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5 Things for Kids to Do with Their Parents

I know you kids have questions about the world around us. Why is the sky blue? Why is water wet? Why does the moon shine during the day? How to airplanes fly? How does Superman fly?

Have your parents ever seemed mystified by your questions? Don't worry, not even parents know everything! Try working together to discover the answers, and help your parents learn something new in the process.


Sarah W. Says: Learn how people around the world grow food, even in the middle of a city.
Amazon Says: All around the world, people are farming in the concrete jungle! The urban farming movement is rapidly gaining widespread acceptance. Now it's time for kids to be more...
Amazon Says: All around the world, people are farming in the concrete jungle! The urban farming movement is rapidly gaining widespread acceptance. Now it's time for kids to be a part of it, too! With a minimum of equipment and whether alone or with friends, kids can start growing fruit and vegetables at home, in a community garden, or at school. Combining practical tips and well-researched facts, Potatoes on Rooftops is a brisk and informative overview of the how and why of the movement toward small-scale urban farming. There are many ways to farm in the city: a Detroit high school program teaches students to grow food and raise chickens; in Tokyo, a bank vault was converted into an underground greenhouse; in Nairobi, local youth transformed part of a slum into a garden that helps feed their families; First Lady Michelle Obama established an organic garden at the White House; and more in other countries. Short, kid-friendly descriptions and vibrant photos and illustrations keep the pace moving and the tone light. Toronto Public Health and FoodShare, two respected agencies, both have contributed to the book. A perfect book to get kids thinking about alternative ways of growing and getting food. less...
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Sarah W. Says: Temple Grandin is a revolutionary animal scientist - and she is also a person with autism. Take a look at this biography to learn how she went from a silent child to an influential scientist.
Amazon Says: When Temple Grandin was born, her parents knew that she was different. Years later she was diagnosed with autism. While Temple’s doctor recommended a hospital, her mother be more...
Amazon Says: When Temple Grandin was born, her parents knew that she was different. Years later she was diagnosed with autism. While Temple’s doctor recommended a hospital, her mother believed in her. Temple went to school instead. Today, Dr. Temple Grandin is a scientist and professor of animal science at Colorado State University. Her world-changing career revolutionized the livestock industry. As an advocate for autism, Temple uses her experience as an example of the unique contributions that autistic people can make. This compelling biography complete with Temple’s personal photos takes us inside her extraordinary mind and opens the door to a broader understanding of autism. less...
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Sarah W. Says: Sharing personal stories can bring a family closer together. Learn about your family's past, and start writing the story of your present life!
Amazon Says: Lies About Writing Your Life Story You have to be a famous celebrity. You must have an amazing life. You can't write your life story until you're old and gray. Nobody will more...
Amazon Says: Lies About Writing Your Life Story You have to be a famous celebrity. You must have an amazing life. You can't write your life story until you're old and gray. Nobody will read it, so what's the point? less...
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Wind Flyers by Angela Johnson
Sarah W. Says: This poetic tale details the experiences of the brave Tuskegee Airmen, and of one boy who always wanted to fly.
Amazon Says: All he ever wanted to do was fly. Three-time Coretta Scott King Award-winning author Angela Johnson and New York Times bestselling illustrator Loren Long invite rea more...
Amazon Says: All he ever wanted to do was fly. Three-time Coretta Scott King Award-winning author Angela Johnson and New York Times bestselling illustrator Loren Long invite readers to ponder a band of undercelebrated World War II heroes -- the Tuskegee Airmen. With fleeting prose and transcendent imagery, this book by the masterful author/artist duo reveals how a boy's love of flight takes him on a journey from the dusty dirt roads of Alabama to the war-torn skies of Europe and into the hearts of those who are only now beginning to understand the part these brave souls played in the history of America. less...
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Sarah W. Says: George Washington was not only the first president of the United States, he was also an innovative farmer. Find out how his ideas changed the world in this biography.
Amazon Says: George Washington as he's rarely seen. Besides being a general and the first president of the United States, George Washington was also a farmer. His efforts to create a self- more...
Amazon Says: George Washington as he's rarely seen. Besides being a general and the first president of the United States, George Washington was also a farmer. His efforts to create a self-sufficient farm at Mount Vernon, Virginia, mirrored his struggle to form a new nation. Excerpts from Washington's writings are featured throughout this NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book, which also includes a timeline, resource section, as well as essays on Washington at Mount Vernon and his thoughts on slavery. Both illustrator and author worked closely with the staff of Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens to render an accurate portrait of Farmer George at work. less...
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