In July 1995, a scorching heat wave blasted Chicago with temperatures as high as 106 F (41 C) for five days straight. Such extreme weather can cause heat stroke and even death in vulnerable individuals; in fact, heat waves kill more people in the United States each year than any other kind of natural disaster. How would residents of Chicago survive the relentless heat? Eyewitness accounts and incredible photos bring to life the experiences of ordinary people who faced catastrophic danger---and lived to tell their stories. Kids will discover the causes and characteristics of heat waves and find out how hot weather can quickly turn deadly. Safety tips show young readers how to stay cool during a heat wave.
On May 12, 2008, a strong earthquake rocked Beichuan, China, destroying buildings and entire neighborhoods. When Beichuan's high school collapsed, 16-year-old Li Anning and her friends were trapped under the heavy rubble. Could the students survive until rescue workers arrived to save them? Eyewitness accounts and incredible photos bring to life the experiences of ordinary people who faced catastrophic danger---and lived to tell their stories. Kids will discover the causes and characteristics of earthquakes and learn about scientific advances that now help new buildings withstand the force of an earthquake. Safety tips show young readers what to do in case an earthquake occurs.
A big, beautiful mansion sounds like a great place to live. But what if its many rooms hold only memories of pain and suffering? What if sad spirits haunt the hallways and ghostly screams echo out the large windows? No amount of money can stop a house like that from becoming a nightmare. Among the 11 mansions in this book, readers will discover a beautiful plantation where a ghostly hound howls on stormy nights; Manhattan's oldest home where a spirit shushes schoolchildren; and an architect's dream house that turned into a nightmare with the swing of an axe. Riveting true tales and full-color photos will keep children turning the pages to discover more spooky stories.
In 2002, a tiny, golden puppy was born without one of her front legs. Her other front leg was badly deformed, leaving her unable to walk. The Stringfellow family adopted the puppy and named her Faith. However, they worried that little Faith might never be able to walk on her own. As Faith got older and stronger, the Stringfellows helped her to balance on her hind legs. Eventually, they used peanut butter to coax her to walk all by herself on only two legs! This is just one of the many inspiring stories found in Disabled Dogs. Some dogs, like Faith, are missing legs, while others do not have the ability to see or hear. Whatever the challenge, young readers will be amazed at how these dogs are able to lead full and active lives, and provide hope to people who have similar disabilities. With dramatic, full-color photos of these extra-special canines, this book is sure to warm the hearts of dog lovers everywhere.
On August 28, 2005, Trina Peters heard some alarming news---Hurricane Katrina was headed straight for her hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana. Though officials recommended evacuating the city, Trina and her daughter decided to stay in their home. However, the powerful hurricane caused their house to flood, and they had to climb up on their roof to stay above the rising water. Stranded on the roof in roaring winds and pouring rain, could Trina and her daughter survive the storm? Eyewitness accounts and incredible photos bring to life the experiences of ordinary people who faced catastrophic danger--and lived to tell their stories. Kids will discover the causes and characteristics of hurricanes, and learn about efforts to rebuild and prepare for future storms. Safety tips show young readers what to do in case a hurricane strikes.
Just how large is the world's largest octopus? With its arms outstretched, an adult giant Pacific octopus is about as long as a minivan. On top of that, it can weigh a whopping 100 pounds (45 kg)! But these giant sea creatures aren't just big, they are also masters of disguise. In the blink of an eye, they can change the color of their bodies to match their environment--and hide from enemies. Now you see them, now you don't! In Giant Pacific Octopus: The World's Largest Octopus, eye-popping color photos paired with simple, grade-appropriate text will engage children as they learn about the natural habitat, physical characteristics, diet, life cycle, and behavior of this supersized animal. A comparison diagram is also included to show readers the animal in relation to a familiar object.
On December 29, 2007, a fierce blizzard hit Olympia National Park in Washington State. Cross-country skier Randy Kraxberger, traveling alone, was caught by himself in the severe winter storm. Park rangers knew they had to save the lost skier. Could their daring rescue effort succeed through blinding snow, high winds, freezing temperatures, and the threat of avalanches? Eyewitness accounts and incredible photos bring to life the experiences of ordinary people who faced catastrophic danger--and lived to tell their stories. Kids will discover the causes and characteristics of blizzards and learn about scientific advances in storm prediction. Safety tips show young readers how to stay out of harm's way during a blizzard.
People around the world are traveling green! From hybrid cars that are more fuel-efficient to new public transportation projects that emit fewer pollutants, kids will discover the new and innovative ways people are protecting the environment and making the world a better place. Packed with large, full-color photos and interesting facts, Traveling Green is sure to engage young environmentalists as they learn all about the current efforts to make their planet greener--and discover ways that they can help out, too!
