Published June 30, 2022
The well-loved tale of Heidi, the young Swiss mountain girl, whose joyous nature transforms the lives of all those around her. Brought as an orphan to the Alm Uncle's rude Alpine hut, Heidi soon softens his heart and comes to delight in gamboling on the mountainside with Peter and his goats. But her aunt procures for her a position as companion to the ailing Clara, so she reluctantly leaves behind her primitive life and sweeps, like a breath of fresh air, into the sophisticated city home. Her love for the Alpine pastures is so strong, however, that she grows ill herself for want of the bracing mountain air. On her return home, she brings joy to the Alm Uncle and the grandmother and quickly regains her vitality. Ages 8-10.
Published June 26, 2022
Book One of The See and Say Series is a Picture Book, which, by means of its pictures and stories, presents and teaches the sounds of the letters of the alphabet, with simple lessons in word building. Every new sound is taught in this order: the story, the story picture, the sound, the letter, the type word with its initial. All lessons which do not present a new sound provide drill upon the sounds already learned. The book presents all the letters of the alphabet, with ck, ch, sh, ow (ou), ng, ee, oo, oy (oi), th. Finally, the fact is impressed that every letter stands for a sound; that letters are combined to form the printed or written word; that sounds are combined to form a spoken word; and that a word may be separated into its sounds or built up from sounds. Ages 5-7.
Published June 22, 2022
A detailed tour of architecture in the western world beginning with the Egyptian pyramids and ending with the skyscrapers of the early 20th century. In between the reader encounters the architecture of the Greeks, the Romans, the early Christians, and the Saracens, followed by a treatment of Romanesque, Gothic, and Renaissance architectures and how they manifested differently in different countries. Amply illustrated with dozens of line drawings detailing architectural elements and floor plans, and plates showing representative buildings in their entirety. In this fine supplement to historical studies for the older student the author emphasizes the close association between the architecture of an era and the civilization that produced it, helping us see that through architecture we may grasp much of the spirit of past eras: their emotions, their aspirations, and their beliefs. Ages 15-18.
Published June 20, 2022
Masterful account of the schools of painting beginning with early Christian art and legends of the Virgin Mary and the saints, followed by the awakening of art in Italy, northern Europe, Spain, France, and England. Over 100 illustrations, almost all in color, accompany the text. Sections on painting in America and later painters in France and England were added by Charles McKay to the original text by Innes. Ages 16-18.
Published May 30, 2022
The Oxford Book of English Verse in its entirety is a choice collection of over 800 poems spanning the period from 1250-1900, selected and edited by the eminent British literary figure, Arthur Quiller-Couch. This fourth part, roughly covering the nineteenth century, leads the reader through one of the most productive periods in English literature.
This volume includes 376 poems by 128 different poets, arranged in order by the year of their birth. As you might imagine, the Romantic poets are well-represented in the collection, as are the Victorians. There are also many fine poems from less familiar poets for the reader to discover. Most of the poems were penned by British poets, with a handful from American authors.
Having set his heart on choosing the best, the compiler consulted existing anthologies, but only after making his own choice. As he says, "The best is the best, though a hundred judges have declared it so." Ages 13-18.
Published May 10, 2022
The "Beacon First Reader" differs from other first readers in that all the material has been carefully arranged with reference to its phonetic difficulties. In selecting material the plan has been to present only stories that have stood the test of time, stories which the child delights to hear repeated again and again. Since our language is so richly endowed with these masterpieces, it seems absurd to give to children made-up stories which are in no sense comparable, as examples of literature, to the old folklore. The interest with which the child reads the classic tales he loves proves a most effective stimulus to his reading power. He does not need to be urged to master them, sentence by sentence, but seizes upon them with avidity. The power which this element of interest lends cannot be emphasized too strongly. Ages 4-6.
Published April 12, 2022
Sixteen nursery tales for little children collected and retold by Veronica S. Hutchinson, a noted librarian and storyteller. Six full page color illustrations and dozens of black and white drawings by Lois Lenski enliven the text. The stories included are Henny Penny - The Old Woman and Her Pig - The Pancake - The Three Bears - The Three Billy Goats Gruff - Peter Rabbit - The Three Pigs - The Little Red Hen and the Grain of Wheat - Little Black Sambo - The Cock, the Mouse and the Little Red Hen - The Travels of a Fox - Epaminondas - Mr. and Mrs. Vinegar - The Elves and the Shoemaker - Bremen Town Musicians - Cinderella. Ages 4-8.
