Chelsea House biographies online

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Reviewed on December 1, 2012  |  Digital Resources

Grade Level 6 and UpCost Pricing is determined by full-time enrollment for schools and by the number of cardholders for public libraries. All prices are for unlimited usage within the institution and include remote-access privileges. Fees start at $410 for schools of up to 500 students, and at $650 for public libraries with up to 15,000 cardholders.Overview Each biography provided here is the equivalent of a 100-page book. The aesthetic of the website is simplicity. Ample white space, plain fonts, and judiciously used graphics make finding and using content a breeze.Numbering into the hundreds, the biographies are divided into a couple of dozen thematic collections that reflect a diversity of backgrounds, interests, and achievements. Some collections offer the standard biographical fare: "Leaders of the American Revolution," "Trailblazers in Science and Technology," "Explorers of New Worlds," and "Great Military Leaders." Other collections explore themes that receive little or no coverage in biography collections for youth: Famous Fashion Designers, Asian-Americans of Achievement, Legends of Animation, and Spiritual Leaders. Some offerings, such as the Wild West, Race Car Legends, Popular Icons, and Sports Heroes, have high appeal for reluctant readers as well.Each month, five biographies that relate to a seasonal theme are featured on the main page. For instance, November's featured biographies relate to Veterans Day and include Douglas M...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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