All About Books

 

 

What Landmarks do for history, AllAbout Books do for science! These were published by Random House in the 50's and 60's, and at least several titles were reprinted early on and offered at a lower cost by E. M. Hale. 

While these books vary in usefulness and literary quality, most are excellent. 

Wouldn't you suspect that the technology books might be dated and useless? I did! But we have found them to be especially interesting and helpful. They present interesting histories of the people who discovered scientific principles, their trials and errors, and the first inventions that brought the wealth of kings and queens into our ordinary homes. I would not withhold them from a student with an interest in engineering and invention!

From All About Birds--

While you are examining the big flight feather, you may be surprised by the hardness and strength of its quill. Yet the whole feather is so light that you can't feel it as it lies across your palm. When you split open the lower part of the quill, you will find it filled with a network of very tough fibers. They are thinner than tissue paper and are separated only by air. This is about the most perfect featherweight bracing arrangement in the world. Our toward the tip, where the shaft is very thin, these fibers become a sort of pith. This is better than a framework for a small space.

From All About Rockets and Jets--

Long ago people learned that if you put three feathers at the rear end of an arrow, it will not wobble as it flies. When the Chinese tried putting a feathered stick at the end of their rockets to keep them steady, they quickly found that the feathers burned away. So they made the arrow-like sticks on their rockets longer and longer. After awhile they found that if they made the stick exactly seven times as long as the rocket, it didn't need any feathers.

Modern science books present a profusion of bright pictures with bare facts pressed in all around. They follow the "access brain --> pour in facts" method of teaching. But the AllAbout books treat children as able and effective thinkers who can follow clear sentences through well-constructed paragraphs to comprehend and appreciate complex ideas. Newer science books primarily name things--noun, noun, noun--whereas older science books like these tended to use all the parts of speech all the time. (Eureka!)

(Some of the nature books do teach evolution, but typically this is a very small percentage of the content.)

Numerical List:
1 All About Dinosaurs by Roy Chapman Andrews
2 All About Radio and Television by Jack Gould
3 All About the Sea by Ferdinand C. Lane
4 All About Volcanoes and Earthquakes by Frederick H. Pough
5 All About the Weather by Ivan R. Tannehill
6 All About the Insect World by Ferdinand C. Lane
7 All About the Stars by Anne Terry White
8 All About Whales by Roy Chapman Andrews
9 All About the Wonders of Chemistry by Ira M. Freeman
10 All About the Atom by Ira M. Freeman
11 All About Birds by Robert S. Lemmon
12 All About Our Changing Rocks/All About Rocks and Minerals by Anne Terry White
(above volume had two different titles during its published history)
13 All About Rockets and Jets by Fletcher Pratt
14 All About the Flowering World by Ferdinand C. Lane
15 All About Moths and Butterflies by Robert S. Lemmon
16 All About Snakes by Bessie M. Hecht
17 All About Strange Beasts of the Past by Roy Chapman Andrews
18 All About Famous Inventors and Their Inventions by Fletcher Pratt
19 All About Strange Beasts of the Present by Robert S. Lemmon
20 All About the Arctic and Antarctic by Armstrong Sperry
21 All About the Desert by Sam & Beryl Epstein
22 All About Great Rivers of the World by Anne Terry White
23 All About Electricity by Ira M. Freeman
24 All About Famous Scientific Expeditions by Raymond Holden
25 All About Animals and their Young by Robert M. McClung
26 All About Monkeys by Robert S. Lemmon
27 All About the Human Body by Bernard Glemser
28 All About Satellites and Space Ships by David Dietz
29 All About the Jungle by Armstrong Sperry
30 All About Prehistoric Cave Men by Sam and Beryl Epstein
31 All About the Ice Age by Patricia Lauber
32 All About Archaeology by Anne Terry White
33 All About the Planets by Patricia Lauber
34 All About Fish by Carl Burger
35 All About Undersea Exploration by Ruth Brindze
36 All About Great Medical Discoveries by David Dietz
37 All About Sound and Ultrasonics by Ira Freeman
38 All About the US Navy by Edmund L. Castillo
39 All About Symphony Orchestra and What it Plays by Dorothy Berliner Commins
40 All About Sailing the Seven Seas by Ruth Brindze
41 All About Mountains and Mountaineering by Anne Terry White
42 All About Dogs by Carl Burger
43 All About Horses by Marguerite Henry
44 All About Our Fifty States by Margaret Ronan
45 All About Engines and Power by Sam and Beryl Epstein
46 All About the Planet Earth by Patricia Lauber
47 All About the Human Mind by Robert M. Goldenson
48 All About Heredity by Judith Randal
49 All About Maps and Mapmaking by Susan March
50 All About Rockets and Space Flight by Harold Goodwin
51 All About Aviation by Robert Loomis
52 All About Biology by Bernard Glemser
53 All About Fire by Raymond Holden
54 All About Courts of Law by Ruth Brindze
55 All About the Universe by David Dietz
56 All About Elephants by Carl Burger
57 All About Light and Radiation by Ira Freeman
58 All About Cats by Carl Burger

