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Insect Defenses

Rebecca Sjonger, Bobbie Kalman (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427167330

Insects live all over the world and are food for many animals, including other insects! Children will be fascinated to learn about the many ways these tiny creatures defend themselves against predators. Well-written text, full-color photographs, and clearly labeled illustrations help children discover the senses insects use to avoid predators, how insects bite and sting to defend themselves, how insects blend in with their surroundings in order to remain unnoticed, and how the brightly colored bodies of some insects warn predators to stay away.

Insects that work together

Bobbie Kalman, Molly Aloian (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427167378

This fact-filled book explains in simple terms how the insects within insect colonies work together to ensure the survival of their colonies. Young readers will be intrigued to discover which insects are social, the different insect castes, and the importance of each caste within a colony. Detailed illustrations and clear, concise text highlight the roles of workers, drones, and queens, the different types of nests and how nests are constructed, the role of a termite king, how social insects work together to find food, and which insects swarm or migrate in groups.

How and what do animals eat?

Bobbie Kalman (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427175861

Different animals use their body parts in different ways to seek, find, and take in food. Accessible text and detailed photographs help readers understand how animals eat.

How and why do animals build homes?

Bobbie Kalman (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427175878

From homes in the trees, on and under the ground, and even in the wateranimals are masters at building structures. This interesting book shows how animals build different kinds of shelters to protect them from weather and predators, and provide a safe place to have babies.

How and why do animals change?

Bobbie Kalman (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427175885

This fascinating book compares and contrasts the different characteristics of animals as they change and grow from babies to adults. Children will also learn that animals such as kittens, born in the same litter, all look like cats, but each one can have a different color or pattern on its fur.

Tundras Inside Out

James Bow (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427176448

A seemingly barren, harsh, and cold wilderness, the often icy tundra appears to support little life. However, peel back the corners of this fascinating biome and you will be amazed by the living organisms that thrive within one of Earth's toughest environments. Discover the living things that function within the tundra, from polar bears and caribou to seabirds and foxes. Explore tundras all over the world and find out what you can do to help protect the riches of these mysterious places.

Wetlands Inside Out

James Bow (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427176455

Swamps, bogs, marshes, and estuaries - wetlands come in a variety of forms and are vital for many organisms around the world. Peel back the corners of a wetland and find out what lives there, from herons and algae to alligators and jaguars. Learn how these organisms operate in their delicate ecosystems. Discover, too, where in the world wetlands are found and what you can do to help protect these rich, diverse lands.

Animal Fossils

Natalie Hyde (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427189516

Perfect for the budding paleontologist, this book brings to life animals that lived long ago. With clear text and engaging questions, a full range of fossils from microscopic insects to gigantic prehistoric mammals is examined. Students are encouraged to discuss the idea of living fossils and examine how fossilized animals have adapted into life forms still present today.

Dinosaur Fossils

Natalie Hyde (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427189523

This intriguing new title invites students to walk with the dinosaurs, learning about what they looked like, what they ate, and how they lived. From fossilized teeth to ancient footprints, students will explore how studying the different parts of a dinosaur fossil show paleontologists how these amazing creatures lived before their mass extinction over 65 million years ago.

Human Fossils

Natalie Hyde (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427189530

Since the discovery of Lucy, one of the most famous human skeletons ever discovered, paleontologists and people alike have been fascinated with human fossils. In this book, students will follow the timeline of key discoveries in human fossils, and learn how scientists continue to link together the evolution of humanity using evidence from the past.

Alone in the Arctic

Gerry Bailey (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427175403

When separated from his fellow scientists on the ice in the Arctic, Joe must learn how to survive in the harsh climate. Joe builds an igloo, goes ice fishing, and makes a few animal friends in this engaging title.

Stranded on an Island

Gerry Bailey (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427175427

After a freak wave maroons Joe on a deserted island, he investigates the food chain of the island's ecosystem. He learns to gather food and build shelter, copying other living things and using whatever materials he can find on the island.

Swept Away by the Storm

Gerry Bailey (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427175434

Adrift in heavy seas after a hurricane, Joe finds his boat pulled by strong currents and winds. He follows a flock of birds and discovers other sea creatures moving in the same direction toward some rocks. Can Joes science skills help him to survive?

Trapped on the Rock

Gerry Bailey (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427175458

Separated from his science team on a mountain after a landslide, Joe is in no hurry to get back. The slide has carried a wealth of fossils with it for him to study! Joe examines these and the mountain terrain to learn how the mountains formed and figure out how old they are.

