezuela

Julie Murray (author)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781680786453

Welcome to Venezuela – home of the world’s highest cable car and South America’s largest natural lake! Maps, a timeline with photos, and fun facts complement the text. The book closes with a facts page including Venezuela’s population and total area, as well as images of the country’s flag and currency.

Lonesome Star: A Story About Texas

Karen Latchana Kenney (author) Bob Doucet (illustrator)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781617145704

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.

Summer in Savannah

Christine Platt (author) Sharon Sordo (illustrator)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781532133848

It's summertime! Ana & Andrew travel to visit their grandparents in Savannah, Georgia. While they are there, they learn Grandma and Grandpa's church was built by slaves. With some help from an unusual source! Aligned to Common Core standards and correlated to state standards. Calico Kid is an imprint of Magic Wagon, a division of ABDO.

Wildfire Escape

James Buckley Jr. (author) Kerstin LaCross (illustrator)

Publisher: Bearport Publishing ISBN: 9781647476366

As flames rushed through the wooded hills near San Diego, California, people were forced to evacuate with what little they could take in a hurry. When the wildfire drew near, Nancy began packing up her pets. Dogs, cats, and birds alike jammed into her truck. But no matter how hard she tried, she couldn't save all of her beloved animals alone. Follow along as several heroes stepped in to help Nancy's furry and feathered family make it to safety in this graphic adventure of animal escapes. Then, learn about more rescuers who saved animals from wildfires.

The Sheriff's Ghost

K.C. Kelley (author) Lisa Naffziger (illustrator)

Publisher: Bearport Publishing ISBN: 9781647476144

The sheriff of Bannack, Montana protected the townspeople from thieves and crooks. He was a hero during the gold rush . . . until he was falsely accused of helping the criminals. But would that stop him? How about how own death? Some say the stories of the ghost sheriff are just that--stories. But would you want to try and make trouble in this creepy ghost town? Find out more about the legendary sheriff in this graphic thriller. Then, learn about other spooky ghost towns.