Mysterious events occur all over the world. It rains fish every year in Honduras, rocks in Pennsylvania make music, and large drawings can be found on the desert floors in Peru! Readers will learn about these strange phenomena and more curiosities like ESP and crop circles in this baffling and fascinating nonfiction reader. Vibrant images and intriguing facts in conjunction with a glossary of terms, informational text, and an index keep readers captivated from cover to cover!
What does it mean to "think outside the box"? It means to challenge your usual way of thinking, and to develop your imagination. Thinking outside the box helps you come up with new solutions, solve problems, and invent new things. Featuring TIME For Kids content, this nonfiction reader introduces students to the idea of creative thinking and the concept of "thinking outside the box." This high-interest title includes detailed photos, stimulating facts, and clear, informational text to engage students as they build their critical literacy skills. The book includes text features such as bold font, captions, a table of contents, a glossary, and sidebars to increase understanding, improve academic vocabulary, and prompt critical thinking. This text prepares students for college and career and is aligned with state and national standards. Keep grade 2 students engaged from cover to cover with this imaginative reader!
Level 2 guided reader that educates students on tornadoes, how they form, precaution, and safety.
From taking a close-up look at the parts of an ear, to learning how our ears work as a team with our brain, My Amazing Sense of Hearing explores everything to do with how we hear. What are sounds? What is an ear drum? And do our ears really stop us from toppling over? These questions and many more will be answered in this lively, fact-packed new book for young readers.
From taking a close-up look at the parts of an eye, to learning how our eyes work as a team with our brain, My Amazing Sense of Sight explores everything to do with how we see. Why do we see the world in color? Why do some people wear glasses? These questions and many more will be answered in this lively, fact-packed new book for young readers.
From taking a close-up look at the parts of a nose, to learning how our noses work as a team with our brain, My Amazing Sense of Smell explores everything to do with how we smell. What exactly is a smell made of? How do we recognize smells? And what exactly is snot all about? These questions and many more will be answered in this lively, fact-packed new book for young readers.
From taking a close-up look at a tongue, to learning how our tastebuds work as a team with our noses and brains, My Amazing Sense of Taste explores everything to do with how we taste our food. How do our tongues detect different flavors? Why cant we taste our food when we have a cold? These questions and many more will be answered in this lively, fact-packed new book for young readers.
From taking a close-up look at the skin, to learning how our skin and nerves work as a team with our brains, My Amazing Sense of Touch explores everything to do with how we feel the things we touch. How do we detect soft, rough, hot, or cold? How does our sense of touch stop us from getting hurt? These questions and many more will be answered in this lively, fact-packed new book for young readers.
Humans aren't the only entertainers in movies and on stage. From Terry the dog, who played Toto in The Wizard of Oz, to Popcorn Deelites the horse, who played the racehorse Seabiscuit in the movies, animals have been entertaining Americans for years. In this introduction to the world of animal actors, readers will get a sense of the amazing range of animals that act, what's required to be successful (beyond luck and a great manager), and the casting process. The bright, colorful pictures and fascinating text are sure to engage your star-struck emergent readers and give them a deep appreciation for the work these animal actors do.
It's pretty amazing that homing pigeons can find their way back home--even when transported vast distances and then released. In fact, homing pigeons are known to have made trips as long as 1,100 miles (1,770 km) to get back home, flying at speeds of up to 110 mph (177 kph). Although they are famous for carrying messages for the military in small tubes during the wars of the 20th century, they began their work for humans more than 850 years ago! In this introduction to homing pigeons, readers will learn about the various jobs these pigeons have been used for, along with profiles of some of the most famous of their breed. The fascinating pictures and text are sure to engage your emergent readers and fill them with amazement at the abilities of these unique birds.
Therapy animals can improve a person's mood, motivate a child to read, and comfort the sick--sometimes even more successfully than humans. How? Simply the act of being present, friendly, "pet-able," and attentive is often all it takes. In this introduction to therapy animals, kids will learn about the special traits required of non-human caregivers and the places where these animals work--from schools to hospitals to nursing homes. The bright pictures and fascinating text are sure to engage emergent readers and give them a deep respect for the work these animals do.
Some amusement park rides are so extraordinary it's difficult to appreciate their incredible size and speed. In Amazing Amusement Park Rides, kids will get lots of help in understanding the big numbers behind some of the world's most awesome structures. For example, the Steel Dragon in Japan is the longest roller coaster in the world, covering 8,133 feet (2,479 m) of track. That's just a number, but when you know that if the roller coaster were laid out in one straight line it would stretch across 27 football fields placed end to end, you have a better idea of what the number actually means! Packed with large, dynamic photos and fun facts, Amazing Amusement Park Rides is sure to delight young readers as they explore the numbers behind the world's most incredible rides. Stat boxes on each spread provide a quick run-down of the key features of each building.