Perhaps the following list, which is based on one found on the dust jacket of All About Engines and Power [#45], will be of help to those who catalog their science books topically.

Space Science:
All About the Planets by Patricia Lauber
All About Rockets and Jets by Fletcher Pratt
All About Satellites and Space Ships by David Dietz
All About the Stars by Anne Terry White
All About Rockets and Space Flight by Harold Goodwin
All About the Universe by David Dietz

Physical Science:
All About Sound and Ultrasonics by Ira Freeman
All About the Atom by Ira M. Freeman
All About Electricity by Ira M. Freeman
All About Engines and Power by Sam and Beryl Epstein
All About Radio and Television by Jack Gould
All About the Wonders of Chemistry by Ira M. Freeman
All About Fire by Raymond Holden
All About Light and Radiation by Ira. M. Freeman

Physiology and Medicine:
All About Great Medical Discoveries by David Dietz
All About the Human Body by Bernard Glemser
All About the Human Mind by Robert M. Goldenson
All About Heredity by Judith Randal

Great Discoveries:
All About Archeology by Anne Terry White
All About Prehistoric Cave Men by Sam and Beryl Epstein
All About Famous Scientific Expeditions by Raymond Holden
All About Famous Inventors and Their Inventions by Fletcher Pratt
All About Maps and Mapmaking by Susan March
All About Aviation by Robert Loomis

The United States:
All About Our 50 States by Margeret Ronan
All About the US Navy by Edmund Castillo

Music:
All About the Symphony Orchestra by Dorothy Berliner Commins

Earth Science:
All About the Planet Earth by Patricia Lauber
All About Mountains and Mountaineering by Anne Terry White
All About Volcanoes and Earthquakes by Frederick H. Pough
All About Our Changing Rocks/All About Rocks and Minerals by Anne Terry White
All About the Ice Age by Patricia Lauber
All About the Weather by Ivan R. Tannehill
All About the Sea by Ferinand C. Lane
All About Sailing the Seven Seas by Ruth Brindze
All About Undersea Exploration by Ruth Brindze
All About Great Rivers of the World by Anne Terry White
All About the Jungle by Armstrong Sperry
All About the Desert by Sam & Beryl Epstein
All About the Arctic and Antarctic by Armstrong Sperry

Natural Science:
All About Animals and their Young by Robert M. McClung
All About Horses by Marguerite Henry
All About Dogs by Carl Brenner
All About Monkeys by Robert S. Lemmon
All About Whales by Roy Chapman Andrews
All About Fish by Carl Burger
All About Birds by Robert S. Lemmon
All About the Insect World by Ferdinand C. Lane
All About Moths and Butterflies by Robert S. Lemmon
All About Snakes by Bessie M. Hecht
All About Dinosaurs by Roy Chapman Andrews
All About Strange Beasts of the Past by Roy Chapman Andrews
All About Strange Beasts of the Present by Robert S. Lemmon
All About the Flowering World by Ferdinand C. Lane
All About Biology by Bernard Glemser
All About Elephants by Carl Burger
All About Cats by Carl Burger

Political Science:
All About Courts of Law by Ruth Brindze