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By Lia Foa

This stunning box is an ideal introduction to crystals and gemstones! Open the lid to reveal a 6-compartment display case, each compartment holding an assortment of polished gemstones. Kids will learn how to sort and identify each of the stones in their collection. Beneath the display case, they’ll find the Little Book of Crystals and Gemstones, filled with fascinating facts about more than 50 crystals and gemstones. It identifies each stone by name and describes some of the stone's unique properties. Also included are tweezers for examining stones, and a miniature geode - a stone with tiny crystals that are naturally embedded on its surface.

Included softcover book contains 48 pages.

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By Janet Sacks

Not only is this incredible kit packed with more than 100 mind-boggling illusions, it also explains the science behind them. Kids will love learning how the brain tricks the eye into seeing what may—or may not—actually be there.

Sections explore:

  • Impossible shapes that appear real but are not
  • Static objects that seem to move
  • Camouflage techniques used by animals
  • The magic behind animation
  • 3D images, and more

This fun and unusual pack comes complete with lots of cool accessories to help with the illusions including: 3D glasses, a thaumatrope (for animated illusions), a press-out impossible triangle, plus acetate sheets and spinners for creating vibrating lines and other illusions. A built-in storage pocket secures illusion accessories.

Hardcover book containing 36 pages.

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The first edition of Ultimate Weird But True was an instant hit in Fall 2011. Now the second edition has even more zany fun! Ultimate Weird But True 2 has a fun cover with lots of sparkle, is packed with cool photos, and features the same dynamic design that made the first book such a hit. Content is all-new, with new chapter titles and even more too-strange-to-believe stories, such as: the world's most expensive hamburger, which breaks the bank at $295; the world's largest chocolate sculpture; duck fashion models; and many more oddities.

Hardcover containing 192 pages.

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By National Geographic Kids

The world's best-selling almanac for kids is packed with amazing animals, cool inventions, dinosaurs, robots, maps, games, activities, and more all in one "fun-tastic" volume. In true National Geographic style, this book excites young people about their world and everything in it, so it's no surprise that the 2012 edition landed at #3 on the New York Times best seller list! The 2014 almanac features fun information, browsable features, and helpful reference on subjects including technology, countries, presidents, animals, weather, funny roadside attractions, outer space, green tips, and natural disasters, just for starters. Chapters include Amazing Animals, Going Green, Geography Rocks, Super Science, Wonders of Nature, Awesome Adventure, Culture Connection, History Happens, and an interactive Fun and Games chapter.

Exciting changes for 2014 include:

  • Forty percent NEW content, including photos and articles
  • Mobile media features in every chapter that readers can download to an iPod Touch® or smartphone, including National Geographic animal videos, photo galleries, and interactive games
  • A brand new special section on cute animals
  • A fully revamped continents of the world section
  • A special Fun and Games chapter featuring all-new jokes, games, and comics, featuring funny animal photos and colorful illustrations
  • A fully updated "Your World" section, which opens the Almanac, will include all-new, up-to-the-moment content
  • All-new fun facts, activities, games, and crafts
  • More than 500 photographs, including incredible gorgeous new photo spreads featuring animals, adventure, nature, and more
  • Eight Homework Help sections

Softcover includes 352 pages.

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By the Editors of Time for Kids Magazine

TIME For Kids The NEW BIG Book of Why Crazy, Cool & Outrageous answers the questions that kids commonly ask and adults can rarely answer. Why are our eyes different colors? Why do we put candles on a birthday cake? Why do we high five our friends? Why do elephants have big ears?

Packed with hundreds of new brain busting questions with easy to understand answers that made the first Big Book of Why a best seller. The book is divided by subject area - humans, animals, environment/nature, technology and space - and written in an upbeat manner, each answer is accompanied by either a photo or an illustration to show the reasons why.

TIME For Kids The NEW BIG Book of Why Crazy, Cool & Outrageous is a must-have book to satisfy the most curious of kids. Kids will be desperate to share what they've learned with their parents, teachers, and friends...and anyone else who will listen!

Hardcover containing 192 pages.

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By Mojang

The possibilities are endless in Minecraft. This handbook will teach players how they too can cultivate a creative style to rival those of the experts!

Packed with step-by-step instructions and countless pointers from the renowned master build team, FyreUK, readers will learn how to construct houses, bridges, ships, floating islands, and rollercoasters of the highest quality.

Along with the tools to become master builders themselves, players will also be inspired to fuel their own creative genius through the inclusion of some of the most astounding and influential community builds ever!

Hardcover book contains 80 pages.

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By Chris Cerasi

New and classic Star Wars facts, photos and trivia at your fingertips! This "book" actually consists of die-cut cards filled with facts about Star Wars characters, vehicles, weapons and more. Test your knowledge with this Fandex Deluxe!

Deck containing 75 cards.

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Featuring favourite meals and snacks to inspire young chefs who are ready to learn new skills, this handy softcover edition of the Children's Cookbook is loaded with easy-to-make recipes. Children will learn to enjoy preparing food as they cook with new flavours and have lots of fun in the kitchen! Everything that children need to know to make healthy meals and tasty treats - specially designed for young Canadian cooks!

Softcover cookbook containing 128 pages.

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National Geographic brings you 1000 wild and wacky facts and photos that prove truth really is stranger than fiction! With a colourful, metallic cover, a kid-friendly design, and a wacky sense of humor, this stunning book will give kids a winning combination of smarts and fun!

