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River Beds: Sleeping in the World's Rivers

Gail Langer Karwoski (author), Connie McLennan (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180326

This sequel to the award-winning Water Beds: Sleeping in the Ocean (2007 Teacher's Choice & 2005 Mom's Choice) takes readers on an around-the-world boat ride to learn how mammals sleep in or around nine major rivers of the world on all continents except Antarctica. Row down the Mississippi and watch two river otters slip into a hollow tree or look to the bank of the Brisbane River as a platypus pops into a hole and disappears into a narrow tunnel. Told in a soothing style, this book serves as a bedtime/naptime story for younger children or an animal geography book for older children. Adults may learn something, too! The "For Creative Minds" education section features a "World Map."

If You Were a Parrot

Katherine Rawson (author), Sherry Rogers (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180111

This whimsical story lets children imagine what life would be like if they were a pet parrot. Readers join four parrots their young, multicultural owners as they morph into four-toed parrots climbing around the house, then chew wooden spoons, popsicles--sticks and all--with hooked parrot beaks! The fun continues as children learn all about parrots and their adaptations.The "For Creative Minds" section has parrot fun facts, tips for taking care of a pet parrot and a "Make a Beak" craft.

Paws, Claws, Hands, and Feet

Kimberly Hutmacher (author), Sherry Rogers (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180531

Go along on the exciting dream journey from morning to night, using hands and feet just like squirrels, monkeys, rats, spiders, frogs, penguins, elephants, lions, kangaroos, pandas, and eagles. Travel to the lush jungle, the African savannah, Australian outback, and to the frozen Antarctic. Finally, as the sun sets, snuggle beneath the covers and snooze, with recollections of animals at play, inspired by the imaginative illustrations of Sherry Rogers. After all, even the wild things need some time to rest after a day of fast-footed play! The "For Creative Minds" education section features a "Paws, Claws, Hands, and Feet" matching activity.

Baby Owl's Rescue

Jennifer Keats Curtis (author), Laura Jacques (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180609

What if you found a baby owl in your backyard? Would you know what to do? Where would you go to find help? Join young Maddie and Max as they learn a valuable lesson from a little lost owl in Baby Owl's Rescue by Jennifer Keats Curtis. The brother and sister pair just wanted to play baseball one day. They never expected to come face-to-face with a wild animal! Lush illustrations by Laura Jacques accompany this story and demonstrate the proper treatment of wildlife. This story reminds all of us that we live in a world surrounded by wild animals, and those wild animals deserve our caution and our respect!

Pandas' Earthquake Escape

Phyllis J. Perry (author), Susan Detwiler (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180968

On May 12, 2008, XiXi, a giant panda, escaped from the destroyed Wolong Panda Reserve when a 7.9 earthquake rocked Northern China. After the quake, mother and cub run from the wreckage. Confused and afraid, they get lost! How will they survive outside their reserve? Will they find food? Will they find shelter? And will they safely endure the earthquake after-shocks? The "For Creative Minds" education section includes: Endangered Giant Pandas; Life Cycle Activity; Panda Fun Facts; Shake, Rattle & Roll; The Richter Scale and Magnitude Ranges; and an Earthquake Chart & Map.

Mother Osprey: Nursery Rhymes for Buoys & Gulls

Lucy Nolan (author), Connie McLennan (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180616

What if Jack and Jill had been playing on a nice soft sand dune instead of that treacherous hill? And suppose Mary's pet wasn't really a lamb. What if Mary had a little . . . clam? Those questions -- and more -- are gleefully answered in Mother Osprey: Nursery Rhymes for Buoys & Gulls. This collection retells Mother Goose rhymes and celebrates America's coastlines and waterways -- from sea to shining sea. The "For Creative Minds" educational section includes: Poem related fun facts and a Map activity.

One Odd Day

Doris Fisher & Dani Sneed (author), Karen Lee (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180128

This humorous, rhythmic, read-aloud story is about a young boy who awakens to find that everything around him is odd. He has one shoe, his shirt has three sleeves, and his dog has five legs! Children and adults will delight in finding all the odd things hidden in the art. The "For Creative Minds" section includes odd fun facts, an odd coloring chart a "How Odd?" Oddities section, a Creative Sparks supplement and a counting activity.

Ocean Seasons

Ron Hirschi (author), Kirsten Carlson (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180180

Seasons change in the ocean much as they do on land. Spring brings new plants and baby animals, summer oceans glow with sparkly plankton lights, and autumn winds blow across the open water. In winter the humpback whales migrate to warmer waters, just as some land animals move to warmer climates. The cycle begins again as they return to the northern waters in the spring. In fun, fanciful form, Ocean Seasons introduces plants and animals that are joined through the mix of seasons, food webs, and habitats beneath the waves. While set in the Pacific, similar changes occur in the Atlantic also. The "For Creative Minds" learning sections features and "Ocean Food Web Card Game."

