The trembling ground frightened pandas in China's Wolong National Nature Preserve. The pandas scrambled up trees and into hiding places as the earthquake toppled structures and ripped apart trees, crumbling the preserve all around them. As soon as the earthquake subsided, teams of rescuers sprang into action to free the hurt and scared pandas from the surrounding rubble. Follow along in this graphic adventure of animal escape. Then, learn about more animals rescued from earthquakes.
The Deepwater Horizon disaster sent millions of barrels of oil pouring into the Gulf of Mexico--straight into the water that is home to countless animals. The oil quickly coated the wings of the brown pelican, putting this already endangered species into even more risk. How were these animals rescued? Find out about the brave scientists who saved the oil-soaked birds in this graphic adventure of animal escapes. Then, learn more about other oil spills that threatened sea life around the world.
Kurt Muse spoke out--and was taken in. Who did the U.S. send to rescue the American citizen locked in a Panama jail? The elite members of the Delta Force. The special ops team trained for the dangerous mission then set out on the harrowing journey to save Kurt from behind enemy lines. Follow along on this graphic rescue mission. Then, learn more about the Delta Force and the soldiers' gear.
The night stalkers are some of the most elite members of the U.S. Army. Their dangerous missions frequently take them behind enemy lines. For Michael Durant, it was during one of these special ops missions when everything went wrong. Mike was captured behind enemy lines in war-torn Somalia. Follow along on the harrowing journey as Mike is captured and ultimately saved in this graphic story. Then, learn more about army night stalkers and their gear.
In the hard-fought battles of war, a special group of soldiers handles some of the toughest missions. These elite U.S. Army Rangers played a pivotal role in Normandy, France, during the allied invasion on D-Day. Follow rangers Jack Kuhn and Leonard Lomell in this graphic adventure as these two men joined the fight to stop German troops during a victory that would become the turning point of World War II. Then, learn more about army rangers and their gear.
For thousands of years, people found rocks that they thought were giant dragon tongues that had fallen from the sky. But they were looking in the wrong direction! These fossils were actually the teeth and bones of creatures that lived in the waters long, long ago. What other mega-sized, mega-cool creatures lived in the ancient seas? Let's explore MEGA Creatures of Ancient Seas! The MegaCool MegaFauna series explores the history of some of the most massive creatures that ever lived. They swam in the seas, walked the lands, and soared through the skies. Some are even still alive today! Learn how mega-cool megafauna are related to (or are even examples of) modern living things. These awesome extra-large animals have an amazing history, so let's start exploring
In 2009, scientists found the bones of "Dracula" in Transylvania – that was what they named the fossils of a new pterosaur whose wings could spread 12 meters wide! Millions of years ago, gigantic reptiles like “Dracula” ruled the skies. What other mega-cool, mega-sized creatures flew in the ancient skies? Let's explore MEGA Creatures of Ancient Skies! The MegaCool MegaFauna series explores the history of some of the most massive creatures that ever lived. They swam in the seas, walked the lands, and soared through the skies. Some are even still alive today! Learn how mega-cool megafauna are related to (or are even examples of) modern living things. These awesome extra-large animals have an amazing history, so let's start exploring
What is the biggest living thing right now? In Mega Creatures of Today, you'll find that the answer to that question can be found on land, in the sky, and in the seas. Let's discover the mega-sized, mega-cool creatures living on Earth today and learn what makes them so amazing!
People have been finding fossils for thousands of years. When scientists found claws that were 3 feet long, they thought they had found a massive turtle. After more bones were found, they realized that the claws belonged to a dinosaur that weighed more than 10,000 pounds! What other mega-sized, mega-cool creatures roamed ancient lands millions of years ago? Let's explore MEGA Creatures of Ancient Lands!
Iraq gets a lot of bad publicity. People hear regularly about the country’s troubles without learning about its achievements. For example, you’ve maybe never heard that Iraqis invented the wheel, sailboat, and plow! This title takes young readers past news headlines to tell the full story of Iraq.
Choosing just one animal mascot to represent the country of Australia is difficult! The marsupial contenders alone include the kangaroo, koala, and wombat. Then there are the predator options like the dingo and saltwater crocodile. After learning all about Australia in this title, fluent readers just might make a mascot pick!
