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."
Seasons change in the ocean much as they do on land. Spring brings new plants and baby animals, summer oceans glow with sparkly plankton lights, and autumn winds blow across the open water. In winter the humpback whales migrate to warmer waters, just as some land animals move to warmer climates. The cycle begins again as they return to the northern waters in the spring. In fun, fanciful form, Ocean Seasons introduces plants and animals that are joined through the mix of seasons, food webs, and habitats beneath the waves. While set in the Pacific, similar changes occur in the Atlantic also. The "For Creative Minds" learning sections features and "Ocean Food Web Card Game."
Octavia Octopus and her sea-animal friends love playing camouflage games to practice how they would hide from a "big, hungry creature." Octavia, however, just cannot seem to get her colors right when she tries to shoot her purple ink cloud. What happens when the big, hungry shark shows up looking for his dinner? This creative book introduces basic colors along with the camouflage techniques of various sea animals - a great introduction to marine biology! The "For Creative Minds" educational section includes fun facts about octopuses and animal camouflage and protection. The craft uses primary colors (paint or tissue paper) to help children learn about blending colors.
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.
The sea is a place of mystery, where animals big and small play hide and seek! Can you imagine a shark hiding in the light? What about a clownfish in plain sight? Don't believe it? Then, sink into the deep blue sea with Jennifer Evans Kramer and Ocean Hide and Seek! Surround yourself with the vibrant ocean illustrations of Gary R. Phillips. The ocean is an old, old place, and the exotic animals in the depths have learned to adapt to their surroundings to survive. Can you find the creatures hidden on every page? Or will you, too, be fooled by an ancient, underwater disguise? The "For Creative Minds" learning section includes an "Animal Classification" and "Food for Thought" activity.
Join Delfina the dolphin as she imagines that she becomes other sea animals: a fish, a sea turtle, a pelican, an octopus, a shark, even a manatee! The incredible morphing illustrations will have children laughing as they learn about the real differences between these ocean animals and their respective classes.
Follow the photo journal of Carolina, a critically ill loggerhead sea turtle, as she is cared for and nursed back to health at the Sea Turtle Hospital of the South Carolina Aquarium. Just like hospitalized children, Carolina goes through a variety of emotions and procedures during her care and recovery process. When she first arrives at the hospital, she is too sick, weak, and confused to understand what is happening. She has blood drawn, x-rays taken, gets shots, and is fed through an IV...just as ill children may be! As she gains strength, she begins to interact with her caregivers and to, begrudgingly, understand that they are really trying to help. Join her as she interacts with her many caregivers and her sick or injured roommate turtles. Celebrate the happy day she is released back into the open arms of the ocean - a healthy and happy sea turtle! The "For Creative Minds" section includes a craft, game ideas and information on sea turtles. The author and photographer donate a portion of their royalties to the Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Program at the South Carolina Aquarium.
Fish is getting big and needs a new home. Dad helps Danny find a new home for Fish.
Acclaimed nonfiction author Sandra Markle presents the daring story of a mother emperor penguin's struggle to reach the sea, find food, avoid predators, and make her way back to her mate and their newborn chick before they starve. Alan Marks' luminous illustrations highlight the harsh conditions and stunning landscapes of Antarctica.
Male sea horses have a unique role in the sea horse life cycle. They carry the eggs and give birth to as many as 200 babies at one time. Young children can track a sea horse's life cycle from egg to fry to adult. Blastoff! Series
Adult salmon spawn at the end of their life cycle. They fight strong currents while swimming upriver to the place where they hatched. Young readers will follow a salmon from egg to adult. Blastoff! Series
Told in the first person, the narrator describes the ocean as she experiences it through her five senses.
With sleek bodies, dagger-like teeth, and ferocious appetites, barracudas are excellent ocean hunters. Beginning readers will learn where barracudas call home and why they are nicknamed the "tigers of the sea." Blastoff! Series
Angelfish are colorful ocean creatures known for their vibrant beauty. This book introduces young readers to the attractive appearance of angelfish and explains where angelfish live and what they eat. Blastoff! Series
Did you know that a crab grows a new leg if it loses one? Or that a crab walks sideways? Young readers will learn about the shells, eyes, and legs of this scuttling creature. Blastoff! Series
Dolphins make clicking sounds and listen for echoes to catch food. Echoes help dolphins locate fish. Learn all about dolphin communication and how dolphins prosper underwater! Blastoff! Series
The sea anemone and the clown fish are ocean friends. They live together and care for each other. Children will discover what a clown fish is and its special relationship with the sea anemone. Blastoff! Series
Did you know that eels are called the snakes of the seas? Young readers will learn what eels are, what unique physical features they have, and how they dig pits for hiding. Blastoff! Series
Lionfish are intense predators that swallow their prey whole. This book introduces young readers to the physical features, hunting methods, and poisonous spines of lionfish. Blastoff! Series
A lobster hides by day and hunts for food by night. It wears its skeleton on the outside of its body. Children will discover the physical characteristics of lobsters and how they thrive underwater. Blastoff! Series
Orcas communicate with whistles and clicks and can recognize each other's voices. Young readers will learn how orcas look, breach the water to breathe, hunt ocean animals, and live in pods. Blastoff! Series
The teeth of parrotfish never stop growing. They look like a parrot's beak! This book explores how colorful parrotfish swim, eat, and rest covered in slime. Blastoff! Series
Manta rays are large, graceful creatures that glide through the water on slowly flapping fins. Children can learn where manta rays live, how they eat, how large these animals can grow, and more! Blastoff! Series
Did you know that penguins toboggan? They sometimes travel by sliding over ice on their stomachs. Beginning readers will discover the physical characteristics of penguins and learn how they move in water and on land. Blastoff! Series
Sea anemones have poisonous tentacles that they use to sting some kinds of fish. Explore what sea anemones are, where they live, and how they protect clown fish. Blastoff! Series