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by Kumon Publishing North America
This book gives children the opportunity to build a firm foundation for pencil-control skills by tracing lines through basic mazes following clear directional indicators. The exercises have many three-dimensional illustrations, such as towns, streets, and parks, which engage children's curiosity. This amusing practice will also help children acquire the ability to concentrate, a crucial study skill for the emerging student. (Kumon workbooks are based on the "Kumon Method", an educational philosophy that aims at unlocking the full learning potential of each individual child.)

by Murray Chandler, Helen Milligan
Chess is recognized in many countries as a useful tool for developing creative thinking in children. With this charming book, children will delight in learning the basic moves of chess -- the most popular and challenging strategy game of all. All the rules of chess are clearly explained, step by step, assuming no prior knowledge. The lessons are reinforced by the inventive tales that George is told by his pet alligator Kirsty, self-proclaimed Grand Alligator of chess.

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by Jean Marzollo
This riddle book in verse follows the now-familiar format of large, oversized pages chock-full of objects and realia. This time, the double-page spreads are devoted to unifying activities or themes associated with school -- chalkboard, a puppet show, art or science classrooms, a playground, and more. The full-color photographs are sharp, bright, and busy. Some of the items that youngsters are asked to locate are quite small, and the rabbit on the chalkboard has been almost erased and is very faint. Still, this will be a fun addition for children who appreciate riddles and for those who enjoy poring over pictures. (School Library Journal) Part of the I Spy series.

by Candlewick
Waldo has wandered around the world, through time, and across the silver screen. Where is he off to now? Into a world of dreams and fantasies, of swarming scenes that could be invented only by the inspired mind of Martin Handford. Wilder and wackier than ever before, Waldo's adventures now span a crazy cake factory, the Land of Woof, an endless maze of halls and doors, a riotous fun fair of fruits and vegetables, and much more. Every teeming double-page spread features more than twice the characters -- and twice the challenge -- of previous books. Where's Waldo? The Wonder Book will make your eyes pop! Part of the Waldo series.

by Martin Gardner
Here's a bonanza of 93 stimulating brainteasers ideal for limbering and strengthening young mental muscles. Many of the puzzles are classics, while others are presented here for the first time. Ridiculous riddles, tantalizing teasers, intricate mazes, deceptive illusions, tricky questions, and a host of unusual word and picture puzzles offer young readers hours of challenging fun. Part of the Math & Logic Puzzles series.

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