Discover the most stupendous sports stadiums in the world and learn about their incredible features through comparisons. For instance, did you know that ANZ Stadium in Australia is one of the most eco-friendly stadiums around? It has four large tanks that can collect 850,000 gallons (3,217,600 l) of rainwater that's used to water the field. That's enough water to fill about 28,000 bathtubs! Or did you know that the new Cowboys Stadium has a massive video screen display that hangs 90 feet (27 m) in the air--so high that the White House could easily fit between the screen and the field? This book is filled with dazzling photos and fascinating comparisons that will help readers understand just how amazing these stupendous stadiums really are.
On January 12, 2010, a massive earthquake rocked the island-nation of Haiti, destroying almost 300,000 homes and taking the lives of more than 200,000 people. Overshadowed by the terrible humanitarian crisis that followed was the fact that tens of thousands of helpless animals were left to fend for themselves amongst the rubble, many of them injured and without food. Would anyone rescue these animals after disaster struck? In Saving Animals After Earthquakes, kids will read the inspiring stories of organizations such as the Best Friends Animal Society, which deployed a rapid response team to Haiti to rescue and treat injured animals in the debris-clogged streets. Readers will also meet animals such as Bells and Deiter, two pet dogs that were pulled alive from the rubble in Haitiless than five years after they were rescued in New Orleans after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. The inspiring true stories in this book will capture the heart of any young animal lover.
In June 2008, floodwaters ravaged sections of eastern Iowa, washing away roads, buildings, and spilling onto farmlands. Many residents and farmers were forced to quickly evacuate their property, leaving behind helpless animals to survive the flood on their own. Would anyone come to the rescue of the abandoned pets and farm animals? Saving Animals After Floods tells the story of animals that were rescued and the heroic volunteers and organizations that rushed in to save them. Kids will discover the stories of people like Jeff Boyer, an Iowa farmer who was forced to evacuate his farm and leave behind his 3,500 pigs. Fortunately for Jeff, groups such as the Best Friends Animal Society arrived in the floods aftermath to rescue stranded animals and reconnect them with their owners. From rescues in Iowa all the way to Pakistan, the inspiring true stories from around the world will warm the heart of any young animal lover.
On the morning of October 27, 2003, a police car skidded to a stop in front of Nancy Baars house in San Diego. "You have ten minutes to get out of here!" the officer shouted. A huge wildfire was burning out of control in the mountains near Nancys house and was quickly approaching her neighborhood. She had to leave quickly, but it wouldnt be easy. Nancys four-acre (1.6-hectare) property was home to dogs, a horse, a pig, and 71 birds! There was no way she could move all the animals to safety in time. Would anyone save the animals that were left behind? In Saving Animals from Fires, readers will meet the courageous workers who risk their lives to rush into houses, forests, and rivers to rescue animals from fire and ash. From saving pet birds in California to rescuing koalas in Australia, the inspiring and true stories from around the world will warm the heart of any animal lover.
On the morning of July 15, 2012, the weather at SantAgostino Beach in Italy was clear and calmjust perfect for a swim. Shortly before noon, however, the wind picked up. Soon, it blew so hard that it pushed two swimmers dangerously far from shore. Fortunately, a lifeguard was on duty. She managed to swim out and help bring both swimmers back. Most of the time, such an event wouldnt make headlines. This time, however, it did. Thats because the lifeguard was a yellow Labrador retriever named Ariel! Ariel is just one of hundreds of dogs that patrol beaches to keep people safe. Whether diving into dangerous waves from the decks of rescue boats or jumping from helicopters hovering above the water, these brave canines are willing to risk their lives to make sure no one drowns. With real-life stories and full-color photos of these courageous canines on the job, this book is sure to appeal to dog lovers everywhere.
On a crystal clear day, a large green parachute descends from the sky. As the chute gets closer to the ground, four furry legs come into view. The creature attached to the parachute is a dog! The canine has been trained by the military to skydive from planes flying high above Earth. Once on the ground, the dog uses its keen sense of smell to seek out hidden bombs and hunt down dangerous terrorists. In this book, young readers will meet a variety of amazing skydiving dogsfrom Austrian military dogs that plunge from a height of 10,000 feet (3,048 m) to dogs like Otis, a 12-year-old pug in California that likes to accompany his owner, Will DaSilvia, on skydiving expeditions. Packed with real-life stories and dramatic, full-color photos of these special animals, this book is sure to be a favorite of dog-lovers everywhere.
