The Right Way to Read Music
A How to Book
Introducing musical notation and music theory, this straightforward guide covers the principles of pitch, key, rhythm and harmony, as well as essentials of phrasing and ornamentation. Each chapter ends with a set of practice questions, for which answers are provided.
A Raft of Otters
Collective Nouns Flash Cards from A to Z
From the relatively unknown Aurora of Polar Bears, through the more familiar Caravan of Camels and Shiver of Sharks, to a Zeal of Zebras, these A–Z flash cards introduce the idea of collective nouns as well as the alphabet. Printed on sturdy card and using colourful, stylized artwork, they are decorative as well as functional. Slightly off-mint. Age 2+.
Chineasy for Children
The Chineasy system uses pictures to help children remember the formation of simplified Chinese characters. Grouped by topics including animals, nature and China itself, this book teaches 100 of the most basic and useful words. Off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge. Age 7+
First Maths Glossary
Progressing from counting and numbers in the world around us to simple geometry and showing data in pictograms and bar charts, this clearly written (in large type) and very colourful book is designed to support curriculum teaching for Reception and Key Stage 1, and to provide a solid basis for learning mathematics. Age 4–7
Stories from Shakespeare
The noted actors Juliet Stephenson and Michael Sheen retell ten of Shakespeare's most famous works in modern English prose. The stories, including Hamlet, Twelfth Night and Henry V, incorporate lines of dialogue from the original plays and key plot points are explained. Age 9+
Attack on Circuit City
The Maths Quest books are designed to motivate children to develop and apply their maths skills through comic-style adventure stories. Each story works as a game, with the reader as the hero who must solve a series of mathematical puzzles and problems to get to the exciting conclusion. If an answer is wrong, the reader is directed back, to get an extra clue and have another try. The school’s computer network is under attack. Only statistics can kill the deadly viruses. Age 9–12
Maths on the Go!
101 Fun Ways to Play with Maths
Dividing five biscuits between three of you, counting the wheels on lorries, multiplying on your fingers... Written for parents, this collection of simple games and activities introduces mathematical topics such as subtraction, fractions and multiplication, all without mentioning the M word. Age 9+
OS Nock's Pocket Encylopaedia of British Steam Railways and Locomotives
This compendium of two classic reference works, first published in the 1960s, tells the story of the evolution of British locomotives, carriages and rolling stock, and charts the milestones of railway history through a series of over 350 colour illustrations, descriptions and historical overviews. Further entries identify types of signals used by different operators and the coats of arms of the most notable pre-grouping railway companies.
Moments in History
That Changed the World
Presenting the events that have shaped our world, from the earliest civilizations to the Second World War, as bite-size facts and things you ‘need to know’, this introduction to human history is generously illustrated with images from the British Library collection.Age 8+
Dinosaur Number Crunch!
The Figures, Facts and Prehistoric Stats You Need to Know
Here is the book for the child who wants to out-statistic friends with encyclopaedic dinosaur knowledge. With bite-sized information and illustrated throughout, there are facts about longest legs, deadliest claws, and how much the last T-Rex sold for at auction.
Two Centuries of Roman Poetry
Extracts From Lucretius, Catullus, Virgil, Horace, Ovid, Martial and Juvenal
This anthology, which was first published in 1964, is designed as an introduction to a cross-section of poetry, in the original Latin, from the late Republic and early Empire. It presents 36 passages, in different genres and styles, by such authors as Catullus, Virgil and Juvenal. There are short introductions to each extract, detailed notes on language and content and a full vocabulary. Off-mint.
Great Scientists: Louis Pasteur
This book tells the story of Louis Pasteur (1822–1895), the French chemist whose pioneering studies of microscopic organisms made possible important advances in medicine and public health such as vaccination and pasteurization. From the Great Scientists series. Off-mint. Age 9+
Help Your Kids with Science
A Unique Step-by-Step Visual Guide
With separate chapters for biology, chemistry and physics, here science is made approachable: each scientific method is explained through a series of interconnecting coloured boxes and demonstrated by following a specific question through hypothesis to conclusion.
Help Your Kids with English
A Unique Step-by-Step Visual Guide
Divided into the four core English subjects of grammar, punctuation, spelling and communication skills, this guide helps clarify perennial problems: simple illustrations explain the difference between ‘its’ and ‘it’s’, and use of formal and informal language is explained through ‘spotting the difference’.
Cleared for Takeoff
The Ultimate Book of Flight
From the early aviators to the Space Shuttle and the introduction of drones, this illustrated compendium is packed with information on all aspects of military and civil flight, including the greatest planes, aerial reconnaissance, air battles and airline food. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Baffling & Bizarre Inventions
This humorous multiple-choice quiz features 45 extraordinary inventions – including a talking watch, a mechanical golf instructor and a steam-driven bus, drawn from 200 years of American ingenuity – and challenges the reader to guess each object’s use from an illustration and description.
The Structure of Words
Understanding Roots and Smaller Parts of Words
This engaging and lively guide introduces the different elements that make up words, and teaches a range of techniques to improve both reading and writing skills by researching words' origins and history; identifying spelling rules and conventions; breaking words up into syllables; spotting common suffixes and prefixes; and using dictionaries effectively. Find Your Way with Words series. Age 11–12