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Going Around the Sun: Some Planetary Fun

Marianne Berkes (author), Janeen Mason (illustrator)

Publisher: Dawn Publications ISBN: 9781584691860

Marianne Berkes has a gift for making science fun, and this book is exhibit A. Mother sun and her "family" of planets spin, roll, tilt, blow and whirl around the Sun to the tune of Over in the Meadow. Each of those actions is astronomically correct. For example, Earth is the one that tilts, and that is what creates the seasons. It is also astronomically up-to-date, with Pluto being a dwarf planet. Bright illustrations create an exciting mood, and there is plenty of interesting supplementary information in the back along with tips on related ways to integrate science, art, and literature in the classroom.

The Swamp Where Gator Hides

Marianne Berkes (author), Roberta Baird (illustrator)

Publisher: Dawn Publications ISBN: 9781584694724

Under the algae that carpets the swamp, near the duck who paddles in ooze, close to the turtle who takes a snooze...hides a gator! Still as a log, only his watchful eyes can be seen. But when gator moves, he really moves! What happens to the duck, the turtle, the egret, the deer, and the many other critters of the swamp when gator makes his move?

The Mouse and the Meadow

Chad Wallace (author)

Publisher: Dawn Publications ISBN: 9781584694830

A young mouse quickly comes of age as he sets out to explore his meadow. There he meets many remarkable creatures. Spider has tangled intentions. Firefly really knows how to put on a show. Mother rabbit is kind. Turtle is wise. Others would have him for lunch! Fortunately, help arrives just in time.

My Monarch Journal

Connie Muther (author), Anita Bibeau (illustrator)

Publisher: Dawn Publications ISBN: 9781584694908

This book is the record of a miracle. The metamorphosis of a tiny egg to a caterpiller, then to a chrysalis, and finally to a beautiful butterfly is one of nature's most astonishing miracles. The stunning pictures in this book - many taken with a microscopic lens - will guide you and your child or student to record and understand the progress of the miracle that takes place in your hands, with your own caterpillar/butterfly. More than 140 photographs capture rare sequences: the hatchling eating its way out of the egg; the first green meal moving through the caterpillar's intestines; and a caterpillar shedding its skin. Ample space for notes, drawings and progress charts encourage children to be scientists - and in the process, gain a profound appreciation for these remarkable tiny beings. The book includes 20 pages of teacher information, including answers to questions, charts, tips for teachers, and pages of resources.

For Baby (For Bobbie)

John Denver (author), Janeen Mason (illustrator)

Publisher: Dawn Publications ISBN: 9781584694519

Everyone loves babies, and John Denver's love song For Baby (For Bobbie), interpreted as a children's picture book by award-winning illustrator Janeen Mason, reminds us that these feelings are universal. Captivating images lead us around the globe, from Sri Lanka to the Arctic, and deepen the experience of John Denver's enduring song, a legacy of love.

Noisy Frog Sing-Along

John Himmelman (author)

Publisher: Dawn Publications ISBN: 9781584693413

When frogs get together, they love to sing! They fill their big, bulgy throat pouch with air and sing out loud. Some peep, some trill, some growl, some creek, and some go WAAH, WAAH, WAAH! It's a chorus that happens near almost every pond and stream. Learn more about these delightful creatures--and sing along with them!

Over in a River: Flowing Out to the Sea

Marianne Berkes (author), Jill Dubin (illustrator)

Publisher: Dawn Publications ISBN: 9781584693314

Rivers are teeming with life! Children will learn the geography of North American rivers and to appreciate the animals that live there while they count the baby otters or dragonflies. Their learning will be reinforced as they "squeal" like muskrats and "hop" like frogs. All of this fun learning activity is set to the rhythm of the classical tune of "Over in the Meadow."

Jo MacDonald Hiked in the Woods

Mary Quattlebaum (author), Laura J Bryant (illustrator)

Publisher: Dawn Publications ISBN: 9781584693369

Old MacDonald had a...woods? Yes! Come along with Jo MacDonald and learn about the wild creatures in the woods at her grandfather's farm. Noisy ones, quiet ones, and a few surprises. This delightful variation on "Old MacDonald Had a Farm" playfully introduces youngsters to the woodland habitat while engaging little ones with rhythm and wordplay.

Motherlove

Virginia Kroll (author), Lucia Washburn (illustrator)

Publisher: Dawn Publications ISBN: 9781584694458

The love of a mother is a truly remarkable thing - in both humans an animals. It gives and forgives, directs and protects, and puts the heart in a home. In rhyming verse, this book captures the many special qualities of motherlove.

