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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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Dear Katie

By Katie Thistleton
Authors:
Katie Thistleton
'Katie's straightforward, warm wisdom will help young people everywhere!' - Matt Haig Real answers to real problems! Advice on life's tough stuff from children's TV and radio presenter Katie Thistleton.Growing up is hard. This book makes it a little bit easier. Exploring the sometimes challenging issues everyone faces as part of growing up, Katie will answer questions from real kids and teens with real issues. From falling outs with friends to disagreements with family, trouble at school to concerns about mental or physical health, Katie will cover every topic with thoughtful and emotionally sensitive advice that will resonate with readers. With additional guidance from TV and radio doctor Radha Modgil, as well as psychotherapist Sally Angel, this book is full of advice and guidance to help kids through the difficult years of growing up."Beautifully fresh and honest. Covers everything from love to leggings." Rae Earl"This book is as warm, lovely and wise as Katie is." Holly Smale
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  • Discover Art with Katie

    By James Mayhew
    Authors:
    James Mayhew
    Discover London's National Gallery with Katie, the star of James Mayhew's Katie books, in this fun-filled sticker activity book. With over 150 stickers inside!Art adventurer Katie has been capturing the hearts and imaginations of children for over 25 years. Featuring paintings from the National Gallery's world famous collection (alongside mazes, drawing challenges, sticker puzzles and more!) this sticker activity book will keep little Katie fans entertained for hours, whilst introducing them to the wonderful world of art.All you need to do is follow the ever-curious Katie . . .Look out for more Katie National Gallery books:Get Colouring with KatieLearn to Draw with KatieAnd discover more adventures with Katie in James Mayhew's original picture books:Katie's Picture ShowKatie in LondonKatie and the Mona LisaKatie and the BathersKatie and the British ArtistsKatie and the DinosaursKatie and the ImpressionistsKatie and the Spanish PrincessKatie and the Starry NightKatie and the SunflowersKatie and the Waterlily PondKatie in ScotlandKatie's London Christmas
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  • D-Structs' Rescue! storybook

    By Dinotrux
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    Dinotrux
    The fun never ends in this storybook with the crew that's half dinosaur, half truck and all awesome! As seen on Netflix! D-Structs and Skrap-It are trapped at the bottom of a canyon, surrounded by dangerous Scraptors who are ready to do some scrapping! Their only hope for rescue is Team Dinotrux. But will Ty Rux and the gang help the T-Trux who has tried so hard to destroy them?Forged in the combustive fires of the Mechazoic Era, the mighty and resourceful Dinotrux must work together to build a better tomorrow...Dinotrux is a DreamWorks computer-animated television series for 3-7 year olds now showing on Netflix. Dinotrux © 2016 DreamWorks Animation LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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  • A Day in the Life of a... World War II Evacuee

    By Alan Childs
    Authors:
    Alan Childs
    Spend a day in the country with a young evacuee. Eat a rationed breakfast in a strange home. Try on a gas mask on your first day at the local school. Then watch the Home Guard search through the evening for a missing enemy pilot.By following a day in the life of an evacuee, this book looks at homes and schools, gas masks and shelters, food and rationing, security and entertainment. The wartime countryside is brought to life through beautiful colour artwork and quotes from the age.A combination of fictional narrative and quotes from the age focus on a day in the life of a particular character.
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  • Dentist

    By Rachel Blount
    Authors:
    Rachel Blount
    When was the last time you visited your dentist? Perhaps one day you might like to become a dentist too? In this book you will meet our dentist, Paul - and his team - and see what he does at work every day. FInd out about the special tools he uses and the surgery he works in.Here to Help is a brilliant introductory series books for very young readers (aged 5 and up) that follow real professionals around their place of work to give a flavour of what it means to work in a particular job. Additional question boxes encourage the reader relate the information they are reading to their own experiences. Each book concludes with some advice on the type of person suitable for each job and the education and training you will need to qualify. Specially commissioned photographs of real professionals ensure the books are accurate and a true representation of what it is like to work in a range of public-facing jobs.
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  • Doctor

    By Hannah Phillips
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    Hannah Phillips
    When was the last time you visited your doctor? Perhaps one day you might like to become a doctor too? In this book you will meet Doctor Mani - and his team - and see what he does at work every day. FInd out about the special tools he uses and the surgery he works in.Brilliant introductory books for very young readers that follow real professionals around their place of work to give a flavour of what it means to work in a particular job. Perfect for readers aged 5 and up.
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  • Dare to Repair! storybook

    The fun never ends with the crew that's half dinosaur, half truck and all awesome! As seen on Netflix!The Dinotrux are in need of repairs and Revvit can't do it all by himself. Luckily, Click-Clack, Ace, and Waldo agree to help and leave the safety of the canyon. But when a trio of Scrapadactyls kidnap the Reptools, it's up to the Dinotrux to save their new friends! Forged in the combustive fires of the Mechazoic Era, the mighty and resourceful Dinotrux must work together to build a better tomorrow...Dinotrux is a DreamWorks computer-animated television series for 3-7 year olds now showing on Netflix. Dinotrux © 2016 DreamWorks Animation LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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  • Dictatorship

