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Who Was Louis Armstrong?

Yona Zeldis McDonough (2004), 112 pages
Illustrated by John O'Brien
Audience: 2nd Grade - 5th Grade
Category: Biography, Nonfiction
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Louis Armstrong was born in New Orleans near the turn of the century and was a wild kid. He was arrested at a young age and sent to reform school, where he learned to play the cornet. The rest is history; Louis Armstrong grew up to become one of the most influential jazz musicians and American entertainers of the 20th century.
Book Series: Who Was
Reviewed by: klawson
Date read: 6/24/2015
ISBN-10: 0448435608
ISBN-13: 9780448435602
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Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions

Chris Barton (2016), 32 pages
Audience: 2nd Grade - 5th Grade
Category: Biography, Nonfiction, Picture Books
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From the time he was a kid, Lonnie Johnson knew he was an inventor. Ideas for rockets and robots came naturally to him, and he built them. Problem solving was second nature to him as well. He grew up to be an engineer, and when NASA had a problem, he solved that, too. Not all of his inventions were for work or school, because inventions can be for fun, also. Whoosh! is the story of Lonnie's life, his most famous invention to-date (that you might have used on a hot summer's day) and includes information on what he's up to today.
Reviewed by: mec
Date read: 4/6/2017
ISBN-13: 9781580892971
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Whose Eye Am I?

Shelley Rotner (2016), 32 pages
Illustrated by Shelley Rotner
Audience: K - 3rd Grade
Category: Nonfiction
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Did you know that cats have better night vision than either humans or dogs? But during the day they may only be able to see shades of blue and gray? Most animals rely on their eyes for survival. Sight is important for avoiding predators, finding food and shelter, even for finding mates and raising young. Close up pictures of various animal eyes are accompanied by the question 'Who am I?' The answer is given on the following page along with a description of how each animal's eyes work and other animals who have similar eyesight.
Reviewed by: caroll
Date read: 7/8/2016
ISBN-10: 082343558X
ISBN-13: 9780823435586
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Why Did the Whole World Go to War?: And Other Questions About... World War II

Martin W. Sandler (2013), 32 pages
Illustrated by Robert Barrett
Audience: 4th Grade - 7th Grade
Category: Historical, Nonfiction
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Answering questions ranging from Did WWI cause WWII? to What was the longest battle of the war? to Why was Anne Frank hiding?, this is a useful way to learn some facts about World War II.
Book Series: Good Question!
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Reviewed by: Rosario
Date read: 7/21/2014
ISBN-10: 1402796218
ISBN-13: 9781402796210
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Wicked History Of The World: History with the Nasty Bits Left in!

Terry Deary (2006), 96 pages
Illustrated by Martin Brown
Audience: 4th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Historical, Humor, Nonfiction
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This book of history covers a scope of human existence, from Neanderthal Man through World War II and the Holocaust. Despite the subtitle, only the nasty bits are included. Inside, you will learn such tidbits as: in 4000 BC in France, witch doctors would cure headaches by beating the patient over the head to scare out demons; in Japan about the same time, dogs were killed to influence weather, a black dog for rain or a white dog for fine weather; Countess Elizabeth Bathory of Transylvania would pour water on her maidservants on a freezing night to make ice statues. Written in an entertaining style, with plenty of cartoon illustrations, this is a book to be read for the enjoyment of learning horrific historical facts. The publisher has left in the British expressions used by the author since they thought it more entertaining that way. A British to American glossary is included at the back.
Book Series: Horrible Histories
Reviewed by: vfv
Date read: 2/25/2013
ISBN-10: 0439877865
ISBN-13: 9780439877862
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