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Newest Children's Non-fiction Book:
Plants Feed Me by Lizzy Rockwell
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Watermelons are fruits. Cabbages are leaves. Walnuts are seeds. Carrots are roots. People eat many parts of plants, sometimes even the flowers.

Detailed illustrations teach new readers about the edible parts of different plants, including leaves, flowers, stems, roots, and seeds. Labeled diagrams explain how an apple seed can grow into a new plant, reveal how a walnut is contained within its shell, and show how wheat seeds make flour.

An elegant, easy-to-read text and beautiful illustrations describe the parts of plants that humans eat.

More New Children's Non-Fiction:
Zoobots : Wild Robots Inspired by Real Animals by Helaine Becker
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Innovations in the world of robotics are multiplying, with many cutting-edge breakthroughs, and this exciting and timely new book for young readers explores one particularly intriguing area: the world of robo-animals, or zoobots.

In an attempt to design robots that can solve problems or perform tasks that humans can't, or just can't do easily, roboticists have been looking at the unique skills some animals have. Using something called mechatronics (mechanical and electrical engineering combined with computer science) they are finding ways to closely mirror those skills in robot form.

Fascinating examples from the book of what zoobots can do include: finding survivors of a fire using sensitive, computerized whiskers; scaling skyscraper walls using super stickiness; or delivering drugs deep within the human body using microscopic whiptails for locomotion. Twelve zoobots are described, each on its own two-page spread.

Stone Giant: Michelangelo's David and How He Came to Be by Jane Sutcliffe
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Michelangelo saw something--someone--special in the stone.

No one wanted the giant. The hulking block of marble lay in the work yard, rained on, hacked at, and abandoned—until a young Michelangelo saw his David in it.

This is the story of how a neglected, discarded stone became a masterpiece for all time. It is also a story of how humans see themselves reflected in art.

Mysterious Patterns : Finding Fractals in Nature by Sarah C. Campbell
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We see familiar shapes in nature all around us: this orange looks like a sphere, that icicle a cone, those cucumbers are almost cylinders. But trees, clouds, or broccoli, what shapes are they?

In this photo-filled conceptual picture book, young readers will not only get an introduction to those amazing and naturally repeating patterns called fractals, but they will also learn about what makes fractals unique. Curious kids will leave with a sense of wonder about the intricacies of the natural world and the many shapes around us.

The Cart That Carried Martin by Eve Bunting
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The strength and spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. permeates this picture book about the funeral of Dr. King in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1968.

Quiet yet affecting, The Cart That Carried Martin is a unique tribute to the life of a man known world-wide for his outstanding efforts as a leader of the African-American Civil Rights Movement.

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