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A Field Guide to Eastern Trees (Peterson Field Guides)

0395904552


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Book Description
This field guide features detailed descriptions of 455 species of trees native to eastern North America, including the Midwest and the South. The 48 colour plates, 11 black-and-white plates, and 26 text drawings show distinctive details needed for identification. Colour photographs and 266 colour range maps accompany the species descriptions.

From the Author
Drawings on page 3 show both leaf scars and bundle scars. Immediately beside the map for Osage Orange, too, the text says "Once native to n. Texas, e. Oklahoma, etc., home of the Osage Indians, this species was widely planted before the invention of barbed wire. It is now widely distributed in our area".

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The Spiderwick Chronicles (Boxed Set)
Holly Black
0689040342
Oct 2004
Hardcover
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Review
New York Times Book Review With their evocative gothic-style pencil drawings and color illustrations, rhyming riddles, supernatural lore, and well-drawn characters, these books read like old-fashioned ripping yarns.

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New York Times Book Review With their evocative gothic-style pencil drawings and color illustrations, rhyming riddles, supernatural lore, and well-drawn characters, these books read like old-fashioned ripping yarns.

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National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Trees: Eastern Region
Elbert L. Little
0394507606
June 1980
Other Format
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Book Review
For the untrained observer, it can be quite a challenge to sort out the many trees that make up a stand of older forest in, say, New England or the Ozarks. This well-illustrated guidebook, covering 364 species, comes to the rescue with photographs organized in several ways: by, for example, the shape of the leaf or needle, by the fruit, by the flower or cone, and by autumn coloration. Following one visible characteristic or another, the reader can narrow the range of possibilities, then turn to an informative text that describes a tree's physical characteristics, habitat, and range. Many of the species covered are relatively rare, such as the "stinking cedar" of the Georgia-Florida border; others are locally abundant, such as the paper birch of the boreal forest, used to make ice-cream sticks; still others, such as the...


Rain Forests: A Nonfiction Companion to Afternoon on the Amazon (Magic Tree House Research Guide Series)
Mary Pope Osborne
0375813551
September 2001
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Grade 2-4-In this companion to Afternoon on the Amazon (Random, 1995), Jack and Annie encourage readers to undertake their own research related to the rain forest, and that is excellent advice. With the number of full-color, larger-format titles available on the topic, it is hard to justify sticking with the brief introduction and small, black-and-white photos this book offers. Drawings of the children appear somewhere on almost every page, and perhaps their die-hard fans will slog along to keep them in view. However, the book doesn't even provide detailed information on some plants and animals that play an important role in the fictional adventure. For example, the frightening vampire bats and piranhas the children encounter are barely mentioned. The mango, which is the item they need to bring...


A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Perennial Classics)
Betty Smith
0060736267
February 1, 2005
Paperback
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Book Review
Francie Nolan, avid reader, penny-candy connoisseur, and adroit observer of human nature, has much to ponder in colorful, turn-of-the-century Brooklyn. She grows up with a sweet, tragic father, a severely realistic mother, and an aunt who gives her love too freely--to men, and to a brother who will always be the favored child. Francie learns early the meaning of hunger and the value of a penny. She is her father's child--romantic and hungry for beauty. But she is her mother's child, too--deeply practical and in constant need of truth. Like the Tree of Heaven that grows out of cement or through cellar gratings, resourceful Francie struggles against all odds to survive and thrive. Betty Smith's poignant, honest novel created a big stir when it was first published over 50 years ago. Her frank writing about life's squalor was...


American Revolution
Mary Pope Osborne
0375823794
Aug 2004
Paperback
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School Library Journal
"A great place to begin research for a report." --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.

Book Description
WHY DID WE fight the Revolutionary War? What is the Declaration of Independence? What was it like to live in the 13 colonies? Find out the answers to these questions and more in Magic Tree House Research Guide: American Revolution, Jack and Annie’s guide to one of the most important events in our nation’s history. This is the nonfiction companion to Revolutionary War on Wednesday (Magic Tree House #22).

