Dalmatians are known for their sleek white coats dotted with black spots. Extremely loyal and active, Dalmatians love to go on hikes with their owners and do other outdoor activities. Students will trace the Dalmatian's evolution from coach dog to faithful pet. Blastoff! Series
Cocker Spaniels were originally bred to perform a task called flushing. They fetch birds or other animals out of dense brush for hunters. Young readers will learn about the two main types of Cocker Spaniels, how they are used for hunting today, and why these energetic dogs make great family pets. Blastoff! Series
Doberman Pinschers can be very intimidating dogs, but they are also loving and friendly. They became famous in World War I and World War II as messenger dogs and search and rescue dogs. Eager readers will learn about the physical characteristics of Doberman Pinschers and how these dogs, affectionately called Dobies, are used today. Blastoff! Series
At one time rainforests covered about 14% of the earth's surface; now they're reduced to just 6%. As home to some of the most diverse plant and animal species ever known, this decline has grave implications for both man and animal kingdoms. A is for Anaconda: A Rainforest Alphabet explores the world's rainforests as it explains their important role and showcases their wonders. Nature writer Anthony Fredericks gives an A-Z tour of the many facets and fascinating facts of these tropical environments. Exotic inhabitants including the basilisk lizard and kinkajou are highlighted, along with explanations of forest structure such as understory and canopy. In A is for Anaconda young readers will meet the many endangered plant and animal species, understand the progression of a food web, and appreciate why the rainforest has been called the "world's medicine chest."Anthony D. (Tony) Fredericks is a frequent traveler to the rainforests of Hawaii and Central America. He is the author of many nature and animal books for children, including several award-winning titles. When not visiting classrooms across the country, Tony teaches education courses at York College in York, PA. Laura Regan is nationally known for her rich, contemporary style of painting and her many award-winning children's books featuring exotic flora and fauna. Her artwork has been used to raise funds for many wildlife organizations. Laura lives in the Bay Area in California.
Brazil is the largest country in South America and the fifth largest and most populated country in the world. The Amazon Rainforest in Brazil has the greatest biological diversity of any ecosystem on the planet. Students will learn all about Brazilian culture and get a glimpse into what kids do for fun in Brazil, especially discovering the country's love for soccer. Blastoff! Series
This book introduces young readers to the iconic armadillo. Easy-to-read text examines the armadillo's development as a cultural icon, from its migration to the United States to its status as the state small mammal of Texas. Readers will also learn about the armadillo's body, its appearance, size, and special shell. The armadillo's unique reproduction is discussed, as is pup development and life cycle. Readers will discover what armadillos like to eat, and how they use their sticky tongue and claws to grab their insect meals. Also covered is the armadillo's habitat, and a range map shows where in the world they live. Informative sidebars highlight additional information, including the armadillo's scientific classification. Predators, including humans, are also discussed, along with the armadillo's expanding range and its status as both icon and pest. Bolded glossary terms, phonetic spellings, and an index enhance readability for young iconologists. Checkerboard Library is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.
This book introduces young readers to the bald eagle, a sacred animal in many cultures. Easy-to-read text examines the bald eagle's development as a cultural icon, from Native American totems and rituals through early American admiration, to today's status as the United States's national symbol. Readers will also learn about the bald eagle's body, its appearance, size, and color. The bald eagle's method of reproduction is discussed, as is eaglet development and life cycle. Readers will discover what the bald eagle likes to eat. Also covered is the bald eagle's habitat, and a range map shows where in the world bald eagles live. Informative sidebars highlight additional information, including the bald eagle's scientific classification. Predators, including humans, are also discussed, along with threats to the bald eagle's environment, as well as conservation efforts to preserve this special creature. Bolded glossary terms, phonetic spellings, and an index enhance readability for young iconologists. Checkerboard Library is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.