Although there are over 9,000 species of birds in the world, each develops from a single-celled egg, is incubated, hatches, and grows to adulthood. Some bird life cycles involve migration. The Life Cycle of a Bird focuses on the various stages and explains the differences in the length of time birds incubate their eggs and care for their young, the development of a chicken embryo and how a chick hatches, the dangers to nesting habitats, and the effects of pollution and how these affect the life cycle of birds.
These busy insects have intrigued people of all ages for thousands of years. The Life Cycle of a Honeybee describes each stage of a honeybee's life cycle from egg to adult. Full-color photographs, beautiful illustrations, and easy-to-understand text highlight how a queen lays eggs and forms a new hive, how eggs develop into workers, drones, or queen bees, how the body of a larva changes to that of an adult through metamorphosis, the roles of workers, drones, and queens in the hive, and how honeybees find food.
Frogs begin their lives as tiny tadpoles living in water. As adults, they live both on land and in the water. The Life Cycle of a Frog details the changes in a frog at the four stages: egg, tadpole, froglet, and adult. Illustrations, photographs, and easy-to-read text explain the facts about how the frog breathes and eats at each stage, the differences in the metamorphosis of frogs in southern and northern climates, and the dangers to frogs from pollution, pesticides, and destruction of habitat.
Mosquitoes have lived on Earth for more than 30 million years! Close-up photos and detailed illustrations depict the amazing changes a mosquito goes through in four stages: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. Kids will enjoy reading about different species of mosquitoes and - most importantly - why they bite! Topics include mosquito bodies and senses, where mosquitoes lay their eggs, the differences between male and female mosquitoes, and the diseases mosquitoes transmit and how to avoid mosquito bites.
Hundreds of thousands of beetles live all over the world in habitats as diverse as swamps, rainforests, and deserts. The Life Cycle of a Beetle describes the growth and development of these fascinating insects from egg to adult. Full-color images of all kinds of beetles, from the familiar to the extraordinary, are included. Illustrations and photographs illuminate topics such as where beetles lay their eggs, the transformation from larva to pupa to beetle, differences between male and female beetles, how beetles defend themselves against predators, the dangers faced by beetles, and how children can help beetles.
Bears are some of the most loved animals on Earth. All over the world, however, bears are at risk. In Endangered Bears, kids will learn about the lives of these beautiful animals and why they are at risk of becoming extinct. Topics include a bear's life cycle, the many habitats in which bears live around the world, how bears communicate through body language and sounds, and threats from hunting, poaching, shrinking habitats and global warming.
Arbor Day is held on the last Friday of April across the United States. Observers are encouraged to plant trees across the nation and remember the importance of forests and the environment. Young readers will learn about the importance of environmental awareness through this unique celebration that began in the 1800s.
Caring for Earth is everyones job! Readers will discover some of the different ways they can have a positive impact on the environment. From planting trees and eating locally grown foods, to pre-cycling and protecting animal habitats, children will learn to take personal responsibility for environmental stewardship. Readers will discover how they can be effective problem-solvers when it comes to protecting the planet.
In this innovative title, young readers learn what it means to be a citizen of the global community. From water wells in Africa to global disaster relief, children will learn about different needs around the world and discover their own abilities to make the world a better place.
This fascinating book explains to young children why the land on Earth has different shapes in different places. Amazing photographs and illustrations show examples of continents, mountains, valleys, plains, and caves, as well as the forests, animals, and water that may be found on each landform. Simple text also describes what volcanoes are and how lava flows can create mountains. The role that weather, such as rain and strong wind, plays in shaping sand dunes, mesas, buttes, and canyons is also described.
Environmental activists are concerned for the well being of the environment, including all people, plants, and animals. This wonderfully informative title shows how environmentalists work to preserve and improve the natural environment and how young environmentalists can become positive activists themselves. Readers will learn what actions they can take to make the world a better place to live in.
This book describes resources to younger readers, including capital resources and natural resources. Emphasis is placed on how most resources are of limited supply, so producers and consumers must make choices when things they want or need become scarce. An impressive array of full-color images enhances the reading experience.
Accessible text and vibrant design combine to provide readers with a solid introduction to this form of matter. Readers will learn the unique properties of solids and the conditions under which they change state.
Carefully constructed text and detailed photographs help readers identify the properties of gases. Readers will discover different kinds of gases and their practical, everyday uses.
This new book will blow readers away! Accessible text, interesting facts, and bright, colorful design create an engaging combination for young readers. Readers will discover how wind forms, its affect on people, plants, and animals, and the tools scientists use to measure wind direction and speed. A hands-on experiment teaches readers how to make a wind vane and use it to find the winds direction.
Temperature is a measure of how hot or cold something is. Temperature affects our lives from the clothes we wear to the activities we do. This engaging and entertaining title inspires a solid understanding of this essential concept. Readers also discover how a thermometer is used to measure temperature using units called degrees.
Weather changes from day to day and season to season. But what exactly is weather and how is it created? Readers will discover the answers to these questions and many other weather wonders. Bright, full-color photographs, inviting text, and engaging questions introduce readers to the different types of weather in our world and how it affects our lives.
From gentle showers to heavy downpours and slow flurries to hail, this appealing title will be a hit with readers rain or shine! Readers will learn the basic concepts of the water cycle, the features of different kinds of precipitation, and the role temperature has in determining what falls from our clouds.
All types of creatures, including insects, mammals, and fish, are covered in this engaging book on the animal kingdom. Young readers will learn all the basics of kingdoms, orders, classes, and species.
Children see themselves as part of a non-living world of houses, schools and televisions. This intriguing new book explains what a living thing is so that children can make the connection between themselves and other living things, including plants, animals, and insects.
What are Forests? brings to life the wondrously complex and diverse ecosystems found in forests around the world. Intricate relationships and concepts are explained in a simple way with the help of beautiful color photographs. Children will be fascinated by the earth's many types of forests, the elements that make up a forest ecosystem, the wide range of plant and animal species that live in different forests, and the importance of forests to the rest of the Earth.
Biomes are the major communities of plants and animals in our world. Children will love learning about life in everything from the chilly arctic tundra biome to dry, grassy savannahs.
This delightful new book shows children the ways in which mammals are different from other living things. Fascinating examples are featured, from mammals that lay eggs or have a pouch to human beings.
From blood-sucking vampire bats to mango-eating fruit bats, What is a Bat? tackles bat myths and teaches children about their hibernation, reproduction, migration, habitats, and bat communication.
Starting with the sun, food chains link together plants and animals in various ecosystems to help them survive. Kids will be fascinated by these chains and their own links to the natural world.