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.
Arjun, Nora, and Ping use conjunctions to join up parts of their sentences while they make pizza. Will they have anchovies or jalapeños? Includes a grammar review page.
Scarlett, Ping, Bernard, and William use prepositions as they play hide-and-seek at the farm. Scarlett finds everyone, but there is a noise in the loft. Who is up there? Includes a grammar review page.
William and Ping use pronouns as they get ready for Bernard's surprise birthday party. Someone ate the cake! But who ate it? They need to find out! Includes a grammar review page.
Scarlett uses adjectives to describe the animal she sees to Arjun and William as they take a walk through the woods. Just how big is that animal? Includes a grammar review page.
Nora, William, and Arjun use adverbs to describe their actions while getting a boat ride from Arjuns dad. How fast can the boat go? Includes a grammar review page.
Scarlett, Nora, and Bernard use interjections while they learn about spiders after one bites Scarlett. Ouch! Includes a grammar review page.
Ping uses verbs to explain to William what the bear outside Bernards cabin is doing. Readers learn the different jobs of verbs in a sentence. Includes a grammar review page.
Scarlett, Ping, and Arjun have fun with nouns as they play outside on a snow day. They use nouns to tell about the people, places, and things in their sentences. Includes a grammar review page.
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.
A level 2 Amicus Reader that discusses the dangers of earthquakes, how to prepare for them, and how to stay safe during and after an earthquake.
A level 2 Amicus Reader that discusses the dangers of house fires, how to prepare a fire escape plan, and how to get out during a fire and stay safe after the fire is out.
A level 2 Amicus Reader that discusses the dangers of floods, how to prepare for them, and how to stay safe during and after a flood.
A level 2 Amicus Reader that discusses the dangers of hurricanes, how to prepare for them, and how to stay safe during and after a hurricane.
A level 2 Amicus Reader that discusses the dangers of tornados, how to prepare for them, and how to stay safe during and after a tornado.
A level A Amicus Reader that compares and contrasts common rough and smooth objects, both in nature and man-made. Includes comprehension activity.
A level A Amicus Reader that compares and contrasts young and old animals, showing how old animals teach young ones. Includes comprehension activity.
A Level 1 Amicus Reader that describes how different animal homes are used and how they benefit each animal. Examples include nests, caves, webs, tree hollows, termite mounds, and shells. Includes comprehension activity.
Describes how magnets work and gives examples of everyday uses of magnets. Includes experiments.