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Books with author Miranda Smith

  • The Plant Propagator's Bible

    Miranda Smith

    Paperback (Rodale Books, March 6, 2007)
    With her reader-friendly, easy-to-follow directions, a veteran horticulture teacher demonstrates all the ways to cultivate new plants—whether from seed or cuttings or with techniques such as layering, grafting, and buddingCreating new plants from existing ones is one of the most rewarding aspects of gardening. But to many, the idea of propagating plants seems like a feat that only the most experienced gardeners can master. The Plant Propagator's Bible strips away the mystique and makes multiplying plants easy even for the novice.Drawing on her many years as a horticulture teacher, Miranda Smith explains the natural process and conditions in which plants grow and reproduce, and shows gardeners how to use these systems to propagate any plant that grows in their garden or greenhouse—or even on their windowsill. The book features:• an A to Z directory of more than 1,000 individual plant species—with appropriate propagation techniques for aquatics, ornamental plants, houseplants, shrubs, trees, vegetables, and wildflowers• "What Can Go Wrong" advice for each type of plant, explaining potential problems and how to prevent or fix them• detailed, step-by-step illustrations and annotated photographsIncluding information on essential tools and equipment, this is an indispensable addition to every gardener's bookshelf.
  • Knights

    Miranda Smith

    Hardcover (Kingfisher, Sept. 30, 1998)
    From the battlefields of Flanders, to the banquet halls of the great English manor houses, this gloriously appointed book offers page after page of splendorous illustration and information. Everything a young person could want to know about knights is included: shields, scutcheons, jousts, castles, sieges, chivalry and fearless steeds, all depicted in a colorful abundance of detailed battlescapes, scenarios and maps. Topics include the knight's place in feudal society, how he trained for war, his code of honor, heraldry and armor, and famous battles; knights' popular companions including the various types of horses -- chargers, palfreys, hackneys -- and other animals such as mastiffs and carrier pigeons that accompanied them on campaigns; knights in other cultures -- Sioux braves and Polish lancers in the West to Japanese samurai in the East -- and the knight of medieval romances and today's blockbuster films. The knight in shining armor may have disappeared from the battlefield, but rides on in an ageless fascination shared by children and people of all ages. Includes an illustrated glossary and index.
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  • Castles

    Miranda Smith

    Hardcover (Kingfisher, April 15, 1995)
    Intricate and meticulous illustrations bring history to life in this wide-ranging castle tour that covers both the majestic splendour of the great halls and the hardships of living in a feudal society - from the building of a castle to shopping in a medieval marketplace. A magnificent 8-page gatefold opens up to a cutaway view of the castle -- both inside and out -- and lets viewers get an up-close view of all the rooms and people going about their everyday tasks. Includes an illustrated glossary and index.
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  • Ask An Animal: Why Animals are Much Better at Doing Some Things than We Are

    Miranda Smith

    Hardcover (Chartwell Books, Inc., Jan. 3, 2012)
    How can some animals change color, when we can't? How can they grow new limbs when one gets broken? How can they hear sounds we can't hear, or predict a storm long before we can? If you want to know the answer to these and many other questions, just ask an animal! This brightly colored, kid-friendly, hardcover reference book is packed to the gills with trunk-fulls of animal information. Animals use different skills to perform these extraordinary feats, so for each question, there are answers from several creatures, each of whom has developed his or her own special skills. On each page there is a box explaining how humans try to emulate these animal super-skills, with varying degrees of success! The book is divided into four sections, each dealing with different aspects of animal skills. Chapters on the physical traits and feats of animals, their senses, their climates and habitats, and their extreme skills will leave readers with a plethora of details about their friends in the animal kingdom. Complete with a glossary and an index, this is a handy reference book for any curious child.
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  • The Best Book of Mummies

    Miranda Smith

    Hardcover (Kingfisher, Sept. 30, 1998)
    A colorful collection of cadavers and caskets ranging in origin from the City of the Dead to the Valley of the Kings, brings to life the mysteries of the mummies and the ancient Egyptians.
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  • Curious Kids: Ancient Egypt

