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both to gather food and to chase off predators. Each volume includes
a brief introduction to Ice Age conditions, a labeled diagram of each
beast, and modern locations where the fossils have been found. The
illustration style is not particularly consistent, and although relative
size is usually mentioned, more thorough scale comparisons to modern counterparts would have been a helpful visual. Still, this successful
introduction to an intriguing paleontological topic should spur readers
to track down more informational texts. —Maggie Reagan
MAJOR BATTLES IN US HISTORY SERIES. FOCUS
READERS. GR. 3–6.
The Battle of Gettysburg: Bloodiest Battle of the Civil War. By Clara
MacCarald. 2017. 32p. illus. lib. ed., $28.50 (9781635170184).
The Battle of Inchon: Turning Point of the Korean War. By Clara
MacCarald. 2017. 32p. illus. lib. ed., $28.50 (9781635170191).
The Battle of Little Bighorn: Legendary Battle of the Great
Sioux War. By Katy Duffield. 2017. 32p. illus. lib. ed., $28.50
The Battle of San Juan Hill: Famous Battle of the Spanish-American War. By Bonnie Hinman. 2017. 32p. illus. lib. ed., $28.50
For better or worse, war has shaped America. These volumes in
the Major Battles in US History series take readers step-by-step into
well- and lesser-known conflicts. They begin with a visual overview,
including a time line, map of troop movements, and chart of facts,
such as leaders and the number of soldiers killed. The books then delve
into the battle’s decisive moments, its conclusion, and its impact on
history. Gettysburg is a day-by-day account of this hard and bloody battle, which pitted famous Confederate and Union generals against one
another. Inchon explains how Korea was split into two countries and
North Korea invaded South Korea, in addition to presenting General
Douglas MacArthur’s calculated sea battle to recapture South Korea.
Little Bighorn gives background information on clashes between settlers and Native Americans and illegal actions by the U.S. government
before depicting U.S. soldiers’ hostile attack on Lakota Indians. San
Juan Hill describes how the U.S. became involved in Cuba’s fight for
independence from Spain as well as Theodore Roosevelt’s stint as a
Rough Rider and contributions by all-black regiments known as “
buffalo soldiers.” Enhanced with archival photos from the battles, each
volume also includes reproductions, maps, and other visuals. This
action-packed series is a great supplement to classrooms and for budding history buffs. —Angela Leeper
MAKE ME THE BEST ATHLE TE SERIES. ABDO/
SPORTSZONE. GR. 4–7.
Make Me the Best at Track and Field. By Ken Stone. 2017.
48p. illus. lib. ed., $22.95 (9781680784855); e-book, $37.95
Make Me the Best Baseball Player. By Todd Kortemeier. 2017.
48p. illus. lib. ed., $22.95 (9781680784862); e-book, $37.95
Make Me the Best Basketball Player. By Will Graves. 2017.
48p. illus. lib. ed., $22.95 (9781680784879); e-book, $37.95
Make Me the Best Football Player. By Dan Myers. 2017.
48p. illus. lib. ed., $22.95 (9781680784886); e-book, $37.95
Each book in the inviting Make Me the Best Athlete series features
SPACE DISCOVERY GUIDES SERIES. LERNER. GR. 4–7.
five or six athletes who excel at a specific sport. Besides presenting
the person’s story and achievements as well as, more briefly, those of
sports heroes from the past, the chapters offer several useful drills for
players and tips on good form and fundamentals. Each presentation
provides good insights and helpful information, emphasizing “what it
takes to become the best of the best.” The writing is straightforward,
journalistic, and very accessible. Clearly reproduced, the color photos
usually show the athletes in action or in triumph. Profiling an equal
number of women and men, Track and Field looks at sprinter Usain
Bolt, hurdler Aries Merritt, and pole-vaulter Jenn Suhr. As examples of
outstanding position players, Baseball spotlights pitcher Clayton Ker-
shaw, outfielder Lorenzo Cain, and catcher Buster Posey. Basketball
showcases Stephen Curry for his shooting, Chris Paul for his passing,
and Dwight Howard for his rebounding. Football offers tips and drills
to help players pass like Aaron Rodgers, catch like Julio Jones, and run
like Le’Veon Bell. Most sports books for young readers concentrate on
either superstars or how to play. This attractive series includes both,
and the combination will please young athletes as well as sports fans.
Astronauts: A Space Discovery Guide. By Margaret J.
Goldstein. 2017. 48p. illus. lib. ed., $31.99 (9781512425888).
Garbage in Space: A Space Discovery Guide. By Margaret J.
Goldstein. 2017. 48p. illus. lib. ed., $31.99 (9781512425901).
Mars Missions: A Space Discovery Guide. By Buffy Silverman.
2017. 48p. illus. lib. ed., $31.99 (9781512425857). 523.43.
Private Space Travel: A Space Discovery Guide. By Margaret J.
Goldstein. 2017. 48p. illus. lib. ed., $31.99 (9781512425895).
Space is a perennially high-interest topic, and although there are plenty of series on the subject, these titles in the Space Discovery Guides
series stand out from the crowd with plenty of
up-to-date content, engaging layouts, and a lively
tone. Astronauts covers notable space travelers,
challenges facing people who visit space, and what
astronauts can help researchers on Earth learn.
With increased space exploration and satellite
activity, space junk is becoming a significant problem, and Garbage in Space highlights how space
came to be filled with man-made debris, its effect
on space travel, and current efforts to curb the problem. Mars Missions
lays out the technical challenges of traveling to Mars, discoveries made
by rovers in the past couple of decades, and projects currently in the
works to eventually send humans to the red planet. Legislative changes
have opened up the field of space-travel innovation, and Private Space
Travel offers an informative survey of key players, advancements made
by private companies, and the future of space tourism. Each title is
packed with photos and diagrams, all of which are clearly labeled, but
the real star is the fascinating, current information, which fills every
page. Space-obsessed kids will find plenty to wonder over in these slim
but meaty volumes. —Sarah Hunter