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!
Introduction to cubes, blocks, solids, mass
With prompting questions and historical background, an early reader comes face to face with famous works of Impressionist art and is encouraged to identify light and shadow and consider feelings evoked.
An elementary exploration of rhyme and rhythm in poetry, introducing syllables, rhyme schemes, and sonnets as well as poets such as Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Includes a writing exercise.
An elementary exploration of the forms and themes of poetry, introducing famous poets William Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes, and Pablo Neruda. Includes a writing exercise.
An elementary exploration of images and personification in poetry, introducing similes, metaphors, and haiku as well as poets such as William Carlos Williams. Includes a writing exercise.
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.
Learn how to review other people's work and provide constructive advice with these fun activities. Students will practice giving tactful critiques, a foundational skill that will benefit them both academically and personally. Additional text features and search tools, including a glossary and an index, help students locate information and learn new words.
Introduces readers to the basic features of nonfiction books, such as headers and indexes. Readers will learn how to use these features to gather information and write reports. Additional features to aid comprehension include a table of contents, labeled diagrams, a quiz and answer key, a phonetic glossary, an index, sources for further research, and an introduction to the author.
Get ready for a hot read on some cool cars! From modified 1930s Ford cars, such as the "Deuce" roadster and classic Model T, to crazy VW Bugs and pumped-up pickup trucks, Hot Hot Rods will show kids what makes these jaw-dropping cars and their powerful engines so special! With incredible, full-color photographs, thrill-seeking readers will learn all about the history of hot rods and the people who create and drive them. So fasten your seat belt and get ready for a fast ride!
A simple overview of adverbs--the words that describe actions--including their uses in sentences, their degrees of comparison, and how to spot different and irregular forms.
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.
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.
Mark Sanchez is a hero both on and off the football field. One of the NFL's best young quarterbacks, he led the New York Jets to the AFC Championship Game in each of his first two seasons. When he's not working hard to help his team succeed, he's working to make a difference in kids' lives. Mark volunteers with the Hollenbeck Youth Center, a group that organizes athletic, educational, and cultural programs for teens. He also works with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to raise money to help fight the disease. In Mark Sanchez, readers will follow Mark's amazing football career and also discover the many ways he gives back to his community. Engaging text and large, full-color photos of Mark in action will keep readers turning the pages for more.
Troy Polamalu has achieved NFL glory as a star safety for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Considered to be the greatest active defender in pro football, this unstoppable athlete creates game-changing plays to help his team win one big victory after another--including two Super Bowl championships! People admire Troy for more than just his football skills, however. They love him just as much for his kind heart and helping ways. In high school, he spent much of his free time working and playing with schoolmates in the special education program. Today, he spends time with sick children at Pittsburgh's Children's Hospital and works to help American soldiers who have made sacrifices for their country. In Troy Polamalu, readers will follow Troy's amazing football career and also discover how he gives back by bringing joy to other people. Engaging text and large, full-color photos of Troy in action will keep readers turning the pages for more.
Humpback whales are prolific singers. These marine mammals belt out songs that travel incredible distances through the ocean and can continue for hours on end. The whales use howls, cries, moans and other noises to create their intricate songs. These are just some of the fun facts kids will discover as they learn all about these animal loudmouths. Spectacular photos and clear, easy-to-read text will engage emergent readers as they come face-to-face with these noisy animals. In addition, children discover where the animals live, how they stay safe, and the different ways their sounds help them communicate with each other. A "Sound Check" chart at the end of the book compares the decibel level of the humpback whale to familiar noises, including an ambulance, a lawnmower, and a whisper.
While hyenas are most famous for the loud "laughing" noises they make, some of these social animals can produce a wide variety of sounds. The spotted hyena, for instance, will groan, grunt, giggle, and make whooping sounds that can be heard from miles away! While these noisy carnivores may look like they are similar to dogs, they actually are more closely related to cats. These are just some of the fun facts kids will discover as they learn about all the sounds these animal loudmouths make. Spectacular photos and clear, easy-to-read text will engage emergent readers as they come face-to-face with these noisy creatures. In addition, children discover where hyenas live, how they stay safe, and the different ways their sounds help them communicate with each other. A "Sound Check" chart at the end of the book describes the different noises that hyenas make and what each sound is used for.
