Some teams have it all: an unstoppable offense, an impenetrable defense, and a top quarterback to guide the team to victory. These are football's dream teams! In this title, kids will learn all about the NFL's best current teams, including the Indianapolis Colts, the New England Patriots, the New Orleans Saints, and the Pittburgh Steelers. Full-color action photos will captivate children as they discover how the different parts of a team work together to win championships!
Did you know that a comet is like a big, rocky snowball with a tail of gas and dust millions of miles long? Or that an asteroid can be as small as a car, or as big as a mountain? These and dozens of other fascinating facts provide a perfect high-interest introduction to the icy, rocky voyagers of the solar system that so often hit the headlines: Comets, Meteors, and Asteroids. Filled with information perfectly suited to a second-grade audience, this accessible, high-impact book combines solid science, technology, and even math with up-to-the-minute information, odd and often quirky facts, and astounding space photography. It also provides plenty of surprises and teachable moments that will draw young children into a rewarding, kid-friendly reading experience.
The peregrine falcon is the fastest animal in the world. It can fly at a speed of 68 miles per hour, and it can dive through the air at an even more amazing speed: 200 miles per hour! The falcons make these high-speed dives in order to catch other birds for food. They attack their prey in midair! These are just some of the fascinating facts kids will discover in the thrilling world of these swift birds of prey. Eye-popping photos and clear, easy-to-read text will engage emergent readers as they discover the anatomical features that help peregrine falcons reach fast speeds. A "Speed-o-Meter" graphic compares the peregrine falcon's top speed to that of fastballs and roller coasters.
The North Pole is home to few mammals--it is far too cold for most to survive. Luckily, polar bears have a thick layer of fat and a heavy fur to keep them warm in this climate. In this unforgiving world, the bears dig dens in the snow to survive each winter. Inside, where they stay until spring, the mother bear's cubs are born. When the weather has warmed up enough for the bears to come outside, the mother takes her cubs along as she hunts for food. Readers will see how the cubs learn to wait by holes in the ice for seals to pop up, or swim through the icy water to find their prey--and eventually learn to live and hunt on their own. Combining colorful photos and clear, simple text, this coming-of-age introduction to polar bear cubs is sure to delight emergent readers.
Ragdolls got their name from the way they let their bodies relax and flop down when you pick them up. It makes them look just like toy rag dolls! Ragdolls make excellent pets because they're affectionate, laid-back, and love attention. They also get along well with children, dogs, and other cats. These cool cats are a great addition to any family! A narrative treat for all cat lovers, Ragdolls: Alien Cats includes fun, real-life stories about these loveable furballs while also recounting the breed's history, personality, suitability as a pet, and the special characteristics that set it apart from other breeds. Cat lovers will agree that it's the purr-fect read!
Dwyane Wade is a hero both on and off the basketball court. As a high-scoring superstar for the Miami Heat, Dwyane has led his team to an NBA championship and is one of the most popular players in the league. His talents and achievements aren't limited to basketball, however. Dwyane also puts his skills to use with the Wade's World Foundation, an organization he founded in 2003. The foundation's mission is to make a difference in the lives of countless children in underserved communities. In Dwyane Wade, readers will follow this NBA superstar's amazing basketball career and discover how he has made a difference in people's lives both on and off the court. Large, full-color action photos and engaging text will keep readers turning the pages for more.
Do some animals really have the power to kill by zapping their prey with electricity? The shocking answer is yes. And that's not all that electric animals can do with their super-charged powers. Some can target their victims in near-total darkness while others "talk" to each other using electricity. These are just some of the surprising facts kids will discover as they enter the world of these amazing animals. Eye-popping photos and clear, simple text bring these one-of-a-kind creatures to vivid life.
Great medical triumphs have taken place at hospitals. But are these medical buildings also a great place to go looking for ghosts? According to some, they are. Ghost hunters believe that the spirits of dead people often linger in the locations where they spent their final moments. So what better place to look for these restless souls than in a hospital? Among the 11 hospitals in this book, children will discover a huge medical facility abandoned by everyone but the ghosts of long-dead patients; a hospital that is so creepy it was used as a set for horror movies; and a temporary hospital built on a Civil War battlefield that is now considered one of the most haunted spots in America. Chilling tales and the dark histories surrounding these medical buildings will keep readers eagerly turning the pages for more.
In October 2010, scientists in Indonesia made a frightening discovery. Mount Merapi, a powerful volcano on the island of Java, was about to erupt. Soon the homes of thousands of villagers and farmers would not be safe. For many people trying to quickly evacuate the danger zone, there would not be enough time to move their pets and livestock to a safe location. Would anyone rescue the animals that were left behind? In Saving Animals from Volcanoes, readers will meet the courageous people and organizations that rush in to save animals when disasters strike. From rescue workers who risk entering the volcano's danger zone to save wild animals, livestock, and pets, to volunteers who take in abandoned animals and care for them while they recover, the inspiring and true stories in this book are a must for any young animal lover.