Enjoy hundreds of snack-size stories about weird animals, space vacations, wacky inventions, freaky weather, amazing feats, wild extreme sports, and more. Plus, "Ultimate Secrets Revealed", explaining the strange truth behind the most mind-bending facts, like how it's possible to convert peanut butter into a diamond and how frogs can fall from the sky!

You'll discover:

  • A dog that can read
  • A mouse that hitched a ride on a frog's back
  • Tornadoes of fire
  • A motorcycle shaped like hamburger
  • A 13-foot-tall pink poodle
  • ...And much, much more!

Hardcover containing 192 pages.

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By National Geographic

Presenting the next must-have, fun-filled gift book from the team that createdUltimate Weird But True, 5,000 Cool Facts About Everything treats kids to brain candy and eye candy all rolled into one treasure trove of high-interest fascinating facts!

A visual feast of 1200 colourful photographs surrounded by swirling, tipping, expanding, and climbing bits of information in a high-energy design, this book will satisfy both the casual browser and the truly fact obsessed.

Hardcover containing 224 pages.

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By Dan Kainen, Text by Carol Kaufmann

If you liked Gallop! A Scanimation Book, you'll love the magical journey that is Safari. Readers, as if on safari, encounter 8 wild animals that come alive! Using an innovative lenticular-based technology, precision sliding lenses, and original four-color video imagery, each image is like a 3-D movie on the page, delivering a rich, fluid, immersive visual experience. The cheetah bounds. The gazelle leaps. The African elephant snaps its ears. The gorilla munches the leaves off a branch. Mesmerizing!

Accompanying the images is Safari, the guide: It begins with an evocative journal of a safari along the Mara River in Kenya and interweaves the history of safaris. Then for each animal there is a lively, informative essay and an at-a-glance list of important facts. It's the romance of being on safari - and the almost visceral thrill of seeing the animals in motion - in a book unlike any other.

Hardcover containing 16 pages.

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By Mojang

This comprehensive handbook will teach readers everything they need to know about defense from hostile monsters and enemy players in the elaborate world of Minecraft. Learn how to build a fort, craft armour and weapons, set mob traps, defeat enemies in combat, as well as how to battle your way out of "the Nether" and "the End."

With tips and tricks from experts and celebrities, including Minecraft developer, Jens “Jeb” Bergensten, and creator, Markus “Notch” Persson, readers will learn the skills needed to becoming the ultimate Minecraft warrior in no time!

Hardcover book contains 80 pages.

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By Dorling Kindersley

After ten years of study and consultation, UNICEF, the premier organization devoted to the care and welfare of the world's children, published the results of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Using these tenets as a base, A Life Like Mine profiles children from all over the globe leading their lives in different and fascinating ways. The challenges of nations both developed and developing are revealed in the stories and photographs in this special volume. DK and UNICEF have combined their inspirational forces to provide remarkable insight into children's lives.

Softcover, contains 128 pages filled with full-colour photographs.

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By completing this workbook, multiplying numbers 1 through 10 will become second nature for your child.

Kumon’s research has found that children learn more easily when they tackle one skill at a time. That’s why Kumon Focus Workbooks shine a spotlight on one challenging math topic per book and help children improve these essential skills and gain confidence in their abilities. Each workbook utilizes the Kumon Method—a step-by step, incremental approach that helps children learn at their own pace, and without anxiety. By rigorously practicing each skill, your child will be proficient in the math that is crucial for future learning.

Paperback containing 64 pages.

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By Mike Leonetti

Hockey Now! is the most comprehensive guide to the stars of today's fast-paced NHL. In its seventh edition, Hockey Now! continues to provide fast-pace, totally up-to-date and strikingly illustrated profiles of the best and brightest the NHL has to offer. Like previous editions, the seventh is jam-packed with 140 colorful action photos of star players in the heat of competition.

Softcover containing 176 pages.

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Perfect for getting children out into the open air to discover nature, this colourful, easy and fun bird guide is ideal for beginning birders! DK Spot the Bird covers more than 100 of the most common North American birds. Each page features one bird, along with a full-colour photograph and clear, concise text to pick out the main identifying features.

Colourful symbols let young naturalists know what the bird eats, where it lives, how many eggs it lays, and whether it will be seen alone or in flocks. To add fun to the challenge of spotting them, all the birds have stickers - when children spot the bird, they can add their sticker!

Softcover containig 120 pages.

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By Gail MacColl

National Bestseller - over 1 million copies in print! A complete introduction for kids and a refresher for adults, this set includes an everything-you-need-to-know guide to 35 great card games and an oversized, durably laminated 52-card playing deck with 2 jokers included! Symbols and numbers are extra large, plus each suit's background colour is different.

Book includes:

  • Objectives, rules, score-keeping, favourite variations
  • How to shuffle, cut and deal
  • Strategy (even the art of bluffing!)
  • Glossary of card terms

Softcover containing 128 pages.

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Destined to be toted in school backpacks everywhere, DK's new encyclopedia series for young readers contains on-the-spot information in children's favorite subject areas. Kids love facts: they want to know about the biggest, fastest, tallest, and oldest everything. Full of instant information, these books feature a fresh and striking design that is sure to appeal to the middle-grade audience. These single-subject guides offer a unique catalog-style presentation, which clearly lays out individual subcategories with concise and punchy text covering all of the essential information on whatever topic is at hand.

Featuring more than 125 individual breeds of horses, ponies and their cousins — zebras, mules and donkeys — Pocket Genius: Horses looks at the anatomy and behavior of horses at work and at play.

Hardcover reference book containing 160 pages.

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