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Scientists have a reputation for being focused on their work, maybe even dull. Take another look.
Did you know that it's believed Galileo was scolded by the Roman Inquisition for sassing his mom? ... that Isaac Newton loved to examine soap bubbles? ... that Albert Einstein loved to collect joke books, and that geneticist Barbara McClintock wore a Groucho Marx disguise in public?
With juicy tidbits about everything from favorite foods to first loves, the subjects of Lives of the Scientists are revealed as creative, bold, sometimes eccentric, and anything but dull.
Jeff Kinney's cartoonish Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series has become a top seller among young readers. More than 50 million copies of the Wimpy Kid series have been sold around the world. Learn more about this remarkable writer and how he has become one of the world's most beloved authors.
On the shore, a seal looks like a slow, dozy creature that spends its time lazing around or flumping along the sand. Underwater, it's a different story.
Splash! Seal dives deep, with a body just the right shape to shoot through the water and power down with his back flippers. He slips through a seaweed forest and, sensing a predator nearby, dives even deeper to stay safe. Finally, it's time to make a sudden twist and turn to catch his fishy dinner.
Merging a lyrical narrative sprinkled with fascinating facts and
aww-inspiring illustrations, here is one nature adventure that's hard to resist. Follow a gray seal on a journey from sand to sea in an engaging, richly illustrated story with surefire kid appeal.
Today, Walt Disney's name is synonymous with family entertainment. The theme parks, toys, television shows, and films that carry on his legacy are beloved by millions of people around the world.
Readers will discover how Disney built his massive business empire from the ground up, starting as an animator and eventually becoming wealthy as he expanded his interests.
Space will always be a popular topic for the imagination, and with companies like Virgin Galactic putting real muscle behind developing space tourism, that imaginary space trip is closer than ever to becoming a reality. When it does, you're going to need How Do You Burp in Space?: And Other Tips Every Space Tourist Needs to Know.
This guide is filled with the same information you'd need to plan any vacation including what to pack (hint: no bubble bath or juggling balls); getting oriented in your new environment (16 sunrises and sunsets every day at the space station); what to expect from your accommodations (a sleeping bag attached to the wall), and what to do for fun (leapfrog on the moon). Grounded in the history of space travel and the planned future of space tourism, this guide book will leave young adventurers daydreaming about future intergalactic space vacations.
Building on the success of wildly popular The LEGOŽ Ideas Book, here are all-new ways to encourage kids to think, build, and play creatively.
Featuring more than 200 different LEGO builds, this fun guide encourages readers to use their imagination and play in new ways, creating amazing LEGO models of their very own. Featuring a mixture of simple, medium, and complex models, LEGO Play Book will teach builders tips and tricks to get the most out of their blocks. All-new models along with all-new photography bring LEGO bricks to life.
ten-minute builds for quick play sessions, a
cool brick feature with ideas for using key LEGO bricks, and a
handful of bricks section exploring what can be done with a limited collection of LEGO bricks. This book is fantastic for any LEGO builder looking to be inspired to build and create.
In the 1880s, science witnessed a major shift: Charles Darwin proposed his theory of evolution; people dug up the first dinosaur fossils; and the field of paleontology (the study of ancient plants and animals) emerged.
Othniel Charles Marsh and Edward Drinker Cope became enthralled with these new ideas, discoveries, and developments. Both were determined to become world-famous paleontologists. When they met in 1863, they started off as friends. Within a few years, competition drove the men apart. Each fought bitterly to discover more fossils, name more species, and publish more papers than the other. In their haste to outdo each other, they both produced some shoddy work. The resulting confusion took many years to discover and correct, and their toxic relationship crippled the field of paleontology for decades afterward.
However, the competition also produced a wealth of fossils. These laid a firm foundation for the field of paleontology and supported Darwin's theory of evolution. Marsh's and Cope's discoveries generated keen public interest in prehistoric life and rich data for future generations of paleontologists. This book explores the great rivalry between Marsh and Cope, showing how it brought out the best and the worst in them, while bringing humankind a brand-new view of life on Earth.
Lost Cities (part of the Treasure Hunters series) examines the search for lost cities and the important artifacts within them that can offer us an extraordinary window on to the past, a cross-curricular mix of science and technology and the history of civilizations, with a fun, dramatic approach.
Cities covered include Pompeii, Troy, Ubar, and Machu Picchu.
The book also looks at the motives for these searches, and the importance of responsible archaeology: were the treasure hunters driven by personal greed or glory, or did they embark on their quest with a historical interest and a desire to preserve the lost treasures?