The first Siamese cats were probably bred around 500 years ago in Siam, the country that is now called Thailand. Some legends say that the cats lived in temples and were owned only by royalty. Today, the Siamese is one of the most popular cat breeds in the United States. Siamese cats are known as good communicators with an unusually loud meow. They're also smart and can be trained to obey commands such as "sit" and "stay." Some Siamese cats will even walk on a leash! Full of amazing, real-life stories, Siamese: Talk to Me! recounts the breed's history, personality, suitability as a pet, and the special characteristics that set it apart from other breeds. Cat lovers will agree that it's the purr-fect read!
Children's author and illustrator Etienne Delessert tells the story of Eglantine Besson, the woman who became his mother, and of the glass that came to represent their relationship.
Imaginative creatures present all the colors of the rainbow, identify primary colors, and illustrate how three colors can make countless others in this one-of-a-kind introduction.
Praised by Jacques Cousteau, this book, illustrated and written by a16 year-old, is a classic introduction to the marine habitat. This 1994 alphabet and alliteration book continues to be a favorite of kids, parents, and teachers everywhere. It is truly an exceptional swim through an alphabet of sea creatures. Each page highlights a selected species with a full-color illustration and a paragraph of fascinating facts, surrounded by a frame full of extra creatures and vocabulary. It reaches a large age range because the large text is for young readers, while smaller text is for you or more advanced children. Kristin Joy Pratt (A Walk in the Rainforest) once again successfully inspires a generation of children about one of the most precious and fragile realms on Earth.
Readers will get a smile from every page of this book, which features hilarious poems selected by Bruce Lansky and delightful illustrations by Stephen Carpenter. Thousands of elementary-school students assisted Lansky in selecting the poems in this book.
Children will love the slightly screwy world of Kenn Nesbitt, with mashed potatoes on the ceiling, kangaruplets, skunks falling in love, antigravity machines, and a jillion other imaginative subjects. This book is packed with far-out, funny, clever poems guaranteed to give readers a galactic case of the giggles.
Dwyane Wade is a hero both on and off the basketball court. As a high-scoring superstar for the Miami Heat, Dwyane has led his team to an NBA championship and is one of the most popular players in the league. His talents and achievements aren't limited to basketball, however. Dwyane also puts his skills to use with the Wade's World Foundation, an organization he founded in 2003. The foundation's mission is to make a difference in the lives of countless children in underserved communities. In Dwyane Wade, readers will follow this NBA superstar's amazing basketball career and discover how he has made a difference in people's lives both on and off the court. Large, full-color action photos and engaging text will keep readers turning the pages for more.
In 2007, U.S. Army Sergeant Edward Watson and his regiment, who were serving in the Iraq war, found a nearly starved puppy covered with fleas. The men took the dog, which they named Charlie, back to their base. Sgt. Watson knew it was against military rules for them to keep animals as pets, but he saw how much the tiny pup lifted his men's spirits. He hoped Charlie could be kept a secret. However, the group was scheduled to leave Iraq. Fearing Charlie would die if he left him, Watson contacted the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals International (SPCAI). The group was touched by Sgt. Watson's request to take Charlie home with him. After months of planning, the SPCA International flew Charlie out of Baghdad to live with Sgt. Watson and his family in Arizona. This is just one of many inspiring stories found in Baghdad Pups. With dramatic, full-color photographs of the brave soldiers and their rescued dogs, this book is sure to warm the hearts of dog lovers everywhere.
Grab your apron and get ready for some fun and easy baking! Young chefs can choose from delicious recipes that include classic favorites, such as chocolate-chip cookies and lemon bars, and healthy treats, like banana-apple cookies and granola bars. Each recipe includes a nutrition tip and a fact box, as well as a list of tools and ingredients and easy, step-by-step instructions. Kids will learn about nutrition and healthy eating, sequencing and following directions, math and measuring skills, and kitchen safety. Best of all, it's lots of fun!
Meet the brave heroes who have dedicated their careers to keeping their communities safe. In this gripping new book, children will meet the police officers who are first on the scene when people need help the most. These brave men and women never know what kind of emergency they'll be called to next, but they have the chance to be heroes every day. Young readers will learn how these courageous workers use their quick thinking and expert emergency skills to come to the aid of people at a moment's notice. In addition, they will go behind the scenes to learn how police officers train for their job so that they are always ready to spring into action to help protect and save the lives of others. Large, full-color photos and dramatic real-life stories will keep kids turning the pages to learn more.
Do some animals really have the power to kill by zapping their prey with electricity? The shocking answer is yes. And that's not all that electric animals can do with their super-charged powers. Some can target their victims in near-total darkness while others "talk" to each other using electricity. These are just some of the surprising facts kids will discover as they enter the world of these amazing animals. Eye-popping photos and clear, simple text bring these one-of-a-kind creatures to vivid life.
