Travel back to ancient Greece as the world's greatest hero Hercules completes the toughest list of chores in history. Read about his scary battles with man-eating horses, angry goddesses, and a ferocious three-headed monster!
Come with us on a journey to the beautiful continent of South America. Along the way, you'll see golden-furred monkeys in the rain forest. You'll spy pink-feathered flamingos in the desert. And you'll even spot bright blue beetles that behave just like tortoises. It'll truly be an adventure like no other!
Race up north to check out the polar bears and moose. Then, skip down south to see alligators, jackrabbits, and Gila monsters. North America is indeed a land of contrast. Snowy landscapes attract certain animals, while swamps, deserts, and mountains attract others. Come follow us on a journey to this beautiful continent. Many new furry, feathery, and leathery friends are waiting to meet you there!
Europe is a small continent, but it is full of some of the more fascinating creatures in the world. From the dangerous black widow spider to the spotted deer, it is rich with animals on the ground, in the air, and under the water. Can you guess which animals hibernate? Which creature dances when it is upset? Read on and you'll find out.
Journey back in time to sixteenth-century Italy with 10-year-old Fresca as she introduces you to her master, Michelangelo, the Renaissance genius whose sculptures and paintings changed the way the world sees artists. But there is one surprise in store for the reader, Fresca is not what you think she is!
Come away to Australia! It is here that you'll meet the shark at the top of the ocean's food chain. You'll also get to see koalas napping in trees, kangaroos running through the Outback, and birds that dive at the heads of bike riders. Visit Australia and say hello to some of the world's most dangerous and coolest creatures.
Gabriel is already nervous-he has a new job at the train station. He has to keep the platforms free of dust and dirt. Just imagine how he feels when he finds out he has to sweep next to the famous artist Claude Monet! By watching and talking with the artist, Gabriel finds out more than just how to do his job. He discovers how to see his city and his world through the eyes of a master painter. His life will never be the same.
Pull on your coat and mittens. Its time to explore the coldest place in the world. It is full of snow and ice, but empty of people. What animals can live where the it is so cold? Open these pages and find out but be sure to stay warm!
Journey back in time to 1503 in Florence, Italy, where ten year-old Bartolomeo del Giocondo introduces his master, Leonardo da Vinci. This Renaissance genius was a painter, sculptor, inventor, and, according to his young apprentice, sometimes a bit of a noodle. Little does Bartolomeo know that his family is going to be part of one of the greatest works of art ever created.
Matteo could not believe it when he was asked to come and meet the famous artist Goya. Because the young boy had learned how to speak with his hands, he could help the great artist communicate th others. Follow Matteo as he talks to Goya, learns about the mans art, and even becomes the focus of an unexpected portrait. And prepare to meet one of the most talented, haunted, and creative painters in history.
Have you ever seen a bird with a beard? Would you like to meet a centipede as long as your foot? How about saying hello to a panda as it sleeps and eats the day away? Step into Asia. Here, youll see komodo dragons battle for the perfect mate and watch birds eat bones for lunch!
Here is the tale of the famous Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh as told by his young assistant, Peter. Follow the pair from the peasant shacks of the Netherlands to the sunny fi elds of the South of France as the talented van Gogh paints some of the most famous works of art from the late 19th century.
Africa is the land of the biggest, fastest, and most amazing animals in the world. Come on safari and meet some of the animals who call this huge continent home. Which animal is the most dangerous? You might be surprised. Which one is the shyest? Open the cover and find out.
Journey back in time to the days of the mighty Roman Empire, Join Cato, the young son of a merchant, as he and his best friend Titus watch the triumphal parade of the emperor, cheer on their favorite team in the chariot races, and sneak into the Colosseum to witness the violent clash of the gladiators. Along the way, you can solve the mystery of how our hero ends up surrounded by pigs at the story's end. It's a bloody, muddy adventure in one of history's greatest empires.
Are you ready to take an imaginary trip to long-ago time and faraway place? Life for kids in "The Middle Kingdom" was filled with plenty of hard work but also plenty of fun. Come along to this place of emperors and dynasties, farming and festivals, kites and dragon boats and colorful silk robes. Let's visit Ancient China!
Many centuries ago, the powerful Aztec empire dominated much of what we call Mexico today. Their society was blood-thirsty and violent, yet the Aztecs also created beautiful artwork, complex calendars, and chocolate! Lots of chocolate! Take a journey to long ago and far away: Come see the empire of the Aztecs.
Travel back in time to a place where almost all life began. Life in Mesopotamia was full of honoring gods and following kings, working the farms, and traveling the rivers. From fancy palaces to simple farms, the people lived lives full of hard work, play, and family. Step inside and see for yourself.
Do you like riddles? Try this one! What wails like a ghost, is born blind, and can run almost as fast as a car on the highway? It's a red fox! Join Andy and his father as they go on a safari to learn more about these dogs and vixens of the woods!
Come meet the opossum, a hardy little night creature who is North America's only marsupial. While you're sleeping, he's busy foraging for food. His mate, the mama opossum, doesn't have to carry food back to her young because they are either snuggling in her pouch or riding on her back. With ancestors dating to the dinosaur, today they can be found right in your own backyard!
Raccoons can be found nearby everywhere in the United States - even in your own backyard! Still, these common creatures are fascinating. With their black masks, ringed tails, and tiny hands, they are as adorable as they are mischievous. Join Zoe and Ethan as they head out in search of these furry bandits. You might even catch one in the middle of a garbage can raid.
Gray squirrels are far from uncommon creatures. In fact, they often seem to be everywhere. At the same time, it is very rare to see one of these fast and furry rodents up close. Join Jack and his sister Sophia as they explore their own backyard - and catch several glimpses of gray squirrels in action. You are sure to learn many new things about these familiar yet wondrous animals along the way.
Have you ever wanted to fly? Have you watched birds flying from tree branch to roof top and wondered what it must be like? In this story, you will meet a bird who is moving from the pet store to his new home. What is it like to get a real bird bath? How can you tell if your pet bird is happy or scared? Let's find out!
Cats are adorable, affectionate, silly, and seemingly mysterious creatures. Each thing they do tells us a little about what they are thinking or how they are feeling. So what are cats saying? Once you find out you'll be even closer to your feline best friends!
Did you know dogs can speak? It's true! Through barking and body language, they will tell you what they're thinking and feeling and even what they're about to do. You just need to know the signs and sounds. Come and learn!
Ready to meet some cute new friends? Open the pages to meet Cody and Carlos. They are guinea pigs-even though they are not pigs at all. They chirp, they squeal, they play, and they make fun pets. Find out what they like to eat, where they like to live, how they like to be held-and how two special guinea pigs even went into outer space.