The Wright Brothers famously made the first flight in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. But the history of human flight goes back much further! This title details the experimentation and innovation that went into the creation of the airplane. Special features highlight important airplanes as well as pioneers who had a lasting influence on the world of air travel. Buckle up and prepare for takeoff! This exciting title is sure to interest anyone with a love of planes.
The 20th century approaches, and life is about to change forever! Inventors across the world race to invent and innovate automobile designs. Which ones will end up on top? Anyone who has ever ridden in a car will appreciate this fascinating title about how the automobile got its start. Fun facts, a timeline, and inventor and automobile profiles show the importance of this amazing invention!
Smartphones put a camera in just about everyone’s pocket, but it hasn’t always been so easy to take a snapshot. The 18th century brought a new innovation that allowed people to easily preserve a moment in time. That innovation carries on today! Through informative text, fun facts, and special features, this fascinating title explores how the camera was invented and how it continues to develop!
Many consider Thomas Edison the inventor of the light bulb, but this world-changing invention has a long history. Since the 19th century, many have worked to create and improve the light bulb. Starting from the light bulb’s early development all the way up to its modern uses, this informative title will fascinate anyone who wants to know about the invention that lights up the world!
Not even a century ago, a computer took up an entire room. Today, a computer can fit inside your pocket! Over decades of technological advancement, the personal computer has shaped the world in ways that are still being determined. This powerful invention has changed everything from the way people communicate to how we entertain ourselves. With a series of fun facts, profiles, and a timeline, this title will fascinate anyone who has ever booted up.
Read all about it! The history of the printing press started centuries ago. Through the years, it has been used to share news, make books more affordable, and make information more accessible. And it still helps people communicate today! This title explores the history of the printing press, from its first use in the 1300s to uses tomorrow and beyond. Readers will use fun facts, profiles, and a timeline to learn all about how this life-changing invention got its start.
Switzerland is a country of many faces! People from all over the world make this neutral land home. Even though it has four official languages and a diverse population, Switzerland’s culture has deep roots and memorable customs. Yodel from the top of the Alps and dip into cheese-filled fondue pots while turning the pages of this Country Profiles title!
A beautifully vast landscape and respectful culture fill the country of Cambodia. Despite a history of persecution and danger, Cambodians celebrate their freedom and customs with joy! In this title, readers will step into Cambodia with a walk through Angkor Wat, and then learn about the nation’s celebrations, wildlife, and more!
Guatemala is a nation filled with with diversity! People with Maya and Spanish roots as well as other ethnicities bring a rich culture. The land houses black beaches, volcanoes, and highlands as well as a wide array of wildlife. Take a trip through the pages of this title and explore Guatemala through engaging text, vibrant photos, and fascinating facts!
Zebras, wildebeest, and gazelles march across the Kenyan savanna while lions lazily nap through the heat of the day. The nation’s wildlife shares the land with the majority of Kenya’s many tribes and other ethnic groups. Celebrate the life and beauty of Kenya through informative text and eye-catching photos!
Pacific waves wash upon the shores of Peru’s coastal beaches while people spend their days surfing and soaking in the sun. The Andes stretch through the center, creating a rugged landscape for the tough willed. The mountains descend into the tropical Amazon in the west where wildlife flourishes. Take a trip and meet the people of this warm and welcoming South American country with this informative title!
South Sudan’s recent beginnings stem from people seeking freedom and peace. As the nation grows, the values of tribal strength and independence add to the natural wonder that spans across the savannas and swamplands. Readers will explore the people, customs, land, and much more in this title about South Sudan.
Is it a space adventure or slit scan? The camera technique slit scan has been used to create the illusion of flying through space in movies like 2001: A Space Odyssey. Young readers will read about the camera tricks and special equipment used to create the jaw-dropping effects of motion pictures in Camera Tricks.
Costumes and props fill the sets of films! From tiny, frozen blueberries in The Hunger Games to a 108-pound gown in the 1938 film Marie Antoinette, they take on many shapes and sizes. Today, some are even created through 3D printing! This title weaves through the costumes and props of our favorite films while captivating readers with relevant photos and riveting film facts.
During the filming of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter’s scar was painted on 5,800 times! About 2,000 of those were painted on Daniel Radcliffe who played Harry Potter. This title explores the makeup, tools, and effects used to create everything from the scariest of monsters to the most elegant ladies.
The action of the big screen--car crashes, torrential rainfall, ships sinking--is the work of special effects! Directors and crews use anything they can to create a real and captivating experience. Enormous models, airplane engines, controlled fires, and much more create the excitement we all crave! Young readers will marvel over this behind-the-scenes look at how movies are made.
Tom Cruise performed his own stunts for the film Mission Impossible: The Ghost Protocol, which included dangling 1,700 feet from the world’s tallest building! Students will explore the extreme amount of planning, equipment, training, and expertise that goes into the stunts performed in films as they dive into this action-packed title.
Are we alone in the universe? Those that believe in alien abductions think they know the answer. This title explores the mysteries of alien abductions and the tools and technology behind researching them to debate the question of whether aliens have ever visited Earth.
Reports of Bigfoot go back to the early 1800s. Since then, several footprints, films, and pictures have been used as evidence that Sasquatch roams the Pacific Northwest. This title examines the history of Bigfoot reports, the tools and technology used by researchers, and considers whether or not Bigfoot exists.
Creaking doors, gusts of wind, eerie sounds--could these be the signs of ghosts? Ghost hunters have tried for years to prove the existence of ghosts through photos, videos, and sound recordings. This book investigates reports of ghosts, illuminates the tools and technology used to search for ghosts, and leaves the reader wondering whether or not there are spirits among us!
Reports of haunted houses go back to ancient Rome. People who claim to have witnessed hauntings tell of strange sounds, objects that move on their own, and ethereal spirits. Readers will learn about the history of hauntings, why skeptics claim they are not real, and how researchers use technology to try and find proof of these unwanted visitors in our homes!
Does a giant sea monster live beneath the surface of Loch Ness in Scotland? Reachers have used cameras, sonar, and other technology in hopes of finding this legendary creature. This title explores the mystery of the Loch Ness Monster, the tools and technology used to search for it, and examines the evidence gathered to date, letting the reader make their own conclusion about the existence of this beast beneath the water.
Most sightings of unidentified flying objects can be explained--but not all of them. Those that cannot be are the focus of investigation by UFO researchers. They use video cameras, binoculars, radar, and other technology together with eyewitness accounts to try and identify strange objects in the sky. Students who read this title will find themselves later wondering: what is that strange object in the sky?
With two official languages and many different ethnic groups, Afghanistan is a diverse country with a rich and ancient history. Delicious food, thrilling sports, and festive celebrations are hallmarks of Afghani life, despite decades of war. This title introduces young readers to modern-day life and culture in this complex nation.
Vibrant colors, lively music, and welcoming smiles fill the streets of the beautiful country of Cuba. Despite a history of economic hardships, the people of Cuba have created a nation dedicated to warmth and culture. Young readers can explore the country few citizens of the United States have been able to visit in this lively title.