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By David J. Smith
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David J. Smith
'If the Sun were the size of a grapefruit, Earth would be the size of a grain of salt. Even the largest planet, Jupiter, would be only as big as a large pea.'Some things are so big or so old that it's hard to wrap your mind around them. In If, we look at these hard-to-imagine objects and events and compare them to things we can instantly see, feel and touch. It is wonderful new way of seeing the world and is a fascinating way of understanding numbers and big ideas for children aged 8 and upwards.The author, David J Smith has found ingenious ways of scaling down everything from time lines (the history of the Earth is compressed into a single year!), to quantitites (all the wealth in the world is divided into one hundred coins), to size differences (the planets are shown as different-sized balls). Each description is beautifully illustrated to reinforce the concept in a child's mind.By reducing everything to human scale, the big ideas and concepts are easier to grasp and, therefore, more meaningful. This fact-filled book is for children who love to be wowed by exciting new facts, figures, stats and information. It is also the perfect vehicle for visual learners, since it's 'infographic' approach makes information easier to understand through imagery.As well as being an excellent read for pleasure, If is also an amazing classroom resource that can be reached for again and again when studying scale and measurement in maths, but also has many applications for the study of space or the earth in science and geography, social studies and PSHE.For those who want to delve deeper, thre are 6 suggestions for practical projects at the back of the book as well as a full page of resource information.Covers topics as diverse as: evolution of man and early life forms, time line of the last 3000 years in history, inventions through the ages, continents, water, energy and population.
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  • Incredible Insects

    By Richard Spilsbury
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    Richard Spilsbury
    Did you know that dung beetles eat their own weight in poo every day? Or that dragonflies are expert fliers, but they can't walk? Or that ladybirds can squirt yellow blood out of their knees?This book zooms in on the weird and wonderful world of minibeasts - such as dragonflies, earwigs, fireflies and army ants - and the strange features that help them survive. Learn how the assassin bug sucks out its victims' insides, and meet the stylops parasite that can control bees' minds.The Zoom In On series shines a powerful light on a world so small that it's normally invisible. Scientists can zoom in on the strange creatures that live there. Now you can look down the microscope and see them too, if you dare...
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  • Internet Crime

    By Sarah Levete
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    Sarah Levete
    This title looks at the growth of the Internet, from its earliest beginnings through to its current role as an ever-expanding source of information. It includes statistics about online fraud, hacking and identity theft.It also explores issues surrounding safety when communicating online, from chat rooms and forums to online shopping, and offers ways in which young people can still safely use and enjoy the Internet. Each book in this series explores an issue that may affect young people's lives. The books are aimed directly at children and provide support to them and also to parents and teachers.
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  • Jaguar

    By Rob Scott Colson
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    Rob Scott Colson
    This series will have maximum high interest appeal with its unique and contemporary design.All types of car models, including classic cars and racing cars, are explored alongside colour photographs.Feature panels, full of statistics and the latest innovations in car design, are used throughout.
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    The Kids' Book of Everyday Science

    By Kelly Doudna
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    Kelly Doudna
    Can you move a mug using a balloon? Make a square bubble? Can you turn soap into salt? How much water is in a plant?This book includes 40 simple science activities using everyday items to do experiments about temperature, pressure, water, air, heat, plants and many more. Using everyday items such as balloons, bubbles, plants, potatoes and popcorn, each fun and easy activity includes how-to photos, step-by-step instructions and simple explanations of the science behind the experiments. Supply and tool lists and safety information are included, and tips and extra information are provided to extend and expand the scientific experience.Get kids thinking like scientists in no time at all!
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  • Learn to Program

    By Heather Lyons, Elizabeth Tweedale, Alex Westgate
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    Heather Lyons, Elizabeth Tweedale
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    Alex Westgate
    Learn to Program covers a key component in the new KS1 computing curriculum. We look at the basics of programming - what is an algorithm, basic languages and building a simple program. We then look at how simple programs can be developed to include decision making and repeat activities, and then how they can be fixed using debugging techniques. Throughout the book there are practical activies to assist learning, and links to online activities where they can practise newly learned skills. Learn to Program supports the key stage 1 computing curriculum point:create and debug simple programs; use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs.Kids Get Coding is a fantastic, hands on resource for anyone looking to get started with coding. The four titles cover key areas of the computing curriculum with simple text and fun activities. Each title contains practical on- and off-line activities that are easy to follow and fun to try on your own or with friends. Guiding young coders through each new idea is the Data Duck - a computer-programming mastermind here to help with hints and tips!Kids Get Coding is written by Heather Lyons and Elizabeth Tweedale of blue{shift} - a company dedicated to teaching children to become active creators of technology. Alex Westgate's bright illustrations bring wonder and fun to this exciting new topic.
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  • The Life Cycle of an Oak Tree

    By Ruth Thomson
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    Ruth Thomson
    This book looks at the life cycle of a tree, from a tiny acorn to a mighty oak tree.
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  • Life on Earth

    There are endless facts to learn about living things, but once you've absorbed them, do you really know how plants and animals work? They adapt and grow thanks to some incredible processes - and understanding them is the key to understanding life on earth. It's time to discover how animals reproduce, how plants protect themselves and how living things adapt. Pore over the step-by-step infographic art and fascinating facts to uncover the dazzling truth about the astonishing flora and fauna on our planet - then try out the mind-bending challenges on each page!TOPICS:How plants make energyHow plants reproduceHow animals reproduceHow predators huntHow living things adaptHow animals seeHow animals smellHow animals feelHow plants protect themselvesHow animals protect themselvesHow animals survive a shortageHow living things are recycled The Infographic How It Works series is an exploration of the processes that make the world (and the universe) go round, from the activity in tectonic plates to the enzymes that break down food in our bodies. Each process is clearly explained using amazing infographics and essential facts - plus an experiment or challenge for readers to try, so they can keep the discovery going.Other titles in the Infographic How It Works series:Machines and MotorsOur PlanetOur UniverseToday's TechnologyYour Body
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  • Light

