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Dogs in Space: The Amazing True Story of Belka and Strelka

By Victoria Southgate, Iris Deppe
Authors:
Victoria Southgate
Illustrated by:
Iris Deppe
Meet Belka and Strelka, the two dogs who changed the face of space history and became international celebrities in the process!In 1960, two stray dogs were plucked from the streets of Moscow to become space pioneers. This quirky and delightful picture book tells the incredible true story of these heroic strays. Selected from a number of potential canine cosmonauts, Belka and Strelka are put through their paces on the ground, as they practice rocket simulations and wearing spacesuits, before being launched into outer space as the first ever living creatures to successfully orbit the Earth. Miraculously, the dogs survive the mission and upon their return embark on a tour of the USSR, clad in their carefully tailored jumpsuits - one red, one green - becoming international celebrities. As for their legacy, less than a year after their safe return the Soviet space programme felt confident enough to send the first human into space.
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  • British Supercars

    By Paul Mason
    Authors:
    Paul Mason
    Get your young petrolhead into gear with the perfect introduction to the newest, hotest, fastest British supercar marques on the planet. Featured inside are: ASTON MARTIN V12 ZAGATO, MCLAREN 12C, NOBLE M600, JAGUAR F-TYPE and more!Written specifically for car lovers aged around 9 years old, this series is ideal for reading on the go and to encourage reading for pleasure. Each title features superb photography and easy-to-read, informative text.
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  • Italian Supercars

    By Paul Mason
    Authors:
    Paul Mason
    Get your young petrolhead into gear with the perfect introduction to the newest, hotest, fastest Italian supercar marques on the planet. Featured inside are: FERRARI 488GTB/F12 BERLINETTA/LAFERRARI, LAMBORGHINI CENTENARIO/HURACÁN LP 610-4/VENENO ROADSTER, MASERATI GRANTURISMO MC STRADALE and more!Written specifically for car lovers aged around 9 years old, this series is ideal for reading on the go and to encourage reading for pleasure. Each title features superb photography and easy-to-read, informative text.
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  • The Great Art Activity Book

    By Paul Thurlby
    Authors:
    Paul Thurlby
    Get creative with one of the world's most-visited museums and discover more about masterpieces and the stories behind them.This wonderful activity book will help bring the paintings to life in fun and interesting ways. It's a fantastic platform for children developing a lifelong love of art as well as their creative skills.Created in consultation with the National Gallery, this engaging book introduces children to one of the richest collections of paintings in the world, including famous works by the greatest painters - Rembrandt, Rubens, Velázquez, Degas and many others - and masterpieces by less familiar artists. Praise for Paul Thurlby's Numbers: 'Stunning collection.' Guardian'Paul Thurlby's prints are so ludicrously beautiful that I am seriously tempted to blow the budget, order the whole lot and paper a wall with them.' India Knight, journalist and author
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  • In the Air

    By John C. Miles
    Authors:
    John C. Miles
    How did the forces that fought in the air affect the outcome of the Second World War? This book explores the units who battled it out to win supremacy in the skies during the Second World War, from the Luftwaffe and RAF, to the Japanese Kamikaze squadrons. Along the way, readers will discover the key battles, tactics and weapons that helped the Allies to victory. The Fighting Forces of the Second World War is a must-read for all young military buffs, who enjoy poring over the tactics, uniforms, weapons, special equipment and much more of the heroic fighting forces who waged the Second World War. Key battles and notable events, told chronologically, provide a useful solid historical structure and offer key learning, while the single-topic approach allows easy comparison between the different sides. A great series for readers aged 11 and up.
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  • On Land

    By John C. Miles
    Authors:
    John C. Miles
    How did the forces that fought on land affect the outcome of the Second World War? This book explores the units who slugged it out to gain precious territory in the Second World War, from the French Foreign Legion and British SAS, to the Afrika Korps and Chindits. Along the way, readers will discover the key battles, tactics and weapons that helped the Allies to victory. The Fighting Forces of the Second World War is a must-read for all young military buffs, who enjoy poring over the tactics, uniforms, weapons, special equipment and much more of the heroic fighting forces who waged the Second World War. Key battles and notable events, told chronologically, provide a useful solid historical structure and offer key learning, while the single-topic approach allows easy comparison between the different sides. A great series for readers aged 11 and up.
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    The Little Broomstick

