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Preschool to Grades 4 Nonfiction | August 2013

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©2013 by John O’Brien

redstarGOLDSTONE, Bruce. That’s a Possibility!: A Book About What Might Happen. 32p. illus. photos. Holt. 2013. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-8050-8998-1.

K-Gr 4–As he did in Great Estimations (Holt, 2006), Goldstone takes a mathematical concept and makes it easily understandable for children and great fun as well. Using a question/answer format, he explains possibility, impossibility, probability, improbability, and certainty. Each concept is accompanied by photographs that are not only sharp and clear, but that also employ colors that make the pictures really pop. Varying sizes and fonts add interest, and the subjects that Goldstone has chosen to illustrate the concepts have a great deal of child appeal. The pages featuring combinations have adorable Squidgy the Bear dressed in the 100 outfits made possible by his possessing 10 shirts and 10 pairs of pants. It’s “bearly possible” to predict which outfit he will wear because of the 1 in 100 odds. This book will be a boon to teachers working with these concepts, and it will attract browsers as well. A first purchase.–Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ

The following titles are reviewed in the August 1, 2013 print issue. Visit Book Verdict for the full reviews.

Preschool to Grade 4

ADLER, David A. Things That Float and Things That Don’t. illus. by Anna Raff. 32p. Holiday House. 2013. RTE $16.95. ISBN 978-0-8234-2862-5. LC 2012045827.

ALLAN, Nicholas. Picasso’s Trousers. illus. by author. 32p. reprods. Red Fox. 2013. pap. $9.99. ISBN 978-0-099-49536-9.

ARGUETA, Jorge. Tamalitos: Un poema para cocinar/A Cooking Poem. tr. from Spanish by Elisa Amado. illus. by Domi. 32p. Groundwood/Tigrillo. 2013. Tr $18.95. ISBN 978-1-55498-300-1.

BLEIMAN, Andrew. Hello, Mommy ZooBorns! 24p. (Ready-to-Read Series). S & S/Spotlight. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-4382-2; pap. $3.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-4383-9. ebook available. LC 2012020354.

CELENZA, Anna Harwell. Saint-Saëns’s Danse Macabre. illus. by JoAnn E. Kitchel. 32p. w/CD. Charlesbridge. Aug. 2013. RTE $19.95. ISBN 978-1-57091-348-8; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-1-60734-612-8. LC 2012024575.

CLAYTON, Sally Pomme. Greek Myths: Stories of Sun, Stone and Sea. illus. by Jane Ray. 78p. bibliog. index. maps. Frances Lincoln. 2013. Tr $19.99. ISBN 978-1-84780-227-9.

COHN, Scotti. On the Move: Mass Migrations. illus. by Susan Detwiler. ISBN 978-1-60718-616-8; ISBN 978-1-60718-628-1; ISBN 978-1-60718-640-3.

LORD, Michelle. Nature Recycles: How About You? illus. by Cathy Morrison. ISBN 978-1-60718-615-1; ISBN 978-1-60718-627-4; ISBN 978-1-60718-639-7.

ea vol: 32p. websites. Sylvan Dell. 2013. Tr $17.95; pap. $9.95; ebook $9.99.

CORNELL, Kari. Awesome Snacks and Appetizers. ISBN 978-0-7613-6642-3; ISBN 978-1-4677-1717-5. LC 2012048903.

––––.Slurpable Smoothies and Drinks. ISBN 978-0-7613-6639-3; ISBN 978-1-4677-1715-1. LC 2012048904.

––––.Terrific Veggies on the Side. ISBN 978-0-7613-6640-9; ISBN 978-1-4677-1716-8. LC 2012048909.

ea vol: photos by Brie Cohen. 32p. (You’re the Chef Series). chart. diag. further reading. glossary. illus. index. websites. Millbrook. Sept.2013. lib. ed. $26.60; ebook $19.95.

FENTON, Corinne. Queenie: One Elephant’s Story. illus. by Peter Gouldthorpe. 24p. Candlewick. 2013. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-6375-9. LC 2012947255.

FLATT, Lizann. Sizing Up Winter. illus. by Ashley Barron. 32p. (Math in Nature Series). Owlkids. Sept. 2013. Tr $14.95. ISBN 978-1-926973-82-1. LC 2012954723.

GATES, Valerie. The Other Colors: An ABC Book. photos by Ann Cutting. 56p. Sky Pony. 2013. Tr $14.95. ISBN 978-1-62087-537-7. LC 2012040716.

