With a French name that means "spiny pig" and wearing a coat containing needle-sharp quills, the porcupine is usually not thought of as a cuddly mammal. Unless, of course, one is a porcupine's mother. And who better than mama porcupine to remind her little one of all the wonderful physical characteristics that make him unique, as she helps him explore his world. Rhyme and witty wordplay take readers through a night in the life of a young porcupine, relaying facts about its environment, eating habits, and physical attributes. Budding naturalists and readers of all ages will enjoy learning about the not-often-seen but mighty fine porcupine. STEM-based back matter includes photos and additional information.
When Mae the mayfly first hatches she learns she'll have just a day to enjoy the world. But soon a hungry trout has her racing for cover! As she peeks from her hiding spot and notices some of nature's most beautiful sights, she realizes she must live in the moment and experience everything the--sometimes scary--world has to offer. This tender story reminds us all--young and old--to be present and mindful in all we do.
One evening at dusk a wind current carries a lone firefly out over the sea. Glancing down into the water, the insect is mesmerized by the glowing bioluminescence, mistaking it for other fireflies. Seeking company, the firefly plunges into the waves. Luckily, there are human bystanders who can lend a hand. Based on an event witnessed by nature writer and ecologist Rachel Carson (The Sea Around Us and Silent Spring) where a firefly attempts to join its "family" in the ocean, this lyrical story written in verse perfectly illustrates the wonder and delight the natural world offers those who pay close enough attention. Back matter includes science facts about fireflies and bioluminescence, as well as information about Carson's life.
Danny's shadow goes with him everywhere he goes, except when the sun goes behind the clouds.
It is spring and Danny finds dandelions all over the yard. What does he do with all of the dandelions?
A woods is an area of land that is covered with growing trees where many different plants and animals live. Read more about the woods.
A farm is a place where a farmer grows crops and raises animals. Look at all of the animals you can meet on a farm.
A pond is a small body of still, fresh water that is a habitat for a variety of plants and animals.
Follow a painted turtle from a sunny spot on a log in the pond to meeting a friend by the shore.
Danny goes through his house and around his yard to determine which things are alive and which things are not.
Danny sees a little raccoon in his yard. Danny is curious and follows the raccoon to see where it goes.
Danny enjoys spending time outside with nature and exploring his yard. What animals does he see in his yard?
A robin in Danny's yard makes a nest, lays eggs, and starts a family. Read along to learn more about robins.
Danny likes plants. He likes to find, study, and compare them. Danny learns what it's like to be a botanist - a scientist that studies plants.
Danny likes rocks. He likes to find, collect, and compare them. Danny learns what it means to be a geologist - a scientist who studies rocks.
Baby Elephant may be small, but he can do many things with his trunk.
Diane Shore and Deanna Calvert's clever, rhyming text entices young readers to guess which ocean animal is hiding beneath the flap, skillfully nestled into artist Stephanie Bauer's vibrant, whimsical art.
Diane Shore and Deanna Calvert's clever, rhyming text entices young readers to guess which rainforest animal is hiding beneath the flap, skillfully nestled into artist Stephanie Bauer's vibrant, whimsical art.
Read through this book to watch what grows in a garden environment.
Scampers is no ordinary mouse. She's curious. She asks questions. And she experiments. In short, she thinks like a scientist! Her friend Nibbles, reluctantly joins her as they set out to discover the truth about the owl in the garden. Children will enjoy the jaunty dialogue and whimsical illustrations, and along the way they'll learn how think like a scientist, too!
In the distance, a twig snaps. A white-tailed deer perks up. Time to run! White-tailed deer thrive in the forest biome. Special adaptations such as strong senses and speedy running help them find food and avoid danger. This low-level title uses simple text to explore the lives of the deer. Special features offer extra information such as range, conservation status, life span, and diet.
Chomp! A whitetip reef shark swallows its latest meal. But this hunter won’t stay full for long. Its hunt continues on the ocean floor! Whitetip reef sharks are predators that thrive in the coral reef biome. This low-level title introduces readers to the many adaptations that help whitetips survive. Special features add information about range, conservation status, life span, and diet.
Moose are forest survivors! Split hooves, thick fur, and other adaptations help these tall mammals thrive in the diverse forest biome. This simple text takes readers on a journey through the forest for an up-close look at the lives of moose. Special features offer extra information such as range, conservation status, life span, and diet.
A moray eel darts out of a crack in the reef. Time for dinner! The eel’s extra set of jaws chomp at a passing fish. Moray eels thrive in the coral reef thanks to their many special adaptations. In this low-level, readers explore how eels were made the coral reef biome. Special features highlight additional information such as range, conservation status, life span, and diet.
As leafy vines spread over fertile fields, it is only a matter of time before pumpkins are ready to harvest. After a day at the factory, it is time to make pie! Early readers will follow along on the trip pumpkins take from the patch to the can as they are made into puree for pies. Throughout the text, features highlight where pumpkins are grown, what they need to grow, and more!