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Genetic Engineering

Marina Cohen (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9780778797609

Taking information out of one living thing and putting it into another is what genetic engineering is all about. How do scientists do it? Why do they do it? What are the results of their experiments with these amazing genetic materials? Through colorful photos, diagrams, and stories, you can understand the basics of genetic engineering. You can even see what the future of this science holds, from Enviropigs to designer pets!

W is for Wind: A Weather Alphabet

Pat Michaels (author), Melanie Rose (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781627531962

Would you like to know the difference between cirrus and cumulus clouds? How much does our atmosphere weigh? W is for Wind: A Weather Alphabet is a swirl of information that answers these questions and many more. Readers will learn that yes, our atmosphere has weight! And if it's sunny, chances are it's heavy. When the atmosphere is lighter, grab your galoshes! W is for Wind is one well-informed children's book from the Sleeping Bear Press family that puts the emphasis on fun and function. It lets children learn all about the weather in a relaxed engaging manner. Professional weatherman and storm tracker Pat Michaels spins the stories on everything from tornadoes and hurricanes to rainbows and evaporation with gusto. His rhymes thunder through the alphabet with excitement and his factual text resonates like the Northern Lights. Readers will turn the pages with lightning quickness to get to the next weather condition and with each page turned they'll be treated to the mystical illustrations of Canadian-born artist Melanie Rose. Perfect in the classroom or the home, W is for Wind captures the love affair we all have with weather. It the perfect complement to a science lesson or to help explain to children what exactly happens when water freezes and much more with easy-to-understand language. Enriching, enlightening and educational could easily be the "E" in this one-of-a-kind weather alphabet book.

Baby Skunks

Megan Borgert-Spaniol (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781681032764

Baby skunks can be described as little stinkers because their ability to spray starts young. Still, baby skunks are closer to furballs than stink bombs. Readers just starting out can get up close to these fluffy little ones without having to plug their noses.

Hammered by a Heat Wave!

Laura DeLallo (author)

Publisher: Bearport Publishing ISBN: 9781936088553

In July 1995, a scorching heat wave blasted Chicago with temperatures as high as 106 F (41 C) for five days straight. Such extreme weather can cause heat stroke and even death in vulnerable individuals; in fact, heat waves kill more people in the United States each year than any other kind of natural disaster. How would residents of Chicago survive the relentless heat? Eyewitness accounts and incredible photos bring to life the experiences of ordinary people who faced catastrophic danger---and lived to tell their stories. Kids will discover the causes and characteristics of heat waves and find out how hot weather can quickly turn deadly. Safety tips show young readers how to stay cool during a heat wave.

Leveled by an Earthquake!

Adam Reingold (author)

Publisher: Bearport Publishing ISBN: 9781936088560

On May 12, 2008, a strong earthquake rocked Beichuan, China, destroying buildings and entire neighborhoods. When Beichuan's high school collapsed, 16-year-old Li Anning and her friends were trapped under the heavy rubble. Could the students survive until rescue workers arrived to save them? Eyewitness accounts and incredible photos bring to life the experiences of ordinary people who faced catastrophic danger---and lived to tell their stories. Kids will discover the causes and characteristics of earthquakes and learn about scientific advances that now help new buildings withstand the force of an earthquake. Safety tips show young readers what to do in case an earthquake occurs.

Alligators

Vanessa Black (author)

Publisher: Jump Library ISBN: 9781624964268

In Alligators, beginning readers will learn how alligators build a nest, lay eggs, and protect their young from predators. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text engage young readers as they discover the dramatic world of alligators. A labeled diagram helps readers identify an alligators body parts, while a picture glossary reinforces new vocabulary. Children can learn more about alligators online using our safe search engine that provides relevant, age-appropriate websites. Alligators also features reading tips for teachers and parents, a table of contents, and an index. Alligators is part of Jump!s Reptile World series.

Mangled by a Hurricane!

Miriam Aronin (author)

Publisher: Bearport Publishing ISBN: 9781936088577

On August 28, 2005, Trina Peters heard some alarming news---Hurricane Katrina was headed straight for her hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana. Though officials recommended evacuating the city, Trina and her daughter decided to stay in their home. However, the powerful hurricane caused their house to flood, and they had to climb up on their roof to stay above the rising water. Stranded on the roof in roaring winds and pouring rain, could Trina and her daughter survive the storm? Eyewitness accounts and incredible photos bring to life the experiences of ordinary people who faced catastrophic danger--and lived to tell their stories. Kids will discover the causes and characteristics of hurricanes, and learn about efforts to rebuild and prepare for future storms. Safety tips show young readers what to do in case a hurricane strikes.

