Bundle up! Maria and Grandma watch as a squirrel prepares for winter. Dad and Isabel watch different types of wild animals getting ready for the chilly winter. A fable tells of a little bird that cannot fly south for the winter. Each year before the river freezes, barges bring supplies for the long Alaskan winter. What will the barge bring for Ben? The arctic squirrel hibernates underground to survive the harsh winter. Stories by Marianne Mitchell, Bonnie Highsmith Taylor, Diana C. Conway, and Karen G. Ballen.
Brr! Five snowmen race down a hill, but only one makes it to the finish line. In another kind of "snowstorm," Jem uses her quick thinking to save her new friend, Vianna. Issac is excited to see snow for the first time, and Angela finds a new way to fly. Stories by Kathleen Doherty, Roxanne Werner, Nancy Dearborn, and Wendy Hogarth.
It's springtime! Rabbit is inspired by a daffodil, and throws a party. Discover why there's bubbly foam on plants and evergreen trees in the spring. Mandy and Ben play outside and enjoy the beautiful spring weather. Sarah looks for a new spring coat. A frog sits near the meadow on a busy spring morning. Stories by Highlights for Children, Beverly J. Letchworth, Marianne Mitchell, Clara Gillow Clark, and Marilyn Kratz.
Seasons! Spot wants to play outside but it is too cold. Spot plays in a pile of leave. Spot is playing outside, then the weather begins to change. Spot says hello to spring. Spot enjoys summer. Stories by Marileta Robinson and Highlights for Children.
Fun in every season! In winter, Tex and Indi build a snowman. In autumn, they try to put the leaves back on the trees. In summer, Tex and Indi go to the beach and build a sandcastles. At the end of spring, Tex and Indi's class make memory books. Stories by Lissa Rovetch.
Nature! Tex and Indi find fun shapes in the clouds, make bird feeders, and wish on the moon. The whole family plants a garden. Then Tex and Indi go on a nature hike with their Aunt. Stories by Lissa Rovetch.
Seasons! The Timbertoes work hard at the end of the season. They decorate their house for spring. In autumn, they build a leaf pile. The Timbertoes get ready for winter. Stories by Rich Wallace and Marileta Robinson.
Nature! The Timbertoes make maple syrup. Tommy plays outside. Pa makes a telescope to look at the moon. The Timbertoes set out to forage nuts. Stories by Highlights for Children, Brian Berndt, Rich Wallace, and Marileta Robinson.
Make the best of a cold day with Spot! Spot plays outside on a windy day. In autumn Spot collects different color leaves. When it snows, Spot plays outside, watches snowflakes, and makes a snowball. Stories by Marileta Robinson and Highlights for Children.
Frogs! Learn about the unique jump of the Tailed Frogs in the Pacific Northwest. Figure out where the mysterious sound of a thousand bells comes from. Discover the dangerous journey of a wood frog. Get a close look at the tiny "famous" frogs from the rain forest. Stories by Pamela Brunskill, Barbara Cole, Carole Smith Berney, and Chris Dietel.
Bubbles, museums, and fairies! Maria has fun at the bubble exhibit in the children's museum. Marvin's museum is more fun with the help of friends. Magical fairies dance around a suburban neighborhood on summer nights. Talitha discovers how Big T "stole" a note, some straw, a handkerchief, and a ribbon. Find out what happens if you blow soap bubbles in below-freezing weather! Stories by Marianne Mitchell, Highlights for Children, Emma Otherguy, and Verlis Hutchens.
Bugs! See the work of an artist who makes giant sculptures of some of the world's smallest creatures. Enjoy a creepy crawly counting poem. Learn about an insect eating caterpillar and get answers to questions such as "why can't bugs talk?" Stories by Jennifer Mattox, Mary Meinking, Charlotte, Gunnufson, and Highlights for Children.
In the Dark! Find the lights in the scary night. What do sheep count to fall to sleep? Enjoy a silly story about when the lights go out… dancing. Learn how bats can fly at night and how they drink water in flight. Stories by Maggie Murphy, Amy S. Hansen, Noelle Poulet, Alison Pearce Stevens, Ph.D., Marianne Mitchell, and Marileta Robinson.