    By Mary Stewart
    Authors:
    Mary Stewart
    First published 45 years ago, this is a beautiful new edition of Mary Stewart's beloved magical classic illustrated by Shirley Hughes. Don't miss the beautifully animated film adaptation called Mary and the Witch's Flower (by the producer of The Tale of The Princess Kaguya), in cinemas now. 'The little broomstick gave a leap, a violent twist, a kick like the kick of a pony.'Mary's been exiled to her great-aunt, deep in the English countryside. Miserable and lonely, she befriends strange black cat Tib who leads her deep into the forest to an ordinary looking broomstick. Before Mary can gather her wits, the broomstick jumps into action, whisking her over the treetops, above the clouds, and to the grounds of Endor College, school of witchcraft.But something is terribly wrong at Endor. Students are taught spells that are petty and ill-wishing, and when Mary discovers evidence of a terrible and cruel experiment in transformation, she decides to leave. But the moment her broomstick takes off, she realises that Tib the cat has been captured ...Mary Stewart is the bestselling author of fourteen romantic thrillers, including the classic novelsThis Rough Magic and The Moon-Spinners, and five historical fantasy novels of Arthurian Britain. The animated film, Mary and the Witch's Flower, will be released in 2018 by Studio Ponoc. The producer, Yoshiaki Nishimura, also produced The Tale of The Princess Kaguya and When Marnie Was There.
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  • In the Human Body

    By Paul Mason, Mark Ruffle
    Authors:
    Paul Mason
    Illustrated by:
    Mark Ruffle
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  • In Outer Space

    By Paul Mason, Mark Ruffle
    Authors:
    Paul Mason
    Illustrated by:
    Mark Ruffle
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    I Love My Dinosaur

    By Giles Andreae, Emma Dodd
    Authors:
    Giles Andreae
    Illustrated by:
    Emma Dodd
    There are many different types of families. But none so unusual as this one - it includes a dinosaur!It's not every day that a dinosaur takes up residence! It's lots of fun because Dinosaur loves to join in. He loves to bake and paint, he adores singing and skipping, and he thinks school is great. But dinosaurs are different. For one thing they are very big and sometimes very clumsy, so wherever Dinosaur goes chaos is sure to follow . . .A warm and funny story about the most unconventional of friendships, from the author of international bestseller, Giraffes Can't Dance.Also in the series:I Love My Mummy Winner of the Booktrust Early Years AwardI Love My Daddy A Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller
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    Paper Print Stamp

    By Susie Brooks
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    Susie Brooks
    A collection of simple but aspirational, inexpensive craft projects ideal for time-poor parents and budget-challenged schools, promoting reuse and recycling. Beautifully illustrated with step-by-step instructions and engaging artwork, each activity is straightforward and achievable, and as such is therapeutic for stressed or anxious children, allowing them to make things by themselves, and to have confidence in their own abilities.Paper Print Stamp shows you how to make bottletop balloons, a broccoli jungle, cork stamps, bubblewrap dinosaurs and much, much more. Techniques include printing, stamping, monoprints and simple collographs - used in ingenious ways for fantastic results!There's a whole load of upcycling fun to be had, so let's make art!
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  • Submarines

    By David West
    Authors:
    David West
    Learn all about submarines from the first submarines to submersibles and modern submarines.Have you ever wondered where the crew all sit inside a tank, or what a jet engine looks like behind the turbine blades? Well these six books will help you find out just that! Find out something amazing about each vehicle and then turn the page to see it sliced in two where its innermost secrets will be revealed. Simple text and large labels and captions will make the bite-sized pieces of information appeal to a wide range of reading abilities, and the artwork is both friendly and accessible. What's Inside - perfect for inquisitive, machine-mad readers who love the details of how vehicles work. Suitable for readers aged 8+.
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  • Planes

    By David West
    Authors:
    David West
    Learn all about planes and how they work from canvas planes to supersonic planes and jet liners. Have you ever wondered where the crew all sit inside a tank, or what a jet engine looks like behind the turbine blades? Well these six books will help you find out just that! Find out something amazing about each vehicle and then turn the page to see it sliced in two where its innermost secrets will be revealed. Simple text and large labels and captions will make the bite-sized pieces of information appeal to a wide range of reading abilities, and the artwork is both friendly and accessible. What's Inside - perfect for inquisitive, machine-mad readers who love the details of how vehicles work. Suitable for readers aged 8+.
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