Published March 31, 2022
An engaging introduction to the invertebrates, beginning with the simple amœbæ and concluding with the complex centipedes, spiders, and six-legged insects. In between the reader encounters a number of groups of animals of increasing complexity, beginning with the living sponge, the traveling jelly-fish, and the wondrous coral-builders, then passing on to the star-fish, sea-urchins, and sea-cucumbers. Next come mussels and snails, cuttle-fish and oysters, followed by creeping worms, and arriving at last at the joint-legged division including crabs that live in the water, as well as the aforementioned centipedes, spiders, and insects that breathe only in the air, which comprise more than four-fifths of the living beings on our globe. All creatures are described in such a way as to arouse an abiding interest in them and their behavior. Dozens of labeled ink drawings suitable for copying into notebooks are included, encouraging close attention to details. Ages 13-18.
Published March 30, 2022
A stimulating survey of the continents of the world depicting in broad brush strokes the position of land masses and oceans, the general contours of the land, and the location of mountains and rivers. The text is peppered with numerous anecdotes, some historical, some showcasing activities in the region under consideration, with the goal of interesting children in lands and peoples the world over. Geographical features, such as lochs in Scotland and glaciers in Switzerland, are brought into the narrative naturally. Readers should consult the included maps of each of the continents in connection with the questions at the end of each chapter. Having a supplementary atlas available with large color maps illustrating elevation differences would enrich the experience. Ages 7-10.
Published March 28, 2022
Take a guided tour of the various countries on the continent of Africa, then proceed to Madagascar, Australia, and New Zealand before concluding your journey with visits to principal island groups in the Pacific. Along the way author Nellie B. Allen will introduce you to how geographical features influence the way of life of the residents in significant ways, from clothing and housing to food and occupational pursuits. You will learn how topographical features and proximity to bodies of water affect the climate, which in turn determines what foodstuffs naturally grow in a region and what crops may thrive there if planted. This comprehensive tour will lead you to a greater appreciation for the peoples you encounter along the way, their various ways of living, and the agricultural and industrial pursuits they engage in. Questions throughout the text and suggested activities at the end of each chapter encourage you to consider the material more thoughtfully. Ages 10-12.
Published March 18, 2022
To answer Peter Rabbit's questions about his relatives, Old Mother Nature holds a school for the animals every day at sun-up for a month. Encouraging the animals to notice the differences between them and to offer their observations of animal behavior, Old Mother Nature helps them all gain a greater understanding of the mammals of North America. Starting with the animals close to home, the school moves in ever-widening circles to encompass the animals of the far west and the extreme north, as well. All the color illustrations from the original book are included and placed in the text where the animal is first described. A fine introduction to mammals for students in the primary grades. Ages 6-9.
Published March 14, 2022
Introduction to key concepts in the study of geography, beginning with the Earth's basic orientation, its hemispheres, and the imaginary lines for measuring latitude and longitude. The reader then learns about the earth's motion in relation to the sun and how a country's location affects its temperature and the rotation of seasons. The final topics covered are the fundamentals of map-making and descriptions of land and water features. Carefully selected poems accompany the text. Ages 6-9.
Published February 25, 2022
Join the Story-Teller as night after night he entertains a crowd of children gathered round the fire with stories of what might really have happened when the world was young. He shares stories of how boys and girls used to write numbers in long ago times, with Ching writing on palm leaves, Lugal on bricks, and Hippias on parchment. And how through the ages they devised various ways of adding, multiplying, and dividing. At the close of each evening he leaves the children with questions to ponder or situations to puzzle over. The book concludes with a series of number puzzles and curious problems for further reflection by all ages. Ages 13-18.
Published February 8, 2022
A stirring biography of the Marquis de Lafayette, who played a pivotal role in the American Revolution, and upon returning to his native France did the same in the French Revolution, afterward suffering exile and imprisonment in Prussia for his efforts. In 1824 Lafayette was invited by Congress and President James Monroe to pay a return visit to the United States. In his year-long travels around the country, he was warmly welcomed in one community after another, and sailed back to Europe impressed by the possibilities for the future of the United States he helped found. Ages 10-12.
