An oxpecker searches for its next meal. It spots a tick on a Cape buffalo’s back. Yum! Suddenly, the oxpecker spots a predator. It warns the buffalo with a hiss. These two unlikely friends help each other to survive! Explore the Cape buffalo and the oxpecker, both as individuals and as a team working together, in this informative title.
Ouch! Pesky insects bite up warthogs under the hot sun. Luckily, banded mongooses are here to help. They ride atop warthogs’ backs, picking insects out of their skin. The warthogs are happy to provide meals for the mongooses. The symbiotic bond between these species helps them both survive. This title for young readers explores the lives of these animal friends, including their habitat, individual behaviors, and relationship with one another!
Crows of a feather flock together! These noisy birds have tight-knit family groups and roost in giant flocks. They are also smart enough to use tools to get food! Young birdwatchers will be enthralled with this title about one of our most common North American animals.
A Nile crocodile opens its mouth wide. An Egyptian plover swoops in! It uses its sharp bill to pick at the crocodile’s teeth. But this dental work benefits the bird, too. It gets tasty food from the crocodile’s mouth! This title will take readers on a trip to the Nile River, where they’ll explore the symbiotic relationship between this unusual animal pair.
Brittanys were first used in France as hunting dogs. But they’ve grown into lovable family pets! With their floppy ears, soft fur, and friendly faces, Brittanys are always ready to play or cuddle. Readers will love this fun and informative title about the looks, behavior, and favorite activities of Brittanys!
Greyhounds can zoom more than 40 miles per hour! But did you know that these speedy dogs prefer being couch potatoes? This fact-filled book for young readers highlights all that makes laid-back greyhounds awesome dogs.
Bark scorpions are the only scorpions in the Sonoran Desert that can climb! These critters use their ability to hide in cool, dark places while they wait to ambush their prey! Find out more about how bark scorpions survive the scorching Sonoran in this informative title!
From padded split hooves made to scale rocky terrain to reflective fur, bighorn sheep have what it takes to survive in the desert! These tough animals survive even the driest of desert days through their physiological and behavioral adaptations. Early readers will find easy-to-follow text, striking photos, and several special features in this title on bighorn sheep!
Spend a day hiking in the Sonoran Desert, and you may spot an unusual sight: a lizard sprinting on two legs! Collared lizards reach speeds of up to 16 miles per hour while racing on their hind legs to catch prey or escape predators. Eye-catching photos, fascinating facts, and explanations of adaptations will keep young readers glued to the pages of Collared Lizards!
The gigantic ears of fennec foxes are not just for hearing small rodents scurry under the Saharan sands: these appendages radiate heat during scorching desert days to keep the foxes cool! Many more desert adaptations are explained in this fact-filled title about fennec foxes!
Strong, fast, and fearless, roadrunners are the ultimate desert-dwelling birds! Their bodies maintain water by excreting salt through glands near their eyes, and their powerful legs let them race through the open brushland at speeds of up to 18 miles per hour! Early readers will be racing to get their hands on this title!
S-shaped markings trail behind a rattlesnake scaling a tall desert dune. It is a sidewinder making its characteristic climb! These snakes have developed a special way of moving so only two small areas of their bodies touch the scalding hot sand at a time. Readers will be slithering their way through the pages of this informative title about the desert adaptations of sidewinders!
No, Arctic hares are not wearing mascara! Their long, black eyelashes help these snow white hares see across the glaring white snow and ice. Learn all about how Arctic hares live in their freezing home in this title highlighting their many adaptations.
Burrowing deep under the snow, collared lemmings use their shovel-like claws to create a secret world of tunnels hidden from predators. These small rodents put on their white winter coat each fall to blend in with their snowy home. Early readers will love digging through the pages of this fun, fact-filled read about the adaptations of collared lemmings.
Polar bears are built for subzero temperatures! With black skin to absorb the sun’s rays, two layers of thick fur to trap heat, and blubber lying under their skin, these bears are ready to take on any cold weather. Discover the many special adaptations of polar bears in this title about their lives in the Arctic!
