How Plants Work
Form, Diversity, Survival
Written by a British botanist, with contributions from a range of specialists, this detailed exploration of the world of plants includes many explanatory and colourful photographs and diagrams. Starting from morphology, and the way that everything from vines to giant redwoods descended from simple algaes, it takes a tour of the parts of a plant, from roots to buds, and apical meristems to zygotes.
30-Second Forensic Science
The 50 Key Topics Revealing Criminal Investigation from Behind the Scenes, Each Explained in Half a Minute
How do forensic specialists identify and piece together clues to present a convincing case in court? This guide to scientific techniques explains the analysis of evidence ranging from drugs to digital devices, dental records to DNA. Foreword by Val McDermid.
The 50 Most Elemental Concepts in Chemistry, Each Explained in Half a Minute
Matter is broken down into its fundamentals in these 50 articles on subjects relating to the nature of atoms and molecules, the structure and uses of natural and synthetic materials, and the properties and behaviour of solids, liquids and gases.
Hollywood Love Stories
True Love Stories from the Golden Days of the Silver Screen
Gill Paul recounts fourteen real-life romances between 20th-century movie stars, beginning with the ‘Marriage of the Century’ of Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford in 1920. Illustrated with period images and ephemera, the tales include the stormy marriages of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, the long affair between Spencer Tracey and Katherine Hepburn and the scandalous liaison between Ingrid Bergman and Roberto Rossellini.
With simple experiments and challenges, supported by colour diagrams and step-by-step instructions, this book introduces the skills and concepts that a range of science-based careers rely on, including measuring and recording data, how satellites send signals, and how our organs function. Age 8+
A Natural History
Beginning with the origins of Caninae and ending with a directory of 32 popular modern breeds, this colourful volume surveys the biology and behaviour of dogs, how they think and how they interact with people. Written by a team of experts, the book discusses the life of wild dogs as well as the different roles they play as companions, guard dogs, herders and co-workers, and also considers the future for canines in our changing society.
A Natural History
Far from being ‘bird brains’, chickens demonstrate a range of unique abilities that have made them an integral part of humans’ lives for thousands of years. This science-based exploration compiles the characteristics of forty popular breeds and explains how their anatomy and physiology inform their behaviour. It also presents insights into their intelligence and thought processes and includes practical ‘theory into practice’ panels designed to help keepers better understand their poultry. Off-mint.
Christmas Paper Play
Play, Make, Decorate!
Over 40 festive-themed activities feature in this collection, which includes games and puzzles as well as templates and step-by-step instructions for a range of papercraft projects, from paper garlands to the more challenging advent calendar and Christmas crackers. Age 6+
The Extraordinary Form & Function of Bones
Evolving from fish scales 500 million years ago, bone is a remarkable material that is capable of strength, lightness and flexibility; in a range of skeletal arrangements it can support the weight of an elephant or a bird in flight and provide the dexterity of a human hand. Through a series of line drawings and extended captions, this accessible introduction examines the different forms and structures that have evolved across the animal kingdom.
Practical Landscape Painting
Materials, Techniques & Projects
These seven lessons, focusing on watercolour, cover various aspects of landscape painting, from tone and texture to composition and perspective, each including clear instructions for tackling a relevant project, such as a desert view, a brooding sky and a Hawaiian beach scene. The book also offers practical information about materials and a detailed account of a sketching trip along the West Coast of Ireland.
How to Make Tea
The Science Behind the Leaf
With 5,000 years of history, 2,000 styles, and 250 different species of the plant genus Camellia, this guide covers everything there is to know about tea. Sections include information on the tea-growing regions, how the plant is harvested and processed, and detailed instructions on how to make the perfect cup, from getting the right temperature, to steeping times and how to use a teaspoon.
Portraits of Champion Breeds Preened to Perfection
Admired by humans since the earliest civilizations and prized for their mousing, the keeping of cats purely as pets developed from the 17th century and the first show demonstrating 'fancy' breeds took place in 1868. This portfolio presents 40 studio portraits of modern champion breeds from Siamese and Russian Blue to the hairless Sphynx and provides details about each pedigree and a brief history of cats and cat shows.
Astronauts need to know how to breathe, eat and stay fit in space as well as fly their spaceship. This colourful book introduces aspects of space travel such as rocket propulsion, weightlessness and orbits and encourages engagement for young space cadets with a host of interactive games and suggested activities. The book comes with stickers, a press-out spacecraft model and a board game. Age 6+
Chicken & Egg
An Egg-Centric Guide to Raising Poultry
Concerns over commercial poultry farming as well as a trend toward the organic, local and home-produced has led many people in recent years to keep a handful of hens for their own supply of eggs, and sometimes meat. This introduction to chicken-keeping reviews the principal egg-laying breeds and how to house, feed and care for them, as well as providing notes on the origins of the bird and the biology of egg production.