What qualities does it take to walk up to an unexploded bomb or mine, and coolly and calmly examine it? To slowly and painstakingly remove the cover and attempt to defuse it? To be completely alone while everyone else has taken cover? The rise of terrorism in the 21st Century and the evolution of car bombs and other improvised explosive devices mean that bomb disposal officers are in high demand once again in places as far apart as Northern Ireland and Afghanistan. This book looks at life as a bomb or mine disposal officer, and covers what sort of person becomes a bomb disposal officer: a day in the life; training; types of devices; and the history of bomb disposal from WW1 to the present day in Iraq, Israel, and Afghanistan.
There are no second places in aerial combat. Fighter pilots have perhaps the most dangerous job of all pilots - engaging other aircraft in order to shoot them down, or flying over enemy territory to drop bombs. Learning to master flying such a complex jet is only part of the job. Ultimately, a fighter jet is no more than a weapons platform, and the pilot must be better than his or her rivals in using the jet's weapons. This book will examine what it takes to become a fighter pilot; what the job is like; the jets and equipment required; and what its like to fly at twice the speed of sound in pursuit of an enemy.
In the age of 24-hour news television, some war correspondents have become media stars by "embedding" or attaching themselves to a particular military unit in order to follow and report on their activities. Journalists who report on conflicts keep the world's citizens up to date by showing the reality of war. In the last century, the safety of war correspondents was usually respected by both sides involved in a conflict. Not so in modern warfare. War correspondents not only have to fear being killed or wounded in an attack they are reporting on, they have increasingly become the direct targets of violence and kidnapping themselves. This book describes the dangerous process of reporting on war and steps correspondents take to ensure their safety.
Islam in Turkey follows Metehan and his sister Ayse during the month of Ramadan. Follow them as Metehan tries fasting for the first time, and find out why Muslims celebrate Ramadan and how they learn about the Quran.
Being sick can be a scary experience, but the hospital workers in the emergency room can make children feel better. These knowledgeable community helpers include doctors, nurses, emergency medical technicians, lab technicians, and many more. Children will be fascinated by the roles hospital workers play in helping them get well. Key topics include an overview of the emergency room, equipment used by hospital workers, x-rays, blood tests, and how hospital ER personnel work as a team.
The ultimate military society is explored in this book on the ancient Spartan civilization. From training methods to the famed Battle of Thermopylae, the heroics and failures of Sparta are uncovered.
China! Natasha Yim tells of her experiences of watching dragon races in Hong Kong. Discover the art of a handwriting technique called calligraphy. How is silk made? Discover the women who make silk by hand in Hotan, China. Learn how people in China honor their loved ones who have gone before them. Stories by Natasha Yim, Linda Petrucelli, Gary Hoff, Josanne LaValley, and Christine Liu Perkins.
Travelers! A traveler shares what he learned about life in the Andes. Dad and Sam usually see Mom off when she leaves for a work trip, but this time they get to go with her. Grandpa reads exciting stories to Bert and Beth. A hiker writes about his journey around Lake Superior. A traveler visits an island to see puffins, and learns much more than she expects. Stories by David Meissner, Pamela Love, Valeri Gorbachev, Scott Erickson, and Nancy Marie Brown.
Chilly adventures! Learn about Arctic climate, animals, and about the differences between the Arctic and the Antarctic. If you think all penguins live in the Antarctic, think again! Stories by Jodi Wheeler-Toppen, Susan E. Quinlan, Tim Davis, and Randi Lynn Mrvos.
Culinary traditions! Enjoy mouthwatering poems about pizza and pancakes. See the importance of family traditions and that food can bring people together. Learn how pizza became a popular food and make a mini pizza of your own. Stories by Debbie Lecy, Barbara Kanninen, Christina G. Rossetti, Karin Gaspartich, and Dawn King.
Pizza and spaghetti! Watch as Joe makes pizza. See what mishaps occur when the new girl at school brings a lunchbox of her brother's invention. Laugh at Tedd Arnold's silly story about his cockatoo. Learn with Arizona about how hard it is to have a family member in the military and ways to make the distance feel smaller. Stories by Tedd Arnold, Lissa Rovetch, Highlights for Children, and Sean Varner.
Splash! Bert, Beth, and Grandpa make a splash in the pond. The Timbertoes have a fun time on a rainy day. Visit a waterpark with Tina, Kevin, and Aunt Dora. Pick a favorite marine animal with Camila's class at the aquarium. Stories by Valeri Gorbachev, Marianne Mitchell, and Rich Wallace.
A perfect outfit for every occasion! Mom helps Isabel get dressed and ready for school. Bella's Dad helps her get ready for a birthday party. Dona Rosa tries to stand out from her flamingo friends by buying colorful new clothes. Arizona and her friends have fun with a clothes swap. Stories by Lissa Rovetch, Highlights for Children, Ana Galan, and Marianne Mitchell.
Australian and arctic animals! Meet a scientist who studies wombats and another who studies arctic foxes. Enjoy a fun story about animals having a jumping competition and another about animals having a special grown-up birthday party. Stories by L.E. Carmichael, Ph.D., Douglas McInnis, Karen Steiner, and Highlights for Children.
Big animals! Find out about the biting career of a zoo animal dentist. Learn about ways in which people cure, respect, and preserve big cats in Africa and California. Stories by Pamela S. Turner, Highlights for Children, Nina Kidd, and David Richardson.
Food! Make a breakfast that will make you smile, then help Biddle Bear count as he eat many types of food. Crack the code of what is in the Garbage Stew. Learn about the colorful lunches children eat in Japan. Stories by Heidi Bee Roemer, Sarah Zelle, Marilyn Kratz, and Teresa V. Mitchum.
Fun at the beach! Alex packs toys for a beach trip. Duck and Goose have try a new sport at the lake. Emma realizes that the wild animals should be free, no matter how small. Learn a safe and easy trick for examining sea creatures up close. Stories by Larry Dane Brimner, Dagmar Kost, Marianne Mitchell, and Les Ewen.
Readers follow along on a day in the life of a carpenter as a young girl pretends to be a carpenter while building a cardboard-box fort in the backyard with her brother. Includes a glossary of construction terms and an activity that lets readers practice building skills.
Readers follow along on a day in the life of a librarian as a young girl pretends that the family den is a public library. Includes a glossary of library terms and a library scavenger hunt activity.
Readers follow along on a day in the life of a police officer as a young girl pretends to be a law enforcement officer while on a walk with her dad. Includes a glossary and an activity.
Readers follow along on a day in the life of a kindergarten teacher as a young boy pretends to be a teacher while playing school with his sister. Includes a glossary and an activity that lets readers practice teaching skills.
Readers follow along with an over-the-road truck driver as a young boy pretends to be a semi-truck driver hauling a load of oranges from a Florida orchard to a store across the country. Includes a glossary of truck-driving terms and an activity that lets readers practice mapping a route across a state.
Readers follow along with a civil engineer as a young girl pretends to be an engineer designing and building a bridge with her father. Includes a glossary of engineering terms and an activity that lets readers practice building skills.
This book for elementary readers highlights the sequence of events from idea to a finished skyscraper. Full-color photographs and a timeline support each step of the project's process, from the design and preparations to the construction and finishing details. A glossary, further resources, author's note, and an index are included.
Let’s visit the home of the animals with a trip to the zoo! Aimed at emergent readers and packed with colorful, behind-the-scenes images, this title is a pass to visit animals from around the world and the people who care for them.