Children will learn about river habitats and the animals that live in them and along their banks. Baby beavers, crocodiles, brown bears, otters, swans, geese, tigers, and hippos are some of the animals featured. Young readers will learn about a river food chain, learn which animals are herbivores, carnivores, or omnivores, and discover how baby reptiles, birds, and mammals find food in their river homes.
A city is not a habitat just for people - it's a home for animals, too! Children will recognize a lot of animals they see living in their own cities, such as all kinds of pets, raccoons, squirrels, and birds. They may be surprised to see other city residents such as opossums, foxes, coyotes, and skunks. Wonderful images of baby animals help show where animals make their homes within a city, how they find their food, and why they have moved from natural to human habitats.
This book tells the story of Triceratops, a dinosaur that was heavier than a present-day elephant with three large horns on its head and a neck frill. It looked fierce but it was actually just a plant eater. It used its horns to defend itself against predators. Triceratops lived in herds for protection.
This book tells the story of Parasaurolophus, who lived 76 to 74 million years ago during the Cretaceous period. It belonged to a group called hadrosaurs, or duck-billed dinosaurs, named after their flat beak. Parasaurolophus had a long crest that swept back over its head. The crest was hollow, and Parasaurolophus probably used it to make deep honking sounds.
This book tells the story of Stegosaurus, who lived during the Jurassic period between 155 and 145 million years ago. It had large bony plates, which it probably used for temperature control, soaking up the sun, or catching a cool breeze.
This book tells the story of Pteranodon. During the late Cretaceous period, between 89 and 80 million years ago, one of the largest flying reptiles to exist flew in the skies. Its large wingspan and short tail made it very agile so it could turn or dive quickly. Its head could measure nearly six feet (two meters) long and on the back of its head grew a magnificent crest.
This book tells the story of the Woolly Mammoth, an animal that lived during the last Ice Age. Its long outer hair and inner layer of wool helped it withstand the bitterly cold conditions. Huge curved tusks were used to dig for food under the snow and as a powerful weapon against enemies. The Woolly Mammoth weighed up to six-and-a-half tons (six metric tons) and stood ten feet (three meters) tall.
This book tells the story of Spinosaurus, a dinosaur with large jaws, sharp teeth, and a huge sail on its back that stood six feet (two meters) tall. Around 40 feet (12 meters) long, it was one of the largest meat eaters. Spinosaurus lived during the late Cretaceous period around 95 million years ago.
Children will be amazed by images of many kinds of baby carnivores that belong to a group of mammals with sharp teeth and claws. Fascinating text explains how baby carnivores are cared for by their mothers and how they learn to hunt. Young readers will learn about the food chain and where dogs, cats, bears, seals, weasels, meerkats, and other animals live.
Close-up images of baby animals highlight the basic facts about different kinds of mammals, such as hoofed mammals, elephants, rodents, rabbits, marsupials, and primates. Children will learn about the bodies of mammals, the kinds of foods they eat, and how they are raised by their mothers after they are born. The books also show how mammals survive in different habitats.
Children will be intrigued by photographs of different kinds of rodents from cute baby chipmunks to chubby capybaras. Easy-to-understand text explains in which habitats rodents live and how their babies are born and raised. Young readers will also learn about rodent teeth, rodent diets, how different rodents move, build their homes, and which rodents are popular pets. Children will also be introduced to animals, like rabbits, which are often mistaken for rodents, but are not rodents.
Young children will love this introduction to baby primates! Simple text and captivating photos inform young readers about these smart animals and the different groups to which they belong, including monkeys, apes, humans, lemurs, and more. Children will also learn about the habitats of baby primates and why some are endangered.
Baby animals must know how to stay alive. The most important things every baby needs to know is how to find food and how to avoid predators. Some baby animals know these things by instinct, and others stay with their mothers until they can survive on their own. Baby birds learn how to fly, baby cats and bears learn how to climb trees, and turtle hatchlings cross dangerous beaches to reach their ocean home. Baby predators wrestle and fight each other as a way of learning to hunt, and some baby ducks and swans ride on their mothers backs until they are ready to swim on their own. This fun book provides a good lead-in for discussing what children need to know and learn, such as ways to stay healthy and safe.