Killer Plants and Other Green Gunk

Anna Claybourne (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427193513

A plants needs are simple: dirt, sunshine, water and maybe a nice juicy fly? SNAP! Some plants are more than just a posy in a pot waiting to be watered. From powerful poisons to hideous smells, this fascinating book describes the creepy and sometimes painful survival techniques of plants. Get your hands dirty, too, with some easy (and painless!) experiments.

Slimy Spawn and Other Gruesome Life Cycles

Barbara Taylor (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427193520

If you think all babies are cute, think again! There are disgusting and dreadful stages in the life cycles of many different animals. From tadpoles that eat one another to bloodthirsty bugs, this amazing book describes the gross beginnings of animals that crawl, swim, or fly. Get your hands dirty, too, with some easy (and painless!) experiments.

Stinky Skunks and Other Animal Adaptations

Barbara Taylor (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427193544

If you were a hungry coyote, would you brave a skunks stinky spray for a meal, or would it leave a bad taste in your mouth? Many animals have survival techniques that offend the senses or strike fear in the hearts of predators. From deadly defenses to revolting eating habits, this interesting book describes the disgusting and frightening survival techniques of animals. Get your hands dirty, too with some easy (and painless!) experiments.

Deserts Inside Out

Marina Cohen (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427176400

Step into the desert - a dry, dusty place with little water and vegetation. What could live in this hostile environment? Peel back the corners of the desert to discover the incredible organisms that survive in this ecosystem, from scorpions and cacti to musk oxen and seals. Find out how deserts work as a system, carving out an existence in one of the most extreme biomes on Earth. Learn, too, how deserts are found all around the world and what you can do to help protect these amazing wildernesses.

Forests Inside Out

James Bow (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427176523

Step into the forest - a vast, green landscape of trees and plants, home to countless animals. Peel back the corners of the forest to discover the incredible organisms that live in this ecosystem, from insects and birds to deer and bears. Learn how each organism functions within its forest ecosystem and how it survives in one of the most diverse biomes on Earth. Find out, too, where forests are found all around the world and what you can do to help protect one of Earths most precious resources.

Grasslands Inside Out

James Bow (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427176417

Huge, far-reaching landscapes of swaying grass or shrubs, grasslands support a whole host of organisms and are one of the most important biomes for people, too. Peel back the corners of the grassland to find out how many different organisms rely upon this ecosystem for survival, from elephants and gazelles to prairie dogs and horses. Discover how each organism functions within its grassland ecosystem, and learn about the daily fight for survival that takes place in these huge hunting grounds. Explore grasslands all over the world and find out what you can do to help protect these rich and varied landscapes.

Islands Inside Out

Megan Kopp (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427176530

Step onto an islandland surrounded by water, a habitat for land-living organisms as well as creatures that visit from their ocean homes. Peel back the corners of the island to discover the incredible organisms that live in this ecosystem, from lizards and birds to possums and bats. Discover how each organism functions within its island home, and the fight for survival that takes place when these delicate ecosystems are threatened. Learn, too, where in the world islands are found and what you can do to help protect these beautiful and precious places.

Mountains Inside Out

James Bow (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427176547

Let's climb a mountain - a towering, sky-scraping world that reaches high above Earths surface. What can live so high up where it is harder to breathe and the hillsides are steep? A whole ecosystem of life! Peel back the corners of a mountain to discover the incredible organisms that live in this ecosystem, from wolves and birds to frogs and goats. Find out how they work as a system, carving out an existence in one of the most remote biomes on Earth. Learn, too, where mountains are found all around the world and what you can do to help protect these amazing wildernesses.

Oceans Inside Out

Robin Johnson (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427176424

From sunlit surface water that teems with life to the deepest, darkest depths filled with some of Earth's most unusual creatures, oceans are home to a wide array of life. Peel back the corners of the ocean to find out what fascinating life exists within this ecosystem, from Earth's biggest animal, the blue whale, to tiny organisms, such as kelp. Discover where the world's oceans are and what you can do to help protect our planets rich waters.

Rivers and Lakes Inside Out

Megan Kopp (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427176554

Wade into rivers and lakeswatery underwater worlds teeming with plant and animal life. These biomes provide a home filled with all the elements their inhabitants need for survival. Peel back a corner of these amazing ecosystems to discover the incredible organisms that function within them and around them, from microorganisms and plants to fish and the mammals that feed on them. Explore rivers and lakes all over the world and find out what you can do to help protect the riches of these wonderful waterways.

What is a top predator?

Bobbie Kalman (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427179562

This informative and beautiful book looks at apex or top predators - animals that are not eaten by other animals in their habitats - and why these animals play a very important role in keeping food chains in balance. Students are introduced to the energy pyramid, which shows that there are fewer top predators than other animals and gives reasons why many of these animals are endangered. Humans, the most powerful top predators, are the biggest threat to these essential endangered animals.