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CapoeiraGame! Dance! Martial Art!By George AnconaLEE LOW; 48 PAGES; $18.95; AGES 711What acrobatic sport uses Portuguese words, often pits men against women and allows only hands and feet to touch the floor? Capoeira. This exciting photo essay shows something about its origins in Brazil and its worldwide popularity today, for example, at the in Oakland, which is featured in full color.
Jazz on a Saturday NightBy Leo and Diane DillonSCHOLASTIC/BLUE SKY; 36 PAGES; $16.99; AGES 58 This homage to jazz gathers together a fictional combo , , , , , and who jam their way into the night, Harlem Renaissancestyle. Vibrant art, thumbnail bios and a CD complete the package.
Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!Voices From a Medieval VillageBy Laura Amy Schlitz; illustrated by Robert ByrdCANDLEWICK; 86 PAGES; $19.99; AGES 10UPMini medievalists will relish this elegant history presented in 22 interconnected monologues, suitable for class performance, in the voices of youths the lord's nephew, a runaway, the moneylender's son, the doctor's son, a shepherdess and so on. It's a rich assemblage of roles, strata, fissures and fears.
ApeBy Martin Jenkins; illustrated by Vicki WhiteCANDLEWICK; 48 PAGES; $16.99; AGES 37There are five kinds of great apes in the world, and four are rare: orangutan, chimpanzee, bonobo and gorilla. One by one, this glorious album introduces them on large white pages that offer unvarnished assessments and fine blackandwhite closeups. For the fifth and most prolific ape, check the mirror.
In the Land of the JaguarSouth America and Its PeopleBy Gena K. Gorrell; illustrated by Andrej KrystoforskiTUNDRA; 150 PAGES; $22.95; AGES 9UPIncas and Spaniards, piranhas and penguins, deserts and mountains, juntas and communists. So much is covered in this countrybycountry sampler, impressively inclusive and well balanced, as it takes young readers on a whirlwind "hop, skip and a jump across a vast,[link widoczny dla zalogowanych], enchanting continent."
The DowntoEarth Guide to Global WarmingBy Laurie David and Cambria GordonORCHARD; 150 PAGES; $15.99; AGES 912Hot off the press is a kidfriendly summons to take meaningful steps to reverse global warming. Ideas: shorter showers,[link widoczny dla zalogowanych], cloth shopping bags, fluorescent bulbs, carpools and so on.
RatatouilleWhat's Cooking? A Cookbook for KidsBy FamilyFun magazine and Disney storybook artistsDISNEY; 64 PAGES; $12.99; AGES 48 "Put on your apron and pick up a spatula," says French Laundry ownerchef in his introduction to this spunky, spiralbound spinoff from the film "Ratatouille." More than 20 Frenchinspired recipes cover everything from crepes to croque monsieur.
Gai SeeWhat You Can See in ChinatownBy Roseanne Thong; illustrated by Yangsook ChoiABRAMS; 40 PAGES; $16.95; AGES 58Oodles of noodles,[link widoczny dla zalogowanych], bubbling tanks of deepsea fish, mango and star fruit, incense sticks and beaded slippers. These are among the wonders of a Saturday outdoor market presented with flair in this happy introduction to the sights, smells and sounds of Chinatown, San Francisco's or any other,[link widoczny dla zalogowanych], for that matter.
National Geographic World Atlas for Young ExplorersNATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY; 192 PAGES; $24.95; 8UPWhat a trip! This brandnew, largeformat, musthave "window on the world" delivers the latest information on culture, the environment, people,[link widoczny dla zalogowanych], places and scientific research. Everything is presented in the most strategic way, with fabulous maps of many kinds, photographs, sidebars, diagrams and terrific Web links so kids can do further geographical research on their own.
Where in the Wild?Camouflaged Creatures Concealed . and RevealedBy David M. Schwartz and ; photographs by Dwight KuhnTRICYCLE; 32 PAGES; $15.95; AGES 48Test your visual acuity in a guessinggame book about how nature provides visual cover for 10 animals,[link widoczny dla zalogowanych], prey and predator alike. Intriguing poems by an Oakland husbandandwife team give a hint or two about what lies hidden in intricate color photos. Unfold pages to confirm guesses and get facts.
Tracking TrashFlotsam, Jetsam and the Science of Ocean MotionBy Loree Griffin BurnsHOUGHTON MIFFLIN; 56 PAGES; $18; AGES 1012Rubber ducks overboard. And Nike shoes, too. A new title in the acclaimed "Scientists in the Field" series unfolds like a mystery, showing how two oceanographers use such cargo spills to chart puzzling ocean currents in the Pacific. As for undercurrents, there's a strong pitch to pick up all that trash.
Strike a PoseThe Planet Girl Guide to YogaBy Karen Birkemoe and Heather CollettKIDS CAN PRESS; 96 PAGES; $12.95; AGES 1012Today's overscheduled kids need yoga. That's the premise of this handy howto guide that explains how yoga's practice brings together body, mind and breath to promote relaxation and focus. Simple drawings and diagrams show what is needed (not much) and how to do many basic poses cat, dog, tree and more.
How Underwear Got Under ThereA Brief HistoryBy Kathy Shaskan; illustrated by Regan DunnickDUTTON; 48 PAGES; $16.99; AGES 7UPBoxers or briefs? Both kinds of unmentionables get proper mention in this highinterest social history full of amusing anecdotes, shameless puns and funny drawings that induce giggles amid tidbits about underwear's role for protection, warmth, modesty, hygiene, support, shaping, status and even looking sexy.
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