In the late 1800s, the roseate spoonbill was on the brink of extinction in North America. This large bird was hunted for its beautiful pink-and-white feathers, which were used to make hats and fans. However, conservationists and government agencies stepped in to help, and their efforts helped the roseate spoonbill population recover. These animals can now be found in the wetlands of Florida, Louisiana, and Texas. The birds' future survival depends on protecting their habitat in the Gulf Coast region. In Roseate Spoonbill: Pretty in Pink, kids go on a real-life adventure with scientists in the field as they study these magnificent wild birds. Along the way, children will discover the roseate spoonbill's life cycle, diet, behavior, and physical characteristics. Large, full-color photos and a dramatic narrative format will keep readers turning the pages. Roseate Spoonbill: Pretty in Pink is part of Bearport's America's Hidden Animal Treasures series.
New plants poke through the soil. Birds build nests and lay eggs. Kids play outdoors longer after school. What does it all mean? It must be spring! From changes in the growth cycles of plants to the signs of spring that can be found in backyards, parks, woodlands, wetlands, cities, and farms all across North America, this colorful book will give kids an exciting opportunity to explore nature in action. Activities, such as recording relative changes in temperature, precipitation, and the length of days in weather notebooks, give readers a chance to gain insights beyond the facts and figures. Expertly crafted to meet early elementary reading and science curriculum standards, How Do You Know It's Spring? introduces young readers to basic science concepts and the two fundamental components of scientific inquiry--making observations, and drawing inferences from those observations.
Discover the world's biggest, most awesome airplanes! From immense passenger jets to king-sized cargo planes, the aircraft featured in this book all share one quality--they're HUGE! Dazzling photos combined with fascinating information will engage kids as they learn all about these super-huge machines.
In 2003, K-Dog swam quickly through the waters of the Persian Gulf. He had an important job to do. The enemy had hidden sea mines in the water. K-Dog had to find the bombs so that they wouldn't explode and destroy U.S. ships. Although K-Dog's name makes some people think he is a dog, the expert swimmer is actually a bottlenose dolphin. He was trained by the U.S. Navy to protect American sailors and ships from danger. In Dolphins in the Navy, kids get a behind-the-scenes look at the way the U.S. Navy trains dolphins so that they are prepared to help out at a moment's notice. From hunting for deadly sea mines to searching for enemy divers, these heroic animals help out in ways that no humans ever could. Full-color photos and dramatic true stories bring these courageous sea animals and their brave missions to vivid life.
In Prison Puppies, young readers will meet the hardworking dogs in the Puppies Behind Bars program. This organization teaches prison inmates to raise puppies that will later work as service dogs for people living with disabilities. The prisoners teach the dogs the skills they'll need to assist their future owners, from basic commands like "come here" and "sit," to more complicated tasks like opening doors and turning lights on and off. The puppies teach the prisoners, too! Working with the dogs teaches prisoners patience, responsibility, and cooperation, and gives them a chance to contribute to society in a positive way. Packed with real-life stories and dramatic, full-color photos of prison pups, this book is sure to be a favorite of dog lovers everywhere.
There are places around the world that seem to be under a dark spell. Mysterious events happen on these grounds, and many visitors report experiencing paranormal activity. These cursed places have the power to cause injury, disaster, or even death. But what is legend and what is fact? Kids will have to read Cursed Grounds and then decide for themselves. Among the 11 cursed places in this book, children will discover a city in ruins that people are afraid to enter to this day; a rocky creek that may be inhabited by a dead woman's spirit; and the frozen grave of a man who lived more than 5,000 years ago. The haunting photographs and chilling nonfiction text will keep readers eagerly turning the pages for more as they discover spooky locations around the world.
The men and women of the United States Coast Guard are always on call to protect their nation's coasts and help those who are in trouble at sea. In Today's Coast Guard Heroes, kids will meet real-life Guardians who have displayed incredible courage in the face of great danger as they served their country. Packed with first-hand accounts of the brave acts performed by modern-day Guardians working after Hurricane Katrina, the Midwest floods of 2011, and more, this riveting title is sure to inspire young readers. Large action photos, fact boxes, maps and a narrative format enrich these true stories of courage and valor.
On December 26, 2004, carpenter Ari Afrizal was helping build a house on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. Suddenly, he heard a loud whooshing sound and saw a wall of water heading directly toward him. The huge wave was a tsunami that destroyed the house he was working on and swept him out to sea. Alone in the ocean, Ari struggled to survive. Against all odds, would he live through this horrible ordeal? Eyewitness accounts and incredible photos bring to life the experiences of ordinary people who faced catastrophic danger---and lived to tell their stories. Kids will discover the causes and characteristics of tsunamis, and learn about scientific advances in warning systems. Safety tips show young readers what to do in case a tsunami occurs.
If you see a snake-like creature in the ocean swimming your way, watch out! It could be a moray eel. These creepy-looking fish can do some real damage to a human. Their large, sharp teeth can tear through flesh and leave the unlucky victim in serious pain. In Moray Eel: Dangerous Teeth, kids will learn all about the natural habitat, physical characteristics, diet, and behavior of this dangerous sea creature. Spectacular, full-color photos and a narrative format will keep readers turning the pages for more.
