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Books for everyone on your list this holiday season


This holiday season, give a gift that inspires endless wonder—a book!  (c) BillionPhotos.com - Fotolia.com

This holiday season, give a gift that inspires endless wonder—a book!
(c) BillionPhotos.com – Fotolia.com

(StatePoint) No matter who is on your list this holiday season, great books make for great gifts.

Here are five titles to consider giving knowledge-seekers to enjoy during the season, or as stocking stuffers:

Gem Lovers

Produced in association with the Smithsonian Institution, “Gem” is a visual guide to precious and semiprecious stones, organic gems, and precious metals, and features over 1,000 specially commissioned images. “Gem” reveals the science, natural history, mythology, and true stories behind the most celebrated gems and jewel-laden artifacts, including the Hope Diamond and Queen Elizabeth’s pelican brooch.

Readers can learn about the exquisite jewelry of cultures around the world, find out what characteristics are needed for a record-breaking gem, and follow the history of the world’s most famous jewelry houses and designers.

Star Gazers

Chart the wonders of the cosmos with “The Stars.” Packed with three-dimensional artworks of each constellation and new imagery from the Hubble Space Telescope, ground-based observatories and more, this guide features fascinating objects like glittering star-birth nebulae and supermassive black holes.

The position, size and color of every night-sky object are revealed and a three-dimensional model of the celestial sphere that surrounds Earth charts all 88 constellations. From the Big Bang to the search for extraterrestrial life, astronomy and cosmology topics are covered in an easy-to-digest visual format.

Automotive Enthusiasts

Classic car collectors and enthusiasts will enjoy “Classic Car,” a visual guide created in association with the Smithsonian Institution. Featuring the most iconic classics of every decade from the 1940s to the 1980s from the Aston Martin DB5 to the Chevrolet Corvette, the book offers detailed profiles of trademark models, as well as the famous designers and manufacturers behind them, featuring more than 1,300 photographs and two prints suitable for framing.

Inventors

Readers can build and explore 28 kid-safe experiments, crafts and activities with “Maker Lab.” Created in association with the Smithsonian Institution and supporting STEAM education initiatives, the book will get young inventors’ wheels turning, making science fun.

Explaining science through photographs, facts and real-world examples, each activity is appropriate for kids ages 8-12 years old. Requiring only household materials, young makers can build an exploding volcano; make bath fizzies; construct a solar system; and more.

Budding Builders

Encourage builders to look at their LEGO bricks in new, creative ways with “365 Things to do with LEGO Bricks,” an interactive book featuring imaginative play and building ideas, from projects that take just a few minutes to those that keep one occupied for hours.

Activities include building a LEGO pet, challenging friends to make the tallest tower while working against the clock, and organizing a LEGO bricks treasure hunt.

American Girl Fans

Offer American Girl fans a treasured bookshelf addition with “American Girl: Ultimate Visual Guide,” which includes images of every BeForever and Girl of the Year doll, an expanded section on the TrulyMe dolls and a detailed timeline of the company. Readers can learn about favorite dolls, historical eras, outfits, pets, accessories and more.

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Christmas Coloring Contest


AmericanGirl-SaigeWinner of American Girl Doll  Announced

While we haven’t had a lot of snow this Christmas season, we have had a lot of excitement generated for our twenty-something annual Christmas Coloring Contest sponsored once again by North West Kent Mechanical. And our doll sponsors, All About Heating & Cooling, Cedar Springs Rental, Little Caesars, Ray Winnie Auto Sales, Rockford Ambulance, Sparta Chevrolet, Sturgeon Collision, Inc. Hessel-Cheslek Funeral Home. Thanks guys. And gals!

Kids everywhere in and around Cedar Springs grabbed their crayons, and put color to paper in their best effort to win this year’s prize, the popular American Girl Doll.

Three runners up were selected from three different age groups. And it was hard! It was clear to all three judges that all entries were top rate this year.

The names of the nine “finalists” selected were placed into a red flannel hat for the winning draw.  (Pun intended.)

We picked the best and Lady Luck did the rest!

Congrats to nine and one half-year-old Jessa Riley P. (Patin) of Sand Lake, Michigan, she may pick up her doll today (10am to 5pm) or after the holiday weekend.

We thank all who participated. Finalists are invited to stop by after the holiday weekend and pick up a consolation prize for their efforts.

Winning entry: Jessa Riley P. (Patin), 9 ½ yrs., Sand Lake

Winning entry: Jessa Riley P. (Patin), 9 ½ yrs., Sand Lake

Winning entry: Jessa Riley P. (Patin) 9 ½ yrs., Sand Lake

Finalists include:

Emilee Carter, 6 yrs., Howard City

Maddie Oliver, 6 yrs., Sand Lake

Autumn Passage, 5 yrs., Sand Lake

Emily Patteron, 10 yrs., Howard City

Mikayla Caruthers, 10 yrs., Howard City

Madelin Dekraker, 12 yrs., Newago

Alex Vanos, 11 yrs., Cedar Springs

Olivia Male, 11 yrs., Cedar Springs

 

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