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The Best Nest

Little Kitty Big Cat (author), Scotti Cohn (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180272

Long ago, when the world was young, the magpies' nests were the envy of all other birds. To help the other birds, Maggie Magpie patiently explained how to build a nest. But some birds were impatient and flew off without listening to all the directions, which is why, to this day, birds' nests come in all different shapes and sizes. This clever retelling of an old English folktale teaches the importance of careful listening.

Little Red Bat

Carole Gerber (author), Christina Wald (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180944

Red bats can hibernate or migrate to warmer regions during the winter. Should this solitary little bat stay or should she go? That's the question the little red bat ponders as the leaves fall and the nights get colder! The squirrel tells her to stay. But what about the dangerous creatures that hunt red bats in winter? The sparrow urges her to go. But where? Carole Gerber takes young readers on an educational journey through one bat's seasonal dilemma in Little Red Bat. The For Creative Minds educational section includes: Match the Bat Adaptation, Bat Fun Facts, How Animals Deal with Seasonal Changes, Red Bats and Seasonal Change, and Bat Life Cycle Sequencing Activity.

Ocean Hide and Seek

Jennifer Evans Kramer (author), Gary R. Phillips (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180562

The sea is a place of mystery, where animals big and small play hide and seek! Can you imagine a shark hiding in the light? What about a clownfish in plain sight? Don't believe it? Then, sink into the deep blue sea with Jennifer Evans Kramer and Ocean Hide and Seek! Surround yourself with the vibrant ocean illustrations of Gary R. Phillips. The ocean is an old, old place, and the exotic animals in the depths have learned to adapt to their surroundings to survive. Can you find the creatures hidden on every page? Or will you, too, be fooled by an ancient, underwater disguise? The "For Creative Minds" learning section includes an "Animal Classification" and "Food for Thought" activity.

My Even Day

Doris Fisher & Dani Sneed (author), Karen Lee (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180241

In this delightful, rhythmic sequel to One Odd Day, the young boy awakens to find that it is another strange day--now everything is even, and his mother has two heads! This time, a school field trip to the zoo is dealt with in an odd, but even-handed manner. And, like its predecessor, children will spend hours looking for all the hidden objects in the incredible art. Square it all off with more "number fun" in the "For Creative Minds" section.

Count Down to Fall

Fran Hawk (author), Sherry Neidigh (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180593

Count backwards from 10 to 1 during one of the most colorful times of year: fall. Learn about the bright, colorful leaves and the trees from which they fall: aspen, birch, maple, oak, chestnut, linden, pine, beech, dogwood, and sweet gum. Watch the animals frolicking in the crisp, autumn air as they get ready for the approaching cold winter. The "For Creative Minds" educational section includes: Plant parts, Leaves--the shape of it all, What Good are Plants?, and Match the Leaves Activity.

Blackberry Banquet

Terry Pierce (author), Lisa Downey (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180296

Mmm-mm! Forest animals squeak, tweet, slurp, yip and chomp over the sweet, plump fruit of a wild blackberry bush. But what happens when a bear arrives to take part in the feast? Young children will enjoy following the story by making the animal sounds, and the chaos that strikes upon the bear's arrival will surely bring on the laughter. The cumulative, rhyming text makes for a great read-aloud.

Newton and Me

Lynne Mayer (author), Sherry Rogers (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180920

While at play with his dog, Newton, a young boy discovers the laws of force and motion in his everyday activities. Told in rhyme, Lynne Mayer's Newton and Me follows these best friends on an adventure as they apply physics to throwing a ball, pulling a wagon, riding a bike, and much more. They will realize that Newton's Laws of Motion describe experiences they have every day, and they will recognize how forces affect the objects around them. The "For Creative Minds" educational section includes: Force and Motion Fun Facts, Matching Forces, Who Was Newton?, and Newton's Laws of Motion (2 of 3). Additional teaching activities and interactive quizzes are available on the Sylvan Dell Publishing website.

Los bebés de la familia geométrica

Kristin Haas (author), Shennen Bersani (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781628552478

El Sr. y la Sra. Figuras Geométricas están esperando un bebé, pero se sorprenden cuando tienen... ¡tres! El primero se parece a Rombo, la madre y el otro a Rectángulo, el padre. Pero ¿qué nombre le pondrán al tercero? Únete a la aventura de nombrar a las figuras geométricas mientras participan todos los miembros de la familia. ¿Quién podrá ver las cosas desde el mejor ángulo, la prima Triángulo, la tía Hexágono o la abuela Rombo?

El primer fuego: Una leyenda Chroqui

Nancy Kelly Allen (author), Sherry Rogers (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781628552430

¿Por qué los cuervos son negros? ¿Por qué los ojos de los búhos (megascops) se ven rojos en la luz? ¿Como llegó el fuego a la Tierra? Tú encontrarás las respuestas a esas preguntas en este relato de una leyenda popular Chéroqui . La tierra era fría y obscura pero los animales podían ver fuego proveniente de un árbol en la isla. Ellos intentaron volar o nadar hacia la isla para traer el calor y la luz del fuego. ¿Qué fue lo que les pasó a algunos de los animales? ¿Cuál animal fue por el fuego, lo trajo y cómo lo hizo?

The Shape Family Babies

Kristin Haas (author), Shennen Bersani (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781628552386

Mr. and Mrs. Shape are expecting a baby, but they are surprised when three arrive! The first is just like Mother Rhombus, the other just like Father Rectangle, the third baby is a different shape. What should her name be? Go on a geometry naming adventure as all the shape family relatives weigh in. Will Cousin Triangle, Aunt Hexagon or Grandma Rhombus have the right angle?

Anybody Home?

Marianne Berkes (author), Rebecca Dickinson (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607186427

Polly 'Possum is looking for a new home to raise her expected babies. Along the way, she meets a wide variety of diurnal and nocturnal animals. She learns how they build and live in webs, nests, hives, shells, burrows, lodges, dens, caves, dreys, and even hollows. While those homes are perfect for those animals, they aren't right for her. How does Polly find a home and will she find it in time?

¿Hay alguien en casa?

Marianne Berkes (author), Rebecca Dickinson (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607186540

La zarigüeya Zara está buscando un nuevo hogar para criar a sus bebés que pronto nacerán. A lo largo del camino, se encuentra una gran variedad de animales diurnos y nocturnos. Ella aprende cómo construir y vivir en telarañas, nidos, colmenas, caparazón, madrigueras, refugios, cuevas, e incluso en los hoyos. Mientras que estos hogares son perfectos para otros animales, no son los adecuados para ella. ¿Cómo encuentra Zara un hogar? ¿Lo encontrará a tiempo?

Balloon Trees

Danna Smith (author), Laurie Allen Klein (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607186366

Ever wonder how a balloon is made? Follow the journey of a balloon from its beginnings as gooey sap in a tree to its completion at a rubber factory. You'll be surprised to discover what a balloon started out as and how it becomes the bright, air-filled decoration that you enjoy today.

Los árboles de globos

Danna Smith (author), Laurie Allen Klein (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607186489

Los globos provienen de árboles—los árboles de caucho. La historia nos guía por la gran variedad de pasos necesarios para fabricar las decoraciones llenas de aire que todos conocemos y amamos. Comenzando con un corte en la corteza al árbol del caucho, el barco que lleva la goma líquida a la fábrica y el proceso mismo de elaboración los lectores aprenderán cómo es que ese globo llegó a su casa.