Meet the feet that help birds eat! You can learn a lot about a bird just by looking at its feet. The size, shape, and type give you important clues about where a bird lives, how it moves, and what it eats. Discover seven birds, each with a different type of foot, including a roadrunner with strong legs and feet running across the desert to snag a lizard for lunch, a cardinal with flexible toes perching on a branch to pick berries, and a heron with long legs and toes wading through a river to search for fish. Bright, bold illustrations and simple text invite children to guess what birds will be revealed on successive pages. But look out! Predators are lurking, and they’re hungry, too! "Fun Foot Facts," food chains, bird watching tips, and more are presented in Explore More for Kids, Teachers, and Parents in the back of the book.
"Because of me the land is green. I’m why the sky is blue. All of life depends on me. I'm even part of you." Lyrical verses present water in its many colors, shapes, and forms as it follows its natural cycle through the seasons. From rain to rivers, from fog to thunderheads, from snowflakes to ocean waves - water is always changing. Along the way, water speaks for itself, connecting deeply with readers. The evocative illustrations highlight water’s many moods. "I can show you rainbows/ in mist or morning dew/ I can be a muddy flood/or a pool of aqua blue." Teachers and parents will appreciate the Explore More section in the back of the book that includes "The Science Behind the Poetry," STEM activities, water conservation tips, and more.
Deserts are full of surprises! An amazing array of animals calls this driest place on Earth their home. Through rhythm and rhyme, children meet a new animal on every page. They won’t be able to resist getting in on all the action as animal parents teach their babies how to live in this unusual place - camels kneel, armadillos dig, dingoes sniff, and jerboas jump. Cut paper collages capture the subtle beauty of the desert and also "hide" more animals for young eyes to find. Additional information, a world map, and tips from the author give parents and teachers all they need to make learning fun. One part song, one part story, and one part sheer delight!
“If you were an animal—wild or tame, would you know your daddy’s name?” Every page answers this question with a different animal. Meet a joey riding piggy-back whose daddy is a sugar glider, a calf whose daddy is a towering giraffe, and a tiny fry floating next to its seahorse daddy. Children will be delightfully surprised by the animal in the middle of the book, and dads will especially appreciate the scene on the last page. Rhyming verses describe animal characteristics, and watercolor illustrations capture the feeling of all the different habitats, making every page a teachable moment. Additional animal information and matching game in the back of the book extends the learning.
What are UFOs? Are they real? What do they look like? Have aliens visited Earth? Explore these questions and read "The Valley of the Zombies," a thrilling story about aliens invading Earth.
Provides factual information about the natural history of the California condor through the fictional story of a young boy's discovery of a young bird in trouble.
Millions of years ago, a giant meteorite killed all of the dinosaurs. Find out how! Will humans all be killed the same way? Find out what we can do. Is there life on the planet Mars? Scientists think maybe the answer is yes. Find out why. Then read a scary story about what might happen, Doom From Space.
Some scientists say there could be 200 million different types of living things in the world. Actually, nobody really knows. But there is a problem. Many of these different types of things are becoming extinct. Find out why. Find out which animals are in danger and what we can do to save them. Then read Where The Forest Ended. It's a story that shows that sometimes answers aren't easy.
Could you eat 17 pounds of cow brains? Could you pull a truck with just a rope? Could you eat an airplane? Or walk across Niagara Falls on a tightrope? Maybe not. But inside this book you'll read about people who did all of these things. Then read the story Feat Of Endurance and discover how some people will do anything just to be famous.
What is a disaster? What causes disasters? Find out all about it. Check out disasters such as wars, terrorism, tornadoes and hurricanes. Then find out about megadisasters that might happen in the future. Will the Earth survive? Read The Eruption, a story about living and dying in the path of a volcano. What should you do when a volcano erupts? You might be surprised!
Great Journeys looks at some of the greatest journeys ever made - starting with human beings' first great journey 150,000 years ago: leaving Africa. Find out who first discovered America, who reached the South Pole first (and who came second!). Then find out about the great journey to reach the Moon. The fiction story 'The Big Sleep' tells of a man who spends a hundred years asleep in space, on the greatest journey ever.
What goes on inside the Earth? What is the longest tunnel in the world? Do people really live in caves? Can you live, work, and shop - all underground? Could you really travel to the center of the Earth? Find out about fossils - and the bones of dragons! It's all in here. Then read The Railway Ghost, a story about what happens when the past meets the present - and you are facing death!
Introduces plants with unique or unusual features, such as those that eat meat and those that produce poisons, and includes a fictional story featuring carnivorous plants.
Is our planet Earth the only place in the universe where there is life? Or could there be life on other planets? If so, where will we find it? On other planets? Mars? What do you need for life? How did life start? Did life on Earth start in space? Find out how weird life on Earth can be.Then read a great story about searching for life on alien planets: The Search for Life. Sometimes things just aren't as simple as they seem!
Learn about animals we have lost to extinction as well as modern animals at risk before reading "The Last Mammoth."
What is science fiction? Who invented it? What kinds of science fiction stories are there? Are aliens science fiction, or are they real? Then find out about some amazing science fiction inventions, such as robots and matter transmitters. Is time travel possible, or is that just science fiction?Then read The City: a science fiction story set in the future. It's a world of half-people, half robots, where the Control Zone is in charge of everything.
Fact to Fiction Get the facts: The sea is a dangerous place. There are sharks, of course, but the real dangers are much smaller. Like a killer octopus the size of a golf ball. And it's not just animals: There are pirates and giant waves that can break boats in two. Fiction: Then read Shark Attack!-a great diving story about what to do when a shark is after you and it can really smell your blood.
Find out which type of shark you most do not want to meet in the water and where to poke a shark if you're attacked. In Swimming with Sharks, readers learn not to bleed when there are sharks around.
How fast can we go on land? On water? In the air? In space? Are there impossible speed barriers? In "All About Speed," a rally driving lesson suddenly becomes very exciting.
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Extreme Science describes the very limits of science. It answers many big questions, such as How did the universe begin? How will it end? Will we ever visit the stars? Could we bring dinosaurs back to life? Can we travel back in time? Could we live forever? All great questions, often with some surprising answers! The fiction story The Man in the Machine tells a great story of universes living inside computers. It really gives you something to think about if you like computer games!
There sat a spaceship in the middle of the scary woods! Of course, we knew what a spaceship looked like. It looked just like the Galaxy Diner. It had the same silver dome and little round windows all the way around. There was a pink glow around the base of the ship. Lights were flashing everywhere-white lights and red lights, blue lights and purple lights. There was a really high whistling sound in the air. And it was getting louder by the minute.
Fourteen-year-old Jonathan receives a message from a fish while diving in Hawaii and becomes concerned about ocean pollution.
Buzz and his friend Miranda are thrilled to meet the stars of their favorite television program "Star Searchers," but soon learn that their heroes are just ordinary people as they join forces with the actors to battle aliens from the planet Xycon.
Explores the world of a river otter as she goes from total dependence on a loving mother to becoming a playful member of the community.