Synopses & Reviews
Jews and Heretics in Catholic Poland takes issue with historians' common contention that the Catholic Church triumphed in Counter-Reformation Poland. In fact, the Church's own sources show that the story is far more complex. From the rise of the Reformation and the rapid dissemination of these new ideas through printing, the Catholic Church was overcome with a strong sense of insecurity. The 'infidel Jews, enemies of Christianity' became symbols of the Church's weakness and, simultaneously, instruments of its defense against all of its other adversaries. This process helped form a Polish identity that led, in the case of Jews, to racial anti-Semitism and to the exclusion of Jews from the category of Poles. This book portrays Jews not only as victims of Church persecution but as active participants in Polish society who as allies of the nobles, placed in positions of power, had more influence than has been recognized.
Creepy crawlies and eight-legged wonders abound in this classroom favorite and beginner's guide to arachnids. From the creators of the award-winning About... and About Habitats series.
In this addition to the acclaimed About... series, former educator and author Cathryn Sill uses simple, easy-to-understand language to teach children what arachnids are, their diversity, how they live, what they eat, and how they reproduce.
With beautifully detailed, realistic paintings, noted wildlife illustrator John Sill introduces readers to a range of arachnids, from the poisonous Brown Recluse Spider to the innocuous Giant Desert Hairy Scorpion. An afterword provides more details.
About Arachnids is part of the award-winning About... series. Ideal for casual exploration as well as for early childhood and elementary science and animal units.
Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 ―National Science Teachers Association, Children's Book Council
NSTA Recommends ―National Science Teachers Association
Society of School Librarians International Book Awards (Honor Book, Science K-6) ―Society of School Librarians International
Texas 2 2 Reading List ―Texas Library Association
Young Hoosier Book Award (Nominee, Picture Book) ―Association for Indiana Media Educators
South Carolina Picture Book Award (Nominee) ―South Carolina Association of School Librarians
Armadillo Readers' Choice Award (Master List) ―Round Rock Independent School District