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National Geographic Children's Books, Spring 2017

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Solve This!
Wild and Wacky Challenges for the Genius Engineer in You
By (author): Joan Marie Galat
9781426327322 Paperback, Trade English Juvenile: Age (years) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 3 - 7 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Experiments & Projects Mar 13, 2018
$22.99 CAD
Active 8.06 x 10.06 x 0.44 in 160 pages National Geographic Children's Books
From the first wheel to the International Space Station, the miracles of engineering are all around us. Think cars, bridges, skyscrapers, and yes – even bubble wrap! Engineers dream up new ideas and bring them to life while figuring out creative solutions to problems they encounter along the way. But how do they do it? Find out in Solve This!
In this fun book, kids are confronted with wacky scenarios like this one: You’re playing with your little sister when a vulture swoops down and grabs her favorite teddy bear. Mid-flight, the vulture realizes it doesn’t care for the taste of fake fur and drops it to the ground. But now the plushie is on the other side of a raging river. How do you stop your sister from crying, stay safe, and save the day? Each challenge invites kids to think creatively to problem solve. Then they can see how different National Geographic explorers tackled the challenge. One of the big lessons? There’s often more than one solution!

Series Overview: This is the third book in this STEM-based hands-on science series that includes Try This! and Try This! Extreme.

HANDS-ON THOUGHT CHALLENGES promote interactive learning and creative problem-solving, helping kids retain lessons learned in the style of NGK’s popular science title Try This!

HIGHLIGHTS REAL-LIFE SCIENTISTS, including their real-life methods.


STEM-CENTRIC: Science education continues to be a high priority in schools, and authoritative yet kid-friendly content is appealing to educators and parents, as well as kids.

THE MACGYVER OF KIDS BOOKS shows how basic tools and ingenuity can save the day!

JOAN MARIE GALAT is the award-winning author of 11 books, including new titles in 2015 and 2016. Her books for children explore astronomy, ancient myths and legends, light pollution, history, and nature. Her first title, Dot to Dot in the Sky: Stories in the Stars, became a bestseller within six weeks of its release.

Author Residence: Alberta, Canada

Author Hometown: Alberta, Canada


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12-page BLAD

Engineering-based contest

Publicity: PUBLICITY

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