    Miranda Smith

    Hardcover (Kingfisher, Sept. 15, 2002)
    Each of these guides is full of lively answers to all those tricky questions about how the world works. Browsers and young students alike will enjoy these lively question-and-answer books with their unique mix of realistic illustrations, fun facts, and engaging cartoons.Special Features- Compact format-easy for small hands to carry- Full of fascinating facts on everything a child may ask- Text carefully pitched to the age level- Factual material presented in a lively style- High quality artwork with amusing cartoons
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  • The Kingfisher Young People's Atlas of the World

    Miranda Smith

    Hardcover (Kingfisher, Sept. 15, 1997)
    Climb aboard for an exciting and educational journey around the world with this information-packed atlas! Journey from continent to continent with the help of state-of-the art maps that depict in extraordinary detail each country's topography, cities, borders, and other features. Locator maps for each continent and country provide a clear global perspective. Succinct text, hundreds of photographs and illustrations, and easy-to-read charts of facts and figures help curious young geographers understand what life is like in these faraway places, and explore everything from customs and cultures to economic systems and climates. Includes country flags and a section on mapmaking and usage.
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  • Navigators: Ancient Egypt

    Miranda Smith

    Hardcover (Kingfisher, Oct. 12, 2010)
    Navigate your way through a fantastic range of subjects with this visually spectacular series. Every spread is brimming with lively text, amazing photographs and artworks, and weblinks and quotes. Panels throughout offer focused information on specific topics.Navigators: Ancient Egypt by Miranda SmithTravel back in time to the centre of a mighty civilization that still fascinates the world. Find out more about the Egyptians – pharaohs and priests, farmers and scribes – and the royal intrigues, religious beliefs and day-to-day dramas of life in ancient Egypt. Take a tour of a splendid palace, a bustling river port, an embalmer's chamber and of course the awesome Great Pyramid.
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  • I Wonder Why Castles Had Moats: and Other Questions About Long Ago

    Miranda Smith

    Paperback (Kingfisher, June 10, 2004)
    "Why did churches have steeples?", "Who wore platform shoes?", and "Did people take baths?" are just some of the tricky questions answered in this delightful book about long ago.
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  • I Wonder Why the Pyramids Were Built: and Other Questions about Egypt

    Miranda Smith

    Hardcover (Kingfisher, Aug. 15, 1996)
    Browsers and young students alike will enjoy these lively question and answer books with their unique mix of realistic illustration and engaging cartoons. The enticing questions will amaze, amuse and inspire, while the highly visual format encourages kids to keep reading.
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  • Kingfisher Knowledge: Wonders of the World

    Miranda Smith

    Hardcover (Kingfisher, May 16, 2007)
    From the ingenuity of ancient engineering to the innovation of modern marvels,Wonders of the World reveals the greatest statues and structures that the world has ever seen. This striking book covers the ancient wonders, the later historical wonders, and the modern wonders of the world in glorious and colorful detail. Combining the latest computer-generated images with breathtaking photographs and engaging text, readers can peer into the world's marvels, such as the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the unforgettable Taj Mahal, and the extraordinary Three Gorges Dam in China.
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  • Navigators: Ancient Egypt

    Miranda Smith

    Paperback (Kingfisher, Jan. 8, 2013)
    Navigate your way through a fantastic range of subjects with this visually spectacular series. Every spread is brimming with lively text, amazing photographs and artworks, and weblinks and quotes. Panels throughout offer focused information on specific topics.Navigators: Ancient Egypt by Miranda SmithTravel back in time to the centre of a mighty civilization that still fascinates the world. Find out more about the Egyptians – pharaohs and priests, farmers and scribes – and the royal intrigues, religious beliefs and day-to-day dramas of life in ancient Egypt. Take a tour of a splendid palace, a bustling river port, an embalmer's chamber and of course the awesome Great Pyramid.
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