Children see themselves as part of a non-living world of houses, schools and televisions. This intriguing new book explains what a living thing is so that children can make the connection between themselves and other living things, including plants, animals, and insects.
What are Forests? brings to life the wondrously complex and diverse ecosystems found in forests around the world. Intricate relationships and concepts are explained in a simple way with the help of beautiful color photographs. Children will be fascinated by the earth's many types of forests, the elements that make up a forest ecosystem, the wide range of plant and animal species that live in different forests, and the importance of forests to the rest of the Earth.
Biomes are the major communities of plants and animals in our world. Children will love learning about life in everything from the chilly arctic tundra biome to dry, grassy savannahs.
This delightful new book shows children the ways in which mammals are different from other living things. Fascinating examples are featured, from mammals that lay eggs or have a pouch to human beings.
From blood-sucking vampire bats to mango-eating fruit bats, What is a Bat? tackles bat myths and teaches children about their hibernation, reproduction, migration, habitats, and bat communication.
Starting with the sun, food chains link together plants and animals in various ecosystems to help them survive. Kids will be fascinated by these chains and their own links to the natural world.
This exciting new book explains the basic concept of the life cycle. Using fascinating examples, the book explores both plant and animal life from seed or egg through birth, growth, reproduction, and death.
The constantly changing ecosystems of salt and freshwater wetlands support an amazing variety of wildlife species. Children will be intrigued by the fascinating animals that depend on wetlands, such as alligators and hippopotamuses, and the plants that grow there. This engaging book investigates swamps, salt marshes, and flood plains, the many plants and animals that live in wetlands, and the threats to these ecosystems and their wildlife.
Powerful yet shy, bears are solitary creatures remarkable for their size, strength, and adaptable intelligence. What is a Bear? gives children clear insight into the bear family tree, a bears body, how mothers care for their cubs, their diets, and hunting techniques.
From whales and deer to butterflies and eels, animals migrate to breed, feed, stay warm, find water, and even sleep! Animals follow paths passed on for generations ensuring the survival of their species. Discover the amazing treks of the Arctic tern, the salmon, and the Canada goose.
Children love horses! Today, there are more than 300 different breeds around the world! What is a Horse? explores the family tree of horses and their equine relatives including their physiology, feeding habits, the birth of a foal, "horse sense", and horses in the wild.
In the animal world, the easiest way to avoid being eaten is to avoid being seen. What are Camouflage and Mimicry? examines animals that use unique colorization and patterns to avoid predatorsor to sneak up on prey! Some are virtually impossible to see.
Sharpen your pencils and put on your goggles! It's time to see science in action! This book helps readers hone their observation and recording skills during an experiment. Students will learn how to effectively collect and record data in a journal, as well as organizing data using graphs, charts, and diagrams.
Sometimes a hunch isn't enough. Learn how scientists make educated guesses called hypotheses to test their theories. A hypothesis is the foundation of the scientific method. Readers will learn how to construct a measurable and focused hypothesis to test in an experiment.
Science never stops-even when the experiment is complete. Now is the time to make sense of your data. This title teaches young scientists how to analyze, interpret, and communicate the results of their data.
It is essential that scientists design a plan to ensure their experiments are conducted accurately and safely. Readers will learn how to gather materials, and create a step-by-step procedure to test their hypothesis. Readers will become familiar with controls and variables in a scientific setting.
Science engages a curious mind. Questions can come from practically anywhere. Readers will learn why scientists ask questions and how to develop meaningful questions to help guide their scientific experiments.
Science was meant to be shared with others. Scientists must now determine whether or not the data supports their hypothesis. This book illustrates fun and interesting ways in which to report your results, from a science fair demonstration to a written report. Readers are also encouraged to use their results as a springboard for further experimentation.
Struts and Flex, our muscle and bone Body Buddies give the inside scoop on this active partnership. Readers are introduced to the structure and function of bones and muscles. They will discover how different joints enable different kinds of movement and how muscles must work in teams.
Huff & Puff, our Body Buddy lung twins make learning about the lungs and respiratory system exciting! Readers are introduced to the bronchial tree. They will discover how the diaphragm and intercostals muscles help the lungs fill and empty. Easy-to-follow text will guide young readers through this detailed topic, helping to ensure absorption of the material.
Squirt may be a tiny gland, but young readers will thrill to learn just how important he is. Come inside to see the powerful effects of the pineal, pituitary, thyroid, and adrenal glands. The roles of the hypothalamus and pancreas will also be explored along with the function of hormones.
In 1912, German meteorologist Alfred Wegener proposed that the continents were once a single land mass but had slowly moved apart over millions of years. This fascinating book examines the scientific process behind Wegener's theory and how it challenged prevailing views of the time. Learn how years after Wegener's death his theory was embraced by scientists and is now the basis for modern earth science.
Join our brain Body Buddy Cognos and learn all about how the brain and nervous system work. Children will discover the location of the major parts of the brain and gain understanding of their various functions. Involved topics like nerve signals are explained in an entertaining and straightforward way for young readers.
Join our Body Buddy Ticker as he explores the workings of the heart and circulatory system. Children will learn how the amazing heart muscle works, and will discover how blood vessels transport life-giving oxygen to the cells and carry away carbon dioxide. Colorful layouts make learning about this complex topic easy and fun.
Join Gurgle, our Body Buddy stomach and learn all about what happens to food after it is swallowed. Readers will learn about their esophagus, stomach, liver, small and large intestine.