GERBER, Carole. Spring Blossoms. illus. by Leslie Evans. 32p. Charlesbridge. 2013. RTE $16.95. ISBN 978-1-58089-412-8; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-1-60734-594-7. LC 2012000791.

GIEBINK, Bruce. Minnesota Bug Hunt. 32p. Minnesota Historical Society Press. 2013. Tr $16.95. ISBN 978-0-87351-865-9. LC 2012044590.

HILL, Laban Carrick. When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop. illus. by Theodore Taylor III. 32p. bibliog. chron. websites. Roaring Brook. Aug. 2013. RTE $17.99. ISBN 978-1-59643-540-7.

HIMMELMAN, John. Noisy Frog Sing-Along. illus. by author. 32p. Dawn. Sept. 2013. Tr $16.95. ISBN 978-1-58469-339-0; pap. $8.95. ISBN 978-1-58469-340-6. LC 2013009691.

KALMAN, Bobbie. Baby Carnivores. ISBN 978-0-7787-1010-3; ISBN 978-0-7787-1015-8.

––––.Baby Rodents. ISBN 978-0-7787-1009-7; ISBN 978-0-7787-1014-1.

ea vol: 24p. (It’s Fun to Learn About Baby Animals Series). diag. glossary. illus. index. photos. Crabtree. 2013. lib. ed. $22.60; pap. $7.95. ebook available.

KAVIN, Kim. Native Americans: Discover the History & Cultures of the First Americans with 15 Projects. illus. by Beth Hetland. 128p. (Build It Yourself Series). chart. chron. diag. glossary. index. map. websites. Nomad. 2013. Tr $21.95. ISBN 978-1-61930-175-7; pap. $16.95. ISBN 978-1-61930-170-2.

KING, Martin Luther III. My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. illus. by AG Ford. 32p. HarperCollins/Amistad. Aug. 2013. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-06-028075-8; lib. ed. $18.89. ISBN 978-0-06-028076-5.

MORDEN, Daniel. Demeter and Persephone. Bk. 1. 40p. ISBN 978-1-84686-834-4. LC 2012020208.

––––. Orpheus and Eurydice. Bk. 3. 40p. ISBN 978-1-84686-784-2. LC 2012011236.

––––.Theseus and the Minotaur. Bk. 2. 64p. ISBN 978-1-84686-782-8.

ea vol: illus. by Carole Hénaff. (Greek Myths Series). bibliog. diags. maps. Barefoot. 2013. pap. $7.99.

NELSON, Steve & Jack Rollins. Frosty the Snowman. illus. by Wade Zahares. 28p. w/CD. Imagine/A Peter Yarrow Bk. Nov. 2013. Tr $17.95. ISBN 978-1-62354-012-8; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-1-60734-671-5. LC 2012046363.

ODE, Eric. Sea Star Wishes: Poems from the Coast. illus. by Erik Brooks. 32p. Sasquatch. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-1-57061-790-4.

OWEN, Cheryl. Gifts for Kids to Make. 128p. (The Craft Library Series). index. photos. Hamlyn. 2013. pap. $12.99. ISBN 978-0-600-62515-5.

PELLETIER, Mia. Avati: Discovering Arctic Ecology. illus. by Sara Otterstätter. 48p. glossary. map. Inhabit Media. 2013. Tr $14.95. ISBN 978-1-927095-13-3.

ROSENSTOCK, Barb. Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library. illus. by John O’Brien. 32p. bibliog. notes. Boyds Mills/Calkins Creek. Sept. 2013. Tr $16.95. ISBN 978-1-59078-932-2. LC 2013931061.

SAYRE, April Pulley. Let’s Go Nuts!: Seeds We Eat. photos by author. 32p. S & S/Beach Lane. Aug. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-6728-6. ebook available.

SCHWARTZ, David M. Rotten Pumpkin: A Rotten Tale in 15 Voices. photos by Dwight Kuhn. 32p. glossary. Creston Books. Aug. 2013. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-1-939547-03-3.

SILVERBERG, Cory. What Makes a Baby. illus. by Fiona Smyth. 36p. Seven Stories. 2013. Tr $16.95. ISBN 978-1-60980-485-5. LC 2013001628.

The Three Little Pigs. illus. by Emily Bolam. 32p. (A Story House Book). Boxer Bks. 2013. Tr $16.95. ISBN 978-1-907152-67-2.

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