When a young child decides to build a fort in the backyard, Grandpa comes forward to help. But they can't do it alone--they get help from the six simple machines: lever, pulley, inclined plane, wheel and axle, screw, and wedge. Told in cumulative rhyme, similar to The House That Jack Built, readers follow the building process to completion and discover the surprise reason it was built.
Cuando un niño decide construir una fortaleza en el patio posterior, el abuelo viene a ayudarle. Pero no pueden hacerlo solos—reciben la ayuda de las seis máquinas simples: la palanca, la polea, el plano inclinado, la rueda y eje, el tornillo, y la cuña. Dicha en rima acumulativa, los lectores seguirán el proceso de construcción hasta el final y descubrirán la sorprendente razón por la cuál fue hecha.
Combining evocative haiku, informative text and luminous illustrations, The West Is Calling is a celebration, for our youngest readers, of one hundred and fifty years of British Columbia's history. Each detail-rich illustration depicts a particular moment in the province's dynamic saga, from pre-contact Haida culture, to the natural resources-fueled economic boom in the 1960s and beyond, to Expo 86, to the opening up of the North and the growing appreciation of First Nations' traditions.
Combining evocative haiku, informative text and luminous illustrations, Great Lakes and Rugged Ground is a celebration, for our youngest readers, of more than four hundred years of Ontario's history. Each detail-rich illustration depicts a particular moment in the province's dynamic saga from first European contact, the War of 1812, the building of the railroad and the Rideau Canal, the early development of the industries that have made the province the backbone of the national economy, through the emergence of a unique Canadian cultural identity, the hardships of two World Wars and modern industrial development. Great Lakes and Rugged Ground will give young readers a vivid sense of Ontario's rich history.
Remember the wonder and innocence of catching fireflies as they dance through the summer nights? Here is an opportunity to share the magical experience with your children. Amy is afraid of dark shadows in her bedroom, but notices a slight glow in the back yard. With exuberance she catches fireflies in a jar, only to find their lights go dim until they are free again--and finds that her fear of the dark is gone too. The photo-illustrations are lifelike yet dreamy. A wonderful read-aloud.
Ninny Nanny and Gram decide to catch a leprechaun and use his pot of gold to solve their problems. But finding the fortune is a lot of work! Told in a sweet lilting Irish brogue.
A cricket, a rat, and a bat live happily in a dark cave. Each one has a unique way of navigating without light, but one day, an explorer enters the cave and brings light. Written in rhyme, this is a good beginner reader.
"Everyone poops - yes, it's true. From aardvarks to the humped zebu." Indeed. And aren't we all at least a little bit curious about this subject matter? Told in rhyme, smart and sublime, here's a fun and fact-filled field guide to poop around the world and very close to home. Kids will discover surprising uses, words, forms, and facts about something in which they have a natural interest. Who knew that a wombat produces cubes? Or poop's many uses for housing, cooking, and fun at county fairs? While it may dismay and stink, there's more to this stuff than you might think!
Dinner is served. What in nature could be more poetic than the hunt for food and the struggle for survival? In twenty-nine poems readers will squirm at the realities of how the animal world catches food, eats it, and becomes dinner in turn. In these quirky poems readers are introduced to many animals with disgusting eating habits, such as the marabou stork that lurks on the periphery, like a vampire in the shadows, waiting for a chance to pick at a rotting carcass. The dermestid beetle does not mind doing the dirty work, cleaning up animals on the road side and often made busy at museums cleaning up bones for exhibits. And, baby wasps hatch inside an unsuspecting caterpillar and eat their way out. Gross, cool, and extremely funny, David Clark's illustrations get to the heart (and skin and guts) of the food chain and the web of life, depicting the animal world at dinner time in all its gory glory. Back matter includes further information about the animals in the poems and the scientific terms used.
Each spring, the people of Summerville gather to prevent the dreaded Murkles from entering their village. Unfortunately, this year there are more of the strange, smelly creatures than ever. When Juliana allows one little Murkle to waddle into town, she witnesses something truly amazing. She now knows exactly what to do, but will the mayor listen? This intriguing story tells of a young girl who helps the townspeople understand that their Murkle problem - and others that soon follow - are actually blessings in disguise. Mary Gregg Byrne's playful illustrations add whimsy to Heidi Schmidt's imaginative tale of good things that arrive in unusual packages.
A young interracial boy wonders why people are labeled by the color of their skin. Realizing that people dream, feel, sing, smile and dance, regardless of their color, he asks, â€œAm I a color, too?â€ Gerald Purnell's powerful art brings this simple poem vibrantly to life.
In this magical book, three fairies help our imaginations soar as we build a dream castle in the sky. Sandra Hanken's poetic vision and Jody Bergsma's vivid illustrations create a majestic kingdom where all of God's creatures are welcome. Bergsma's intriguing Celtic borders twist through each page, adding special touches of mystery and creation. Once it's complete, the entire castle slides down to the Earth â€œon moonbeams and music and prayers.â€
As night draws near, mom and baby share precious moments during bathtime and bedtime. Young readers will be captivated by the comforting story and reassuring illustrations.
Follow the animals, two by two, as they board Noah's ark. Young readers will be captivated by the classic Bible story and delightful illustrations.
A condensed version of a classic Aesop fable with the moral: Even the smallest of goods deeds is rewarded.
A frog and a hog get into a spat that turns into a full-blown feud, until the judge lays down the law.
This cat goes beyond the call of duty to keep the mice and roaches in order in this cute little poem by T.S. Eliot.
While mother is away getting food, baby owl wanders away from the burrow, and the adventure begins.
A song about one of mother nature's greatest mysteries.
What a mysterious creature the Quangle Wangle is. And, my, what a big hat he has.
A limerick story about an arrogant swami who is humbled in the end.
This tender yet powerful poem expresses a father's unconditional love and support for his children. From guiding baby's first steps to marveling at the grandeur of the universe and all that lies beyond, he promises to nurture and protect them forever.