Although fennec foxes are the smallest kind of fox, they have enormous ears. The little canines make their homes in the scorching sandy deserts of North Africa. Fennecs dig deep underground dens, in which they rest during the heat of the day. At night, when it's cooler, they emerge to find plants, eggs, and small animals to eat. Fennec fox mothers use the den to give birth to and raise adorable baby foxes each spring. In this coming-of-age introduction to fennec foxes, readers will see how these pups learn how to find food and stay cool in the hot desert. The lively text, colorful pages, and exquisite photos are sure to delight and engage emergent readers.
A shell of bony plates covers an armadillo's body. This dense body armor protects the animal, but it also makes swimming difficult. To avoid sinking in water, an armadillo must inflate its stomach with air! In this book, children will learn about the diet, habitat, and unique look of the armadillo. Blastoff! Series
Badgers become fierce fighters when in danger. They can protect themselves from falling prey to large, strong animals such as wolves and bears! This book introduces beginning readers to badgers, highlighting the powerful jaws and strong claws of these animals. Blastoff! Series
Gophers are known for their puffy faces. They often stuff food into their cheek pouches and carry it back to their burrows. Young children will enjoy learning how gophers gather food and dig vast underground tunnels. Blastoff! Series
An owl has large eyes that work like a pair of binoculars. This, combined with excellent night vision and a rotating head, makes this raptor a skilled hunter. Beginning readers will have a hoot as they read about the unusual features of this bird of prey! Blastoff! Series
Using their beaks, woodpeckers peck holes in trees to get at the insects inside. They also hammer to attract mates and declare their territory. This book will interest children as it presents the behaviors and physical features of these noisy birds. Blastoff! Series
African elephants can weigh as much as 16,000 pounds! If their size isn't enough to make them stand out, they also have huge ears, long trunks, and ivory tusks. This title will engage beginning readers as it explains how Earth's largest land mammals use their trunks to keep themselves cool. Blastoff! Series