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School Worms

Harriet Ziefert (author) Barry Gott (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781949801163

Mr. Bunsen’s class has a fun assignment today: to look at wiggly, squiggly, squirmy WORMS! The students have lots of interesting experiments to carry out and questions to answer, from whether worms like water to how long they are when they stretch out. 

Can You Come Over?

Harriet Ziefert (author) Emily Bolam (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781948621120

Stella's ready for some fun and games--and Buffy her puppy's the perfect playmate. "Throw...and catch! Throw...and catch." Then, it's time for some doggie tricks. But Buffy will only SIT DOWN and SIT UP: she won't try anything new. But look: here's Stella's friend Sam. Maybe he can help with a stunt or two.

Cats Hide, Cats Seek

Harriet Ziefert (author) Elliot Kreloff (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781948621717

This tale of two kitties who like fun and games is the cat’s meow! Just like children, Tic and Tac play hide and seek and chase each other around and around. But when Rover joins in, does that mean trouble? 

Dinosaur Is Hungry

Harriet Ziefert (author) Pete Whitehead (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781948621168

What does the hungry dinosaur want to eat? A parrot, a pig, and a puppy all fear they’re on the menu. Little do they know, this dinosaur is an Apatosaurus—he only eats plants! Can a couple of kids help him find something to eat?

Good Dog

Harriet Ziefert (author) Sanford Hoffman (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781948621793

Andy and Amy just can't wait: today, they're going to adopt a dog. But what kind should they choose? He wants a big one; she wants it small. She wants a white dog; he wants a black. Will they find a pet that can make everyone happy--Mom and Dad too? Maybe Rover will be just right.

Who Whoos

Harriet Ziefert (author) Sophie Fatus (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781953178640

In farmyards, jungles, and oceans, almost every animal has something to say! And as kids say honk, squawk, moo, and whoo—they’ll be learning, too! Why do whales sing? What does a rooster want us to know? This unique combination of language arts, science, and noisy fun is a dynamic duet with cacophonous kid-appeal.

A Bunny Is Funny

Harriet Ziefert (author) Todd McKie (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781949801255

A moose, an owl, and an elephant are just a few of the animals that show up in this fun foray into rhyming.

I Am a Pet Turkey

Joanne Ingis (author) Binny (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781949801057

In this delightful tale, based on a true story, a suburban family adopts a wild turkey and raises it by hand. Joanne Ingis takes readers on an unbelievable journey, from the hatching of the egg, to the naming of the turkey, to its incorporation into the family's daily life. 

Cat Goes Fiddle-I-Fee

Harriet Ziefert (author) Emily Bolam (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781948621137

With a moo and a quack and a chimmy chimmy chuck, and a cat that goes fiddle-i-fee, this lively book about a gaggle of noisy barnyard animals brings new life to a zany, delightful, and well-known song. 

It's a Firefly Night

Dianne Ochiltree (author)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609052911

Part glittery counting book, part endearing daddy-daughter story! A favorite childhood activity—catching fireflies—glows from the pages of this story, plus counting. Lilting rhymes chronicle a little girl's capture and release of fireflies, one by one, capped off by a collection of fascinating firefly facts.

Does a Camel Cook Spaghetti?

Harriet Ziefert (author), Emily Bolam (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609054229

How animals and humans get food and feed themselves is explored in this Think About title.

Does a Panda Go to School?

Harriet Ziefert (author), Emily Bolam (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609054212

There are big differences between how people and animals can learn, and this book invites children to think about those differences.

Eggs 1, 2, 3

Janet Halfmann (author), Betsy Thompson (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609051914

What will peck and poke, and swim, or fly, or wobble out of each egg? Ten spreads with gatefolds and a dramatic fold-out finale lead young readers from a single penguin egg to an ostrich's clutch of ten. Throughout, kids expand their grasp of nature - animals who hatch from eggs, their birthing environments, and what they're like when newly hatched.

You Can't Build a House If You're a Hippo!

Fred Ehrlich (author), Amanda Haley (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609054830

This title in the You Can't . . . series explores the kinds of homes animals live in and compares these with people houses. Fascinating facts, punctuated by humorous poems, feature animals whose bodies create their home and those that live in nests, burrows, dens, etc.

You Can't Use Your Brain if You're a Jellyfish

Fred Ehrlich (author), Amanda Haley (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609054540

This title provides a fun and informative look at brains; insect brains, bird brains, dog brains, monkey brains, and our brains and how they have each adapted to particular survival needs. This complex subject is made not only understandable but fascinating, and sometimes even funny!