Australian and arctic animals! Meet a scientist who studies wombats and another who studies arctic foxes. Enjoy a fun story about animals having a jumping competition and another about animals having a special grown-up birthday party. Stories by L.E. Carmichael, Ph.D., Douglas McInnis, Karen Steiner, and Highlights for Children.
Big animals! Find out about the biting career of a zoo animal dentist. Learn about ways in which people cure, respect, and preserve big cats in Africa and California. Stories by Pamela S. Turner, Highlights for Children, Nina Kidd, and David Richardson.
Fun at the beach! Alex packs toys for a beach trip. Duck and Goose have try a new sport at the lake. Emma realizes that the wild animals should be free, no matter how small. Learn a safe and easy trick for examining sea creatures up close. Stories by Larry Dane Brimner, Dagmar Kost, Marianne Mitchell, and Les Ewen.
Squirrels! Learn about the survival of different types of squirrels. Stories by Lois Bower, Alison Pearce Stevens Ph.D., Cheryl M Reifsnyder, Ph.D., and Richard Woods.
Big cats! Learn how radio collars aide in conservation and answers to questions, such as, "why can't humans run as fast as cheetahs?" Follow researchers as they track Siberian tigers. Find out about efforts to conserve snow leopards in the wild. Stories by Andy Boyles, Pamela S. Turner, Linda Zajac, and Highlights for Children.
As our world's population grows, so to does our need for energy. Scientists seek the next breakthrough in new technology while constantly finding ways to make current solutions cheaper and more efficient. In this title, discover what methane energy is, its history, how we use it today, and how new technologies can contribute to our energy future. Learn how methane digesters work and how they can help people in the developing world, discover ways biogas might replace natural gas, and explore the potential future uses of methane hydrates. Sidebars, full-color photos, full-spread diagrams, well-placed graphs, charts, and maps, stories highlighting innovations in action, and a glossary enhance this engaging title. Innovative Technologies is a series in Essential Library, an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.
There are thousands of things going on right under your feet--but you probably didn't even know it! From bugs and worms to decaying matter, discover tons of 'Ack!'-inducing facts in this fascinating book.
These now-extinct cephalods were the predecessors of modern-day squid, octopus, and nautilus and survived for nearly 335 million years! Young readers will discover how these shelled creatures came in myriad shapes, sizes, and designs, and how they managed to outlast several mass extinctions until about 65 million years ago.
Butterflies may be one of nature's most beautiful creatures. But do we really know all that much about them? Learn some great butterfly information in this book, from cocoon shapes and migration patterns to strange techniques in fending off predators.
In Coral Reef Food Chains, early fluent readers explore the coral reef biome and the food chains it supports. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text engage young readers as they explore how energy flows through plants and animals on a coral reef. A map helps readers identify major reefs in the world's oceans, and an activity offers kids an opportunity to extend discovery. Children can learn more about coral reef food chains using our safe search engine that provides relevant, age-appropriate websites. Coral Reef Food Chains also features reading tips for teachers and parents, a table of contents, a glossary, and an index.
In Forest Food Chains, early fluent readers explore the temperate forest biome and the food chains it supports. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text engage young readers as they explore how energy flows through plants and animals in a forest environment. A map helps readers identify significant forested areas of the world, and an activity offers kids an opportunity to extend discovery. Children can learn more about forest food chains using our safe search engine that provides relevant, age-appropriate websites. Forest Food Chains also features reading tips for teachers and parents, a table of contents, a glossary, and an index.
In Freshwater Food Chains, early fluent readers explore the freshwater biome and the food chains it supports. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text engage young readers as they explore how energy flows through plants and animals in freshwater rivers and lakes. A map helps readers identify major rivers and lakes of the world, and an activity offers kids an opportunity to extend discovery. Children can learn more about freshwater food chains using our safe search engine that provides relevant, age-appropriate websites. Freshwater Food Chains also features reading tips for teachers and parents, a table of contents, a glossary, and an index.