In 2007, U.S. Army Sergeant Edward Watson and his regiment, who were serving in the Iraq war, found a nearly starved puppy covered with fleas. The men took the dog, which they named Charlie, back to their base. Sgt. Watson knew it was against military rules for them to keep animals as pets, but he saw how much the tiny pup lifted his men's spirits. He hoped Charlie could be kept a secret. However, the group was scheduled to leave Iraq. Fearing Charlie would die if he left him, Watson contacted the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals International (SPCAI). The group was touched by Sgt. Watson's request to take Charlie home with him. After months of planning, the SPCA International flew Charlie out of Baghdad to live with Sgt. Watson and his family in Arizona. This is just one of many inspiring stories found in Baghdad Pups. With dramatic, full-color photographs of the brave soldiers and their rescued dogs, this book is sure to warm the hearts of dog lovers everywhere.
Grab your apron and get ready for some fun and easy baking! Young chefs can choose from delicious recipes that include classic favorites, such as chocolate-chip cookies and lemon bars, and healthy treats, like banana-apple cookies and granola bars. Each recipe includes a nutrition tip and a fact box, as well as a list of tools and ingredients and easy, step-by-step instructions. Kids will learn about nutrition and healthy eating, sequencing and following directions, math and measuring skills, and kitchen safety. Best of all, it's lots of fun!
Meet the brave heroes who have dedicated their careers to keeping their communities safe. In this gripping new book, children will meet the police officers who are first on the scene when people need help the most. These brave men and women never know what kind of emergency they'll be called to next, but they have the chance to be heroes every day. Young readers will learn how these courageous workers use their quick thinking and expert emergency skills to come to the aid of people at a moment's notice. In addition, they will go behind the scenes to learn how police officers train for their job so that they are always ready to spring into action to help protect and save the lives of others. Large, full-color photos and dramatic real-life stories will keep kids turning the pages to learn more.
Mark Sanchez is a hero both on and off the football field. One of the NFL's best young quarterbacks, he led the New York Jets to the AFC Championship Game in each of his first two seasons. When he's not working hard to help his team succeed, he's working to make a difference in kids' lives. Mark volunteers with the Hollenbeck Youth Center, a group that organizes athletic, educational, and cultural programs for teens. He also works with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to raise money to help fight the disease. In Mark Sanchez, readers will follow Mark's amazing football career and also discover the many ways he gives back to his community. Engaging text and large, full-color photos of Mark in action will keep readers turning the pages for more.
Troy Polamalu has achieved NFL glory as a star safety for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Considered to be the greatest active defender in pro football, this unstoppable athlete creates game-changing plays to help his team win one big victory after another--including two Super Bowl championships! People admire Troy for more than just his football skills, however. They love him just as much for his kind heart and helping ways. In high school, he spent much of his free time working and playing with schoolmates in the special education program. Today, he spends time with sick children at Pittsburgh's Children's Hospital and works to help American soldiers who have made sacrifices for their country. In Troy Polamalu, readers will follow Troy's amazing football career and also discover how he gives back by bringing joy to other people. Engaging text and large, full-color photos of Troy in action will keep readers turning the pages for more.
The New Orleans Saints were playing in the Super Bowl for the first time in the team's 43-year history. A Super Bowl win would mean a lot to the people of New Orleans, who were still rebuilding their city from the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina. Quarterback Drew Brees knew he would have to play the game of his life to defeat his powerful opponent, the Indianapolis Colts. With Saints fans counting on him, could Drew lead his team to victory? In Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints: Super Bowl XLIV, young sports fans will follow Drew from his childhood in Texas, through his college years at Purdue, all the way to his NFL championship season. Full-color action photos and engaging play-by-play narratives will keep readers on the edge of their seats as they cheer on Drew and the Saints.
In 2001, biologist Karsten Heuer witnessed thousands of caribou traveling together in Northern Canada as they made their way north on their annual migration. The spectacular sight inspired Heuer to set out on an incredible adventure of his own. He and his research partner decided to follow the Porcupine caribou herd for five months through freezing weather conditions as the animals migrated north to rich feeding grounds where they would raise their young. The scientists' mission would bring to light some amazing facts about how these beautiful Arctic animals survive in their chilly habitat. In Caribou: And Reindeer, Too, kids go on an real-life adventure with biologist Karsten Heuer as he follows the Porcupine caribou herd through Northern Canada. Along the way, children will discover how caribou survive in their bone-chilling environment. Readers will also learn about the caribou's close relative, the reindeer. Large, full-color photos and a narrative format will keep readers turning the pages for more.
In the spring of 2010, wildlife biologist Tony Fischbach visited the Chukchi Sea off the northwest coast of Alaska. He was there to study walruses in their remote Arctic habitat, but it wasn't an easy task. The Arctic is one of the coldest places on Earth, and Tony--unlike a walrus--wasn't naturally adapted for life in the extreme cold. Eventually, Tony was able to attach a radio transmitter to several walruses so he could track where they would travel. He was surprised--and disturbed--by what he discovered. What did Tony learn about these animals and how they survive in their chilly Arctic habitat? In Walrus: Tusk, Tusk, kids go on a real-life adventure with wildlife biologist Tony Fischbach as he studies walruses in one of the northernmost places in the world. Along the way, children will learn how walruses survive in their bone-chilling environment, including how they hunt, stay warm, and raise their babies. Large, full-color photos and a narrative format will keep readers turning the pages for more.
