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Current Issue:  October 2016

October Issue Highlights

Welcome to the October issue of SB&F. We don’t have a special Halloween issue this year, but our cover does pay homage to the iconic Holiday celebrated in October. And our Read-Around-Theme focuses on that iconic Halloween symbol—the spider. (p. 338.)

Our main feature article this month showcases Sixteen Legs, a new documentary that introduces viewers to the Tasmanian Cave Spider that lives within some of Australia’s largest and deepest caves. These spiders were the first web-spinners on the planet and their ancestors date back to before the break-up of the supercontinent Pangaea. (p. 333.)

The issue also includes a preview of a new educational game called of DNA Ahead™, a game that supports learning the history and techniques important in the study of DNA discovery utilizing strategies that promote critical thinking and creativity. (p. 336.)

Also you will find our usual reviews of books and videos for all ages and our preview of interesting upcoming television programming.

We are especially looking forward to the November 14 premiere of Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music. This eight-part PBS series traces how the recording industry transformed music, and explores the nexus of cutting-edge technology and human artistry that has created the soundtrack of our lives. This highly anticipated series was produced in association with the legendary Sir George Martin, who passed away just six days before the series premiered. (p. 366.)


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