Killer Plants

Louise and Richard Spilsbury (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781681033204

Venus flytraps, pitcher plants, and sundews are all examples of nature's insect traps. They use their sugary nectar to lure prey to them, before each carries out a unique killer plan of capture. The predatory power of the plants featured in this title will stun young students.

Giant Pacific Octopus: The World's Largest Octopus

Leon Gray (author)

Publisher: Bearport Publishing ISBN: 9781617727801

Just how large is the world's largest octopus? With its arms outstretched, an adult giant Pacific octopus is about as long as a minivan. On top of that, it can weigh a whopping 100 pounds (45 kg)! But these giant sea creatures aren't just big, they are also masters of disguise. In the blink of an eye, they can change the color of their bodies to match their environment--and hide from enemies. Now you see them, now you don't! In Giant Pacific Octopus: The World's Largest Octopus, eye-popping color photos paired with simple, grade-appropriate text will engage children as they learn about the natural habitat, physical characteristics, diet, life cycle, and behavior of this supersized animal. A comparison diagram is also included to show readers the animal in relation to a familiar object.

Baby Kangaroos

Megan Borgert-Spaniol (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781626173897

When joeys are born, they are only the size of a grape! They grow comfortably in moms pouch until its time to peek out at the world. As part of a mob, joeys learn to play, hop, and protect one another. Leap into this fun book for early readers!

Solar Energy

Rebecca Pettiford (author)

Publisher: Jump Library ISBN: 9781624964510

In Solar Energy, early fluent readers learn the technology that allows us to turn the suns power into electricity. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text engage young readers as they learn about the science behind solar power. Infographics illustrate key concepts, and an activity offers kids an opportunity to extend discovery. Children can learn more about solar energy using our safe search engine that provides relevant, age-appropriate websites. Solar Energy also features reading tips for teachers and parents, a table of contents, a glossary, and an index. Solar Energy is part of Jump!'s Green Planet series.

Octopuses 2

Christina Leaf (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781626174191

Armed with intelligence, eight arms, and a beak, octopuses amaze scientists and students alike. Octopuses often decorate their dens with shells. Some have been observed tapping their prey on the shoulder to surprise them before chowing down. Others may completely disappear with camouflage. Young readers will surely dive into this awe-inspiring title!

Blitzed by a Blizzard!

Joyce Markovics (author)

Publisher: Bearport Publishing ISBN: 9781936088522

On December 29, 2007, a fierce blizzard hit Olympia National Park in Washington State. Cross-country skier Randy Kraxberger, traveling alone, was caught by himself in the severe winter storm. Park rangers knew they had to save the lost skier. Could their daring rescue effort succeed through blinding snow, high winds, freezing temperatures, and the threat of avalanches? Eyewitness accounts and incredible photos bring to life the experiences of ordinary people who faced catastrophic danger--and lived to tell their stories. Kids will discover the causes and characteristics of blizzards and learn about scientific advances in storm prediction. Safety tips show young readers how to stay out of harm's way during a blizzard.

Survive a Blizzard

Chris Bowman (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781626174412

Icy winds whip snow into whiteout conditions. Its a blizzard! These extreme winter storms can turn deadly if youre not prepared. Bundle up and learn how to get ready for a blizzard and what to do if you get caught in one in this book for reluctant readers.

Lightning

Jenny Fretland VanVoorst (author)

Publisher: Jump Library ISBN: 9781624964367

In Lightning, vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text introduce young readers to the causes and characteristics of lightning. A labeled diagram helps readers identify different kinds of lightning, while a picture glossary reinforces new vocabulary. Children can learn more about lightning online using our safe search engine that provides relevant, age-appropriate websites. Lightning also features reading tips for teachers and parents, a table of contents, and an index. Lightning is part of Jump!'s Weather Watch series.

Roadrunners

Christina Leighton (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781681032894

X marks the spots where roadrunners have been. Their feet have toes in front and toes in back. And their favorite way to travel is on foot. Though not speedy enough to break Olympic sprint records, roadrunners are fast birds. Beginning readers will be determined to keep up!

Roseate Spoonbill: Pretty in Pink

Stephen Person (author)

Publisher: Bearport Publishing ISBN: 9781617726132

In the late 1800s, the roseate spoonbill was on the brink of extinction in North America. This large bird was hunted for its beautiful pink-and-white feathers, which were used to make hats and fans. However, conservationists and government agencies stepped in to help, and their efforts helped the roseate spoonbill population recover. These animals can now be found in the wetlands of Florida, Louisiana, and Texas. The birds' future survival depends on protecting their habitat in the Gulf Coast region. In Roseate Spoonbill: Pretty in Pink, kids go on a real-life adventure with scientists in the field as they study these magnificent wild birds. Along the way, children will discover the roseate spoonbill's life cycle, diet, behavior, and physical characteristics. Large, full-color photos and a dramatic narrative format will keep readers turning the pages. Roseate Spoonbill: Pretty in Pink is part of Bearport's America's Hidden Animal Treasures series.