Explore the remarkable homes built by animal architects! Beavers create complex structures to meet their needs, just like people do. Each beaver family builds a dam in a river or creek in order to make a pond. The furry engineers then build a lodge out of branches, logs, and mud in the middle of the pond. They stay safe and warm in a large room above the water in their lodge. Jaw-dropping photos, a habitat map, and fascinating information will captivate young readers as they learn about these truly spectacular animal towns.
A young child spots a kingsnake in a tree on her family's farm. She decides to keep track of it and record her observations in her diary. Readers will follow along as the narrator tracks the non-venomous snake into a wooded area and finds its eggs in a tree. Later, she reports seeing the baby kingsnakes grow and shed their skin. Colorful photos, diagrams, and clear, age-appropriate text will engage young readers as they explore the life cycle, natural habitat, physical characteristics, diet, and behavior of these fascinating creatures. The diary format models scientific observation and critical thinking--and encourages children to keep notebooks recording their own investigations into the natural world.
Most newts are small---between 2 and 5 inches. How do these little amphibians protect themselves from big, hungry enemies? Many newts, such as the red-spotted newt, are covered in poisonous mucus. The animal's bright colors warn predators that eating the newt can be deadly. But what if an animal decides to attack anyway? If grabbed by an enemy, a newt can lose its tail and escape. Within a few weeks, the newt grows a new tail to replace the one it lost. These are just some of the fun facts that kids will learn when they enter the world of Little Newts. Vivid, full-color photos and clear, grade-appropriate text will engage emergent readers as they learn about the natural habitat, physical characteristics, diet, and behavior of these tiny amphibians.
A young child in Australia becomes interested in an injured red kangaroo that her rehabilitator parents are helping to treat. The kangaroo has a baby, called a joey, in its pouch. Readers will follow along as the narrator observes the development of the joey as it grows from a tiny baby the size of a cherry into an adult kangaroo--the largest marsupial in the world. Colorful photos, diagrams, and clear, age-appropriate text will engage young readers as they explore the life cycle, natural habitat, physical characteristics, diet, and behavior of these incredible creatures. The diary format models scientific observation and critical thinking--and encourages children to keep notebooks recording their own investigations into the natural world.
Ringtails are small mammals that are sometimes called "miner's cats." They got their nickname in the 1800s, when miners in California and Arizona kept them as pets because they were so good at catching mice! Today, ringtails live in the wild throughout the Midwest and western United States, but people rarely see them. Ringtails are solitary animals that avoid people, and they are active at night, when most people are asleep. In Ringtail: Miner's Cat, kids go on a real-life adventure with biology professor David Wyatt as he tracks ringtails in an area of California called Sutter Buttes. Along the way, children will discover this fascinating animal's diet, behavior, habitat, and physical characteristics. Large, fullcolor photos and a dramatic narrative format will keep readers turning the pages. Ringtail: Miner's Cat is part of Bearport's America's Hidden Animal Treasures series.
Explore a prairie dog's town, built entirely underground! Prairie dogs create elaborate burrows with a system of connected chambers, tunnels, and entrances. Using communication and teamwork, these social animals cooperate to build their homes, guard their territory, and stay safe from predators. Jaw-dropping photos, a habitat map, and fascinating information will captivate young readers as they learn about these truly spectacular animal towns.
In Today's Air Force Heroes, kids will meet real-life airmen and women who have displayed incredible courage in the face of danger as they served their country in Iraq and Afghanistan. Readers will meet heroes like Earl Covel, a Staff Sergeant who risked his own life during a battle in Iraq in order to protect his 19-man team. With his unit under attack and pinned down in a house, Sergeant Covel raced to an exposed rooftop to direct U.S. fighter jets sent to the scene to help. He remained on the roof, under intense enemy fire, for 36 hours. Thanks to his selfless act, his team remained safe and the Americans won the battle. This is just one of the many acts of courage recounted in this riveting look at our nation's military heroes. Written in a narrative format, Today's Air Force Heroes will keep kids turning the pages as they read about individual soldiers who've shown uncommon courage in the face of great danger. Large action photos, fact boxes, and maps enrich these true stories of bravery and valor.
What dark secrets are concealed within the twisted corridors of an ancient labyrinth? Young readers will explore the mysterious tomb of Shi Huang, the first emperor of China. This underground crypt was constructed by over 700,000 workers about 2,400 years ago. An army of 8,000 life-size clay soldiers, each different from the others, was buried near the tomb to guard the emperor after death. To conceal the tomb's location, the architects who designed it were killed, and deadly booby traps were set up to catch anyone who disturbed it. The tomb remained hidden for hundreds of years! From secret caves to subterranean cities, the 11 spooky places featured in this book reveal the history of sinister happenings within their winding tunnels. Chilling tales and vivid, full-color photos will keep readers eagerly turning the pages for more.