“A great place to begin research for a report.”—School Library Journal

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FANDEX Family Field Guides: Trees
Steven M.L. Aranson
0761112049
January 1998
Paperback
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Book Description
Combining 50 individually die-cut cards with full-color illustrations, plus hundreds of intriguing facts, stories, statistics, and trivia, Fandex is the newest breakthrough in information-packed, family publishing.

It's the easiest and most foolproof tree identification guide available. Four visual keys--the die-cut leaf, bark pattern, distinguishing flower, seed or nut, and photo of the full tree--and descriptions of height, shape, habitat, and more combine to give a complete picture of North America's forest and backyard trees. In addition, Trees is a cultural history of the mightly White Oak and California Redwood, the tree that grows in Brooklyn and the important White Ash, as useful for Native American bows as for the powerful bats of our national pastime.

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A Field Guide to Trees and Shrubs: Northeastern and north-central United States and southeastern and south-central Canada
George A. Petrides (Illustrator)
039535370X
September 1973
Paperback
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Book Description
All the wild trees, shrubs, and woody vines in the area north to Newfoundland, south to North Carolina and Tennessee, and west to the Dakotas and Kansas are described in detail. Accounts of 646 species include shape and arrangement of leaves, height, color, bark texture, flowering season, and fruit. Clear, accurate drawings illustrate leaves, flowers, buds, tree silhouettes, and other characteristics.

About the Author
Roger Tory Peterson, one of the world"'s greatest naturalists, received every major award for ornithology, natural science, and conservation, as well as numerous honorary degrees, medals, and citations, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Peterson Identification System has been called the greatest invention since binoculars, and the...


The Bean Trees : A Novel
Barbara Kingsolver
0061097314
October 1, 1998
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Feisty Marietta Greer changes her name to "Taylor" when her car runs out of gas in Taylorville, Ill. By the time she reaches Oklahoma, this strong-willed young Kentucky native with a quick tongue and an open mind is catapulted into a surprising new life. Taylor leaves home in a beat-up '55 Volkswagen bug, on her way to nowhere in particular, savoring her freedom. But when a forlorn Cherokee woman drops a baby in Taylor's passenger seat and asks her to take it, she does. A first novel, The Bean Trees is an overwhelming delight, as random and unexpected as real life. The unmistakable voice of its irresistible heroine is whimsical, yet deeply insightful. Taylor playfully names her little foundling "Turtle," because she clings with an unrelenting, reptilian grip; at the same time, Taylor aches at the thought of the...


Instant Guide to Trees
Eleanor Lawrence
0517468921
November 1987
Hardcover
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Book Description
An Instant Guide to Trees is an ideal compact identification guide to trees commonly seen in gardens, parks, and in the countryside.
This user-friendly guide assumes no previous knowledge: an easy-to-follow system of color-coded bands and symbols (denoting different leaf shapes) leads quickly to the correct section of the book. Detailed, full-color illustrations of leaves, shape of tree, fruit and flowers, plus a concise but informative text, make it easy to identify positively nearly 200 trees found in North America. "Lookalike" panels help prevent confusion between trees of similar appearance.

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An Instant Guide to Trees is an ideal compact identification guide to trees commonly seen in gardens, parks, and in the countryside. ...


Pilgrims
Mary Pope Osborne
037583219X
Sept 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
What was it like to be a passenger on the Mayflower? How many people survived the first harsh winter in the New World? How did Pilgrim children spend their days? Find out the answers to these questions and more in this Magic Tree House Research Guide: Pilgrims. Includes fun facts from Jack and Annie, fantastic photos and illustrations, and a guide to doing further research.

