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Books in Smithsonian-science series

  • Trees, Leaves, Flowers and Seeds: A Visual Encyclopedia of the Plant Kingdom

    DK, Smithsonian Institution

    Hardcover (DK Children, Sept. 3, 2019)
    A unique guide to the extraordinary world of plants, from the smallest seeds to the tallest trees.Packed with more than 1,000 incredible images and full of fascinating facts, this beautiful children's book takes you on an exciting adventure through the wonders of the plant kingdom.Explore the incredible world of plants, from the smallest seeds to the tallest trees. Find out about the weirdest, smelliest, and deadliest flowers. Which plants eat insects? How do cacti store water? What flower looks like a bee? Where is the tallest tree in the world? Trees, Leaves, Flowers & Seeds explores the mysterious world of plants to find the answers to these and many more questions.Each type of plant - such as a flowering plant, a tree, a grass, or cactus - is examined close-up, with examples shown from all angles and in cross-section. Picture-filled galleries also show the wonderful variety of plants on different themes, from the habitats they grow in to the plants that supply us with our staple foods. But Trees, Leaves, Flowers & Seeds also takes a fun, more sideways look at some truly strange plants, such as trees with fruit like gigantic fingers, orchids that look like a monkey's face, seeds that spin like helicopters, and trees that drip poison.So open this amazing book and find out more about the world of trees, leaves, flowers, and seeds.
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  • Star Finder!: A Step-by-Step Guide to the Night Sky

    DK

    Paperback (DK Children, Oct. 10, 2017)
    Turn your eyes to the skies for this starry-eyed spectacular!Take this practical page-turner on your out-of-this-world adventure to experience cosmic wonders, key constellations, and intergalactic information. Packed with crystal-clear visuals, easy-to-read maps, and top tips, you’ll have no problems navigating the starry night with this indispensable guide. Discover the most important constellations visible in the Northern Hemisphere, read the amazing stories behind each constellation, recognize the constellations of the zodiac, and experience the Milky Way as never before. Learn how to spot planets, galaxies, and nebulas in our Universe, as mind-blowing patterns in the sky are revealed in unprecedented detail.Star Finder! is the complete guide for aspiring astronomers and rising stars everywhere.
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  • Wolves

    Seymour Simon

    Paperback (Collins, March 3, 2009)
    Join award-winning science writer Seymour Simon in this picture book introduction to the leader of the pack: wolves! This nonfiction picture book is an excellent choice to share during homeschooling, in particular for children ages 6 to 8. It’s a fun way to learn to read and as a supplement for activity books for children.Wolves are much more than big, bad animals that prey on other animals. Did you know that wolves…are like dogs—they are loyal, affectionate, and highly intelligent.live in packs—or families—led by the strongest female and male.are friendly with one another: They play games, bring food to one another, and even babysit one another's cubs!With clear, simple text and stunning full-color photographs, readers will learn all about wolves—their behavior and habitat—in this informative picture book!Perfect for young scientists’ school reports, this book supports the Common Core State Standards.Check out these other Seymour Simon books about Animals:Big CatsButterfliesCatsCrocodiles & AlligatorsDogsDolphinsFrogsGorillasHorsesInsectsPenguinsSea CreaturesSharksSnakesSpidersWhalesWild Babies
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  • The Brain: All about Our Nervous System and More!

    Seymour Simon

    Paperback (Collins, May 23, 2006)
    Join award-winning science writer Seymour Simon as he investigates one of the body’s most important organs: the brain! This nonfiction picture book is an excellent choice to share during homeschooling, in particular for children ages 6 to 8. It’s a fun way to learn to read and as a supplement for activity books for children.The human brain is behind everything you do. From taking your first step to creating the computer, this vital organ gives humans the ability to learn and adapt to an ever-changing world. With clear, simple text and stunning full-color photographs, readers will learn all about our brains and how they work in this informative picture book!Perfect for young scientists’ school reports, this book supports the Common Core State Standards. Check out these other Seymour Simon books about the Body:The HeartLungsBonesEyes and EarsMusclesGuts
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  • Lightning

    Seymour Simon

    Paperback (Collins, May 23, 2006)
    Join award-winning science writer Seymour Simon in this picture book introduction to lightning. This nonfiction picture book is an excellent choice to share during homeschooling, in particular for children ages 6 to 8. It’s a fun way to learn to read and as a supplement for activity books for children.Lightning strikes the earth more than a hundred times every second. It's bright and dramatic, but it happens so fast that we rarely get a chance to see it. Now celebrated children's science writer Seymour Simon gives you an opportunity to take a closer look at lightning with clear explanations of what causes those bright flashes of light in a stormy sky.With clear, simple text and stunning full-color photographs, readers will learn all about lightning in this informative picture book.Perfect for young scientists’ school reports, this book supports the Common Core State Standards.Check out these other Seymour Simon books about weather and natural disasters:EarthquakesGlobal WarmingHurricanesStormsTornadoesWeatherWildfires
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  • Curious About Fossils

    Kate Waters

    Paperback (Grosset & Dunlap, March 1, 2016)
    Dig into this photo-packed Penguin-Smithsonian book about fossils—and find out what was going on in our world.Aren't you curious about what Earth was like long ago? What creatures lived before us? What happened to the dinosaurs?Curious about Fossils explains why and where fossils form and looks at the colorful lives and important discoveries of some of the great early fossil hunters and collectors, including Mary Anning who unearthed the first ichthyosaur skeleton; Richard Owen who coined the word dinosaur; and Barnum Brown, who discovered the first remains of a T-rex. Then the adventure continues into modern times, where scientists on fossil hunts in places like North Dakota's Hell Creek Formation use computers and other technology to dig up the fossilized bones, teeth, and even poop that provide clues to the past. A must read for every kid who's ever collected a shark tooth or trilobite!
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  • The Heart: All about Our Circulatory System and More!

