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Nonfiction Picture Books
Mesmerized by Mara Rockliff; Iacopo Bruno (Illustrator)
Call Number: 001.4 ROC
Publication Date: 2015-03-10
The day Ben Franklin first set foot in Paris, France, he found the city all abuzz. Everyone was talking about something new—remarkable, thrilling, and strange. Something called . . . Science! But soon the straightforward American inventor Benjamin Franklin is upstaged by a compelling and enigmatic figure: Dr. Mesmer. In elaborately staged shows, Mesmer, wearing a fancy coat of purple silk and carrying an iron wand, convinces the people of Paris that he controls a magic force that can make water taste like a hundred different things, cure illness, and control thoughts! But Ben Franklin is not convinced. Will his practical approach of observing, hypothesizing, and testing get to the bottom of the mysterious Mesmer’s tricks? A rip-roaring, lavishly illustrated peek into a fascinating moment in history shows the development and practice of the scientific method—and reveals the amazing power of the human mind.
The Story of Salt by Mark Kurlansky; S. D. Schindler (Illustrator)
Call Number: 553.6 KUR
Publication Date: 2006-09-07
From the team that created the ALA Notable Book The Cod's Tale comes the fascinating history of salt, which has been the object of wars and revolutions and is vital for life. Based on Mark Kurlansky's critically acclaimed bestseller Salt: A World History, this handsome picture book explores every aspect of salt: The many ways it's gathered from the earth and sea; how ancient emperors in China, Egypt, and Rome used it to keep their subjects happy; Why salt was key to the Age of Exploration; what salt meant to the American Revolution; And even how the search for salt eventually led to oil. Along the way, you'll meet a Celtic miner frozen in salt, learn how to make ketchup, and even experience salt's finest hour: Gandhi's famous Salt March.
Two Bobbies by Kirby Larson; Mary Nethery; Jean Cassels (Illustrator)
Call Number: 636.08 LAR
Publication Date: 2008-08-05
Bobbi and Bob Cat are the best of friends. When their hometown of New Orleans was struck by Hurricane Katrina, many lost everything. But not Bobbi and Bob Cat--they still had each other. Only by staying together could they survive. This is the story of their remarkable friendship.
Rushmore by Lynn Curlee
Call Number: 730.92 CUR
Publication Date: 1999-04-01
This is the fascinating story of how Gutzon Borglum, gifted sculptor and son of immigrants, overcame tremendous obstacles to create the world's most immense stone carving. Lynn Curlee's compelling narrative and stunningly composed, realistic paintings eloquently relate the monument's historical context and reveal fascinating details about its construction.
The Quite Contrary Man by Patricia Rusch Hyatt; Kathryn Brown (Illustrator)
Call Number: 974 PAL
Publication Date: 2011-05-01
In early-nineteenth-century New England, folks considered a clean chin a sign of godliness. Born into this buttoned-up, strict society, Joseph Palmer stood out from childhood as someone who liked to do things his own way. A friend to Ralph Waldo Emerson and the Alcotts, Palmer lived by his own code and grew a belly-flowing beard that made his neighbors so crazy that they tried forcibly to shave him. He fought back and ended up in prison for a year. His cause became a local sensation, and a few short decades later a president of the United States—Abraham Lincoln—would wear a beard.
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