About the Author
Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce are sisters who grew up on army posts all over the world. Mary is the author of over 50 acclaimed books for children. Natalie has worked as a children’s librarian and as a teacher of English and E.S.L. This is their fourth book together. The authors live in Goshen, CT, and West Stockbridge, MA, respectively.

Sal Murdocca has...


Forest Measurements
Thomas Eugene Avery, Harold Burkhart
0073661767
June 7, 2001
Hardcover
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Book Description
This text is intended for introductory courses in forest measurements. Emphasis is on the measurement of timber, with detailed coverage on measuring products cut from tree boles, measuring attributes of standing trees, inventorying volumes of forest stands, and predicting growth of individual trees and stands of trees. Background information on statistial methods, sampling designs, land measurements, and use of aerial photographs is also provided. An introduction to assessing range, wildlife, water, and recreation resources associated with forested lands comprises the last chapter. The measurement principles and techniques discussed apply to any inventory that includes assessment of the tree overstory, regardless of whether the inventory is conducted for timber, range, wildlife, watershed, recreation, or...


Dolphins and Sharks: A Nonfiction Companion to Dolphins at Daybreak (Magic Tree House Research Guide Series)
Mary Pope Osborne
0375823778
June 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
How fast can some dolphins swim? What is the biggest shark? Why do sharks attack? Find out the answers to these questions and more in this Magic Tree House Research Guide! Includes an illustrated gallery of dolphins and sharks, information on the ocean, dolphin communication, how sharks hunt for food, ocean exploration, and lots more! A Stepping Stone Book™

Card catalog description
Discusses dolphins and sharks, their ocean habitats, and general information about oceans and oceanography.

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National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Trees: Western Edition
Elbert L. Little
0394507614
June 1980
Hardcover
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Book Review
More than 300 species of trees are found in the United States and Canada west of the Rocky Mountains, some introduced from other continents but many native to the region. This handsome guidebook covers them all, with photographs that enable identification by easily discernible characteristics: by, for example, the shape of the leaf or needle, by the fruit, or by the flower or cone. The photographs are linked to texts that describe a tree's physical characteristics, habitat, and range. Some of the trees covered in this volume are exceedingly rare, such as the Monterey pine; others are locally abundant but limited in range, such as the Joshua tree; still others, such as the quaking aspen, are widespread. This guidebook is an essential addition to any western outdoor enthusiast's collection. --Gregory McNamee


Knights and Castles
Will Osborne
0375802975
Aug 2000
Paperback
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Book Description
What was it like to wear armor? What was the food like in castles? This book explores what life was really like in medieval times.

Card catalog description
Jack and Annie look at knights, armor, and life in a castle. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Trees of North America: A Field Guide to the Major Native and Introduced Species of North of Mexico
Frank C. Brockman
1582380929
February 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
Smell the bark of the aromatic Sassafras. Wonder at the Lodgepole Pine, whose heat-activated cones reseed forests destroyed by fire. Search for the Sugar Maple, whose foliage blazes red and yellow in autumn. North America's trees rank among nature's most awesome creations. This premier field guide features all characteristics-tree shape, bark, leaf, flower, fruit and twig-for quick identification, making it a superior choice for trail walks, creating displays, and scientific or commercial needs.

-All of North America in one volume
-Over 730 species in 76 families and 160 range maps
-Native species and important introduced foreign varieties
-Text, range maps, and illustrations seen together at a glance
-Common and scientific names
-Convenient measuring rules


The Green Belt Movement: Sharing the Approach and the Experience
Wangari Maathai
159056040X
March 1, 2003
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
In October 2004, environmental activist Maathai became the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, an honor that has sparked the publication of this expanded edition of her slim treatise, first published in 1985 and then revised in 2003. As founder of Kenya’s Green Belt Movement, a grassroots organization that encourages tree planting and other environmental initiatives, Maathai clashed often with the former Kenyan government but, in 2002, she was elected to the country’s Parliament and became assistant minister for the environment. This book begins with a dry account of the Green Belt Movement’s 20-year history, which has been filled with setbacks and successes that are undoubtedly fascinating, but Maathai hurries by them with bland, cut-and-dry statements ("Unfortunately, very few...