The Web at Dragonfly Pond

Brian 'Fox' Ellis (author), Michael S. Maydak (illustrator)

Publisher: Dawn Publications ISBN: 9781584694427

Storyteller Brian 'Fox' Ellis draws from his memories of fishing with his father to tell this true tale of a fish, a frog, a dragonfly, a mosquito, and himself. The experience helped mold Fox's life-long connection with nature, and is a wonderful example of entertainment that also educates.

The Tree in the Ancient Forest

Carol Reed-Jones (author), Christopher Canyon (illustrator)

Publisher: Dawn Publications ISBN: 9781584694397

Ancient trees embrace a wonderful world of creatures, each playing their special role. From lowly fungi to majestic owls, the book connects the web of nature and aptly portrays the amazing ways in which the inhabitants of the forest depend upon one another for survival. Stunning illustrations by the renowned illustrator, Christopher Canyon, manage to be both magical and true. As AAAS Science Books & Films says, "The science is accurate and the book painlessly teaches important ecological lessons."

Inside All

Margaret Mason (author), Holly Welch (illustrator)

Publisher: Dawn Publications ISBN: 9781584693598

All over the world, children want the same thing--the comfort of knowing that they belong, that they are part of something meaningful. Inside All takes the reader on a journey from the glowing edges of the universe into the warm heart of a sleepy child at bedtime, where we discover, not something small, but something huge. This is a story about how we each have a place in the world, and how the world lives in each of us.

Noisy Bug Sing-Along

John Himmelman (author)

Publisher: Dawn Publications ISBN: 9781584692775

Listen to the "buggy" concert happening in your yard, or in the fields and woods nearby. What insects are making those sounds? Learn who is making what sound, and why. Sing along with them! This book is a wonderful introduction to the noisy, busy world of insects.

The BLUES Go Birding Across America

Carol L. Malnor, Sandy F. Fuller (authors), Louise Schroeder (illustrator)

Publisher: Dawn Publications ISBN: 9781584693444

The BLUES are five little cartoon bluebirds, each full of personality, who love to travel, and everywhere they go they discover new birds--REAL birds, that is. Bird facts and birding tips are scattered throughout. Major birders and birding organizations have endorsed the BLUES series.

The BLUES Go Birding At Wild America's Shores

Carol L. Malnor, Sandy F. Fuller (author), Louise Schroeder (illustrator)

Publisher: Dawn Publications ISBN: 9781584693475

This is the second in a series designed to inspire youngsters to appreciate birds. In this episode, the BLUES follow in the footsteps of the great birder, Roger Tory Peterson, and discover birds along all North American coasts, from Newfoundland to Alaska. Kids love to follow the fun-filled personalities of the five cartoon birds even while they learn about remarkable REAL birds. Bird facts and birding tips are scattered throughout. Major birders and birding organizations have endorsed the BLUES series.

The BLUES Go Extreme Birding

Carol L. Malnor, Sandy F. Fuller (authors), Louise Schroeder (illustrator)

Publisher: Dawn Publications ISBN: 9781584693505

The five intrepid BLUES are caricatures of little bluebirds, yet the featured REAL birds are accurate and carefully researched. In this volume, the Bird X-Games are coming soon. Sammi, the sportster, is determined to enter. In her quest, Sammi and the other BLUES travel the globe to see the most extreme birds - the fastest-moving, longest migrating,deepest-diving, and many other record-holders. And in the process, they discover that they have become X-treme themselves. X-citing!

The Forever Forest: Kids Save a Tropical Treasure

Kristin Joy Pratt-Serafini (author)

Publisher: Dawn Publications ISBN: 9781584693628

The 54,000-acre Childrens Eternal Rainforest in Costa Rica began with a few kids and a bake sale. Word spread, and children from over 44 countries raised the funds to make it happen. Here is its story with a fresh twist, as young Peter discovers that his mother was one of those original kids. What a terrific way to learn both about cooperation and a magnificent habitat!

This is the Sea that Feeds Us

Robert F. Baldwin (author), Don Dyen (illustrator)

Publisher: Dawn Publications ISBN: 9781584693536

Parents and elementary science teachers alike will appreciate the way the marine food chain comes to light in this lighthearted book. The heroes are -- plankton, floating free, zillions of creatures alive in the sea, making their food from the light of the sun that shines on the sea that feeds us.The plankton feeds the shrimp which feeds bass -- a fish with a hungry look what saw the shrimp, but not the hook. And on up the food chain to the girl with a sandy pail, each verse introduces a new link and then connects it to everything else. Among the verses are interspersed factual statements about the marine food web, enhancing the value of this book for science teachers as well as language arts teachers.