Does a Hippo Go to the Doctor?

Harriet Ziefert (author), Emily Bolam (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609054502

Would a wolf lie on an examining table? What kind of doctor is best for a cat? Why does a shot hurt? A first look at healthcare and going to the doctor is explored in this Think About title. The Think About . . . series features humorous and insightful books about topics young kids are naturally curious about. Silly questions tickle children's funny bones; smart answers educate. This title explores why wild animals don't go to doctors, why vets care for some animals, and why only people see doctors throughout their lifetime.

Does a Seal Smile?

Harriet Ziefert (author), Emily Bolam (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609054496

How does a chimp say, Glad to meet you!? Does a coyote give a high five? Who hugs? The methods and meanings of how humans and animals communicate via facial expressions and body language are examined. Each title in the twelve-book Think About . . . series opens with a helpful letter to parents and educators explaining ways to use the books with their kids. This title explores body and facial expressions in animals and people. Waves, smiles, frowns, hugs, kisses, handshakes, and common greeting expressions are featured.

Does a Tiger Go to the Dentist?

Harriet Ziefert (author), Emily Bolam (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609054519

Does a tiger brush and floss? Does a wolf get his fangs cleaned? Who gets the most cavities, people or puppies? How animals and people use and maintain their teeth is explained in this Think About title. Using comparisons between animals and people, the widely praised Think About . . . series helps children understand what makes humans human. Each includes a final spread with activities to reinforce the material. This title explores why animals in the wild don't go to dentists, and why it's important that humans do.

Does a Woodpecker Use a Hammer?

Harriet Ziefert (author), Emily Bolam (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609054281

This title in the Think About series explores and explains that while some animals do indeed use tools, only people have developed implements that make it possible to do things that their bodies cannot. A funny, kid-like question - "Does a woodpecker use a hammer?" - is paired with a silly scenario (a woodpecker in a tool belt), and a few facts about how some animals use parts of their bodies as tools. Animals that might use a stick, or rock, as a tool lead to an exploration of how people create tools to solve problems and accomplish tasks.

Does an Owl Wear Eyeglasses?

Harriet Ziefert (author), Emily Bolam (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609054700

Does a worm need sunglasses? Would a goat rather wear, or eat, a pair of glasses? This latest title in the Think About series presents a series of goofy questions about the visual capacity of various animals and equally silly pictures of eyeglass-wearing oysters, owls, monkeys, etc. Simple, clear explanations about the eyesight of these animals lead into an exploration of why some people need glasses, and other vision-related conditions and products. In line with the Common Core's emphasis on compare-and-contrast, the Think About . . . series includes activities and discussion points for kids, parents, and educators that further extend each topic's range and application. This title explores the eyes and sight abilities of various animalsand why most don't need or won't ever wear glasses.

Does a Bear Wear Boots?

Harriet Ziefert (author), Emily Bolam (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609054243

How people protect themselves from the elements, as well as the functions of human clothing, are explored in this Think About title.

Does a Beaver Sleep in a Bed?

Harriet Ziefert (author), Emily Bolam (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609054236

This book explores the places where animals sleep and how they differ from the many types of human beds.

Robin Where Are You?

Harriet Ziefert (author), Noah Woods (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609051921

When it comes to birds, Lucy's grandpa knows every beak and squeak. With binoculars in hand, Lucy and her grandpa begin to search for a robin redbreast. But the bird isn't making it easy for them! A squawk-y, bossy bird? That's a blue jay. Birds with round beaks good for scooping? Canadian geese. Hey, will that nest with the three blue eggs lead to a happy discovery in this spot-the-robin mystery?

My Dog Thinks I'm A Genius

Harriet Ziefert (author), Barroux (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609050597

Louie loves watching his young master paint, and when the boy puts his finishing touches on a particularly good self-portrait, Louie barks enthusiastically. One day, when the boy is at school, Louie tries his own paw at painting a still life. Is this purely an accident, or is Louie a "genius," just like his master? Children will delight in Barroux's whimsical illustrations of Louie dipping his nose and paws into colorful paint and creating a canine masterpiece.

Diary of a Pet Turkey

Joanne Ingis (author), Binny (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609050917

Based on a true story, this is a delightful tale of a suburban family and their pet turkey. Joanna Ingis takes readers on an unbelievable journey, from the hatching of the egg, to the naming of the turkey, to its incorporation into the family's daily life. Young readers will love the story of a turkey being cared for, rather than eaten at a holiday dinner. A perfect Thanksgiving gift that is sure to appeal throughout the year