Octavia and Her Purple Ink Cloud

Donna & Doreen Rathmell (author), Connie McLennan (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180074

Octavia Octopus and her sea-animal friends love playing camouflage games to practice how they would hide from a "big, hungry creature." Octavia, however, just cannot seem to get her colors right when she tries to shoot her purple ink cloud. What happens when the big, hungry shark shows up looking for his dinner? This creative book introduces basic colors along with the camouflage techniques of various sea animals - a great introduction to marine biology! The "For Creative Minds" educational section includes fun facts about octopuses and animal camouflage and protection. The craft uses primary colors (paint or tissue paper) to help children learn about blending colors.

Moose and Magpie

Bettina Restrepo (author), Sherry Rogers (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180623

It isn't always easy being a moose but this young moose has a special, joke-telling friend to keep him company and to help him find his way. Join Moose, Magpie and some of their other animal friends as they frolic through a year of changes. Learn what the Liberty Bell and moose have in common or why moose cross the road. Laugh along with Moose and Magpie, and learn something while you are at it. The "For Creative Minds" educational section includes: Is it for real?, Moose and birds, What do moose eat?, Match the moose body part to its adaptation, Moose life cycle, Moose antlers, and Moose fun facts.

The Best Nest

Little Kitty Big Cat (author), Scotti Cohn (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180272

Long ago, when the world was young, the magpies' nests were the envy of all other birds. To help the other birds, Maggie Magpie patiently explained how to build a nest. But some birds were impatient and flew off without listening to all the directions, which is why, to this day, birds' nests come in all different shapes and sizes. This clever retelling of an old English folktale teaches the importance of careful listening.

What's New at the Zoo? An Animal Adding Adventure

Suzanne Slade (author), Joan Waites (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180586

Come along on an adding animal adventure at the zoo. Add baby animals to the adults to see how many there are all together. And while you are at it, learn what some of the zoo animals eat or what the baby animals are called. Follow the little lost red balloon as it soars through the zoo. At the end of the day, count up all the animals at the zoo.

Loon Chase

Jean Heilprin Diehl (author), Kathryn Freeman (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180050

When a boy and his mother take their dog Miles on a peaceful canoe ride, they find themselves frantically racing to save a mother loon and her family! Join them and watch the surprising outcome of Miles' encounter with the loons. Then witness the boy's moment of wonder when he meets the loon. The "For Creative Minds" section includes loon fun facts, information about loons in Native American Culture, a "Maker a Loon Mask" craft, and a "Map It," "Math It," "Measure It" section. Encourages children to care for animals.

A Day in the Salt Marsh

Kevin Kurtz (author), Consie Powell (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180210

Enjoy a day in one of the most dynamic habitats on earth: the salt marsh. Fun-to-read, rhyming verse introduces readers to hourly changes in the marsh as the tide comes and goes. Watch the animals that have adapted to this ever-changing environment as they hunt for food or play in the sun, and learn how the marsh grass survives even when it is covered by saltwater twice a day. An activity on adaptations is included in the "For Creative Minds" section.

Kersplatypus

Susan K. Mitchell (author), Sherry Rogers (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180258

When a strange creature appears after the big rains, Australian animals wonder what he could be! His fur, feet, tail, and duck-like bill remind each animal of something different. But with a "down-under" spirit, they all pitch in to help him discover where he belongs. Kersplatypus is the story of one creature's journey to find his place in the world and how he sometimes falls flat on the way there.

Little Red Bat

Carole Gerber (author), Christina Wald (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180944

Red bats can hibernate or migrate to warmer regions during the winter. Should this solitary little bat stay or should she go? That's the question the little red bat ponders as the leaves fall and the nights get colder! The squirrel tells her to stay. But what about the dangerous creatures that hunt red bats in winter? The sparrow urges her to go. But where? Carole Gerber takes young readers on an educational journey through one bat's seasonal dilemma in Little Red Bat. The For Creative Minds educational section includes: Match the Bat Adaptation, Bat Fun Facts, How Animals Deal with Seasonal Changes, Red Bats and Seasonal Change, and Bat Life Cycle Sequencing Activity.

Henry the Impatient Heron

Pam Kapchinske (author), Sherry Rogers (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180555

Sing along to this light-hearted romp while learning about different food chains within a single ecosystem. Which animals come out on top, and which animals end up as snacks? Hey Diddle Diddle teaches children about the food web, the circle of life, and the part that each living creature plays within an ecosystem. This book is so much fun, kids will have a hard time believing they're actually learning. You'll be singing Hey Diddle Diddle long after you close the book.

