On April 20, 2010, workers were drilling for oil on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico when a fire caused a huge explosion. Eleven workers tragically lost their lives. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the only disaster. The explosion caused a huge oil leak in the Gulf that took months to stop. The consequences of the leak continue to affect the area to this day. Oil Spill: Deepwater Horizon traces the tragic story of the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, the resulting oil leak, and the effects of the poisonous oil on ocean animals and coastal communities. Fascinating photos of the actual events, maps, and fact boxes enrich the compelling text. The personal and heart-breaking story will grip and inspire young readers.
One night in December 1984, the residents of Bhopal, India, woke up suddenly, gasping for breath. Aziza Sultan’s room was filled with a white cloud: “I heard people shouting, ‘Run! Run!’ Then I started coughing. It seemed as if I was breathing in fire. My eyes were burning.” What was causing this unbelievable horror? Poisoned Air: Bhopal, India traces the tragic story of a city in India that became exposed to a deadly gas called methyl isocyanate, or MIC. Fascinating photos of the actual events, maps, and fact boxes enrich the compelling text. The personal and heart-breaking story will grip and inspire young readers.
Miami has a serious problem—water! Sometimes, on sunny days, water bubbles up from storm drains. Residents find their homes flooded. On some days, they see cars floating like boats and even fish swimming in pools of water in the streets. What is going on? And can anything be done to save the city from being completely flooded with water? Rising Seas: Miami, Florida traces the tragic story of the causes of global warming, how this affects Miami—a city built on porous limestone—and how engineers are using pumps and other technologies to save the city from disaster. Fascinating photos of the actual events, maps, and fact boxes enrich the compelling text. The personal and heart-breaking story will grip and inspire young readers.
On April 14, 1935 in Boise City, Oklahoma, the sky turned black as a massive, swirling cloud of dust engulfed the city. “It got so dark that you couldn’t see your hand before your face,” remembered one farmer. Blinded drivers drove their cars off the side of the road. Terrified cows spun in circles. People covered their faces, gasping for breath. This was one of many dark days during the Dust Bowl. Sick Soil: The Dust Bowl traces the tragic story of the devastating dust storms that swept across the Midwest in the 1930s as a result of over-farming and drought. Fascinating photos of the actual events, maps, and fact boxes enrich the compelling text. The personal and heart-breaking story will grip and inspire young readers.
On April 21, 1956, a five-year-old girl was examined at a hospital in Minamata, Japan. Doctors were puzzled by her symptoms which included difficulty walking and speaking and severe convulsions. Days later, her sister came down with the same symptoms. Soon after, more people were found with the same illness. What was causing this devastating disease? Toxic Water: Minamata, Japan traces the tragic story of toxic wastewater from a factory that poisoned an entire Japanese town. Fascinating photos of the actual events, maps, and fact boxes enrich the compelling text. The personal and heart-breaking story will grip and inspire young readers.
Some classrooms are inside a large school building. Others are just a single hut in a rain forest or dusty desert. Some students do their schoolwork on computers or tablets, while others write on chalkboards or in the dusty soil. In Time for School, young readers will get a fascinating insight to school life around the world. Of course, not all children get to go to school, and in this title, readers will also meet some young children who must work to help their families survive, and for whom school is only a distant dream.
A small brown dog cuddles with a sick child in a hospital bed. As the boy strokes the dog's silky fur, the gentle dog licks the child's hand to cheer him up. In this heart-warming introduction to therapy dogs, beginning readers will learn all about these wonderful furry companions and the important jobs they do. From making patients in hospitals feel better to comforting people in nursing homes and helping children improve their reading skills, these hard-working canines are always ready to do their job. Each 24-page book features controlled text with age-appropriate vocabulary and simple sentence construction. The lively text, colorful pages, and exquisite photos are sure to delight and engage emergent readers.
A service dog hears a doorbell, runs to its owner, and then nudges her leg with its nose. The owner cannot hear the bell, but she knows there's a visitor--thanks to the dog's signal. In this captivating introduction to service dogs, beginning readers will learn all about these dedicated canines that take on different jobs to assist people with disabilities or illnesses. From opening doors for a person in a wheelchair to calling the hospital when an owner has a seizure, these trustworthy service dogs can do it all. Each 24-page book features controlled text with age-appropriate vocabulary and simple sentence construction. The lively text, colorful pages, and exquisite photos are sure to delight and engage emergent readers.