One morning in September 2011, a large crowd gathered at the shore in Huntington Beach, California. The people had come to watch dozens of surfers ride the rolling ocean waves. This wasnt just any surfing competition, howeverthe surfers were dogs! With more than a thousand fans cheering the competitors on, an English bulldog named Sir Hollywood rode a long wave and was declared one of the winners. Surf dog competitions are fairly new, but dogs have been riding surfboards with their owners for fun since the 1920s. In Surf Dog Miracles, kids will meet the talented dogs that learn to balance on a surfboard, recover if they almost fall off the board, and even surf backward. Some surf dogs raise money for charity, while others can help people with disabilities ride a wave. Packed with real-life stories and full-color photos of these special animals, this book is sure to be a favorite of dog-lovers everywhere. Surf Dog Miracles is part of Bearports Dog Heroes series.
A bolt of lightning creates a spark that instantly turns a tree into a ball of flames. The fire quickly spreads in the remote forest. Overhead, specially trained firefighters leap out of a plane into the forest. They carefully tug on their parachute straps to avoid the blaze and the rising smoke. After landing, the smoke jumpers immediately get to work battling the giant fire. In Smoke Jumpers, dramatic, true stories will keep readers turning the pages as they learn firsthand how these tough, brave firefighters use their strength, quick thinking, and expert skills to battle deadly blazes. In addition, readers will go behind the scenes to learn how smoke jumpers train for their job so that they are ready to spring into action at a moments notice.
After hearing the command "Forward," a Labrador retriever crosses a city street. Its owner carefully grips the dogs harness. The handler is blind, but with his guide dog leading the way, he can safely cross the busy intersection. In this fascinating introduction to guide dogs, beginning readers will learn all about the hard-working canines that help their owners handle any obstacle. From avoiding dangerous traffic to climbing daunting stairs, guide dogs are on the job to help their owners safely make their way through the world. Each 24-page book features controlled text with age-appropriate vocabulary and simple sentence construction. The lively text, colorful pages, and exquisite photos are sure to delight and engage emergent readers.
A police dog weaves back and forth along a busy city street, using its powerful nose to sniff the ground. The working canine is searching for hidden bombs. In this exciting introduction to police dogs, beginning readers will learn all about the brave and loyal dogs that won't let anything keep them from getting the job done! From chasing after criminals to sniffing out explosives, police dogs are hard at work keeping people safe and protecting their police officer handlers. Each 24-page book features controlled text with age-appropriate vocabulary and simple sentence construction. The lively text, colorful pages, and exquisite photos are sure to delight and engage emergent readers.
May 20, 2013, began as a normal day at Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Oklahoma. Just before 3:00 p.m., a loud siren went offa tornado was coming! Students and teachers raced to find shelter from the massive twister. The storm violently shook the school. Its powerful, swirling winds tore the roof off the building and caused some of the schools walls to collapse. Would the students and teachers inside survive the storms fury? Oklahomas Devastating May 2013 Tornado is a heart-stopping account of the tornado that hit Moore, Oklahoma, and nearby areasfrom its origins as a thunderstorm to its transformation into a huge twister and, finally, to the peoples heroic efforts to rebuild after the destruction. Captivating, first-person accounts of survivors, including a teacher who risked her life to save her students and a couple who helped rescue people trapped by the monster storm, bring this dramatic tale to life. Large, color photos, maps, and fact boxes enrich the true stories of bravery and heroism. Written in narrative format, this book is sure to draw readers in and hold them tight.
In October 2012, Hurricane Sandy hammered the Caribbean and eastern United States, leaving a long trail of destruction in its path. Powerful winds snapped trees and shattered windows. Floodwaters filled up streets, washing away cars and spilling into buildings. Thousands of people were forced to abandon their homes and flee for their lives. This book is an account of the storm, from its origins in the Caribbean Sea to its landfall in New Jersey and, finally, to its aftermath. Superstorm Sandy includes captivating, first-person accounts of survivors, including a fireman who waded through chest-deep water to carry his three children and wife to safety, as well as a woman who was forced to take refuge in a tree after her home flooded during the storm. Large color photos, maps, and fact boxes enrich the true stories of bravery and heroism. Written in narrative format, this book is sure to draw readers in--and never let them go.
A level 2 Amicus Reader that discusses the dangers of blizzards, how to prepare for them, and how to stay safe during and after a blizzard.