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Multiple births
Landau, Elaine.
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Publication Information:
New York : Franklin Watts, [1998]

Physical Description:
64 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm.
Explores the phenomenon of multiple births, including those of twins, triplets, and larger groupings, discussing possible causes, medical issues, effects on the families, and other moral and practical concerns.
Reading Level:
1190 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 8.3 1.0 27047.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 6.8 3 Quiz: 14498 Guided reading level: NR.
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RG696 . L36 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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This highly praised series of books has been in print since the 1950s (launched originally by Franklin Watts himself). Today's First Books provide engaging, in-depth introductions to subjects in all areas of the middle-grade curriculum, including science, social studies, and the arts.

Illustrated with color and historical photography and art, each First Book is chaptered, includes an index, a "For Further Reading" list and, where appropriate, a glossary and original maps.

Author Notes

Elaine Landau Elaine Landau has received her Bachelor's in English and Journalism and her Master's in Library and Information Sciences. She has written over 185 books, most of them non-fiction children's books on subjects such as earth science, planets, the supernatural, dinosaurs, ancient civilizations, ecology and contemporary issues.

Landau's books have won the American Association for the Advancement of Science: "Science Books and Film" Best Children's Science Booklist, as well as The New York Public Library Books for the Teenage, the New Jersey Institute of Technology Award and VOYA's Nonfiction Honor List.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Gr. 4^-6. These First Books introduce middle-grade readers to individuals having a condition or circumstance that sets them apart from others. Living with Albinism focuses on Ariel, an 11-year-old whose coloring is very different from that of her family and friends. Her extremely pale skin, light blue eyes, and white hair are the result of an inherited condition that also often includes problems with eyesight. Multiple Births begins with the story of the Dionne quintuplets, born in the 1930s in Canada. Although multiple births are more common today, the related issues and concerns have grown more complicated. Both volumes are easy to read and forthright, with Landau balancing scientific explanation with examples and personal stories. Landau also explores the prejudices that persons with these conditions have experienced and gives readers the correct terms to describe and discuss the conditions. Numerous color photos enhance the text, providing readers with an opportunity to examine characteristics in an appropriate manner. A welcome resource for middle readers and the adults who work with them. Glossary and Web sites of interest. --Karen Hutt