Weather in Winter

Jenny Fretland VanVoorst (author)

Publisher: Jump Library ISBN: 9781624964435

In Weather in Winter, beginning readers explore how winter's chilly temperatures affect people and other living things. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text engage early readers as they explore how a winters snowfall gives them new ways to enjoy being outside. A labeled diagram shows different types of winter weather, while a picture glossary reinforces new vocabulary. Children can learn more about weather in winter using our safe search engine that provides relevant, age-appropriate websites. Weather in Winter also features reading tips for teachers and parents, a table of contents, and an index. Weather in Winter is part of Jump!'s What Happens in Winter? series.

How Do You Know It's Spring?

Ruth Owen (author)

Publisher: Bearport Publishing ISBN: 9781617724626

New plants poke through the soil. Birds build nests and lay eggs. Kids play outdoors longer after school. What does it all mean? It must be spring! From changes in the growth cycles of plants to the signs of spring that can be found in backyards, parks, woodlands, wetlands, cities, and farms all across North America, this colorful book will give kids an exciting opportunity to explore nature in action. Activities, such as recording relative changes in temperature, precipitation, and the length of days in weather notebooks, give readers a chance to gain insights beyond the facts and figures. Expertly crafted to meet early elementary reading and science curriculum standards, How Do You Know It's Spring? introduces young readers to basic science concepts and the two fundamental components of scientific inquiry--making observations, and drawing inferences from those observations.

Wildfires

Vanessa Black (author)

Publisher: Jump Library ISBN: 9781624964473

In Wildfires, early fluent readers learn about the conditions that lead to and result from catastrophic wildfires. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text engage young readers as they learn about the deadliest wildfires and what they can do to prevent and prepare for these disasters. Infographics illustrate key concepts, and an activity offers kids an opportunity to extend discovery. Children can learn more about wildfires using our safe search engine that provides relevant, age-appropriate websites. Wildfires also features reading tips for teachers and parents, a table of contents, a glossary, and an index. Wildfires is part of Jump!'s Disaster Zone series.

Wildfire!

Elizabeth Raum (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781607539995

This photo-illustrated book describes wildfires, including forest fires, grass fires, and bush fires. Explains how these fires are started, what conditions create a crisis, and steps taken to put fires out. Also includes information on staying safe and preventing wildfires. The Q&A features throughout promote reader inquiry and critical thinking. Includes glossary, further resources, and index.

Selkirk Rexes

Betsy Rathburn (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781681032856

Another bad hair day. Such is life for the Selkirk rex breed. These cats are famous for their unruly curls. Even their whiskers curl! Beginning readers may want to pet and style the plush hair of a Selkirk rex after reading this book.

Slammed by a Tsunami!

Miriam Aronin (author)

Publisher: Bearport Publishing ISBN: 9781936088584

On December 26, 2004, carpenter Ari Afrizal was helping build a house on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. Suddenly, he heard a loud whooshing sound and saw a wall of water heading directly toward him. The huge wave was a tsunami that destroyed the house he was working on and swept him out to sea. Alone in the ocean, Ari struggled to survive. Against all odds, would he live through this horrible ordeal? Eyewitness accounts and incredible photos bring to life the experiences of ordinary people who faced catastrophic danger---and lived to tell their stories. Kids will discover the causes and characteristics of tsunamis, and learn about scientific advances in warning systems. Safety tips show young readers what to do in case a tsunami occurs.

Animal Traps and Lairs

Louise and Richard Spilsbury (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781681033167

Did you know that stoats are hypnotists? These weasels perform wild dance moves that make rabbits freeze and stare. The stoats leap and twist, moving closer to the dazed prey, until they can pounce on their victim. This and other animal hunting traps are laid out in this book for growing readers.

A Snake's Life

Ellen Lawrence (author)

Publisher: Bearport Publishing ISBN: 9781617724794

A young child spots a kingsnake in a tree on her family's farm. She decides to keep track of it and record her observations in her diary. Readers will follow along as the narrator tracks the non-venomous snake into a wooded area and finds its eggs in a tree. Later, she reports seeing the baby kingsnakes grow and shed their skin. Colorful photos, diagrams, and clear, age-appropriate text will engage young readers as they explore the life cycle, natural habitat, physical characteristics, diet, and behavior of these fascinating creatures. The diary format models scientific observation and critical thinking--and encourages children to keep notebooks recording their own investigations into the natural world.