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Paddle Perch Climb: Bird Feet are Neat

Laurie Ellen Angus (author) Laurie Ellen Angus (illustrator)

Publisher: Dawn Publications ISBN: 9781584696216

Meet the feet that help birds eat! You can learn a lot about a bird just by looking at its feet. The size, shape, and type give you important clues about where a bird lives, how it moves, and what it eats. Discover seven birds, each with a different type of foot, including a roadrunner with strong legs and feet running across the desert to snag a lizard for lunch, a cardinal with flexible toes perching on a branch to pick berries, and a heron with long legs and toes wading through a river to search for fish. Bright, bold illustrations and simple text invite children to guess what birds will be revealed on successive pages. But look out! Predators are lurking, and they’re hungry, too! "Fun Foot Facts," food chains, bird watching tips, and more are presented in Explore More for Kids, Teachers, and Parents in the back of the book.

Over on a Desert: Somewhere in the World

Marianne Berkes (author) Jill Dubin (illustrator)

Publisher: Dawn Publications ISBN: 9781584696315

Deserts are full of surprises! An amazing array of animals calls this driest place on Earth their home. Through rhythm and rhyme, children meet a new animal on every page. They won’t be able to resist getting in on all the action as animal parents teach their babies how to live in this unusual place - camels kneel, armadillos dig, dingoes sniff, and jerboas jump. Cut paper collages capture the subtle beauty of the desert and also "hide" more animals for young eyes to find. Additional information, a world map, and tips from the author give parents and teachers all they need to make learning fun. One part song, one part story, and one part sheer delight!

He's Your Daddy: Ducklings, Joeys, Kits, and More

Charline Profiri (author) Andrea Gabriel (illustrator)

Publisher: Dawn Publications ISBN: 9781584696278

“If you were an animal—wild or tame, would you know your daddy’s name?” Every page answers this question with a different animal. Meet a joey riding piggy-back whose daddy is a sugar glider, a calf whose daddy is a towering giraffe, and a tiny fry floating next to its seahorse daddy. Children will be delightfully surprised by the animal in the middle of the book, and dads will especially appreciate the scene on the last page. Rhyming verses describe animal characteristics, and watercolor illustrations capture the feeling of all the different habitats, making every page a teachable moment. Additional animal information and matching game in the back of the book extends the learning.

California Condor: Flying Free

Bonnie Graves (author)

Publisher: Perfection Learning ISBN: 9781613847084

Provides factual information about the natural history of the California condor through the fictional story of a young boy's discovery of a young bird in trouble.

Toy Deer of the Florida Keys

Dorothy Francis (author)

Publisher: Perfection Learning ISBN: 9781613848159

Uses a fictional story of a boy's visit to his grandfather's house in the Florida Keys to discuss the behavior and habitat of the small deer that have lived there for hundreds of years.

The Outrageous Animal Record Book

Joanne Mattern (author)

Publisher: Perfection Learning ISBN: 9781613847848

The world is filled with animals, but which is the biggest, the smallest, the fastest, the slowest, and the loudest?

The Whooping Crane

Bonnie Graves (author)

Publisher: Perfection Learning ISBN: 9781613848241

Provides factual information about the natural history of the whooping crane through the fictional story of a sixteen-day-old whooping crane chick.

The Elephant's Ancestors

M.J. Cosson (author)

Publisher: Perfection Learning ISBN: 9781613847251

Discusses the prehistoric ancestors of the modern elephant, including the two primary ancestors, mammoths and mastodons.

Lucy: A Virginia Opossum

Bonnie Highsmith Taylor (author)

Publisher: Perfection Learning ISBN: 9781613847619

Provides factual information about the natural history of Virginia opossums through the story of a young possum named Lucy, from her birth to her first offspring.

Mattie: A Brown Pelican

Bonnie Highsmith Taylor (author)

Publisher: Perfection Learning ISBN: 9781613847640

Follows the experiences of Mattie, a brown pelican, from her hatching through her first nesting season. Includes factual information about the natural history of pelicans.

Perry: A Pronghorn Antelope

Bonnie Highsmith Taylor (author)

Publisher: Perfection Learning ISBN: 9781613847862

Provides factual information about the natural history of pronghorns through the fictional story of a young pronghorn antelope named Perry.

Presidential Pet "Tails"

Kathleen Muldoon (author)

Publisher: Perfection Learning ISBN: 9781613847893

Describes some of the pets who have shared the White House with various presidents, including Thomas Jefferson's mockingbird, Abraham Lincoln's goats, Warren Harding's dog, and John Kennedy's hamsters.

Roscoe: A North American Moose

Bonnie Highsmith Taylor (author)

Publisher: Perfection Learning ISBN: 9781613847961

Provides factual information about the natural history of the North American moose through the fictional story of a young moose named Roscoe.

Rudy: A Bobcat

Bonnie Highsmith Taylor (author)

Publisher: Perfection Learning ISBN: 9781613847978

Provides factual information about the natural history of the bobcat through the fictional story of a young bobcat named Rudy.

Simon: A Red Fox

Bonnie Highsmith Taylor (author)

Publisher: Perfection Learning ISBN: 9781613848050

Simon is the first pup in a litter of four. Follow his adventures as he learns to survive in the wild.

Giant Lizards

Sara Louise (author)

Publisher: Perfection Learning ISBN: 9781613847367

Discusses the physical characteristics, life cycle, survival skills, and natural defenses of giant lizards.

Going, Going, Gone? Saving Animals in Danger

Joanne Mattern (author)

Publisher: Perfection Learning ISBN: 9781613847381

Looks at ten animals at risk of becoming extinct, and explains how to help protect the animals and their habitats.

Gus: A Beaver

Bonnie Highsmith Taylor (author)

Publisher: Perfection Learning ISBN: 9781613847428

Provides factual information about the natural history of beavers through the fictional story of a young beaver named Gus.

Kooski: A Gray Wolf

Bonnie Highsmith Taylor (author)

Publisher: Perfection Learning ISBN: 9781613847565

Provides factual information about the natural history of gray wolves through the fictional story of a young gray wolf named Kooski.

Amos: An American Badger

Bonnie Highsmith Taylor (author)

Publisher: Perfection Learning ISBN: 9781613846995

Follows the experiences of Amos, an American badger, from his birth to adulthood when he first becomes a father. Includes factual information about the natural history of badgers.

Callie: A Great Gray Owl

Bonnie Highsmith Taylor (author)

Publisher: Perfection Learning ISBN: 9781613847091

Follows the life of Callie, a great gray owl, from the day that she and her mate find a nest to the day that two of their three chicks are ready to establish their own territories.

Chester: A Raccoon

Bonnie Highsmith Taylor (author)

Publisher: Perfection Learning ISBN: 9781613847121

Provides factual information about the natural history of raccoons through the fictional story of a young raccoon named Chester.

Crazy Creatures of Australia and New Zealand

Joanne Mattern (author)

Publisher: Perfection Learning ISBN: 9781613847183

Describes some of the unique animals, birds, insects, and marine life that make their home in and around Australia and New Zealand.

Crazy Creatures of the World

Joanne Mattern (author)

Publisher: Perfection Learning ISBN: 9781613847190

Describes some of the unusual animals, birds, insects, and marine life that make their homes in different parts of the world, such as the star-nosed mole, the piranha, and the gecko.

Daphne: A Trumpeter Swan

Bonnie Highsmith Taylor (author)

Publisher: Perfection Learning ISBN: 9781613847206

Provides factual information about the natural history of the trumpeter swan through the fictional story of a four-year-old female named Daphne.