Pacific Coast Tree Finder: A Pocket Manual for Identifying Pacific Coast Trees (Nature Study Guides)
Tom Watts
0912550279
December 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
The classic key to identifying native trees of the Pacific Coast, updated to reflect changes in the names of trees since publication of the first edition. Identifies native trees, and some widely introduced or naturalized species, of the Pacific Coast region, from British Columbia to Baja California. In this edition, Latin names of trees that grow in California conform to the University of California's 1993 Jepson Manual, and more recent name changes. From the Finders series of pocket guides to native plants and animals of the U.S. and Canada; like all plant guides in the series, this book uses a dichotomous key format for accurate identification.

From the Publisher
Pacific Coast Tree Finder is pocket-sized and light weight, easy to take along on a hike in pocket or pack. It...


Sabertooths and the Ice Age
Mary Pope Osborne
0375823808
Feb 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
What was it like to live in the Ice Age and why was the world so cold? Who made the first cave paintings? What ever happened to sabertooth cats and wooly mammoths? Find out the answers to these questions and more in Magic Tree House Research Guide: Sabertooths and the Ice Age, Jack and Annie’s guide to unlocking the mysteries of the Ice Age! This is the nonfiction companion to Sunset of the Sabertooth.

“A great place to begin research for a report.”—School Library Journal

About the Author
Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce are sisters who grew up on army posts all over the world. Mary is the author of over 50 acclaimed books for children. Natalie has worked as a children’s librarian and as a teacher of English and...


Space: A Nonfiction Companion to Midnight on the Moon (Magic Tree House Research Guide Series)
Will and Ma Osborne
037581356X
February 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
How did the universe begin? How hot is the sun? How long does it take to get to the moon? Find out the answers to these questions and more in Magic Tree House Research Guide: Space, Jack and Annie’s very own guide to the secrets of the universe. Including information on stars, planets, space travel, life on other planets, and much more!

Card catalog description
Jack and Annie present information about the universe, including our solar system, and briefly describe the history of space travel and of the science of astronomy.

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Dinosaurs
Will Osborne
0375802967
Aug 2000
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Grade 2-4-The authors begin with an explanation of how they did their research, assuming the personas of Jack and Annie, two children who traveled back in time before returning home to do more conventional research. A discussion of the kinds of dinosaurs, misconceptions about them, and a description of other creatures that lived at the same time are included, as is an explanation of the role of fossil hunters. Another chapter offers theories about what happened to these intriguing creatures. Jack and Annie offer brief definitions and comments in sidebars; otherwise, the text reads like straightforward nonfiction. The Osbornes conclude with a listing of books, museums, videos, CD-ROMs, Internet sites, and museum visits for further information. Frequent black-and-white cartoons, labeled illustrations, and...


Mummies and Pyramids: A Nonfiction Companion to Mummies in the Morning (Magic Tree House Research Guide Series)
Will Osborne
0375802983
February 2001
Paperback
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Book Review
If the first thing that comes to mind when someone mentions a mummy is a ghastly, bandaged creature staggering forth from a tomb, it's time to take a look at Mummies and Pyramids. This entertaining and enlightening research companion to Mary Pope Osborne's Mummies in the Morning is perfect for readers who developed an insatiable taste for the mysteries and science of ancient Egypt while reading about Jack and Annie's time- and space-traveling adventures at the pyramid of Queen Hutepi. Guided by siblings Jack and Annie, stars of the Magic Tree House series, the easy-to-read text offers up the secrets of pharaohs, hieroglyphic writing, the building of pyramids, how and why mummies were made, the Book of the Dead, Egyptian gods and goddesses, tomb treasures--and tomb robbers--and more. Divided into chapters covering...

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