Published February 14, 2022
A choice introduction to heroic poetry for English readers. This wide-ranging collection of poems is designed to stir the imagination and inspire lofty thoughts in those approaching maturity. As Henley states in the preface, his ambition is "to set forth the beauty and the joy of living, the beauty and blessedness of death, the glory of battle and adventure, the nobility of devotion-to a cause, an ideal, a passion even-the dignity of resistance, the sacred quality of patriotism." The compiler gives first place to "Agincourt" by Shakespeare, thinking "that a book of heroism could have no better starting-point than that heroic pair of names," and closes with "The Flag of England" by Kipling, fitting bookends for this fine anthology. In between are 124 other poems by 57 other poets with only Milton, Burns, Wordsworth, Scott, Byron, Macaulay, Longfellow, Whitman, Arnold, and Swinburne represented by three or more poems. The poems of each poet are grouped together, with ordering of poets by birthdate. A section of ballads is included, as a transition between the older poets and the newer ones. Ages 13-18.
Published February 8, 2022
Engaging introduction to the history of music, beginning with the earliest instruments playing simple notes in a primitive setting and proceeding to follow over the long course of history the development of instruments, the increase in musical complexity, the variety of musical forms, and expansion of settings in which music is played. Advances in these four strands were not independent though, and the author takes pains to show how advances in one led to advances in another. In the course of the book the reader learns much about the development of solo instruments and the growth of the modern orchestra, the introduction of harmony and development of musical forms such as fugues, sonatas, symphonies, and concertos, and the role music has played in both religious and secular settings. Includes over four dozen melodic excerpts illustrating the concepts described. Ages 13-18.
Published January 25, 2022
A great book to follow Scholes' The Complete Book of the Great Musicians, which familiarizes the reader with the boyhood experiences of composers as well as a few of their major works. With that background the student is now ready to learn about the positions which the most important composers occupy in the historical development of the art. Parry shows the relations of the composers to one another, how they followed in each other's footsteps, often sparking one another's musical interests through personal contact. For each of the eleven composers he makes clear the social, personal, and historical conditions under which they became the acknowledged masters of various branches and phases of musical art. Much emphasis is placed on the immediate external influences and traits of character which had so much to do with the style of their works, and the lines of art which they pursued. Ages 13-18.
Published January 12, 2022
A collection of real history stories, simple enough for little children, that can be read to children early on, and later read by the child himself. The subjects have been chosen mainly from the history of the United States, but a few Old World stories have been included. The characters are few and distinct: there are women as well as men, girls as well as boys, in a variety of settings. A large number of these little stories have been especially adapted for use in connection with the various holidays and anniversaries that fall within the school year, and may be used in an order following the annual calendar rather than in the order in which they appear in the book. At the end of the book are supplementary notes for many of the stories that are addressed to the teacher. These supply additional information and make suggestions for activities in connection with the stories. Includes 27 illustrations by Maud and Miska Petersham. Ages 4-8.
Published January 16, 2022
A first book of architecture-Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Romanesque, Norman, Gothic, and Renaissance-with a chapter devoted to each style, presented in such a way as to awaken the interest of the reader in the buildings around them. We are first introduced to the distinctive elements in each style and how they are combined into larger structures, but it is through the stories the author shares that the buildings come to life for us as we gain an understanding of the purpose of each building in the context of the culture from which it emerged. The author also gives us an appreciation for how the different styles influenced each other, with borrowings from the past, and innovations inspiring further developments. Over forty photographs of buildings and ninety drawings positioned near their description in the text form the backbone of this book. Ages 13-18.
Published January 1, 2022
Join Helen as she learns 15 constellations over a year of monthly observations from one November to the following October. Starting with the Big Dipper and Little Dipper, each subsequent constellation is introduced by relating its position to ones that have been seen before, so that by the end of the year, all of the prominent constellations will be old friends. Ages 7-9.
Published December 30, 2021
The Fourth Reader has been made essentially the book of myths and legends because it is held by the authors that these stories represent the next step in the development of the child's interests in literature. In this book the child reads eighteen of the best myths and legends, including some from Greek, Norse, German, Austrian, and American sources. The poetry is selected with the same care as in the earlier books, with special reference to the child's feeling for rhythm, love of animated nature, and enjoyment of fun. Includes 37 black and white illustrations. Ages 9-11.
