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Anthropologist Margaret Mead garnered fame and generated controversy in a full life that spanned much of the 20th century. This book includes material about Mead not published in other biographies, including:
• information about existing pages of a manuscript Mead described tearing up when the atom bomb was dropped,
• her personal and anonymous funding of the American Anthropological Association when it was in financial straits, and
• her support for anthropologists who worked for the government’s covert operations during the Vietnam War era.
The Leakey family’s achievements have had an enormous impact on our knowledge of human origins and evolution. This biography describes their life in detail, including their discoveries, publications, controversies, and legacy. A timeline, glossary, and bibliography of print and electronic sources supplement the material.
Excerpts from Reviews:
• Children’s Literature says the book presents the Leakeys as “complete human beings with strengths and frailities rather than cardboard cutouts.”
• School Library Journal describes it as an “accurate, accessible” biography that goes “beyond facts to create an engaging profile of exceptional personalities.”
• The Midwest Book Review calls The Leakeys: A Biography “outstanding” and highly recommends it for any high school to college-level library.
Busy Fingers is the winner of the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Book Award – Gold Seal 2005. Both Busy Toes and Busy Fingers are now available in Spanish.
(Teachers: Ask Mary for flyer with activities.) Also available as a board book and a big book.
Excerpts of reviews:
• Children’s Literature newsletter: “A wonderful book…”
• Booklist: “…this picture book sounds a one-note salute to busy toes; wear the wiggles out of both fingers and toes at any toddler story time.”
• School Library Journal: “…children will easily relate to the activities enumerated in the poem.”
Helps readers decide if they want to pursue a career in child care. Different kinds of care, including nanny, home care provider, teacher* and assistant, are described through interviews with a typical caregiver. Charts help the reader decide if s/he would be happy with this career, how to avoid bad job situations, and future opportunities.
Excerpt of review from Booklist: “The pros and cons of the field are carefully discussed in this readable and accessible guide…The writing is upbeat and gives an honest picture of what it is like to work closely with young children.”
*Community Montessori School, my daughter Bonnie Redmond’s school in Herndon, VA, is one program featured in this book.
Helps teens and young adults think about this complex topic and make decisions how to deal with discrimination in their lives. They are not told discrimination is wrong but rather that thoughtfulness and empathy can ease tensions, since everyone in some ways discriminates.
Excerpt of review from VOYA: “In readable and informative text, the authors define and explore the topics using examples from daily life…This title is recommended for collections that have or need books on this subject.”
To help teens and young adults understand the power police have and how their behavior, whether the encounter is at a mall, in a car caught speeding, or with a problem more serious, can impact what happens.
A Day in the Life of….
9-book series A Day in the Life of… [Police Officer, Coach, etc. Complete list below] Books for beginning readers, grades 1-3 or read-alouds to younger children.