What's in the Garden?

Marianne Berkes (author), Cris Arbo (illustrator)

Publisher: Dawn Publications ISBN: 9781584692805

Good food doesn't begin on a store shelf with a box. It comes from a garden bursting with life, color, sounds, smells, sunshine, moisture, birds, and bees! Healthy food becomes much more interesting when children know where they come from. So what's in the garden? Kids will find a variety fruits and vegetables, and a tasty, kid-friendly recipe for each one to start a lifetime of good eating. A "food for thought" section presents interesting facts about each fruit and vegetable, and a "how does your garden grow?" section explains facts about gardening and the parts of plants.

A Walk in the Rainforest

Kristin Joy Pratt-Serafini (author)

Publisher: Dawn Publications ISBN: 9781584693208

Written and illustrated by a 14 year-old in 1992, this best-selling book has introduced a whole generation to the wonders of a very important habitat. Following XYZ the Ant, young readers walk through the alphabet and engage in fun alliterations about the amazing anteater, majestic macaw, and quiet quetzal along with the other inhabitants they encounter in the rainforest. The colorful illustrations were done in magic marker. It reaches a large age range because the large text is for young readers, while smaller text is for you or more advanced children. Kristin Joy Pratt (A Swim through the Sea) once again successfully inspires a generation of children about one of the most precious and fragile realms on Earth.

Amy's Light

Robert Nutt (author), Robert Nutt (illustrator)

Publisher: Dawn Publications ISBN: 9781584693178

Remember the wonder and innocence of catching fireflies as they dance through the summer nights? Here is an opportunity to share the magical experience with your children. Amy is afraid of dark shadows in her bedroom, but notices a slight glow in the back yard. With exuberance she catches fireflies in a jar, only to find their lights go dim until they are free again--and finds that her fear of the dark is gone too. The photo-illustrations are lifelike yet dreamy. A wonderful read-aloud.

Ancient Rhymes, A Dolphin Lullaby

John Denver (author), Christopher Canyon (illustrator)

Publisher: Dawn Publications ISBN: 9781584691433

Here is a gentle way to share a birth with a child. John Denver's hauntingly beautiful song "Ancient Rhymes" is about the birth of a baby dolphin, and Christopher Canyon's luminous illustrations - including a baby dolphin curled up with an umbilical cord and also a live birth - convey a sense of mystery, awe, and anticipation of things to come. The baby soon tastes the air and learns of dolphin ways, much the same way as a human baby does. There's something magical and indescribable about it - a timeless and endearing lullaby.

Lifetimes

David Rice (author), Michael S. Maydak (illustrator)

Publisher: Dawn Publications ISBN: 9781584693260

Teachers and parents, this book is an outstanding teaching resource, much more than the title might suggest. Beginning with a lifetime for a mayfly is about one day, it presents 24 lifetimes such as that of an earthworm (about six years), a giant sequoia (about 2,000 years), a bacteria (well, that depends), a dinosaur (never again) and the universe (about 15 to 20 billion years). Each example comes with detailed illustrations and something to ponder, such as, for earthworms: Worms teach us that our work can be very important, even if it cannot be seen. Each plant or animal is practically a lesson plan in itself, with tell about it, think about it, and look it up challenges. Written by a retired teacher, this is a favorite book for children and teachers alike.

River Song: With the Banana Slug String Band

Steve Van Zandt (author), Katherine Zecca (illustrator)

Publisher: Dawn Publications ISBN: 9781584693123

From the trickle of snowmelt to the roar of the ocean, River Song celebrates rivers as a fascinating, ever-changing source of life and joy. It also introduces the young reader to vocabulary such as eddy, riffle and meander, and tells about some of the plants, animals, and insects that depend on the river.The author is not only an award-winning environmental educator and river guide, but also member of the famed Banana Slug String Band.

Over in the Forest: Come and Take a Peek

Marianne Berkes (author), Jill Dubin (illustrator)

Publisher: Dawn Publications ISBN: 9781584691839

Jump like a squirrel, dunk like a raccoon, and - uh-oh - watch out for the skunk! Children learn the ways of forest animals to the rhythm of "Over in the Meadow" in this delightful introduction to the woodland habitat. They will also count the babies and search for hidden animals. And when they see how each illustration is made from cut paper, they may be inspired to try cut-paper art, too.