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Pieces of Another World

Mara Rockliff (author), Salima Alikhan (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180029

This touching story of a father and child's nighttime excursion to watch a meteor shower is told through the eyes of a child in awe of the night world. Rockliff's vivid descriptions make readers feel as though they too are watching the tiny bits of other, distant worlds blazing into our own.The "For Creative Minds" education section includes teaching trivia about meteors, meteor showers, comets, and asteroids as well as a "Meteor Math" game, a "Five Steps to a Fantastic Meteor Watching Party" checklist, and a recipe for comet cookies.

The Rainforest Grew All Around

Susan K. Mitchell (author), Connie McLennan (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180173

Imaginations will soar from the forest floor, up through the canopy and back down again, following the circle of life in this clever adaptation of the song "The Green Grass Grew All Around." The jungle comes alive as children learn about a wide variety of the animals (jaguars, emerald tree boas, leafcutter ants, sloths, poison dart frogs, toucans, and bats) and plants (kapok trees, liana vines, and bromeliads) living in the lush Amazon rainforest. Delve even deeper into the jungle using sidebars and the three-page "For Creative Minds" educational section.

Pandas' Earthquake Escape

Phyllis J. Perry (author), Susan Detwiler (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180968

On May 12, 2008, XiXi, a giant panda, escaped from the destroyed Wolong Panda Reserve when a 7.9 earthquake rocked Northern China. After the quake, mother and cub run from the wreckage. Confused and afraid, they get lost! How will they survive outside their reserve? Will they find food? Will they find shelter? And will they safely endure the earthquake after-shocks? The "For Creative Minds" education section includes: Endangered Giant Pandas; Life Cycle Activity; Panda Fun Facts; Shake, Rattle & Roll; The Richter Scale and Magnitude Ranges; and an Earthquake Chart & Map.

Ocean Seasons

Ron Hirschi (author), Kirsten Carlson (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180180

Seasons change in the ocean much as they do on land. Spring brings new plants and baby animals, summer oceans glow with sparkly plankton lights, and autumn winds blow across the open water. In winter the humpback whales migrate to warmer waters, just as some land animals move to warmer climates. The cycle begins again as they return to the northern waters in the spring. In fun, fanciful form, Ocean Seasons introduces plants and animals that are joined through the mix of seasons, food webs, and habitats beneath the waves. While set in the Pacific, similar changes occur in the Atlantic also. The "For Creative Minds" learning sections features and "Ocean Food Web Card Game."

A Day in the Salt Marsh

Kevin Kurtz (author), Consie Powell (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180210

Enjoy a day in one of the most dynamic habitats on earth: the salt marsh. Fun-to-read, rhyming verse introduces readers to hourly changes in the marsh as the tide comes and goes. Watch the animals that have adapted to this ever-changing environment as they hunt for food or play in the sun, and learn how the marsh grass survives even when it is covered by saltwater twice a day. An activity on adaptations is included in the "For Creative Minds" section.

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.

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.

Carolina's Story: Sea Turtles Get Sick Too!

Donna Rathmell (author), Barbara J. Bergwerf (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180005

Follow the photo journal of Carolina, a critically ill loggerhead sea turtle, as she is cared for and nursed back to health at the Sea Turtle Hospital of the South Carolina Aquarium. Just like hospitalized children, Carolina goes through a variety of emotions and procedures during her care and recovery process. When she first arrives at the hospital, she is too sick, weak, and confused to understand what is happening. She has blood drawn, x-rays taken, gets shots, and is fed through an IV...just as ill children may be! As she gains strength, she begins to interact with her caregivers and to, begrudgingly, understand that they are really trying to help. Join her as she interacts with her many caregivers and her sick or injured roommate turtles. Celebrate the happy day she is released back into the open arms of the ocean - a healthy and happy sea turtle! The "For Creative Minds" section includes a craft, game ideas and information on sea turtles. The author and photographer donate a portion of their royalties to the Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Program at the South Carolina Aquarium.

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.

Little Gray's Great Migration

Marta Lindsey (author), Andrea Gabriel (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781628554762

Little Gray loved his lagoon and the humans who came to visit him there. One day, Mama announces that they must swim north to a far-away sea. At first he is sad to leave his home, but Little Gray soon realizes the importance of their journey. What happens along the way and how does Little Gray help his mother? Swim along with Little Gray as he finds the way to this special, food-filled sea.

Trees: A Compare and Contrast Book

Katharine Hall (author)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781628554779

Trees grow in many habitats, all around the world. Some trees are short and some are tall. Some grow in hot deserts and others grow on cold mountains. Some have leaves that are broad and wide and others are short and narrow. Some trees stay green all year round while others have leaves that change color. Compare and contrast the different characteristics of trees through vibrant photographs.

Dino Treasures

Rhonda Lucas Donald (author), Cathy Morrison (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781628554748

Just as some people dig and look for pirate treasure, some scientists dig and look for treasures, too. These treasures may not be gold or jewels but fossils. Following in the footsteps of Dino Tracks, this sequel takes young readers into the field with paleontologists as they uncover treasured clues left by dinosaurs. Readers will follow what and how scientists have learned about dinosaurs: what they ate; how they raised their young; how they slept, fought, or even if they ever got sick. True to fashion, the tale is told through a rhythmic, fun read-aloud that can even be sung to the tune of Itsy Bitsy Spider.