    By Izzi Howell
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    Izzi Howell
    A fantastic resource for children aged 6-8, the Fact Cat series makes a perfect one-stop-shop for help with homework assignments! Which animals make their own light? What type of materials let light through? Why do shadows change throughout the day? Discover where light comes from and the different ways we use it in our daily lives. See how sunlight travels to Earth and find out what causes shadows and reflections. A simple fun picture quiz helps readers to recall what they have read.
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  • Light

    By Carol Ballard
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    Carol Ballard
    Find out where light comes from, how we use our eyes to see, and how light travels. Learn about reflections, lenses and how rainbows are made.The topic of light is approached in a simple and clear way. The concepts are complemented by new artwork and specially-commissioned photography featuring children.Each step-by-step experiment has been tried in the classroom and is illustrated with photography which encourages children's understanding.Each book is bright, colourful and simple in its design.
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  • Light

    By Sally Hewitt
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    Sally Hewitt
    Amazing Science uses the extraordinary and mind-boggling facts about science to introduce children to the core topic of light at KS1. Each spread starts with an interesting fact about light, supported by a dramatic picture to engage the child's interest. It then seeks to explain, in simple terms, the science behind it. 'Your Turn' boxes then challenge children to look around them for similar examples.
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  • Light and Dark

    By Angela Royston
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    Angela Royston
    This book looks at the simple idea of light and dark with examples from within children's own experience.
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  • Light and Sound

    By Jon Richards
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    Jon Richards
    Welcome to the world of infographics! This exciting form of data visualisation uses icons, pictograms and graphics to present information in a whole new way. Wonder at the speed of light, read about sound waves and how we hear them, and discover how shadows are formed - all visualised in beautifully designed infographics. Ideal for children of 9+, and fact and science geeks of all ages, finding out about light and sound has never been more exciting!
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  • Little Bees: A Rainbow of Colours

    By Miriam Moss
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    Miriam Moss
    Step on to a magical rainbow and join Tilly and Grandad as they explore a dazzling world of colour. Watch out for the red frog in the rainforest and mix some colours with the clumsy clowns in the rainbow circus.
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  • Little Bees: Tick, Tock

    By Sam Godwin
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    Sam Godwin
    Tick, tock, tick, just look at the time! This book takes you on a fun-filled journey around the clock, measuring time from seconds through to years.
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  • Living Processes: Food Relationships and Webs

    By Carol Ballard
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    Carol Ballard
    Find out how the passage of energy from one organism to another creates a food chain. This book explores how the need to find and consume food creates an interlinking chain between organisms, from the producers of energy to the consumers. It also looks at what happens when a food chain breaks down and the disastrous consequences this can have for the organisms in the chain. Includes fieldwork investigations that show how to identify food chains and webs and fascinating fact boxes that offer in-depth information on topics such as echolocation. An activity project shows students at Key Stage 3 how to build their own food web.The six books in the Living Processes series look at the processes all living organisms must carry out in order to stay alive. From feeding and drinking through to breathing and reproducing, it explores the differing ways in which organisms carry them out.
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  • Living Processes: Cells and Cell Function

    By Carol Ballard
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    Carol Ballard
    Learn about all about cells, the building blocks of all life. This book explores the structures of planet and animal cells, takes a look at how cells function and discusses the role of they play in supporting all living organisms. It also examines the role of DNA, what happens when cells mutate and examines cutting-edge developments in the scientific investigation of cells, such as stem cell research. Includes investigations that show how to study different cells under a microscope and fascinating fact boxes that offer in-depth information on topics such as fertilisation. An activity project shows students at Key Stage 3 how to create a model of a plant cell.The six books in the Living Processes series look at the processes all living organisms must carry out in order to stay alive. From feeding and drinking through to breathing and reproducing, it explores the differing ways in which organisms carry them out.
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  • Living Things

    By Anna Claybourne
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    Anna Claybourne
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  • Machines and Motors

    There are endless facts to learn about vehicles and motors, but once you've absorbed them, do you really know how these machines work? They keep on turning thanks to some incredible processes - and grasping them is the key to understanding machines. It's time to discover how cars go, how a plane flies and how to dig a tunnel. Pore over the step-by-step infographic art and fascinating facts to uncover the dazzling truth about man-made inventions - then try out the mind-bending challenges on each page!TOPICS:How to make a bicycle goHow to stop a bicycleHow a crane liftsHow a digger digsHow a car goesHow to make electricityHow to harvest a cropHow to dig a tunnelHow a plane fliesHow a submarine divesHow a hovercraft fliesThe Infographic How It Works series is an exploration of the processes that make the world go round, from the activity in tectonic plates to the enzymes that break down food in our bodies. Each process is clearly explained using amazing infographics and essential facts - plus an experiment or challenge for readers to try, so they can keep the discovery going.Other titles in the Infographic How It Works series:Life on EarthOur PlanetOur UniverseToday's TechnologyYour Body
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  • Magnets and Springs

    By Carol Ballard
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    Carol Ballard
    Learn about magnetism, magnetic fields, natural magnets and how a spring works.The topics of magnets and springs are approached in a simple and clear way. The concepts are complemented by new artwork and specially-commissioned photography featuring children. Each step-by-step experiment has been tried in the classroom and is illustrated with photography which encourages children's understanding. Each book is bright, colourful and simple in its design.
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