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River Beds: Sleeping in the World's Rivers

Gail Langer Karwoski (author), Connie McLennan (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180326

This sequel to the award-winning Water Beds: Sleeping in the Ocean (2007 Teacher's Choice & 2005 Mom's Choice) takes readers on an around-the-world boat ride to learn how mammals sleep in or around nine major rivers of the world on all continents except Antarctica. Row down the Mississippi and watch two river otters slip into a hollow tree or look to the bank of the Brisbane River as a platypus pops into a hole and disappears into a narrow tunnel. Told in a soothing style, this book serves as a bedtime/naptime story for younger children or an animal geography book for older children. Adults may learn something, too! The "For Creative Minds" education section features a "World Map."

If You Were a Parrot

Katherine Rawson (author), Sherry Rogers (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180111

This whimsical story lets children imagine what life would be like if they were a pet parrot. Readers join four parrots their young, multicultural owners as they morph into four-toed parrots climbing around the house, then chew wooden spoons, popsicles--sticks and all--with hooked parrot beaks! The fun continues as children learn all about parrots and their adaptations.The "For Creative Minds" section has parrot fun facts, tips for taking care of a pet parrot and a "Make a Beak" craft.

Baby Owl's Rescue

Jennifer Keats Curtis (author), Laura Jacques (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180609

What if you found a baby owl in your backyard? Would you know what to do? Where would you go to find help? Join young Maddie and Max as they learn a valuable lesson from a little lost owl in Baby Owl's Rescue by Jennifer Keats Curtis. The brother and sister pair just wanted to play baseball one day. They never expected to come face-to-face with a wild animal! Lush illustrations by Laura Jacques accompany this story and demonstrate the proper treatment of wildlife. This story reminds all of us that we live in a world surrounded by wild animals, and those wild animals deserve our caution and our respect!

Pandas' Earthquake Escape

Phyllis J. Perry (author), Susan Detwiler (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180968

On May 12, 2008, XiXi, a giant panda, escaped from the destroyed Wolong Panda Reserve when a 7.9 earthquake rocked Northern China. After the quake, mother and cub run from the wreckage. Confused and afraid, they get lost! How will they survive outside their reserve? Will they find food? Will they find shelter? And will they safely endure the earthquake after-shocks? The "For Creative Minds" education section includes: Endangered Giant Pandas; Life Cycle Activity; Panda Fun Facts; Shake, Rattle & Roll; The Richter Scale and Magnitude Ranges; and an Earthquake Chart & Map.

Moose and Magpie

Bettina Restrepo (author), Sherry Rogers (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180623

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.

The Best Nest

Little Kitty Big Cat (author), Scotti Cohn (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180272

Long ago, when the world was young, the magpies' nests were the envy of all other birds. To help the other birds, Maggie Magpie patiently explained how to build a nest. But some birds were impatient and flew off without listening to all the directions, which is why, to this day, birds' nests come in all different shapes and sizes. This clever retelling of an old English folktale teaches the importance of careful listening.

Loon Chase

Jean Heilprin Diehl (author), Kathryn Freeman (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180050

When a boy and his mother take their dog Miles on a peaceful canoe ride, they find themselves frantically racing to save a mother loon and her family! Join them and watch the surprising outcome of Miles' encounter with the loons. Then witness the boy's moment of wonder when he meets the loon. The "For Creative Minds" section includes loon fun facts, information about loons in Native American Culture, a "Maker a Loon Mask" craft, and a "Map It," "Math It," "Measure It" section. Encourages children to care for animals.

A Day in the Salt Marsh

Kevin Kurtz (author), Consie Powell (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180210

Enjoy a day in one of the most dynamic habitats on earth: the salt marsh. Fun-to-read, rhyming verse introduces readers to hourly changes in the marsh as the tide comes and goes. Watch the animals that have adapted to this ever-changing environment as they hunt for food or play in the sun, and learn how the marsh grass survives even when it is covered by saltwater twice a day. An activity on adaptations is included in the "For Creative Minds" section.

Little Red Bat

Carole Gerber (author), Christina Wald (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180944

Red bats can hibernate or migrate to warmer regions during the winter. Should this solitary little bat stay or should she go? That's the question the little red bat ponders as the leaves fall and the nights get colder! The squirrel tells her to stay. But what about the dangerous creatures that hunt red bats in winter? The sparrow urges her to go. But where? Carole Gerber takes young readers on an educational journey through one bat's seasonal dilemma in Little Red Bat. The For Creative Minds educational section includes: Match the Bat Adaptation, Bat Fun Facts, How Animals Deal with Seasonal Changes, Red Bats and Seasonal Change, and Bat Life Cycle Sequencing Activity.

