While Little Skink hunts yummy ants for breakfast, she is suddenly attacked by a crow! But she has a trick to escape - she snaps off her tail, and it keeps on wiggling! Little Skink is happy to be alive, but she misses her bright blue tail. Readers will enjoy pretending with her, trying on tail after tail. The first is too puffy-fluffy, and another too stinky! Then one day Little Skink gets a big surprise...and she doesn't have to dream of tails anymore. The "For Creative Minds" section has information on tail adaptations and communications and a mix-and-match tail activity.
The reticulated python is the world's longest snake. Growing up to 33 feet (10 m) long, it is roughly the same length as two cars! This super-sized snake is an excellent hunter and uses its size to its advantage. To sense if prey is near, a python flicks its tongue in and out, picking up any scent that is in the air. After finding an animal to eat, the python bites the victim and wraps its long body around the animal, squeezing it until the victim can't breathe anymore and dies. Once the animal is dead, the python swallows its prey whole, eating the victim in one gulp. The snake's long body will stretch to make room for a meal of any size. In Reticulated Python: The World's Longest Snake, large color photos and grade-appropriate text will engage young readers as they learn about the natural habitat, physical characteristics, diet, life cycle, and behavior of this giant snake. A comparison diagram is also included to show readers the animal in relation to a familiar object.
This Level 1 guided reader examines seasonal animal behaviors in winter. Students will develop word recognition and reading skills while learning about how animals respond to winter changes, including finding ways to stay warm, migrating, and hibernating.
When a team of sled dogs hear their musher yell "Hike," they take off through the snow. They race across a frozen lake, pulling their heavy sled behind them. These hard-working canines are helping people in Alaska travel from one town to another. In this exciting introduction to sled dogs, beginning readers will learn all about the brave and loyal dogs that won't let freezing temperatures, harsh winds, and lots of snow keep them from getting the job done! Each 24-page book features controlled text with age-appropriate vocabulary and simple sentence construction. The lively text, colorful pages, and exquisite photos are sure to delight and engage emergent readers.
The Great Bear Rainforest is a majestic place full of tall trees, huge bears and endless schools of salmon. Award-winning photographer and author Ian McAllister's luminous photographs illustrate the story of a lone wolf who swims to one of the small islands that dot the rainforest's coast. The island provides him with everything he needs deer, salmon, fresh water everything, that is, but a mate. When a female wolf arrives on the island's rocky shores, she and he start a family and introduce their pups to the island's bounty.
It isn't always easy being a moose but this young moose has a special, joke-telling friend to keep him company and to help him find his way. Join Moose, Magpie and some of their other animal friends as they frolic through a year of changes. Learn what the Liberty Bell and moose have in common or why moose cross the road. Laugh along with Moose and Magpie, and learn something while you are at it. The "For Creative Minds" educational section includes: Is it for real?, Moose and birds, What do moose eat?, Match the moose body part to its adaptation, Moose life cycle, Moose antlers, and Moose fun facts.
As the sun begins to set, arctic animals scurry to prepare for six months of darkness and cold. Tuktuk the collared lemming is almost ready for the long winter night all he needs is warm fur to line his nest. When one furry kamik (boot) slips off an Inuit drivers sled, Tuktuk is in luck! But as he drags it home, Putak the polar bear, Aput the arctic fox, and Masak the caribou eye this little lemmings prize and want it for their own. Can Tuktuk outwit the other animals and convince them that one furry kamik is no good for anyone bigger than a lemming?