Arctic foxes are master hunters of the north! These small predators use their keen sense of hearing to listen for the rustlings of lemmings under the snow. Then, they leap to break through the layers of white to snatch their prey! This title walks readers through the fascinating adaptations Arctic foxes have developed to survive this harsh biome.
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Reindeer are migrating masters whose hooves change to tackle the different seasons of their Arctic home! In winter, hard, fur-covered hooves protect their feet from the snow and cold. As the ground thaws, their hooves become soft to make walking much easier. Travel across the northernmost biome and learn about the many adaptations of reindeer in this low-level title.
Australian cattle dogs live up to their name! They were first bred by cattle ranchers in Australia, but today their speckled coats and herding skills make them popular dogs around the world. This informative book introduces young readers to one of the world’s most intelligent dogs!
Who can resist a bichon frise? These cute pups may come from France, but their fluffy fur and energetic personalities have taken the world by storm. This book for beginning readers will turn anyone into a bichon fan with its colorful photos, informative infographics, and adorable dogs!
Explorer Basil Bernard Barnswhitten (B.B.B.) has a list of creatures he needs to verify for an important report so he visits the Finchhaven Museum of Extraordinary Curiosities, Oddities & Improbabilities. But he finds that one of the glass exhibit cases is damaged - something appears to be missing. Or did it escape? To complete his report, B.B.B. travels around the world to track down each creature on his list, all the while asking the same three questions: Is it alive? Is it extinct? Did it ever exist? By deciphering the clues in his journal, young explorers can accompany B.B.B. as he tries to locate each mysterious creature. Finding them won't be easy; lushly detailed scenes serve not only as camouflage but also as habitats to other strange and mysterious marvels. In addition to writing children's books, Judy Young teaches poetry writing workshops for children and educators across the country. Her other books with Sleeping Bear Press include the popular R is for Rhyme: A Poetry Alphabet and The Lucky Star. Judy lives near Springfield, Missouri. Laura Francesca Filippucci was born in Milan, Italy, where she graduated in Illustration at the Istituto Europeo di Design. She later specialized in Children's Book Illustration at the School of Visual Arts, New York. She lives in Milan with her family.
What is the true meaning of friendship? Follow along as a boy meets up with his friend - a dog who faithfully waits for him every day so they can ride out to the beach together to surf. The boy doesn't own the dog and he doesn't know who does, but their daily routine has created a special bond. Award-winning author Eric Walters navigates the waters of a unique friendship alongside the vibrant illustrations of Eugenie Fernandes, who brings the bumpy roads, rugged beach paths and rolling waves of the tropics to life. Sometimes the most poignant relationships in a child's life are the ones between friends.
Tongue-twisty teasers lead the reader through a miscellany of animals in this brilliantly illustrated hint-and-reveal book. Careful clues invite the child to guess what's coming next, and rhythm and repetition invite early readers to try out this little riddle book on their own. From toucan to centipede, all will delight in Vlasta van Kampen's colorful art and Charles Ghigna's whimsical words.
Going wild. We don't see it as a good thing. And why would we? For most of our time on earth, humanity has been running from lions and other wilderness dangers. We've worked hard to make our local landscapes as safe and convenient as possible. Sometimes that's meant paving over areas that might burst into weeds. Other times, we've dammed rivers for electricity or irrigation. But now pollution, climate change and disruptions to the water cycle are affecting the world in ways we never anticipated. What if the new key to making our lives safer (and even healthier) is to allow the wilderness back into our cities?
Children will find this book a lot of fun to write! After researching information about animal life, students will then formulate the questions that they would ask animals in an interview. They can then pretend to interview animals about the foods they eat, the ways they move and hide, and the challenges they face to survive. This book teaches interviewing techniques and how to ask questions using the words why, when, where, what, who, and how. Children will be inspired to write creatively and use their imaginations in new ways.
Gerbils may be small, but theyre very active! In Gerbils readers will discover the many responsibilities and delights of having a pet gerbil. They will learn about: different kinds of gerbils; what gerbils should eat; creating a great cage; grooming for healthy gerbils; proper handling; and caring for multiple gerbils.