Animal Eyes

Mary Holland (author)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781628554700

The sense of sight helps an animal stay safe from predators, find food and shelter, defend its territory and care for its young. We can tell a lot about an animal from its eyes: whether it is predator or prey, whether it is more active during the day or night, and sometimes even its gender or age. Award-winning nature photographer and environmental educator Mary Holland shares fascinating animal eyes with readers of all ages.

Animal Partners

Scotti Cohn (author), Shennen Bersani (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781628554724

From the crocodiles dentist, to the mongoose spa, Animal Partners takes a whimsical look at symbiotic relationships of animals large and small. Although many animals live in groups of the same kind, here you will learn how some animals form unique partnerships with different species. After all, dont we all need a little help from our friends?

Clouds: A Compare and Contrast Book

Katharine Hall (author)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781628554731

There are many different kinds of clouds all around us. Clouds come in diverse shapes and colors. Some clouds are fluffy and others are wispy. Some clouds float high in the sky and others sit low on the ground. Some clouds warn of storms and other clouds tell of fair weather. Compare and contrast the characteristics of different types of clouds through vibrant photographs.

The Ghost of Donley Farm

Jaime Gardner Johnson (author), Laurie Allen Klein (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781628554755

Rebecca, the red-tailed hawk, is not afraid of ghosts! One night, she bravely ventures into the barn to meet the famous ghost of Donley Farm. But when she finally meets him, Rebecca is surprised to discover that this ghost is much more familiar than she'd expected. Join Rebecca as she stays up late to talk with her new friend and find out what they have in common and how they are different.

First Fire: A Cherokee Folktale

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

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781628552348

Why are ravens black? Why do screech owl eyes look red in light? How did we get fire? You'll find the answers to those questions in this retelling of a Cherokee "pour quoi" folktale. The earth was cold and dark but the animals could see fire coming from the tree on the island. They tried to fly or swim to the island to bring back the fire heat and light. What happened to some of the animals? Which animal brought it back and how?

A Cool Summer Tail

Carrie A. Pearson (author), Christina Wald (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781628552324

When summer heats up, animals find ways to stay cool. In A Cool Summer Tail animals wonder how humans stay cool too. Do they dig under the dirt, grow special summer hair, or only come out at night? This sequel to the popular A Warm Winter Tail features many of same animals but this time, with their summer adaptations, offering an important compare and contrast opportunity.

Animal Helpers: Zoos

Jennifer Keats Curtis (author)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607188513

Zoos are amazing places to see and learn about the many native and exotic of animals that inhabit this world. Some animals are plentiful while others are threatened or in danger of extinction. Zookeepers not only feed and care for these animals, they may also be helping to conserve and protect whole species through breeding and "head start" programs. Follow the extraordinary duties of these unusual animal helpers in this behind-the-scenes photographic journal.

Dino Tracks

Rhonda Lucas Donald (author), Cathy Morrison (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607186434

Step back in time and follow dinosaur tracks around the world. Whether made by a few dinosaurs or large groups, these tracks provide clues to the movement and behavior of these lovable ancient creatures. What dinosaurs made the tracks and what do scientists think they were doing when they made them? The author tells the story in rhythmic rhyme that may be sung to the tune of Over the River and Through the Woods.

A Butterfly Called Hope

Mary Alice Monroe (author), Barbara J. Bergwerf (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607188575

The colorful flowers in Mama's garden reveal a strange-looking creature. "What is it? Does it sting, does it bite?" Join in this photographic journey as the young girl and her mother care for the caterpillar. Watch as it transforms into a chrysalis and then emerges as a beautiful monarch butterfly. How can the young girl "claim" the butterfly as her own but still let it go free?

The Perfect Pet

Samatha Bell (author)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607186458

After begging for a pet, a child's mother finally says "yes." But which animal will be the best pet? Using animal classification and habitat needs, the child narrows it down from Kingdom Animalia, through invertebrates to vertebrates. Reptiles and amphibians are out, and birds and fish are soon off the list. That leaves mammals, but which one? An elephant won't fit through the door, and a tiger would be too hard to walk. What's a child to do?

A Day in the Deep

Kevin Kurtz (author), Erin E. Hunter (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607186410

Travel deep into the ocean way below the surface and you'll encounter some creatures you never knew existed! This book takes you on a journey through the dark depths of the sea towards the ocean floor. Most ecosystems need sunlight, but deep in the ocean where the sun doesn't shine animals have adapted some very interesting ways to see, protect themselves, and eat. Discover the unique habitats, adaptations, and food chains of these deep -sea creatures.

Fort on Fourth Street: a story about simple machines

Lois Spangler (author), Christina Wald (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607186441

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.

Shark Baby

Ann Downer (author), Shennen Bersani (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607186465

"Who am I?" wonders Shark Baby. When his "mermaid's purse" egg case is torn loose in a storm, he finds himself on a journey through different ocean habitats: kelp forests, coral reefs, and seagrass meadows. He learns what kind of shark he isn't, but not what kind he is. He needs to find the "mermaid" to learn where he belongs, but the ocean is big and full of dangers. Will he find out who he is--and what he can do--in time?