Henry the Impatient Heron

Pam Kapchinske (author), Sherry Rogers (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180555

Sing along to this light-hearted romp while learning about different food chains within a single ecosystem. Which animals come out on top, and which animals end up as snacks? Hey Diddle Diddle teaches children about the food web, the circle of life, and the part that each living creature plays within an ecosystem. This book is so much fun, kids will have a hard time believing they're actually learning. You'll be singing Hey Diddle Diddle long after you close the book.

Felina's New Home: A Florida Panther Story

Loran Wlodarski (author), Lew Clayton (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180937

Felina the Florida panther loved growing up in her forest home, until the forest starts to shrink! Trees begin to disappear, and Felina doesn't understand the new busy highway in the neighborhood. Other animals are in danger, too. Will Felina find a way to survive as humans threaten to ruin her home? Environmental science writer Loran Wlodarski gives children a look into deforestation and endangered animals in Felina's New Home: A Florida Panther Story, complemented by the detailed, emotive illustrations of Lew Clayton. Learn whether the animals in Felina's forest adapt to the new human presence and what children can do to keep wild animals safe, happy, and healthy.

Christmas Eve Blizzard

Andrea Vlahakis (author), Emanuel Schongut (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180036

A young boy and his abuelo push aside their Christmas preparation to rescue a beautiful cardinal during a blizzard. The bird quickly responds to their kindness, regains it strength, and flies off. The cardinal sweetly and unexpectedly rewards the boy, his grandfather, and their entire village with a lifetime of Christmas cheer. The "For Creative Minds" section contains instructions to create a bird-friendly backyard, simple bird feeder crafts, a "Cardinal Numbers" math game, and information on what to do if you find an injured bird. Encourages children to care for animals.

Blackberry Banquet

Terry Pierce (author), Lisa Downey (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180296

Mmm-mm! Forest animals squeak, tweet, slurp, yip and chomp over the sweet, plump fruit of a wild blackberry bush. But what happens when a bear arrives to take part in the feast? Young children will enjoy following the story by making the animal sounds, and the chaos that strikes upon the bear's arrival will surely bring on the laughter. The cumulative, rhyming text makes for a great read-aloud.

Happy Birthday to Whooo?

Doris Fisher (author), Lisa Downey (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180104

Babies come in all shapes and sizes and are welcomed into all kinds of families. This clever book of baby announcement riddles will have children giggling as they use the various text and illustrated clues to guess what baby was just born. The riddles introduce the life cycle of 12 different animals.The "For Creative Minds" section was vetted for accuracy by educators at the Houston Zoo and includes an "It's a Numbers Game" activity, information on animal families, fun facts about the 12 animals in the riddles, and a "Design a Birth Announcement" craft for a new pet or sibling.

In My Backyard

Valarie Giogas (author), Katherine Zecca (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180197

Baby dogs are puppies and they belong to a litter, but what is a baby skunk called and what is the name of its family group? This clever, rhythmic story tells us just that! Counting from one to 10, familiar backyard animals are introduced by baby and family group name. Each stanza also tells a bit more about each animal by providing clues as to what they eat, how they sound or where they live. The "For Creative Minds" section includes more animal fun facts, information on keeping a nature journal and how to watch for wildlife in your own backyard.

Animal Eyes

Mary Holland (author)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781628554700

The sense of sight helps an animal stay safe from predators, find food and shelter, defend its territory and care for its young. We can tell a lot about an animal from its eyes: whether it is predator or prey, whether it is more active during the day or night, and sometimes even its gender or age. Award-winning nature photographer and environmental educator Mary Holland shares fascinating animal eyes with readers of all ages.

Animal Helpers: Raptor Centers

Jennifer Keats Curtis (author)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781628554717

Even powerful birds of prey can get sick or hurt. When that happens, animal helpers at raptor centers come to the rescue! Dedicated staff treats injured, sick, and orphaned animals. They return the birds to their native environment or find forever homes at education and raptor centers for those that cant survive in the wild. Follow along in this photographic journal as staff and volunteers come together to care for these remarkable birds.