Marie Laveau was known as the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans. In the mid-1800s, many people in New Orleans believed that voodoo practitioners could contact the spirits of the dead to ask for their help. Marie Laveau was said to use magical charms and potions to place or remove curses on those she wished to help--or harm! Did this voodoo priestess really have the power to contact the spirit world and cast spells? An exciting narrative format brings a fascinating period of American history to life, with plenty of creepy details to satisfy young horror fans. Chilling photos and illustrations and clear, age-appropriate text will keep readers turning the pages to discover the secrets of the voodoo queen.
Some teams have it all: an unstoppable offense, an impenetrable defense, and a top quarterback to guide the team to victory. These are football's dream teams! In this title, kids will learn all about the NFL's best current teams, including the Indianapolis Colts, the New England Patriots, the New Orleans Saints, and the Pittburgh Steelers. Full-color action photos will captivate children as they discover how the different parts of a team work together to win championships!
Young readers will meet courageous Rottweilers like Jake, a dog that rescued a woman who was being assaulted in a park. Jake's natural instinct for protecting people led him to chase away the attacker and save the woman from harm. Of course, Rottweilers have always shown their bravery and willingness to help people. Starting in the 1100s, in the town of Rottweil, Germany, these dogs herded cattle for butchers. In later years, Rottweilers were trained for other jobs, like working as police dogs or assisting people living with disabilities. It seems that these energetic dogs are happiest when they are helping their human companions. Rottweiler: Super Courageous is a perfect read for dog lovers that includes amazing, real-life stories about these huge dogs while also recounting the breed's history and how that determined the animal's physical characteristics, personality, and suitability as a pet.
Newfoundlands are big, strong dogs that are often trained to rescue swimmers who are struggling in the water. They have been nicknamed "lifeguard dogs" because they have saved so many people from drowning! One of the oldest dog breeds in the world, Newfoundlands are descended from dogs native to an island off the eastern coast of Canada called Newfoundland. There, they were working dogs with important jobs like helping fisherman on boats. Because the dogs were strong swimmers, they could pull nets out of the water and retrieve anything that fell overboard from the ship. Today, many Newfoundlands are still working dogs, and the gentle and protective nature of this breed also makes them great family pets. Newfoundland: Water Rescuer is a perfect read for dog lovers that includes amazing, real-life stories about these huge dogs while also recounting the breed's history and how that determined the animal's physical characteristics, personality, and suitability as a pet.
Since the average Shih Tzu stands less than a foot tall, you might think it would be easy to overlook these little dogs. But that's not the case at all! These pups have big personalities that ensure they are the center of attention! Shih Tzus love to be around people and have a way of becoming part of the family. Take Georgie, a Shih Tzu who worked as a service dog for an autistic boy named Alex. The two quickly bonded and were inseparable since the day they met. Alex's parents even credited Georgie with helping their son learn to speak. Of course, this kind of close companionship is typical of Shih Tzus, who have been prized house pets for over a thousand years. The breed dates all the way back to ancient China, where royal families treasured the little lion-like dogs! Shih Tzu: Lion Dog is a narrative treat for dog lovers that includes fun, real-life stories about these little pups while also recounting the breed's history and its relationship to the animal's physical characteristics, personality, and suitability as a pet.
From sap-sucking aphids and aggressive ants, to predatory spiders and roly-poly woodlice, our backyards and gardens are homes to millions of creatures that hunt, raise their young, help fertilize plants, and even wage war among themselves! Filled with fascinating facts, Creepy Backyard Invaders takes young readers on a voyage that will transport them to a secret garden teeming with an astounding variety of tiny creatures. Combining vivid, full-color microscope images and a controlled text that contains a wealth of information, Creepy Backyard Invaders is guaranteed to get young readers digging around to learn more about the world-within-a-world that lies just outside our doorsteps.
From infestations of fleas and head lice to malaria-spreading mosquitoes and bacteria, a multitude of creatures live, eat, reproduce, and fulfill their life cycles...all on and inside our bodies! Filled with fascinating facts, Gross Body Invaders takes young readers on a voyage that will reveal our own bodies as habitats for a shocking array of organisms that both help and hurt us every day of our lives. Combining vivid, full-color microscope images and a controlled text, Gross Body Invaders is guaranteed to get young readers squirming to find out more about the world that is feeding and breeding within the dark, microscopic spaces of our bodies. Kids will also learn ways that they can get rid of harmful body invaders and treat the conditions that they cause.
