For thousands of years, smallpox had been one of the world's biggest killers. From the terrible plague that nearly wiped out the entire Aztec and Inca populations in the 1500s to the outbreak in the colonies that killed many of George Washington's troops during the Revolutionary War, smallpox has been responsible for some of the worst epidemics of all time. In the 1960s, the World Health Organization started a worldwide vaccination campaign in an attempt to wipe out this disease once and for all. By 1980 they declared victory, and there hasn't been a known case of smallpox since. But are we really completely safe from this terrible killer? In Smallpox: Is It Over?, children become medical detectives as they investigate the history of the disease, how it spreads, and the impressive details of how doctors and scientists developed a cure that has saved millions of lives. Packed with large photos and written in a narrative style, kids will come to understand the devastation that a contagious disease can inflict--and learn how humankind bravely responds.
In the 1700s, cities in Europe and North America were expanding quickly, and many people lived in tiny, cramped homes and tenement buildings. During this time, tuberculosis (TB) outbreaks were common--and deadly. Between 1700 and 1900, TB killed about 1 billion people around the world. Why? In the 1880s, a German doctor discovered that TB was caused by tiny germs that could spread whenever a person suffering from the illness coughed or sneezed--or even breathed! The crowded living conditions in cities made deadly TB outbreaks more likely. By the 1950s, effective antibiotics for tuberculosis had been created and the disease was considered treatable. So people don't need to worry about contracting the illness anymore, right? Readers will learn otherwise when they meet Oswaldo Juarez, a nineteen-year-old student who lived in Florida. He was hospitalized and almost died from a new form of TB--in 2007! In Tuberculosis: The White Plague!, kids will learn all about the history of this contagious illness, how the disease continues to mutate and adapt, and the ways doctors are fighting back and developing new cures.
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!
Go inside the huddle with the best current quarterbacks in the NFL in Pro Football's Most Spectacular Quarterbacks! From Peyton Manning and Drew Brees to Tony Romo and Tom Brady, this title is jam-packed with stats and stories about the football heroes that fans just can't get enough of! With large, full-color action photos of eight of the top NFL quarterbacks in action, this title is sure to be a superstar in your library.
Meet the fastest, strongest, and hardest-hitting tacklers in the NFL! From the Indianapolis Colts' Dwight Freeney to the New Orleans Saints' Darren Sharper, Pro Football's Stars of the Defense covers them all. Jam-packed with statistics and the career highlights of the top current players in the NFL, this book is sure to fuel debates among young football fans about which athlete is the best of the best. Large, full-color action photos will grab each reader's attention, and a diagram of a defensive formation clearly shows how all 11 defensive players contribute to the team effort.
Get to know all of the top offensive playmakers in the NFL! From the Minnesota Vikings' sensational running back Adrian Peterson to the Indianapolis Colts' sure-handed tight end Dallas Clark, Pro Football's Stars of the Offense is your guide to the top current talent in the game! This title is jam-packed with large, full-color action photos, plus statistics and stories that are sure to fuel debates among young football fans about which athlete is the best of the best. A diagram and clear explanations of offensive positions show each player's role in advancing the ball and scoring touchdowns.
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.
Although adult Arctic foxes have the warmest fur of any mammal and can actually sleep out in the open, they need dens to raise their pups in. So every spring, the mother and father fox move into an earthen den that they have often used year after year. There, 7 to 15 pups are born, each blind and almost helpless. For two months, both parents work continuously to keep their babies fed, bringing them lemmings every single day. Readers will see how the cute little pups soon learn to hunt and feed themselves--and eventually, to move out and live on their own. Combining gorgeous photos and clear, simple text, this coming-of-age introduction to Arctic fox pups is sure to delight emergent readers.
With their flat, paddle-like tails and their super-long front teeth, beavers are among North America's most interesting animals. They are incredible builders, using branches and logs to dam up rivers and streams to create ponds. Here, in the middle of the beaver-made ponds, they often build a lodge from mud, sticks, and other found items. It is inside the lodge that one to four cute little beaver kits are born in the spring. Through gorgeous photos and clear, simple text, readers will discover how the babies learn to work with their parents to find food, repair the dam and lodge, and survive cold winters in this coming-of-age introduction to beaver kits.
The lion, which is the second largest cat in the world, is unique. Unlike other cats, adult lions are social animals that live in groups, called prides. While a lioness retreats from the pride to bear her young, by the time her cubs are four weeks old, she brings them in to meet the group. In this coming-of-age introduction to lion cubs, readers will see how these little lions learn how to hunt and live as a group. The colorful interior spreads and gorgeous photos of lion cubs are sure to delight emergent readers.
The North Pole is home to few mammals--it is far too cold for most to survive. Luckily, polar bears have a thick layer of fat and a heavy fur to keep them warm in this climate. In this unforgiving world, the bears dig dens in the snow to survive each winter. Inside, where they stay until spring, the mother bear's cubs are born. When the weather has warmed up enough for the bears to come outside, the mother takes her cubs along as she hunts for food. Readers will see how the cubs learn to wait by holes in the ice for seals to pop up, or swim through the icy water to find their prey--and eventually learn to live and hunt on their own. Combining colorful photos and clear, simple text, this coming-of-age introduction to polar bear cubs is sure to delight emergent readers.
On a hot September day in 1924, Jesus Lajun noticed a terrible smell coming from his house in Los Angeles. He went down to his basement and discovered a dead rat, which he picked up and tossed in the trash. A few days later, Lajun came down with a fever and noticed a strange, purple lump on his thigh. Soon Lajun was dead, as was his daughter, several of his neighbors, his ambulance driver, and even the priest who had performed his funeral. All of them died from the same illness! What killed Jesus Lajun and quickly spread with disturbing ease to the people around him? A doctor studying the case soon discovered that it was plague, a deadly disease that's spread by fleas and rodents--including rats. In Bubonic Plague: The Black Death!, children will learn all about the three forms this disease takes in the human body--bubonic, pneumonic, and septicemic--including how the disease spreads, the worst outbreaks in history, and how doctors have developed effective medicines to combat the illness. Most important, children learn how to avoid catching bubonic plague in the first place!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
Papillons, those elegant little dogs with butterfly-like ears, romp happily through the pages of this title! Bred for companionship, these happy pups have brought friendship and bundles of joy into the lives of many pet owners. A narrative treat for dog lovers, Papillon: Monsieur Butterfly is packed with fun, real-life stories of these lovable dogs. It also covers the breed's history and its relationship to the animal's current size, physical and mental characteristics, and suitability as a pet.