Baby animals are endangered for many of the same reasons as adult animals, but not always. Some animals, such as pandas, have only one baby, so not enough babies are born to replace the adult animals that die. Cheetah babies are eaten by lions when their mothers leave them to hunt for food. Many polar bear cubs are starving because the ice in the Arctic is melting, and their mothers cannot find enough food for them on land. When poachers kill elephants and rhinos, the calves are often left behind to die. Baby orangutans are captured as pets, and many die during transport. Amazing pictures of baby animals will make students feel more motivated to learn about endangered animals and how to help them.
From homes in the trees, on and under the ground, and even in the wateranimals are masters at building structures. This interesting book shows how animals build different kinds of shelters to protect them from weather and predators, and provide a safe place to have babies.
Animals have become extinct for many reasons. The most famous example, the extinction of the dinosaurs, may have been the result of an asteroid hitting Earth or an Ice Age freezing them to death. Prehistoric mammoths and saber-toothed cats may simply have been hunted to extinction. Today, animals such as elephants, zebras, tigers and leopards, some wolves, and many kinds of primates may still face extinction due to climate change, habitat loss, hunting, poaching, and pollution. This fascinating book introduces and explains the designations of endangerment from extinct in the wild to vulnerable. Children are also introduced to fossils as a way of learning about animals that lived long ago.
This informative and beautiful book looks at apex or top predators - animals that are not eaten by other animals in their habitats - and why these animals play a very important role in keeping food chains in balance. Students are introduced to the energy pyramid, which shows that there are fewer top predators than other animals and gives reasons why many of these animals are endangered. Humans, the most powerful top predators, are the biggest threat to these essential endangered animals.
They feed on us, make their homes on us, and generally make our lives miserable. They are horrible guests, sometimes spreading deadly diseases. These blood-sucking parasites are lice and fleas and they are pests of the first order! This book delves into the tiny world of ectoparasites that prey on humans and animal hosts. Learn how lice and fleas cant live without us and how humans have been battling the itchy critters, often without much success, since the dawn of time. Special sections give information on the plague-producing history of rat fleas and how to combat the scourge of head lice.
This intriguing book looks at the remarkable abilities of plants and animals, which need to be studied to make our environment more sustainable. People have already used birds as models for constructing airplanes, but there are so many other models that have not been replicated. Living things live at the depths of oceans and at the tops of the highest mountains, harness the energy of the sun to make food, make oxygen from carbon dioxide, walk on water, build structures that are air-conditioned, and make materials stronger than steel without ever polluting or damaging the environment. They have done all the things we wish we could do. This book will make young scientists aware of the super powers of nature and may inspire some to find ways to change the future of Earth!
Numbats, opossums, planigales and quolls - not to mention marsupial moles! - are some of the more unusual animals featured in this engaging and highly illustrated ABC book. The imaginative and playful text will capture a child's interest in these strange animals as well as other more familiar favorites, from butterflies to elephants.
Earth has more than a million species of insects! There are helpful insects, harmful insects, flying insects, insects that work together, endangered insects, and some really weird insects! This fun book with great photographs will delight children and encourage them to identify insects in their world. It will also give them information to write their own books about insects!
Bobbie Kalman presents some of the most endangered animals on Earth: rhinos, bats, butterflies, penguins, gorillas, monk seals, komodo dragons, and tigers, to name just a few. This beautifully photographed volume also explains the various classifications of endangerment, as well as the major reasons why some animals are facing extinction.
Kids will be shocked to learn that arthropods outnumber all other animal species combined! They will also be fascinated by the variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and behaviors found among these invertebrates. Labeled diagrams and startling close-up photography will introduce concepts including the similarities and differences among insects, arachnids, myriapods, and crustaceans, the functions and features of an exoskeleton, molting, metamorphosis, and other interesting body facts, and the crucial function of arthropods in food chains and webs.
Marsupials are the only mammals that have a pouch on their body in which they carry their young. Most of these amazing animals live in Australia, where they have adapted to the harsh conditions of life in the outback. In What is a Marsupial? children will learn astounding facts about marsupials, including the important differences between marsupials and placentals, how kangaroos, koalas, wombats, Tasmanian devils, opossums, and bilbies are related, how marsupials reproduce and raise their young, the ways in which they hunt and feed, and why some marsupials are in danger.
Amphibian means two lives since these animals spend the first part of their lives underwater and the rest on land. From flying tree frogs to slithering caecilians, kids will be captivated by this slimy animal group in What is an Amphibian? Young readers will discover the amphibian family tree, an amphibian's body, special skin and senses, how they move and what they eat, water- versus land-dwelling species, their life cycle and parental care, and defending themselves.