Animal Partners

Scotti Cohn (author), Shennen Bersani (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781628554724

From the crocodiles dentist, to the mongoose spa, Animal Partners takes a whimsical look at symbiotic relationships of animals large and small. Although many animals live in groups of the same kind, here you will learn how some animals form unique partnerships with different species. After all, dont we all need a little help from our friends?

Dino Treasures

Rhonda Lucas Donald (author), Cathy Morrison (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781628554748

Just as some people dig and look for pirate treasure, some scientists dig and look for treasures, too. These treasures may not be gold or jewels but fossils. Following in the footsteps of Dino Tracks, this sequel takes young readers into the field with paleontologists as they uncover treasured clues left by dinosaurs. Readers will follow what and how scientists have learned about dinosaurs: what they ate; how they raised their young; how they slept, fought, or even if they ever got sick. True to fashion, the tale is told through a rhythmic, fun read-aloud that can even be sung to the tune of Itsy Bitsy Spider.

The Ghost of Donley Farm

Jaime Gardner Johnson (author), Laurie Allen Klein (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781628554755

Rebecca, the red-tailed hawk, is not afraid of ghosts! One night, she bravely ventures into the barn to meet the famous ghost of Donley Farm. But when she finally meets him, Rebecca is surprised to discover that this ghost is much more familiar than she'd expected. Join Rebecca as she stays up late to talk with her new friend and find out what they have in common and how they are different.

Ayudantes de animales: centros de aves rapaces

Jennifer Keats Curtis (author)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781628554793

Incluso, las aves rapaces pueden enfermarse o lastimarse. Cuando eso sucede, ¡los ayudantes de animales en estos centros acuden al rescate! Personal dedicado atiende a los animales heridos, enfermos y huérfanos y los regresan a su medio ambiente natal o les encuentran hogares en centros educacionales y centros de aves rapaces para aves que no pueden sobrevivir en la vida silvestre. Sigue a lo largo de este diario fotográfico conforme el personal y los voluntarios se juntan para cuidar de estas excepcionales aves.

Parejas de los animales

Scotti Cohn (author), Shennen Bersani (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781628554809

Algunos animales viven en grupos de la misma especie y algunos animales forman parejas únicas con diferentes especies. Desde los “dentistas” para los cocodrilos hasta “el spa” de las mangostas, las Parejas de los animales nos muestran de una manera muy atractiva, las relaciones simbióticas de los animales grandes y pequeños. Después de todo, ¿no necesitamos todos una pequeña ayuda de nuestros “amigos”?

Dino tesoros

Rhonda Lucas Donald (author), Cathy Morrison (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781628554823

Tal y como algunas personas buscan y cavan para encontrar tesoros de piratas, también algunos científicos cavan y buscan tesoros. Estos tesoros pueden no ser oro o joyas, pero sí fósiles. Siguiendo los pasos de Dino-Huellas, esta secuencia lleva a los lectores jóvenes dentro del campo de los paleontólogos y junto con ellos, para descubrir preciadas huellas fósiles dejadas por dinosaurios. Los lectores observarán y entenderán lo que los científicos han aprendido sobre los dinosaurios y cómo lo hicieron: qué comían, cómo se ocupaban de sus crías, cómo dormían, cómo peleaban e incluso, si alguna vez se enfermaban.

El fantasma de la granja Donley

Jaime Gardner Johnson (author), Laurie Allen Klein (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781628554830

Rebeca, el halcón de cola roja, ¡no le teme a los fantasmas! Una noche, ella se aventura valientemente dentro del granero para encontrarse con el famoso fantasma de la granja Donley. Pero, cuando finalmente lo conoce, Rebeca se sorprende al descubir que el “fantasma” le es mucho más familiar de lo que esperaba. Únete a Rebeca conforme se queda despierta hasta tarde platicando con su nuevo amigo y descubre qué es lo que ellos tienen en común y cómo son diferentes.

Los ojos de los animales

Mary Holland (author)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781628554786

Mary HollandLos ojos de los animales pueden ser grandes y redondos, pueden estar separados, o incluso, pueden ser azules. Cada uno de estos rasgos nos dan pistas dentro del mundo animal. Los lectores no sólo investigarán el sentido de la vista pero también cómo los ojos de los animales nos pueden decir en dónde se encuentran en la cadena alimenticia, si es que cazan durante el día o la noche, o la edad. Premiada/Galardonada como fotógrafa de la naturaleza y educadora ambiental Mary Holland comparte una gran variedad de ojos a través de este diario fotográfico.