Brazil has a monopoly over about half of the South American landscape. The country covers more than 3 million square miles of the continent! In this snapshot of Brazil, young readers will especially enjoy touring the Amazon Rain Forest and the country’s other unique biomes.
One-fifth of all the people in the world call China home. This means Mandarin Chinese is the number one language when it comes to native speakers! In this look at a country rich in history and culture, young readers will learn a few main Mandarin characters and much more.
The beloved fictional Harry Potter calls England his home. Though his world is imaginary, it includes many of England’s actual landmarks. In this profile of the real England, kids will learn the facts about the European country that serves as the setting for many of their favorite stories.
India has its very own Hollywood—the rhyming Bollywood! The thousands of Bollywood films that are released every year put the songs, dances, and colors of India in the spotlight. Upper-elementary students are invited to a special viewing of a country with a memorable flavor.
Two thousand years ago, Italy was known for its spectacles. Rome’s famous Colosseum hosted epic sports contests and gladiator fights. In this book, Italy is on display to engage fluent young readers. Kids will be especially amazed by ancient Italian architecture.
In the United States, a bow is most often taken by a performer at the end of a concert or play. But in Japan, a bow is the traditional gesture to greet another person. This country close-up teaches upper-elementary students Japanese customs and much more about the Asian island nation.
Mexico is a cactus capital. Giant cardon, the world’s tallest cactuses, grow in the Sonoran Desert. They reach heights up to 63 feet! And Mexicans also eat the stems of prickly pear cactuses like vegetables! This country profile takes kids south of the border to explore Mexico.
Russia is a rare transcontinental country, with its small western part belonging to Europe and its large eastern part belonging to Asia. The dividing line is the Ural Mountains. Fluent readers will see both sides of Russia and discover the cultural elements that unite all of its people.
A country and a continent, Australia is home to bizarre wildlife such as platypuses, emus, and wombats. Australia also boasts the Great Barrier Reef that stretches more than 1,400 miles across its northeastern coast! Hop down under in this low-level title to learn more about a truly unique continent.
During World War I, while stationed overseas in France with the United States Army, Private James Donovan literally stumbles upon a small dog cowering on the streets of Paris. Named Rags for his disheveled appearance, the little stray quickly finds a home with Donovan and a place in his heart. Although the Army did not have an official canine division, Rags accompanies Donovan to the battlefield, making himself a useful companion delivering messages and providing a much-appreciated morale boost to the soldiers. News about Rags spreads and soon the little dog's battlefield exploits become the stuff of legend. But during a fierce battle near the end of the war, both Rags and Donovan are wounded. Severely injured, Donovan is sent back to the United States. And the little dog with the big heart refuses to leave his best friend's side.
China, with over one billion people, is the most populated country in the world. China's most famous tourist attraction is the Great Wall, which runs across about 5,000 miles of northern China. Rich with Chinese culture, this title explores Chinese food, holidays, and daily life. Eager readers will also get to challenge their tongues with a few common words from one of the many Chinese languages! Blastoff! Series
Millions of Americans have marched and protested to fight inequality and to bring about social change. These large gatherings, filled with powerful and courageous voices, have shined a light on important issues and resulted in new laws. This book covers some of the most famous marches in U.S. history--and encourages readers to stand up for the things they believe in.
The Utahraptor is the official state dinosaur of Utah! This ferocious predator stomped across the earth during the Cretaceous Period. Readers of this high-interest text will learn all about the world of the Utahraptor, from what the dinosaur ate to which body parts helped it hunt. Along the way, readers will be drawn in by engaging text, colorful illustrations, and special features that highlight the dinosaur’s diet, range, size, and more. To conclude the book, a two-page feature puts all of the key points of the Utahraptor into one place!
The spinosaurus was a fierce dinosaur known for the long sail on its back. It could live on both water and land! The high-interest title is a primer for young dinosaur lovers, introducing the iguanodon’s habitat, diet, defenses, and more. Alongside the colorful illustrations and leveled text, special features illustrate the dinosaur’s size, range, and favorite foods. The title concludes with a two-page profile that highlights important facts about this ferocious dinosaur!