A dog runs through the forest with its nose to the ground, sniffing and sniffing. Suddenly, it picks up a familiar scent and races to find a person who has been missing for days. In this exciting introduction to search-and-rescue dogs, beginning readers will learn all about the tough canines that work day or night. From finding people lost in the woods to searching for victims trapped under rubble after an earthquake, search-and-rescue dogs use their "super sniffers" to save those in trouble. Each 24-page book features controlled text with age-appropriate vocabulary and simple sentence construction. The lively text, colorful pages, and exquisite photos are sure to delight and engage emergent readers.
Meet a new kind of working dog: the eco dog! These heroic hounds team up with wildlife scientists to help save endangered animals and habitats all over the world. Using their super sense of smell, eco dogs track down invasive species, collect samples from endangered animals, and stop the smuggling of rare animals. These dogs have helped protect animals like grizzly bears, sea turtles, and cheetahs! It takes a special kind of dog to do this kind of work, however. Only a dog that has lots of energy, good concentration, and enjoys working with a trainer has what it takes to become an eco dog. Packed with real-life stories and dramatic, full-color photos of eco dogs at work, this book is sure to be a favorite of dog lovers everywhere.
In Prison Puppies, young readers will meet the hardworking dogs in the Puppies Behind Bars program. This organization teaches prison inmates to raise puppies that will later work as service dogs for people living with disabilities. The prisoners teach the dogs the skills they'll need to assist their future owners, from basic commands like "come here" and "sit," to more complicated tasks like opening doors and turning lights on and off. The puppies teach the prisoners, too! Working with the dogs teaches prisoners patience, responsibility, and cooperation, and gives them a chance to contribute to society in a positive way. Packed with real-life stories and dramatic, full-color photos of prison pups, this book is sure to be a favorite of dog lovers everywhere.
Cities around the world are going green! But what exactly does this mean? There are many ways a city can be environmentally friendly, from its recycling laws and air-quality regulations to the community's use of renewable energy sources and public transportation. Making Cities Green uses clear, simple text and real-life examples to help kids understand the current efforts to make their planet greener.
With their awesome heights and unique architecture, skyscrapers have always captured people's imaginations. Now there's one more reason to admire these buildings: They're going green! Skyscrapers have traditionally been large consumers of energy, but today there's a movement to make these huge structures more eco-friendly. In Building Green-scrapers, kids will learn about the latest innovations that are making skyscrapers more energy-efficient. Large, full-color photos and fascinating facts will engage young environmentalists as they learn about the current efforts to make their planet greener.
Can we meet today's energy challenges with clean, cheap, renewable sources of energy? Yes! And one of the solutions is right under our feet. Using Earth's Underground Heat uses clear, simple text to explain how people around the world are harnessing geothermal heat to meet our 21st-century energy needs in agriculture, industry, and residential heating. Kids will also discover ways they can help make their planet greener.
People around the world are traveling green! From hybrid cars that are more fuel-efficient to new public transportation projects that emit fewer pollutants, kids will discover the new and innovative ways people are protecting the environment and making the world a better place. Packed with large, full-color photos and interesting facts, Traveling Green is sure to engage young environmentalists as they learn all about the current efforts to make their planet greener--and discover ways that they can help out, too!
Shortly after midnight on May 2, 2011, two large helicopters swooped down on a home in Abbottabad, a small city in northern Pakistan. As the helicopters reached the ground, a group of American fighters spilled out. Soon, loud blasts filled the air as the commandos-all members of a group known as the Navy SEALs-blew apart walls and doors and shot their way in. The SEALs were looking for the world's most wanted terrorist, Osama bin Laden. The secret raid was risky, but if anyone could carry out the mission successfully, it was the Navy SEALs. Members of this special operations force are among the best-trained fighters in the world. Young readers will follow this elite group of soldiers on their raid and explore the context for their mission, from the 9/11 attacks by Al Qaeda to the war against terrorists in Afghanistan. Large, full-color photos, grade-appropriate text, and a narrative format will keep kids turning the pages as they learn about our nation's military heroes.
On October 3, 1993, Michael Durant was sent on the most dangerous mission of his life. A brutal warlord was trying to seize control of Somalia. American forces, however, were determined to stop him. Michael Durant was a helicopter pilot for the U.S. Army's elite special operations force known as the Night Stalkers. His mission was to fly U.S. Army Rangers into the heart of Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, so that they could capture the warlord. Would Michael be able to carry out his mission? In this gripping new book, young readers will meet the fearless soldiers who serve our country, and also get an inside look at how they train for, and carry out, their dangerous missions. From rescuing hostages in Iran to capturing terrorists in Pakistan, no job is too tough for members of the Army Night Stalkers. Large, full-color photos and dramatic real-life stories will keep kids turning the pages to learn more.