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Slide 0: A World of Butterflies
A World of Butterflies
Discover a world of fleeting beauty and pattern, captured in 245 breathtaking, full color close-ups by retired National Museum of Natural History naturalist/researcher, Kjell Sandved. Gorgeous on the coffee table, small enough for a field trip. Includes habitat, range and habits of each butterfly.
 
Slide 1: Smithsonian Dinosaur
Smithsonian Dinosaur
This spellbinding guide presents fossils, sea creatures, wooly mammoths, Neanderthals, insects and more in photorealistic, computer-generated images with detailed cross-sections and cutaways. Packed with fun facts, Smithsonian Dinosaur! brings the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous Eras to life.
 
Slide 2: 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 3: 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.
 
Slide 4: Rainforest
Rainforest
Combining stunning photographs by the world’s leading nature photographers—including new work by Tim Flach and an inspiring text by award-winning author Lewis Blackwell—Rainforest opens our minds to the breathtaking beauty the verdant plant life and diverse animal species of these remarkable ecosystems. Swooping from aerial to macro perspectives, Rainforest captures the world’s most fascinating landscapes at all scales, from a vast sleeping forest cloaked in morning mist to the brilliant iridescent flicker of a butterfly’s wing.
 
Slide 5: Smithsonian Earth: The Definitive Visual Guide
Smithsonian Earth: The Definitive Visual Guide
Smithsonian Earth: The Definitive Visual Guide is an extraordinary survey of our planet produced in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution. This stunning reference includes detailed, illustrated information about everything that makes up our planet, from Mount Kilimanjaro to the Antarctic ice sheet, as well as descriptions of more than four hundred of the Earth's most significant, unusual, greatest, and most dangerous features. Specially commissioned new 3-D digital artwork provides a striking, informative guide to the features of our planet, explains the scientific processes that govern our world, and looks at the complex relationship between humans and the natural environment while providing a thought-provoking assessment on the state of the planet.
 
Slide 6: Everglades: America's Wetland
Everglades: America's Wetland
From Lake Okeechobee to Florida Bay, from inside the bone-crushing jaws of an alligator to the storms that race across the black water backcountry, award-winning conservation photographer and National Audubon Society biologist Mac Stone takes us on a visual journey through the Everglades. In Everglades: America’s Wetland more than 200 striking photographs—images that have wowed National Geographic, The BBC, NPR and periodicals across the globe—showcase the natural beauty of this unique ecosystem, capturing the amazing depths of its landscapes, the diversity of its wildlife, and the resilience of the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States.

Aerial views in Everglades: America’s Wetland highlight the vast expanse of the River of Grass. Underwater images capture the endless wonders of the Everglades, including sharks darting through mangrove roots. Intimate close-ups showcase awe-inspiring flora and fauna such as the ghost orchid, the Florida panther, the endangered Everglades snail kite, roseate spoonbills, and, of course, the majestic American alligator.

In a special foreword, Michael Grunwald introduces readers to a short history of the Everglades. Exclusive essays from the top minds in Everglades conservation appear throughout the book, opening an even wider perspective on Stone's powerful photographs.
 
Slide 7: Smithsonian Gem
Smithsonian Gem
From royalty and film stars to thieves and curses, this is a dazzling and comprehensive visual guide to the world’s most precious rocks and minerals. Smithsonian Gem interweaves glorious images, natural history, mythology and intriguing true stories.
 
Slide 8: 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 9: Animal
Animal
Produced in association with the Smithsonian Institution, Animal! with its photorealistic, computer-generated images, infographics, and cutaways is a ground-breaking approach to the animal kingdom. A perfect reference for young readers, Animal! lets them get up close to some of the most dangerous animals—including the Komodo dragon and the saltwater crocodile—while learning amazing animal facts about crustaceans, mammals, sea creatures (including orcas, great white sharks, stingrays and more), and such avians as penguins, owls, hawk, eagles. Follow the animal timeline of evolution and extinction to see how they have adapted to survive. Finally each page in Animal! features simple annotations and data boxes. A 32-page reference section helps with unfamiliar terms.
 
Slide 10: Earth Lab World Animals
Earth Lab World Animals
Kids take a virtual trip around the globe via Earth Lab: World Animals’ fact filled book about our planet’s amazing wildlife—including the varying habitats of each continent and the animals that reside within them. When kids have finished exploring the animals in Earth Lab: World Animals they can decorate their rooms with 7 plastic animals, 6 diorama models, and an 18 x 13 inch world map poster with 90 reusable stickers.
 
Slide 11: Bonsai and Penjing
Bonsai and Penjing
In Bonsai and Penjing: Ambassadors of Beauty and Peace enjoy amazing stories of bonsai and penjing (the Chinese art of cultivating and displaying miniature trees) curated by the National Arboretum. Discover their valuable role in international diplomacy, including the initial gift of 53 trees from Japan in 1976.
 
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