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From 1908 until 1954, Donald Baxter MacMillan spent nearly 50 years exploring the Arctic - longer than anyone else. Growing up nea...r the ocean, and orphaned by 12, MacMillan forged an adventurous life. Mary Morton Cowan focuses on the vital role MacMillan played in Robert Peary's 1908 - 09 North Pole Expedition, as well as his relationships with explorers Peary, Matthew Henson, and Richard Byrd. She follows his long and distinguished career, including daring adventures, contributions to environmental science and to the cultural understanding of eastern Arctic natives. Working closely with the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum at Bowdoin College, Cowan showcases many MacMillan documents and archival photographs, many MacMillan's own.Book Details:Format: HardcoverPublication Date: 3/1/2010Pages: 208Reading Level: Age 10 and Up Read More

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Ever since Charles Darwin revealed his landmark ideas about evolution in 1859, new findings have confirmed, expanded, and refined ...his concepts. Now, author Laurence Pringle, one of the nation's premier science writers, brings together the pillars of evidence that support our understanding of evolution in this ALA Notable Children's Book. Field biology, genetics, geology, paleontology, and medicine all add to the impressive structure of evidence. With a perfect blend of science and art, renowned illustrator Steve Jenkins creates stunning new depictions of important concepts and key evolutionary scientists. More than fifty photographs capture natural marvels, including awe-inspiring fossils, life forms, and geological wonders. The result is a full, clear, and up-to-date account of the monumental evidence supporting the modern view of evolution.Book Details:Format: HardcoverPublication Date: 10/1/2011Pages: 112Reading Level: Age 8 and Up Read More

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The Case of the Monkeys That Fell From the Trees Why would several monkeys suddenly fall from the trees? How do tiny frogs make de...adly poisons. Why do certain plants harbour hoards of biting ants? What kind of creature pollinates an odd-looking flower? These are some of the mysteries explored in this fascinating book by wildlife biologist Susan Quinlan. This title features: eleven ecological mysteries solved by science. It offers abundant information on three types of tropical forest. It reveals the interconnectedness of nature. Read More

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On June 1, 1862, Thaddeus Lowe floated a thousand feet above a fierce Civil War battle raging just outside the Confederate capital... of Richmond, Virginia. From the wicker basket dangling under his silk hydrogen balloon, the aeronaut telegraphed a message to Northern generals on the ground: Union troops were finally driving back the Confederate forces. Lowe's message was transmitted to the War Department in Washington a hundred miles away, where President Abraham Lincoln read his flying spy's good news with relief. For two years during the Civil War, a corps of balloonists led by Thaddeus Lowe spied on the Confederate army. The aeronauts counted rebel soldiers, detected troop movement, and directed artillery fire against enemy positions. Lincoln's Flying Spies tells the exciting story of Lowe's efforts to organize the Balloon Corps and provide valuable intelligence to the Union army, even after the balloons became targets of Confederate shooters and saboteurs. Using Civil War photographs and primary sources including Lowe's papers in the Library of Congress and the writings of Confederate and Union soldiers Jarrow reveals the dangers, personality clashes, and other challenges faced by the nation's first air force.Book Details:Format: HardcoverPublication Date: 10/1/2010Pages: 109Reading Level: Age 8 and Up Read More

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