Published December 30, 2021
The Fourth Reader has been made essentially the book of myths and legends because it is held by the authors that these stories represent the next step in the development of the child's interests in literature. In this book the child reads eighteen of the best myths and legends, including some from Greek, Norse, German, Austrian, and American sources. The poetry is selected with the same care as in the earlier books, with special reference to the child's feeling for rhythm, love of animated nature, and enjoyment of fun. Includes 37 color illustrations. Ages 9-11.
Published November 4, 2021
Born in Scotland where learning was beaten into him and Saturdays spent in the wildness of the moors were his greatest delight, John Muir emigrated to the United States with his family at the age of 11. Upon arrival in Wisconsin, he and his brother worked hard with their father to build a dwelling and establish a farm, but with the little free time they had, they explored the wildlife of prairies and lakes. Working from dawn to dusk gave Muir no time to study, so when his father granted him permission to get up early, he started rising at 1 A.M. to study and work on inventions. Learn more about his adventurous boyhood by reading this stirring account of his life and times in both Scotland and America. Ages 10-14.
Published November 2, 2021
An engaging introduction to 22 of the world's greatest musicians, highlighting their struggles and triumphs, beginning in boyhood and lasting until the end of their days. Much emphasis is placed on the ways they learned their craft, whether at a father's knee, by copying musical scores, or in company of great masters who had gone before. Their travels and greatest successes are recounted in detail, making the musicians and their works all the more memorable for the youthful reader. Ages 13-18.
Published October 16, 2021
A treasure trove of information about the trappings of life in England in the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries, when everything was crafted by hand, either in the home or in the workshop of a skilled craftsman. Profusely illustrated with drawings and other illustrations showing the buildings they inhabited, the clothes they wore, the ships they built, the conveyances they used, the games and occupations they enjoyed, as well as the implements used in all endeavors, including agricultural pursuits and the preparation of food. A fine book to round out the picture given by history books that focus primarily on political events and the people involved. For each century a timeline is provided listing kings and queens, famous men, great events, and principal buildings that helps the reader connect the things of a century with the people and events of that era. A book that is enjoyed as much by adults as it is by youth. The four color illustrations in the original edition are rendered in black and white in this edition. Ages 13-18.
Published October 15, 2021
A treasure trove of information about the trappings of life in England in the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries, when everything was crafted by hand, either in the home or in the workshop of a skilled craftsman. Profusely illustrated with drawings and other illustrations showing the buildings they inhabited, the clothes they wore, the ships they built, the conveyances they used, the games and occupations they enjoyed, as well as the implements used in all endeavors, including agricultural pursuits and the preparation of food. A fine book to round out the picture given by history books that focus primarily on political events and the people involved. For each century a timeline is provided listing kings and queens, famous men, great events, and principal buildings that helps the reader connect the things of a century with the people and events of that era. A book that is enjoyed as much by adults as it is by youth. Includes 4 illustrations in color. Ages 13-18.
Published September 28, 2021
An introduction to a handicraft for young children that strengthens skills of paper folding, paper cutting and pasting, and ruler drawing while constructing models from paper. Plans for 44 models are included in the book, some simpler and others more complex. The first ten models start with a square piece of paper to form simple objects such as a box and a basket, or more complex ones such as a cart or a barn. Next come 23 models that begin as oblongs, and a final 11 from various irregular shapes. Detailed instructions accompany the plans. Rather than a series of projects to be worked through from beginning to end, consider starting with projects with a few simple pieces and few instructions, and then, as skills increase, choosing projects that match your skill level and catch your fancy. Ages 6-12.
Published September 10, 2021
Introduction to American History through a series of captivating stories of illustrious figures from Columbus to Lincoln. Often arising from humble beginnings and with many obstacles to surmount, they became explorers, inventors and statesmen, exhibiting ingenuity, persistence, fortitude, courage, and integrity along the way. These unforgettable stories will do much to awaken the reader's interest in American History. Numerous illustrations accompany the text, some suggesting a vivid conception of the narrative while others convey additional information. Bird's-eye maps showing the topography will be of special interest. Ages 10-12.
Published August 30, 2021
A fascinating survey of the backboned family, starting with fish and amphibians and moving on to reptiles, birds, and mammals of land and sea, detailing not only their life cycles and the structure and function of their anatomical features, but also how they interacted with each other and changing environmental conditions. Dozens of illustrations are included, some with labels for students to copy into their notebooks and others showing animals in their natural habitats. The reader is encouraged throughout to think along with the author, considering this and wondering about that, and in the end marveling at the wonders of creation. Sequel to Life and Her Children which provides an in-depth description of the invertebrates. Ages 13-18.