    By Sean Connolly
    Authors:
    Sean Connolly
    Dictatorship reveals the inner working of this type of government, setting it in the context of history and relating it to today's current affairs. Readers will learn how a dictatorship functions internally and within the wider world community. They will also encounter some of the dilemmas, contradictions and compromises that seem to be an essential part of even the most idealistic political systems. Part of the Systems of Government series, these books feature fact boxes, timelines and carefully chosen images that complement informative text that is packed with case studies and first-hand accounts. Voting Booth panels invite readers to consider thorny issues, both historical and current, and to form their own opinions. Perfect for readers aged 12 and up.
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  • Democracy

    By Sean Connolly
    Authors:
    Sean Connolly
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  • Dastardly Dictators, Rulers & other Loony Leaders

    By Paul Harrison
    Authors:
    Paul Harrison
    Discover all about the fascinating lives of some of the most unusual, quirky and eccentric characters in world history! Learn about the Persian King who ordered the sea to be whipped as punishment, find out why a thirteenth-century crusader took to the streets in his pants, and what posessed a French Queen to build a fake tumble-down village for £4 million. Peppered with Crackpot Quiz questions and Mad, Bad and Truly Sticky Endings features this book is enthralling, entertaining and educational all at the same time!
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  • Drawing

    By Kate Rochester
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    Kate Rochester
    Learn how to draw from scratch and create amazing artworks! Simple tips, tricks and step-by-step instructions show you how to work with different subjects like faces, landscapes and still life, plus introduce you to key concepts like composition, perspective and movement. Each project will introduce a new technique for you to practise and includes a variation to try once you've mastered the skill. The Get Into series is designed to get kids excited about being creative. Fun, easy to follow and with colourful illustrations and photography, each book is a comprehensive introduction to a popular hobby. Other titles available: Sewing, Gardening, Baking, Knitting, Photography.
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  • Decorative Cards

    By Annalees Lim
    Authors:
    Annalees Lim
    Make beautiful cards, with these easy, fun and exciting projects for children aged 5+! Let children craft their way through this book, creating and improvising as they go, to celebrate a whole range of special occasions. Use this book to make a cake-themed birthday card, create a 3D Easter egg card and build a pop-up paper lantern for Diwali!Using readily available materials, the 10 Minute Crafts series is packed full of fun crafts for special occasions. The perfect tool for teachers looking for original ideas as well as parents looking for fun ways to keep kids entertained.
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  • Dinosaurs

    By Annabelle Lynch
    Authors:
    Annabelle Lynch
    Discover the prehistoric world with the dinosaurs, from the speedy velociraptor to the fierce Tyrannosaurus rex.Tadpoles Learners are an ideal introduction to non-fiction for beginner readers, blending accessible text with big, striking photos.
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  • Diggers

    By David West
    Authors:
    David West
    Mechanic Mike knows loads about all sorts of diggers and construction machines. From mini excavators and compactors to massive bucket-wheel excavators used in mining and everything in between. Find out how much these giant machines weigh, the type of engine it has and lots of other amazing bite-sized facts.Part of the series Mechanic Mike's Machines. Introductory books for young readers aged 5+ in the high-interest area of all things mechanical.
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    Dinosaurs From Head to Tail

    By Stacey Roderick, Kwanchai Moriya
    Authors:
    Stacey Roderick
    Illustrated by:
    Kwanchai Moriya
    Guess which prehistoric creature each of the eight colourful close-ups belongs to, then turn the page for the answer and some fun facts. Discover eight more awesome dinosaurs at the back of the book.
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  • Dinosaur

    By Wayland Publishers
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    Wayland Publishers
    My Dinosaur Infographic Sticker Activities is an interactive journey through the dangerous world of dinosaurs. Includes more than 200 stickers and printed on high-quality paper that's perfect to colour in with felt-tips or crayons, this book is ideal for long journeys, rainy days and a great gift for curious children.Travel back millions of years to learn the facts and figures about the underwater creature that dwarfed the great white shark, how huge a Triceratops's skull was and build a T-rex's skeleton out of stickers.Packed with fact-based stickering, colouring and searching activities to help you remember all of the fascinating facts, My Dinosaur Infographic Sticker Activity Book is a bold, bright and beautiful book that will take your imagination on an exciting journey.
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    Doctors and Nurses

    By Liz Gogerly
    Authors:
    Liz Gogerly
    Find out what a doctors and nurses do. Follow step-up-step activities to dress like a doctor, make a stethoscope and doctor's surgery. Then follow simple role plays to act out the part of a doctor or nurse!
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  • Dinosaur Defenders

    By Liz Miles
    Authors:
    Liz Miles
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    Dinosaurs in our Street

    By David West
    Authors:
    David West
    Welcome to a world where dinosaurs have suddenly appeared on our city streets. No one knows how they got here but now they are everywhere! Big scary, meat-eating ones like Tyrannosaurus Rex and Giganotosaurus; giant, long-necked ones like Diplodocus; noisy, trumpteting ones like Parasaurolophus; spiky armoured ones like Stegosaurus; and packs of dangerous little ones with sharp claws like Velociraptor (look out, they are stealing your football!). Fantastic, realistic graphic art combines with lively text to reveal the dinosaurs as they really might appear on our streets, accurately showing their size and colours, and helping young dinosaurs imagine what a real-life, face-to-face encounter with their favourite dinosaur might be like!A unique book that imagines what it would be like if dinosaurs lived on our streets today. Perfect for young dinosaur enthusiasts aged 7 and up, giving them the facts and stimulating their imaginations.
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