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Slide 0: Cherry Blossom Friends
Cherry Blossom Friends
A child-friendly history of the cherry trees in our nation's capital, Cherry Blossom Friends is a fully illustrated picture book that tells about the gifts associated with these cherry trees—animals, fresh air, and the long friendship between the United States and Japan. Fun facts will teach first and second graders about the monuments around the National Mall. Riddles will teach them about the animals that live among the cherry trees and in the greater Washington area.
Slide 1: Spaceman
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to find yourself strapped to a giant rocket that's about to go from zero to 17,500 miles per hour? Or to look back on Earth from outer space and see the surprisingly precise line between day and night? Or to stand in front of the Hubble Space Telescope, wondering if the emergency repair you're about to make will inadvertently ruin humankind's chance to unlock the universe's secrets? Mike Massimino has been there, and in Spaceman: An Astronaut's Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe he puts you inside the suit, with all the zip and buoyancy of life in microgravity.

Taking us through the surreal wonder and beauty of his first spacewalk, the tragedy of losing friends in the Columbia shuttle accident, and the development of his enduring love for the Hubble Telescope—which he and his fellow astronauts were tasked with saving on his final mission—Massimino has written an ode to never giving up and the power of teamwork to make anything possible. Spaceman invites us into a rare, wonderful world where science meets the most thrilling adventure, revealing just what having "the right stuff" really means.
Slide 2: Migrations Wildlife in Motion
Migrations Wildlife in Motion
The perfect integration of art and science, world-acclaimed wildlife photographer Art Wolfe documents the migratory patterns of wildlife in his stunning book Migrations: Wildlife in Motion. Inspired by the spatial designs of Dutch artist M. C. Escher, Wolfe traveled the globe in search of similar patterns in nature. The result is breathtaking. Capturing the instincts that cue snow geese to head south, monarch butterflies to bedeck a forest of trees, or ladybugs to gather into a living masse, Migrations: Wildlife in Motion relates a message of celebration and conservation.
Slide 3: Expanding Universe: Photographs from The Hubble Space Telescope
Expanding Universe: Photographs from The Hubble Space Telescope
This breathtaking “album” of ultra high-resolution images from the Hubble Telescope explores the mysteries of deep space—from black holes to exoplanets. Expanding Universe: Photographs from The Hubble Space Telescope has superb quality binding, paper and images.
Slide 4: Everything You Need to Know about Snakes and Other Scaly Reptiles
Everything You Need to Know about Snakes and Other Scaly Reptiles
Kids will be utterly fascinated as they explore the amazing world of reptiles in Everything You Need to Know about Snakes and Other Scaly Reptiles. From living dragons to snakes that fly and shed skin, readers will learn about a cobra’s spitting distance, snake attack survival, the life cycle of the giant prehistoric snake Titanoboa, as well as fascinating facts about lizards, crocodiles, tortoises and turtles. Everything You Need to Know about Snakes and Other Scaly Reptiles is jam-packed with amazing images, fun games, and quizzes. Produced in association with the Smithsonian Institution.
Slide 5: The Wild Cat Book Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Cats
The Wild Cat Book Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Cats
In Terry Whittaker’s The Wild Cat Book: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Cats, cat fanciers the world over will be captivated by his spectacular color photographs, including some of the highest quality images ever taken of exceptionally rare species by biologists in the field. From the exceptional acrobatics of the arboreal margay to modern declines in African lion populations, The Wild Cat Book is an informative homage to felines of every size and color. Includes comprehensive entries for each of the thirty-seven cat species, including color distribution maps and informative sidebars which explain everything from why lions have manes to why cats can’t be vegetarians.
Slide 6: Animals A Visual Encyclopedia
Animals A Visual Encyclopedia
Highlighting animals most likely to stir youthful imaginations—the deadliest, the largest, the friendliest, the fastest, the downright strangest—Animals: A Visual Encyclopedia reveals the wonders of the animal kingdom through action photography of animals interacting in their native habitats. Organized by animal group with separate entries for every notable type of animal, Animals: A Visual Encyclopedia includes fact files on behavior, distribution, diet, and conservation issues. Produced in association with the Smithsonian Institution.
Slide 7: The Animal Book A Visual Encyclopedia of Life on Earth
The Animal Book A Visual Encyclopedia of Life on Earth
The 2014 The Mom’s Choice Awards® Gold Award Winner, The Animal Book: A Visual Encyclopedia of Life on Earth explores the fascinating worlds of more than 1,500 specimens—from amoebas to zebras, from tiny toadstools to giant oaks—through stunning photography and straightforward explanations. Perfect for homework or to satisfy kids’ curiosity, The Animal Book: A Visual Encyclopedia of Life on Earth is structured according to scientific classification, with a “tree of life” chart at the beginning of the book to illustrate the interconnected relationships between species. Feature spreads focus on a single specimen so kids can immerse themselves in the worlds of the most fascinating animals. Produced in association with the Smithsonian Institution.
Slide 8: Curious About Zoo Vets
Curious About Zoo Vets
How do you weigh a panda? Or check a sea lion's tooth? Or figure out why a llama is limping? These are just some of the many tasks veterinarians, technicians, and animal keepers at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo are trained in. With full-color photos and lively, accessible text, Curious About Zoo Vets looks at the very busy “to do” list of zoo workers as they take care of their creatures large and small.
Slide 9: Universe: Exploring the Astronomical World
Universe: Exploring the Astronomical World
The unexpected pairings of paintings, photographs, sculpture, animation, sketches, and digital renderings in Universe: Exploring the Astronomical World were carefully selected by a panel of international experts to show how differently and magnificently the cosmos has been contemplated.
Slide 10: The Life and Love of The Sea
The Life and Love of The Sea
Take an awe-inspired visual tour of dramatic coastlines, barrier reefs, island chains and splendid underwater creatures, via the cutting-edge images of renowned photographers in The Life and Love of the Sea. Marvel at the spectacular power of the ocean through a stunning collection of wave photographs. Be amazed by the photographic survey of the ocean’s many fascinating inhabitants—from whales, manta rays, and seals to endless schools of fish and the creatures that reside in the deepest recess of the ocean floor. Includes extraordinary bonus footage—accessible via a scannable QR code—from multi-award-winning underwater cameraman Steven Hathaway.
Slide 11: Mars: A New View of the Red Planet
Mars: A New View of the Red Planet
Mars has always fascinated humanity and the findings of the past decade have revolutionized ideas about our nearest neighbor—revealing its watery past and geological similarity to Earth.

This gorgeously illustrated volume is filled with the latest and most magnificent images to be sent back from Curiosity, will walk you in the footsteps of the NASA probes and rovers that have been surveying the planet from 1964 until the present day. Experience its other-worldly beauty as you hover over sinister dust devils, immense icecaps and textured rock formations.

Mars: A New View of the Red Planet charts an incredible course across this unfamiliar planet, depicting all sides, seasons, channels and chasms, from the North Pole to the Southern Highlands. Witness the soaring heights of Olympus Mons—the tallest volcano in the Solar System—watch a giant dust storm tear through the canyons of the Valles Marineris, and explore the broad valleys of Chryse Planitia, scarred from catastrophic floods.

Detailed and accessible essays explain how Mars was formed, shedding light on its internal and external structure, weather systems and unique geographical features, as well as on the compelling evidence of water and microscopic life. Each image is accompanied by a caption that explains in unparalleled detail the abstract patterns and peculiar geology that form this majestic planet.

Featuring over 200 spectacular photographs and informative color diagrams, an atlas of the surface and details of the most recent scientific discoveries Mars is the perfect introduction to the Red Planet.
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