Published August 5, 2021
An engaging introduction to the systems of the human body and the components of the environment that affect health. In the first half of the book the reader learns about the various systems that make up the body—digestive, respiratory, circulatory, and excretory, as well as the muscles, bones, and joints that allow it to move, the sense organs that enable it to interact with its environment, and the brain and nervous system that control it all. Over two dozen labeled illustrations are included that students can render in their own notebooks as part of the learning process. For further study the author recommends examination of animal organs, such as eye, heart, kidney, and brain that can be obtained from the butcher or purchased in a dissecting kit. The second half of the book deals with establishing habits conducive to healthy living, through choices in clothing, food, and home environment. Given that the choices were more limited a century ago when this book was written, the second half of this book is less useful than the first. The four color illustrations in the original edition are rendered in black and white in this edition. Ages 13-18.
Published July 14, 2021
In this sweeping introduction to the great painters of the western canon, Stories of the Painters presents relatively brief biographical sketches of the men who shaped the world of art as it is known today. Each story underscores the style and signature techniques for which the artist was best known, and also provides insight into their upbringing, careers, and even the political climate in which they worked. In all, a wonderful collection of stories about a wonderful collection of painters. Ages 10-14.
Published July 7, 2021
A stellar history of English literature from the 5th century to the 19th, introducing the chief writers of each era and the works they are famous for, as well as the relationships that formed among them. The author is a master at capturing the essence of each historical era, showing how that affected the writing that emerged. Two thirds of the text is devoted to England's literature with the remaining third for America's literature. The organizing principle for England's literature is the century, with the century of Chaucer, the century of Shakespeare, the century of the novel, and so on. For America's literature the writers are introduced in groups, such as the transcendentalists, anti-slavery writers, and orators. Illustrations for many of the writers along with numerous short excerpts from their work enliven the text. Recommended for use in conjunction with historical studies to provide a fuller picture of the cultural currents. Includes extensive reference list for both English and American literature for those who want to delve deeper. Ages 12-18.
Published June 28, 2021
A series of easy experiments intended for students of any age (but the younger the better) that leads to the understanding of everyday phenomena. Children are often motivated to devise their own experiments after getting their curiosity whetted by these simple experiments into the properties of air, water, magnets, pendulums, levers, light, and heat. Most of the experiments can be done easily in the home with a few requiring apparatus that can be readily assembled. Through doing the experiments students acquire a considerable amount of scientific knowledge which will stand them in good stead in their future studies. Sixty-six black and white illustrations accompany the text. Ages 8-12.
Published June 22, 2021
Conversational guide to principles of drawing written in a thoroughly engaging way. With lots of suggestions of what to do-draw from nature, make lots of drawings, pay attention to balance-and a few to avoid—do not copy, do not erase, do not hesitate to start over, the author starts budding artists on the path to learning to draw. Through examination of a number of drawings by old masters as well as by the author himself, the reader comes to appreciate the importance of balance, composition, and patterns. Terms such as Perspective, Horizon Line, and Vanishing Point are introduced as well as ways of making drawings look 'solid.' Above all, the reader will come away with the understanding that learning to draw is learning to see, together with a framework for improving his own drawing and for appreciating that of others. A book to read slowly and return to again and again. Ages 13-18.
Published June 14, 2021
The Oxford Book of English Verse in its entirety is a choice collection of over 800 poems spanning the period from 1250-1900, selected and edited by the eminent British literary figure, Arthur Quiller-Couch. This third part roughly covers the period from 1650 to 1800 and as such guides the reader through the poetic work of one of the more tumultuous eras in English history. Ages 12-18.
Published June 7, 2021
A delightful introduction to the science of astronomy, starting with what can be viewed directly from our location on Earth. In due course, the reader becomes familiar with the moon, the sun, and the planets in our solar system, the meteors and comets that visit us from outer space, as well as the stars and nebulae that reside in outer space. As much as possible, the author puts the reader in the role of discoverer: what can be observed and what can be deduced from the observation. She regularly relates stories of the scientists that made the first discoveries and developed theories to explain their observations. Ages 13-18.
Published May 30, 2021
A well-crafted anthology of sixty poems and ballads of historical significance, arranged in chronological order with an introduction to each poem that spurs interest in reading it. In addition to providing historical context for the poems, these introductory pieces offer interesting details about the poets and the circumstances surrounding their writing of these poems. Includes sixteen striking illustrations. A fine complement to historical studies. Ages 6-12.
