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Built to Last
David Macaulay

Three of the world's best known buildings – a castle, medieval cathedral, and mosque – why were they built and how were they constructed? More than brick and mortar, these buildings are an inspiration to make something that endures for centuries. (Illustrated chapter book)

 

Mirror
Jeannie Baker

Two families, two cultures, one in a big city in Australia, another in rural Morocco. Read each story side by side, and discover the magic carpet that connects them. Gorgeous illustrations! (Picture book)

 

 
Mirror
 

Take a magical look at the rain forest with gorgeous close-up photographs – detail of a red-eyed tree frog looks like a space ship, banana plants like goblin fingers, an iguana like sand paper, and more. (Picture book)

 

Desert Song
Tony Johnston, Ed Young

After the sun goes down, the desert fills with songs – the wind whispers, bats fly out, an owl hoots, coyote sings to the moon, a snake leaves a trail in the sand, with no sound. Illustrated with marvelous collages. (Picture book)

 

 
Desert Song
Legendary Journeys: Trains  
Legendary Journeys: Trains
Philip Steele, Sebastian Quigley

Panoramic story of trains world-wide, from the first steam locomotives to railroads across Europe, North America and remote parts of Asia, Africa, Australia, and South America, freight trains, luxury trains, and bullet trains. Beautifully illustrated, with pull out pages for full effect! (Activity book)

 

Go on a global treasure hunt to search for remains of lost civilizations and ancient creatures – underwater ruins, Easter Island moai, mummies and tombs in the desert, Roman mosaics, dinosaurs of Mongolia, buried city of Pompeii, the largest mammal that ever lived. Good for older kids. (Picture book)

 

 
Buried Treasures
World of Wonders  
World of Wonders
Elisabeth Roman

Fabulous photos and fantastic facts about 150+ natural wonders and amazing animals. What animal eats the fastest? Where is it night almost all the time? How wide is the biggest leaf? (Picture book)

 

Into the Unknown
Stewart Ross, Stephen Biesty

On your family vacations, driving in an air-conditioned car, floating on a river, or flying half-way around the world in hours, just think of the first explorers! This is a fabulous look at first journeys, by land, on the ocean, up in the air, to the moon, with super pull-out maps and drawings, enough to plan your own voyage of adventure. (Activity book)

 

 
Into the Unknown
Marco Polo: History's Great Adventurer  

Open the book, take out a golden passport (given to Marco Polo by Kublai Khan) and travel to exotic lands. Follow a dazzling adventure from Venice, across Persia, over the Pamir mountains, through the Gobi Desert, to Xanadu. Like a long lost scrapbook, filled with colorful mixed-media collages. (Activity book)

 

Thirteen different unsolved art mysteries, such as why is the the Mona Lisa smiling, where is the Amber Room hidden, what really happened to Van Gogh's ear, where is the Ark of the Covenant? Good for older kids. (Picture book)

 

 
13 Art Mysteries Children Should Know
Passing the Music Down  
Passing the Music Down
Sarah Sullivan

young boy travels to Appalachia to learn to play the songs of an old fiddle player. Together they play "tunes as old as the mist and twisty as the roads." And one day the boy is grown, and he's passing the music down. (Picture book)

 

Children of the World
Anthony Asael, Stephanie Rabemiafara

Meet children of 192 different countries, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, through poems written by kids (in their language and English), original drawings and paintings, full page photographs, and fun facts about food and sports of each country. What a fabulous treasure trove, the world through the eyes of children! (Picture book)

 

 
Children of the World
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