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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.

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.

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.

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.

Kersplatypus

Susan K. Mitchell (author), Sherry Rogers (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180258

When a strange creature appears after the big rains, Australian animals wonder what he could be! His fur, feet, tail, and duck-like bill remind each animal of something different. But with a "down-under" spirit, they all pitch in to help him discover where he belongs. Kersplatypus is the story of one creature's journey to find his place in the world and how he sometimes falls flat on the way there.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Animals are Sleeping

Suzanne Slade (author), Gary R. Phillips (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180289

Just how do animals sleep in the wild? Some animals sleep standing up, others even sleep while swimming or flying! The short, lyrical text provides fascinating information, such as location, position, and duration of sleep of animals living in different habitats. The satisfying conclusion will have children reaching for this book again and again at naptime, bedtime, or any time of day to learn about animals.

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.

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.

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 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?

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”?

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.

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.

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.

Ayudantes de animales: santuarios

Jennifer Keats Curtis (author)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607186472

Así como los gatitos y los perritos crecen hasta convertirse en gatos y perros adultos, los bebés de los animales salvajes también crecen. Estos animales adultos puede que ya no sean encantadores o adorables. Sus instintos salvajes empiezan a notarse. Pueden llegar a crecer mucho y hasta ser peligrosos. ¿Qué pasa con esas mascotas exóticas, cuando sus dueños se dan cuenta que ya no pueden cuidarlos pero tampoco regresarlos a la vida salvaje? ¿Y qué pasa con los grandes depredadores que están heridos o se enferman? Este diario fotográfico lleva a los lectores “detrás de las cámaras” en cinco santuarios sin fines de lucro y zoológicos de rescate, además de una granja (de atención) que han abierto sus puertas y sus corazones a los animales que necesitan ayuda desesperadamente

Osos Polares y Pinginos: Un libro de comparacin y contraste

Editorial (author), buy photos? (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781628552454

Puede que a los osos polares y a los pingüinos les guste el frío pero viven en los polos opuestos en el planeta Tierra. ¿Qué tienen estos animales en común y en qué se diferencian? Es posible verlos juntos en un zoológico, pero nunca se encontrarían en el mismo hábitat en la naturaleza. Compara y encuentra las diferencias entre estos animales polares a través de impresionantes fotografías.

La historia de Kali: El rescate de un oso polar hurfano

Jennifer Keats Curtis (author), John Gomes (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781628552447

Sigue el viaje fotográfico del oso polar huerfáno Kali (se pronuncia Cully) cuando es rescatado y llevado lejos a la villa Inupiat de Kali (Point Lay en inglés). Los aldeanos cuidan de él hasta que un avión lo lleva al zoológico de Alaska en Anchorage. Ahí, él crece y aprende habilidades de los cuidadores del zoológico para suplir a su madre. Como los oseznos jóvenes necesitan compañía, expertos en animales encuentran un amigo para Kali: Luna, un oso polar hembra en el zoológico de Buffalo en Nueva York.