How do wolverines survive the harsh weather conditions of the Arctic? In Wolverine: Super Strong, kids will discover the answer as they follow the work of biologist Audrey Magoun and other scientists in the freezing-cold Arctic tundra. From the long, thick fur that keeps a wolverine warm, to the long claws and powerful jaws that allow it to tear through frozen meat, children will learn all the different ways that these strong scavengers are built to survive in the Arctic. Packed with large, full-color photos and written in a compelling narrative format, Wolverine: Super Strong will show kids how wolverines survive in their bone-chilling environment, including how they hunt, stay warm, and raise their babies.
Buckle your seat belt and get ready to discover the fastest cars in drag racing! In Dynamic Drag Racers, thrill-seeking readers will discover all of the different types of vehicles in the sport, from Top Fuel dragsters and Pro Stock Motorcycles to Funny Cars and exhibition wheelstanders. If you have a need for speed, this is the book for you! With full-color photographs and clear, simple text, kids will learn all about the history of drag car racing and the people who create and drive these super-fast vehicles. It's a must-have for kids who love cool cars!
In Electrifying Eco-Race Cars, kids will discover some of the coolest and most Earth-friendly cars around! From hydrogen-fueled race cars that can reach speeds of over 300 miles per hour to wind-powered speedsters that don't use a motor, kids will see that the next generation of race cars is going green. With profiles of eight of the fastest eco-race cars around, kids will see how race car design is speeding into the future. With large, full-color photographs, thrill-seeking readers will learn all about eco-race cars and the people who create and drive them. So fasten your seat belt and get ready to discover some Earth-friendly cars that can achieve super-fast speeds!
Get ready for a hot read on some cool cars! From modified 1930s Ford cars, such as the "Deuce" roadster and classic Model T, to crazy VW Bugs and pumped-up pickup trucks, Hot Hot Rods will show kids what makes these jaw-dropping cars and their powerful engines so special! With incredible, full-color photographs, thrill-seeking readers will learn all about the history of hot rods and the people who create and drive them. So fasten your seat belt and get ready for a fast ride!
Humpback whales are prolific singers. These marine mammals belt out songs that travel incredible distances through the ocean and can continue for hours on end. The whales use howls, cries, moans and other noises to create their intricate songs. These are just some of the fun facts kids will discover as they learn all about these animal loudmouths. Spectacular photos and clear, easy-to-read text will engage emergent readers as they come face-to-face with these noisy animals. In addition, children discover where the animals live, how they stay safe, and the different ways their sounds help them communicate with each other. A "Sound Check" chart at the end of the book compares the decibel level of the humpback whale to familiar noises, including an ambulance, a lawnmower, and a whisper.
While hyenas are most famous for the loud "laughing" noises they make, some of these social animals can produce a wide variety of sounds. The spotted hyena, for instance, will groan, grunt, giggle, and make whooping sounds that can be heard from miles away! While these noisy carnivores may look like they are similar to dogs, they actually are more closely related to cats. These are just some of the fun facts kids will discover as they learn about all the sounds these animal loudmouths make. Spectacular photos and clear, easy-to-read text will engage emergent readers as they come face-to-face with these noisy creatures. In addition, children discover where hyenas live, how they stay safe, and the different ways their sounds help them communicate with each other. A "Sound Check" chart at the end of the book describes the different noises that hyenas make and what each sound is used for.
Marie Laveau was known as the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans. In the mid-1800s, many people in New Orleans believed that voodoo practitioners could contact the spirits of the dead to ask for their help. Marie Laveau was said to use magical charms and potions to place or remove curses on those she wished to help--or harm! Did this voodoo priestess really have the power to contact the spirit world and cast spells? An exciting narrative format brings a fascinating period of American history to life, with plenty of creepy details to satisfy young horror fans. Chilling photos and illustrations and clear, age-appropriate text will keep readers turning the pages to discover the secrets of the voodoo queen.
There's a good reason why the howler monkey got its name--its howls aren't just loud, they are louder than any other monkey in the forest. In fact, this little noisemaker is one of the loudest animals in the world! It's booming sounds can be heard for at least a mile (1.6 km). These are just some of the surprising facts kids will discover as they learn about the howls, growls, and roars that these noisy creatures make. Eye-popping photos and clear, easy-to-read text will engage emergent readers as they come face-to-face with these animal loudmouths. In addition, children discover where the animals live, how they stay safe, and the different ways their sounds help them communicate with each other--and tell other howler monkeys to stay away! A "Sound Check" chart at the end of the book compares the decibel level of the howler monkey to everyday objects, including an airplane, a lawnmower, and a train engine.