who knows a thing or two about the presidents (having
written biographies of Washington, Lincoln, and Teddy
Roosevelt), paints a compelling portrait of John Adams, the
nation's second president and an often overlooked hero of
the American Revolution.
Whitcomb Riley: Young
Another in the excellent Young Patriots Series, this
book chronicles the young life of one of America's finest
poets. Follow "Bud" Riley as he learns to swim, puts on
junior plays, recites passages in front of the class, and
even sees the Civil War first-hand. Great fun!
Silent Movie, the new book by award-winning author Avi, is a wonderful example of how to say more with less. And in this wonderful story of an immigrant family who moves to America in the early 20th Century, the pictures are the star of the show.
is a wonderful examination of the Irish potato famine and
the effect it had on people in Ireland and
of potatoes, which is all her family seems to eat, Katie
wishes that the potatoes would just go away. Soon after, the
potato blight hits. The
result is an excellent example of how kids, especially young
ones, equate things that aren't really related.
in a Cage
Yolen, one of this age's finest writers, has spun another
excellent yarn straight from the pages of history. This
book, Girl in a Cage, is the story of Marjorie, only
daughter of Robert the Bruce, who struggled mightily to keep
his country free from England's King Edward I in the late
13th and early 14th Centuries.
Tales of the Wild West
This fun book
takes 10 stories from the Wild West and puts some truth to
them. Included are such standard fare as the Gold Rush,
Lewis & Clark, and the Pony Express and other,
less-mentioned stories, like Jedediah Smith, the man who
walked across the great Western Desert in search of a fabled
river that didn't exist. Excellent narratives tell the true
stories of these often legendary-sounding events.
Check out this cool pair of books, which take the Q-A
format to a whole new level. Complete with vivid and
eye-catching illustrations, these books make Ancient Greece
and the Middle Ages come alive.
with the Vikings
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Join the Binkerton kids as they learn about Viking times the
hard way (or is that easy way)--by living them!
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