    Seymour Simon

    Paperback (Collins, May 23, 2006)
    Join award-winning science writer Seymour Simon as he investigates one of the body’s most important organs: the heart. This nonfiction picture book is an excellent choice to share during homeschooling, in particular for children ages 6 to 8. It’s a fun way to learn to read and as a supplement for activity books for children.Acclaimed science writer Seymour Simon brings you this indispensable guide that takes you through the heart, from atrium to capillary and back again.By the time you finish reading these words, your heart may have beaten up to 50 times. As you walk, eat, and sleep, your heart continually pumps trillions of blood cells through thousands of miles of blood vessels inside your body. You may not be able to see your own heart, but all you have to do is look inside this book to see how this amazing organ works.With clear, simple text and stunning full-color photographs, readers will learn all about our hearts and how they work in this informative picture book.Perfect for young scientists’ school reports, this book supports the Common Core State Standards. Check out these other Seymour Simon books about the body:The BrainLungsBonesEyes and EarsGutsMuscles
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  • Weather

    Seymour Simon

    Paperback (Collins, May 23, 2006)
    Join award-winning science writer Seymour Simon in this picture book introduction to weather! This nonfiction picture book is an excellent choice to share during homeschooling, in particular for children ages 6 to 8. It’s a fun way to learn to read and as a supplement for activity books for children.Ever wonder what makes the wind blow? Or where clouds come from, or rain? And what about the warmth of a summer day?Every day we experience weather, but why do we experience the weather the way we do?With clear, simple text and stunning full-color photographs, readers will learn all about the way weather works in this informative picture book!Perfect for young scientists’ school reports, this book supports the Common Core State Standards.Check out these other Seymour Simon books about Weather:Global WarmingHurricanesLightningStormsTornadoesWildfires
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  • Natural History: The Ultimate Visual Guide to Everything on Earth

    DK, Smithsonian Institution

    Hardcover (DK, Oct. 4, 2010)
    A landmark in reference publishing and overseen and authenticated by the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History, Natural History presents an unrivaled visual survey of Earth's natural history. Giving a clear overview of the classification of our natural world-over 6,000 species-Natural History looks at every kingdom of life, from bacteria, minerals, and rocks to fossils to plants and animals. Featuring a remarkable array of specially commissioned photographs, Natural History looks at thousands of specimens and species displayed in visual galleries that take the reader on an incredible journey from the most fundamental building blocks of the world's landscapes, through the simplest of life forms, to plants, fungi, and animals.
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  • Earthquakes

    Seymour Simon

    Paperback (Collins, May 23, 2006)
    Join award-winning science writer Seymour Simon in this picture book introduction to earthquakes! This nonfiction picture book is an excellent choice to share during homeschooling, in particular for children ages 6 to 8. It’s a fun way to learn to read and as a supplement for activity books for children.In Earthquakes, Simon introduces elementary-school readers to earthquakes through engaging descriptions and stunning full-color photographs. He teaches readers why and how earthquakes happen and the damage they can cause through pictures, diagrams, and maps. He also gives real-life examples of earthquakes that have occurred all over the world. With clear, simple text and stunning full-color photographs, readers will learn all about the fascinating phenomenon that is an earthquake in this informative picture book.Perfect for young scientists’ school reports, this book supports the Common Core State Standards and includes a glossary and index. Check out these other Seymour Simon books about natural disasters and weather:Global WarmingHurricanesLightningStormsTornadoesWeatherWildfires
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  • Volcanoes

    Seymour Simon

    Paperback (Collins, May 23, 2006)
    Join award-winning science writer Seymour Simon in this picture book introduction to volcanoes! This nonfiction picture book is an excellent choice to share during homeschooling, in particular for children ages 6 to 8. It’s a fun way to learn to read and as a supplement for activity books for children.Volcanoes don’t always look like mountains; they aren’t always full of fire. Some are holes in the ground; some form under the sea. And despite their reputation for destruction, volcanoes produce new mountains, new islands, and new soil. Visit some of the world’s most remarkable volcanoes in this masterful introduction from Seymour Simon. It’s an extraordinary—and unforgettable—trip. With clear, simple text and stunning full-color photographs, readers will learn all about these amazing natural structures in this informative picture book!Perfect for young scientists’ school reports, this book supports the Common Core State Standards.Check out these other Seymour Simon books about the Natural World:Coral ReefsIcebergs & GlaciersMountainsOceansRocks & MineralsTropical RainforestsWater
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  • Dolphins

    Seymour Simon

    Paperback (Collins, June 21, 2011)
    Friendly and fascinating, dolphins are one of nature’s most intelligent animals. They live in families called pods and can make a series of 2,000 high-pitched clicks to locate fish in the water. Despite their beauty and playfulness, dolphins face serious dangers from commercial fishing and human activity. It’s vital that people support governmental laws to protect these wonderful creatures. Award-winning science writer Seymour Simon gives you an expert view of these clever, curious, and mischievous mammals in a full-color photographic introduction. This nonfiction picture book is an excellent choice to share during homeschooling, in particular for children ages 6 to 8. It’s a fun way to learn to read and as a supplement for activity books for children.Seymour Simon knows how to explain science to kids and make it fun. He was a teacher for more than twenty years, has written more than 250 books, and has won multiple awards.This book includes an author's note, glossary, and index and supports the Common Core Learning Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) standards.
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