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Mick Manning grew up in Haworth, West Yorkshire and studied Illustration at the Royal College of Art in London. He has written and illustrated over 60 books, mostly with his partner Brita Granstrom.Their distinctive books have won many awards. Their first book, The World is Full of Babies, won the Smarties Silver Prize in 1996. Mick and Brita have four sons and live in the north east of England. Their other books with Frances Lincoln include the critically acclaimed Fly on the Wall series: Roman Fort, PharaohA's Egypt, Viking Longship and Greek Hero. Both Roman Fort and Viking Longship were shortlisted for the English Association 4-11 Awards. Snap! is the follow-up to Yuck! which was a regional winner of the Highland Book Awards 2006. Recently Mick and Brita donated the entire body of work created for their book Fly on the Wall: Greek Hero to Seven Stories, the centre for children's books To visit the website of Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom click here Brita Granstrom grew up on a Swedish farm and has an MFA in Fine Art from Konstfack, Stockholm. She and Mick Manning have four sons and live in Northumberland. Their first book together, The World is Full of Babies won the Smarties Silver Award in 1996 and their second book, What's Under the Bed? took the TES Junior Information Book Award in 1997. Yum Yum and How Did I Begin? were 2 of the 6 children's books shortlisted for the Rhone Poulene Prize in 1998. Science School made the shortlist in the following year. In 2000, Wash, Scrub, Brush! won the English Association's non-fiction award for the best picture book, with Let's Party making the shortlist in 2001. Brita won both Parenting Magazine's Book of the Year and the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award 2000 with her illustrations for Judy Hindley's Eyes, Nose, Fingers, Toes. To visit the website of Brita Granstrom and Mick Manning click here

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Gr 2-4-With large, colorful illustrations, an attractive layout, and step-by-step instructions, this engaging activity book invites readers to try out approximately 50 science experiments. After welcoming children to "Science School," a smiling teacher wearing a lab coat introduces matter, heat, air and water, forces, light, sound, and electricity. Each section begins with a paragraph of information and concludes with two to three relevant hands-on activities. "Science Tips" provide additional facts (such as how water evaporates, how shadows are formed, etc.). Most of the supplies can be found at home. Intended for home use or as a supplement to the science curriculum, the experiments are certain to pique children's interest and encourage them to reexamine common objects and occurrences. Although designed to introduce basic concepts, many of the activities may also be useful for formulating science-project ideas. Overall, a unique "school in a book" that markets science as a series of stimulating facts and activities.-Jennifer Oyama, Los Angeles Public Library, CA

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