Ocean Hide and Seek

Jennifer Evans Kramer (author), Gary R. Phillips (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180562

The sea is a place of mystery, where animals big and small play hide and seek! Can you imagine a shark hiding in the light? What about a clownfish in plain sight? Don't believe it? Then, sink into the deep blue sea with Jennifer Evans Kramer and Ocean Hide and Seek! Surround yourself with the vibrant ocean illustrations of Gary R. Phillips. The ocean is an old, old place, and the exotic animals in the depths have learned to adapt to their surroundings to survive. Can you find the creatures hidden on every page? Or will you, too, be fooled by an ancient, underwater disguise? The "For Creative Minds" learning section includes an "Animal Classification" and "Food for Thought" activity.

The Giraffe who was Afraid of Heights

David A. Ufer (author), Kirsten Carlson (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180098

Modeled after The Wizard of Oz, this enchanting story describes a young giraffe who suffers from a fear of heights. On his way to the doctor, he befriends a monkey who is afraid of climbing and a hippo who is a afraid of water. What causes the three new friends to face and overcome their fears? The "For Creative Minds" section includes fun facts and animal adaptation information, as well as a "Match the Feet" game and a mix-and-match activity. Encourages children to overcome their fears and to help friends in trouble.

My Half Day

Doris Fisher & Dani Sneed (author), Karen Lee (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180319

The wacky fun continues as a young boy awakens to find a half-head of hair. After chugging down his glass of milk that's two-thirds gooey paste, he and his friend are off to camp for a day of fraction fun and an out-of-this world soccer game. The first two books in the series, One Odd Day and My Even Day, won a Learning Magazine's 2008 Teachers' Choice Award for Children's Books. As with the series' other books, the imaginative illustrations are sure to please young readers as they scour the pages for countless oddities hidden in the art! The "For Creative Minds" learning section includes "Fractions Around Us" and "A Special Pizza" Party activities.

If a Dolphin Were a Fish

Loran Wlodarski (author), Laurie Allen Klein (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180067

Join Delfina the dolphin as she imagines that she becomes other sea animals: a fish, a sea turtle, a pelican, an octopus, a shark, even a manatee! The incredible morphing illustrations will have children laughing as they learn about the real differences between these ocean animals and their respective classes.

My Even Day

Doris Fisher & Dani Sneed (author), Karen Lee (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180241

In this delightful, rhythmic sequel to One Odd Day, the young boy awakens to find that it is another strange day--now everything is even, and his mother has two heads! This time, a school field trip to the zoo is dealt with in an odd, but even-handed manner. And, like its predecessor, children will spend hours looking for all the hidden objects in the incredible art. Square it all off with more "number fun" in the "For Creative Minds" section.

Felina's New Home: A Florida Panther Story

Loran Wlodarski (author), Lew Clayton (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180937

Felina the Florida panther loved growing up in her forest home, until the forest starts to shrink! Trees begin to disappear, and Felina doesn't understand the new busy highway in the neighborhood. Other animals are in danger, too. Will Felina find a way to survive as humans threaten to ruin her home? Environmental science writer Loran Wlodarski gives children a look into deforestation and endangered animals in Felina's New Home: A Florida Panther Story, complemented by the detailed, emotive illustrations of Lew Clayton. Learn whether the animals in Felina's forest adapt to the new human presence and what children can do to keep wild animals safe, happy, and healthy.

Carolina's Story: Sea Turtles Get Sick Too!

Donna Rathmell (author), Barbara J. Bergwerf (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180005

Follow the photo journal of Carolina, a critically ill loggerhead sea turtle, as she is cared for and nursed back to health at the Sea Turtle Hospital of the South Carolina Aquarium. Just like hospitalized children, Carolina goes through a variety of emotions and procedures during her care and recovery process. When she first arrives at the hospital, she is too sick, weak, and confused to understand what is happening. She has blood drawn, x-rays taken, gets shots, and is fed through an IV...just as ill children may be! As she gains strength, she begins to interact with her caregivers and to, begrudgingly, understand that they are really trying to help. Join her as she interacts with her many caregivers and her sick or injured roommate turtles. Celebrate the happy day she is released back into the open arms of the ocean - a healthy and happy sea turtle! The "For Creative Minds" section includes a craft, game ideas and information on sea turtles. The author and photographer donate a portion of their royalties to the Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Program at the South Carolina Aquarium.

Count Down to Fall

Fran Hawk (author), Sherry Neidigh (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180593

Count backwards from 10 to 1 during one of the most colorful times of year: fall. Learn about the bright, colorful leaves and the trees from which they fall: aspen, birch, maple, oak, chestnut, linden, pine, beech, dogwood, and sweet gum. Watch the animals frolicking in the crisp, autumn air as they get ready for the approaching cold winter. The "For Creative Minds" educational section includes: Plant parts, Leaves--the shape of it all, What Good are Plants?, and Match the Leaves Activity.