Published May 28, 2021
A handy guide to introducing chalk drawing to children so they develop drawing skills hand in hand with cultivating their powers of observation. Beginning with circles, children move on to patterns that can be made within a circle and then drawing of simple objects based on a circle. Ovals are introduced next, and form the basis of instruction on how to draw fish, leaves, and birds. Flowers, insects, and larger animals are then each taken up in turn. The book concludes with ways chalk drawings can be used to excite interest in arithmetic, geography, and history lessons. All Ages.
Published May 26, 2021
A graduated series of lessons for teaching the reading of music at sight in both Sol-fa and Staff notation. Teachers should use their own discretion as to when to go on from one lesson to the next, since for some children, the same lesson may have to be worked through several times. A short time (say 15 minutes) spent on these lessons every day will be found more valuable than a longer time once or twice a week. Ear-tests of a series of notes to be written down in the children's notebooks are given regularly. The use of well-known folk songs for practice is highly recommended. All Ages.
Published May 16, 2021
Excellent resource for parents and teachers who want to introduce geographical concepts to children during outdoor time. There is a graduated series of lessons in each of the six sections (Study of the Sky, Weather Observation, Plans and Maps, Heights and Contours, Land and Sea, Human Geography) so you can draw inspiration from all of them, no matter the age of your children. Exercises range from simple ones like figuring out where north is from the position of the sun to more complex tasks like making a map to scale using a surveyor's chain like the one pictured on the cover. Numerous suggestions for recording observations over the course of a year are included. All Ages.
Published April 30, 2021
The complete text of Longfellow's epic poem inspired by the expulsion of the Acadians from Nova Scotia in 1755 and their resettlement in British colonies in North America, focusing on the maiden Evangeline, her betrothal to Gabriel, their separation during the relocation, and her lifelong search for Gabriel that ensued. Attractive drawings and color illustrations by Arthur Dixon complement the text of this much loved poem. All Ages.
Published April 28, 2021
Accompany Gulliver on his first two voyages, the first to the land of Lilliputian dwarves and the second to the land of Brobdingnag giants. Marvel at how he survives by his wits in these vastly different settings and the miraculous ways he eventually escapes, to return to his native England for a short time before the call of the sea draws him to venture out again. Includes eight color illustrations and numerous line drawings by Arthur Rackham. Ages 10-12.
Published April 14, 2021
Start your exploration of North America with New England, then proceed south through the Appalachian Highlands and the Coastal Plain before turning west to the Mississippi Valley and beyond to the Great Plains, the Rocky Mountains, and Pacific Coast. Along the way author Nellie B. Allen introduces you to the geographical features that influence the crops grown and the minerals mined, with particular stress on the the way water flows and efforts to control its movement both for agricultural use and transportation of goods. Canada too is visited from east to west, then Mexico and the seven countries of Central America, followed by the islands of the Caribbean. A comprehensive tour that connects the reader to all the countries of North America leading to greater appreciation for its peoples, their various ways of living, and the agricultural and industrial pursuits they engage in. Questions throughout the text and suggested activities at the end of each chapter encourage the reader to consider the material more thoughtfully. Ages 10-18.
Published April 10, 2021
Embark on a voyage through all the countries of South America, with Nellie B. Allen as your guide, pointing out interesting sights along the route and sharing stories about them. In that way you will learn about such activities as the tapping of rubber trees in the Amazon rain forest, the picking of coffee berries in Sao Paolo, and the harvesting of cacao beans in Ecuador as well as getting to know something about the workers involved in their production. You will observe the crafting of Panama hats and the spinning of yarn and weaving of ponchos. You will wonder at all the mining activities: nitrate and guano on the coast and gold and other metals in the interior. And you will hear stories of the discovery of the continent by Europeans, how Magellan sailed through his strait and Pizarro conquered the Incas in Peru. More than anything you will come to appreciate that South America is a land of contrasts with moist rain forests and well-watered plains east of the Andes and desert areas to the west. But you must stay on your toes for the author will ask you why one side is wet, the other dry, which products are best cultivated in what environments, and where else in the world you have seen the same crops grown or minerals mined. Questions and activities at the end of each chapter help the reader strengthen his understanding of the material, while the conversational style makes the book a thoroughly enjoyable read. Ages 10-18.