From fabric-munching moth caterpillars and hungry houseflies to fur-dwelling fleas and biting bedbugs, our houses are homes to thousands of creatures that feed on our clothes, our food and garbage, our pets, and even human blood! Filled with fascinating facts, Icky House Invaders takes young readers on a voyage that will open their eyes to the tiniest, most unwelcome houseguests imaginable. Combining vivid, full-color electron microscope images and a controlled text that contains a wealth of information, Icky House Invaders is guaranteed to get young readers buzzing about the wonders of a world that exists right before our eyes--and just beyond our sight.
Readers will meet Buddy, a German shepherd who ran to get help when his owner's garage caught on fire. The dog led a police officer to the burning building, who helped stop the fire from spreading further. Buddy became known as a hero! However, he's not the first German shepherd who has won fame for his intelligence, courage, and loyalty. These dogs were first bred and trained to herd sheep, and have also worked as guide dogs, police dogs, search-and-rescue dogs, and military dogs. The same qualities that make the German shepherd a great working dog also make it a great pet. Year after year, it is among the three most popular dog breeds in the United States! German Shepherd: Super Smart is a perfect read for dog lovers that includes amazing, real-life stories about these huge dogs while also recounting the breed's history and how that determined the animal's physical characteristics, personality, and suitability as a pet.
Great Danes are tall, strong dogs with calm personalities. Known as "gentle giants," this friendly dog breed has brought joy to the lives of many pet owners around the world. These big dogs are also a big responsibility, however! Young readers will discover what it takes to care for a Great Dane and how to decide if this giant, loving animal is the right pet for their families. Great Dane: Gentle Giant is a perfect read for dog lovers that includes amazing, real-life stories about these huge dogs while also recounting the breed's history and how that determined the animal's physical characteristics, personality, and suitability as a pet.
Ragdolls got their name from the way they let their bodies relax and flop down when you pick them up. It makes them look just like toy rag dolls! Ragdolls make excellent pets because they're affectionate, laid-back, and love attention. They also get along well with children, dogs, and other cats. These cool cats are a great addition to any family! A narrative treat for all cat lovers, Ragdolls: Alien Cats includes fun, real-life stories about these loveable furballs while also recounting the breed's history, personality, suitability as a pet, and the special characteristics that set it apart from other breeds. Cat lovers will agree that it's the purr-fect read!
Cairn terriers are small--but their fun personalities can easily fill up the big screen! Right off the bat, readers will meet Terry, the little cairn terrier who played Toto in the 1939 classic movie The Wizard of Oz. Toto became one of Hollywood's most famous dogs because of the loyalty, courage, and intelligence that Terry showed on screen--traits that any cairn terrier owner would instantly recognize. Where did these qualities come from? Perhaps they can be traced back to the cairn terrier's ancestors, who worked on farms in the Highlands of Scotland hundreds of years ago. These working dogs were bred for loyalty, intelligence, and bravery so they could help farmers hunt down farm pests like rats and weasels. A narrative treat for dog lovers, Cairn Terrier: Hero of Oz covers the breed's history and its relationship to the animal's current size, physical and mental characteristics, and suitability as a pet.
French bulldogs might be small, but these little guys have huge hearts! Kids will enjoy meeting dogs like Bugsy, a nine-year-old Frenchie whose owner, Molly, is a zoo director in England. When Molly brought an abandoned baby orangutan home from the zoo, Bugsy immediately welcomed the new arrival with licks and cuddled right up to his new friend. Of course, it's not surprising that Bugsy would warm to the little orangutan because French bulldogs were bred to be companion dogs. The origins of the breed can be traced back to the 1800s, when lace makers labored in cold factories. The workers wanted a smaller version of the English bulldog that could sit on their laps and keep them warm as they worked. Over the years, a friendly little dog was successfully bred! French Bulldog: The Frenchie is a narrative treat for dog lovers that includes amazing, real-life stories about these pint-sized pups while also recounting the breed's history and its relationship to the animal's physical characteristics, personality, and suitability as a pet.
With their distinctive whiskers, playful nature, and friendly demeanor, miniature schnauzers have won the hearts of many pet owners over the years. In this narrative treat for dog lovers, readers will meet lovable miniature schnauzers like Say-dee, a pint-sized pup who volunteers as a therapy dog in hospitals, schools, and nursing homes. Of course, it's not surprisng that Say-dee is a working dog. Her ancestors were, too. The first schnauzers lived on farms in Germany in the 1500s. Their job was to guard livestock and kill rodents that carried deadly diseases. Packed with fun, real-life stories of these tiny canines in action, Miniature Schnauzer: Whiskers recounts the breed's history and its relationship to the animal's current size, physical and mental characteristics, and suitability as a pet.