With over 1700 species, more than one-third of all mammals are rodents. From the jumping jerboa to the humungous capybara, What is a Rodent? gnaws through rodent myths to expose the facts about this often misunderstood group. Readers of all ages will be fascinated by the rodent family tree, a rodent's body and amazing teeth, homes underground and in watery habitats, millions of mice and rats, many rodent cousins from squirrels to prairie dogs, their prickly quills, webbed feet, and fabulous fur, and pet care tips.
The events of the Dust Bowl period did not look the same to everyone involved--understanding depends on perspective. In the Viewpoints and Perspectives series, more advanced readers will come to understand different viewpoints by learning the context, significance, and details of the period through the eyes of three different people, while engaging with text through questions sparking critical thinking. Books include timeline, glossary, and index.
A tour of the Gulf of Mexico and its surrounding area.
An exploration of Yellowstone National Park, including how volcanoes helped form its landscape, its history of preservation, and tourist attractions such as the geyser called Old Faithful.
Some of the scariest creatures in nature can take over the minds of others. That's how they get what they want. Their victims are zombie creatures.
A look at bison, including their habitats, physical characteristics such as their shaggy coats, behaviors, relationships with humans, and threatened status in the world today.
Through bright images, charts and graphs, and informational text, this nonfiction title provides readers with enlightening facts about what it takes to work in this exciting and unique profession. Featuring a glossary of terms, an index, a list of helpful websites, and an interview with a real-life deep sea fisher, children will be engaged from cover to cover!
From a stalk of corn to a pine tree, every plant is made of plant cells. What material is in these cells? How do they hold together? How do growers use their knowledge of cell growth to create new plants? What's next in plant science? You can see the hidden secrets of cell life in the fascinating photos, diagrams, and text inside.
Going wild. We don't see it as a good thing. And why would we? For most of our time on earth, humanity has been running from lions and other wilderness dangers. We've worked hard to make our local landscapes as safe and convenient as possible. Sometimes that's meant paving over areas that might burst into weeds. Other times, we've dammed rivers for electricity or irrigation. But now pollution, climate change and disruptions to the water cycle are affecting the world in ways we never anticipated. What if the new key to making our lives safer (and even healthier) is to allow the wilderness back into our cities?
John Muir spoke, wrote, and lived the wilderness, including taking President Theodore Roosevelt on an overnight trip to the Yosemite Valley. This trip led to Roosevelts signing into law a bill that placed Yosemite under federal control as a national park. Because of this and his founding of the Sierra Club, John Muir is credited as one of the key shapers of the modern environmental movement.
Dino tales! It took over 150 years to finally unravel the mystery surrounding this particular dinosaur. A man named Don gets his lifelong dream of having a dinosaur named after him. A scientist solves the mystery of a wounded Ice-Age creature. Fossil footprints lead to an important discovery. Stories by Dougal Dixon, "Dino Don" Lessem, Gail Jarrow, and Melissa Stewart.
Real dinosaurs! Read about Triceratops' horns and their purpose. Did you know that there are animals alive today that move similarly to dinosaurs? Sometimes museums display copies of dinosaur fossils instead of the real thing. Learn how the Smithsonian made an exact copy of a dinosaur skeleton. A dinosaur fan's dreams came true as he watched a dinosaur skeleton being rebuilt. Stories by Sharon Pochron, Cheryl M. Reifsnyder, Ph.D., Suzanne McIntire, and Don Lessem, Dinosaur Editor.
The green forest! Baby Bear explores the forest looking for the perfect bed. Different forest animals prepare for the long winter ahead. Jack Rabbit doesn't believe it is going to rain. He talks to his forest friends who can smell the rain, and they all tell him that it is coming soon. Cheeper is learning how to sing. Can he learn before he must leave the forest? Stories by Lucinda H. Kennaley, Dale Cross Purvis, Gay Kamber Seltzer, and Highlights for Children.
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.
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.
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.
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.