Introduction to structures and buildings.
When elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers. This ancient proverb of the Kikuyu people, a tribal group in Kenya, Africa, is as true today as when the words were first spoken, perhaps thousands of years ago. Its essence is simplicity: when the large fight, it is the small who suffer most. And when it comes to war, the smallest, the most vulnerable, are the children. When Elephants Fight presents the stories of five children from five very different and distinct conflicts. Along with these very personal accounts, the book also offers brief analyses of the history and geopolitical issues that are the canvas on which these conflicts are cast. When Elephants Fight is about increasing awareness. For the future to be better than the past, better than the present, we must help equip our children with an awareness and understanding of the world around them and their ability to bring about change. Gandhi stated, "If you are going to change the world, start with the children."
Learn detailed information about the Vietnam War Memorial and basic history of this war.
A person can be part of one or many different communities, or even one big world community. This books explains to young readers that being part of a community allows us to make friendships and work together to solve problems at home, at school, and in our cultures.
A government is a group of people who provide rules and authority for the society they serve. Readers will learn that there are many different kinds of governments. Examples of governments around the world frame a discussion of why it is important that citizens have a say in who governs them and the decisions that get made. Activities encourage further discussion.
Equality is having the same rights, opportunities, and status as everyone else. Diversity is about recognizing the importance of different cultures in society, while still protecting their equality. This timely book discusses why the acceptance of diversity is important in society to prevent discrimination based on race, religion, and sex. Case studies of real-world events help readers understand the consequences of inequality.
As people, we are all born with certain rights, called human rights, that are not given to us by laws. This book explains that no matter where we live in the world or under what government, our human rights protect our claim to live with freedom, equality, justice, and peace. Case studies discuss what happens when human rights are blocked and our liberty—the right to live the way we want to—is taken away. An activity encourages further discussion.
Although there are benefits to buying and selling goods and services from country to country, many people are concerned that a global economy contributes to unfair wages and working conditions in many parts of the world. This interesting title examines the global economy and technological innovation, the exploitation of workers, and the 2008 economic crisis. Readers will gain an understanding of key concepts, such as fair trade, and find out how each of us can have a positive impact on workers around the world.
There are communities all over the world. A person might be part of many communities—at school, in their neighborhood, or even one big world community! Young readers will learn how communities help us learn to respect others, celebrate diversity, and work together.
Travel and transportation can be different in cities, suburbs, and small towns. This book encourages children to look at their communities and identify the types of transportation used to move people and goods. They will then compare and contrast how people and goods are moved in different kinds of communities, based on their locations.
Spectacular photographs and engaging text help introduce students to familiar landforms and others they may not have seen before. By using compare-and-contrast questions, children will be encouraged to identify differences in similar landforms, such as mountains and hills. Children will also be inspired to paint landscapes, create volcanoes, and write poems, songs, or projects about their favorite landforms to express their own creativity.
This book offers a fun path to learning with activities that help children develop skills such as concentration, deeper analytical abilities, and improved thought processing. Children will love the engaging art, music, nature, writing, and “maker” activities, which encourage critical thinking and problem solving skills, cooperation, communication, and creativity.
We all know the limits of our own bodies. That's what makes these unusual examples so incredible. Readers will be amazed by these mysteries of the human body—feats of strength, spontaneous combustion, human hibernation, sleepwalking, firewalkers, human pincushions, colored sweat, skin-shredding, human magnets, and feral, or wild, children.
A belief is something that we accept as being true or something that we can trust. Children will learn about the different beliefs held by people around the world with respect to religion, culture, and family. They will also learn how to respect and value others’ beliefs.
Five-year-old Roj’s home is bombed during the civil war that has been raging in his homeland of Syria. He and his family are forced to flee the country secretly by boat, and they end up in a camp for refugees in Europe. Interspersed with facts about Syria and its people, this narrative tells a story common to many refugees fleeing the country. The book looks at the efforts being made around the world to assist the millions of refugees. Readers are encouraged to consider how they can help refugees in their communities and around the world.
Fatuma does not remember a time when there was no fighting in her homeland of Somalia. With violence all around them and a lack of food and water, Fatuma and her family are forced to escape to the world’s largest refugee camp, in Kenya. Life in the camp is hard, and Fatuma hopes to one day feel safe. Interspersed with facts about Somalia and its people, this narrative tells a story common to many refugees fleeing the country. Readers will learn about the decades of conflict there and how they can help refugees in their communities and around the world who are struggling to find permanent homes.
Eight-year-old Etienne and his family live in The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Kidnapped by a rebel army and forced to be a child soldier, Etienne finally escapes and is sent to a camp for freed child soldiers. He is reunited with his family who then flee the country, arriving as refugees in Canada. Interspersed with facts about the DRC and its people, this narrative tells a story common to many refugees fleeing the country. Readers will learn about the experiences of child soldiers and how they can help refugees in their communities and around the world who are struggling to find permanent homes.
Ataui and her family live in South Sudan. They have never known what safety feels like. When she and two siblings leave their home, they don’t know that they will never return. After spending many years in a refugee camp, Ataui arrives as a refugee in Canada, where she faces new challenges. Interspersed with facts about South Sudan and its people, this narrative tells a story common to many refugees fleeing the country. Readers will learn about the conflict there and how they can help refugees in their communities and around the world who are struggling to find permanent homes.
Miron’s life in Ukraine is happy until a war breaks out in his city, Donetsk. Surrounded by political instability and increasing violence, Miron and his family decide to flee to find safety in a more stable part of Ukraine. But life as an internally displaced person is not stable. He and his family aren’t sure if true safety lies ahead for them. Interspersed with facts about Ukraine and its people, this narrative tells a story common to many refugees fleeing the country. Readers will learn about the conflict there and how they can help refugees in their communities and around the world who are struggling to find permanent homes.
Sahar misses her life in Yemen before the terrible civil war started. When her home is bombed and she loses her baby brother, she and her family make the dangerous boat journey to a refugee camp. Sahar and her family end up journeying to Canada as refugees, where they adjust to a very different life. Interspersed with facts about Yemen and its people, this narrative tells a story common to many refugees fleeing the country. Readers will learn about the conflict there and how they can help refugees in their communities and around the world who are struggling to find permanent homes.
This fascinating book looks at modern methods of mapping that allow us to show and evaluate human behavior and interactions, as well as the impact humans have on the environment. Examples of mapping human activity include such areas of interest as crime, accidents, busy city streets, travel, or the spread of disease.
Did you know that New Year celebrations can be traced back more than 4,000 years ago? Dynamic photographs and well-crafted text introduce readers to New Year celebrations including Songkran, Chinese New Year, Rosh Hashanah, and Diwali.
Sports are played all around the world, in many different forms. Readers will discover that some countries have their own national sports, while many others are played locally, while there are other sports, such as soccer / football, that are played in nearly every country around the world.
From card games and board games to dolls and collectibles, this book introduces readers to traditional games and toys from around the world. Readers will see similarities and differences between their own sources of entertainment and those of others. This inviting new title will surely earn top marks with young readers!
After 9 years in a refugee camp in Nepal, Amita remembers very little of her homeland, Bhutan. At two years old, she was forced to flee her country when her family was targeted because of their Nepalese heritage. When the camp becomes an unsafe place for Amita and her family to live, they make the difficult decision to seek a permanent home in a new country. Interspersed with facts about Bhutan and its people, this narrative tells a story common to many refugees fleeing the country. Readers will learn about the conflict there and how they can help refugees in their communities and around the world who are struggling to find permanent homes.