Mockingbirds are talented singers. They can mimic the songs of many other birds, not to mention the sounds of barking dogs, chirping crickets, and car alarms! In fact, the mockingbird's name comes from this special talent, as at one time the word "mock" meant the same things as to "mimic." Male mockingbirds will sing all day and night when they're looking for a mate. The loud, long-lasting song tells female mockingbirds that he's ready to mate and also warns other males to stay out of the area. These are just some of the fun facts that kids will discover as they learn about these harmonious birds. Spectacular photos and clear, easy-to-read text will engage emergent readers as they come face-to-face with these animal loudmouths. In addition, children discover where mockingbirds live, how they stay safe, and the different ways their sounds help them communicate with each other--and tell other mockingbirds to stay away! A "Sound Check" chart at the end of the book describes the different noises that mockingbirds make and what each sound is used for.
Buckle your seat belt and get ready to discover the fastest cars in drag racing! In Dynamic Drag Racers, thrill-seeking readers will discover all of the different types of vehicles in the sport, from Top Fuel dragsters and Pro Stock Motorcycles to Funny Cars and exhibition wheelstanders. If you have a need for speed, this is the book for you! With full-color photographs and clear, simple text, kids will learn all about the history of drag car racing and the people who create and drive these super-fast vehicles. It's a must-have for kids who love cool cars!
In Electrifying Eco-Race Cars, kids will discover some of the coolest and most Earth-friendly cars around! From hydrogen-fueled race cars that can reach speeds of over 300 miles per hour to wind-powered speedsters that don't use a motor, kids will see that the next generation of race cars is going green. With profiles of eight of the fastest eco-race cars around, kids will see how race car design is speeding into the future. With large, full-color photographs, thrill-seeking readers will learn all about eco-race cars and the people who create and drive them. So fasten your seat belt and get ready to discover some Earth-friendly cars that can achieve super-fast speeds!
The greyhound is the world's fastest dog. It can run at speeds of up to 40 miles per hour--that's faster than the average speed in the Tour de France bicycle race! One of the oldest dog breeds, greyhounds were raised as hunting dogs hundreds of years ago in Europe. Their speed and agility helped them catch their prey. These are some of the surprising facts kids will discover as they learn all about these lightning-fast canines. Eye-popping photos and clear, easy-to-read text will engage emergent readers as they discover the anatomical features that help greyhounds reach fast speeds. A "Speed-o-Meter" graphic compares the greyhound's top speed to that of humans and cats.
The killer whale is one of the fastest mammals in the ocean. It moves through the water at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour--that's faster than a Bengal tiger runs. The killer whale's super speed helps it catch over 500 pounds of food a day! These are just some of the fascinating facts kids will discover in the world of these powerful ocean predators. Eye-popping photos and clear, easy-to-read text will engage emergent readers as they discover the anatomical features that help killer whales reach fast speeds. A "Speed-o-Meter" graphic compares the killer whale's top speed to that of other animals.
The peregrine falcon is the fastest animal in the world. It can fly at a speed of 68 miles per hour, and it can dive through the air at an even more amazing speed: 200 miles per hour! The falcons make these high-speed dives in order to catch other birds for food. They attack their prey in midair! These are just some of the fascinating facts kids will discover in the thrilling world of these swift birds of prey. Eye-popping photos and clear, easy-to-read text will engage emergent readers as they discover the anatomical features that help peregrine falcons reach fast speeds. A "Speed-o-Meter" graphic compares the peregrine falcon's top speed to that of fastballs and roller coasters.
The pronghorn is the fastest land mammal in North America. It can reach speeds of up to 60 miles per hour! Even more impressive, the pronghorn is built for endurance, and can run at 30 miles per hour for several miles. Cheetahs are the only animals that can run faster, but they can only sprint at top speed for a short distance before getting tired. These are some of the surprising facts kids will discover as they learn all about these endurance runners. Eye-popping photos and clear, easy-to-read text will engage emergent readers as they discover the anatomical features that help pronghorns reach fast speeds. A "Speed-o-Meter" graphic compares the pronghorn's top speed to that of other animals.