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Toco Toucans: Bright Enough to Disappear

Anastasia Suen (author)

Publisher: Bearport Publishing ISBN: 9781936088508

Toco toucans have a surprising way of protecting themselves from predators. These birds have multicolored feathers and big, reddish-orange beaks that should make them easy to spot--or so you would think. The brilliant colors actually provide the perfect camouflage among the bright foliage of the tropical rain forest. The toucans can stay safe by hiding in plain sight! Packed with fascinating facts and photos that will test children's detective skills, this book will engage emergent readers as they learn how toco toucans are adapted for survival. A section of the book highlights other rain-forest birds that are camouflaged to look like the plants in their environment.

Blitzed by a Blizzard!

Joyce Markovics (author)

Publisher: Bearport Publishing ISBN: 9781936088522

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.

Devastated by a Volcano!

Stephen Person (author)

Publisher: Bearport Publishing ISBN: 9781936088539

On June 25, 1997, a volcano on the Caribbean island of Montserrat erupted, spewing hot lava and ash. Linda Daley was washing clothes outside her home in the nearby city of Plymouth when she saw fiery clouds begin to shoot out of the volcano. With clouds of ash and poisonous gases speeding toward her, how would she survive? 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 volcanoes, and learn about the scientific advances that now allow earlier warnings of possible eruptions to be issued. Safety tips show young readers what to do if they are ever near a volcanic eruption.

Erased by a Tornado!

Jessica Rudolph (author)

Publisher: Bearport Publishing ISBN: 9781936088546

On February 5, 2008, a powerful tornado ripped through Jackson, Tennessee, leveling everything in its path. Dangerous and unpredictable, tornadoes are monster storms that can strike without warning. With little time to find shelter, how would residents of Jackson 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 tornadoes and learn about scientific advances in storm prediction. Safety tips show young readers what to do in case a tornado hits.

Hammered by a Heat Wave!

Laura DeLallo (author)

Publisher: Bearport Publishing ISBN: 9781936088553

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.

Leveled by an Earthquake!

Adam Reingold (author)

Publisher: Bearport Publishing ISBN: 9781936088560

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.

Mangled by a Hurricane!

Miriam Aronin (author)

Publisher: Bearport Publishing ISBN: 9781936088577

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.

Slammed by a Tsunami!

Miriam Aronin (author)

Publisher: Bearport Publishing ISBN: 9781936088584

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.

Dark Labyrinths

Michael E. Goodman (author)

Publisher: Bearport Publishing ISBN: 9781936088645

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.

Struck by Lightning!

Stephen Person (author)

Publisher: Bearport Publishing ISBN: 9781936088591

On July 26, 2003, mountain-climber Rod Liberal was nearing the summit of Grand Teton Mountain in Wyoming. As Rod clung to the side of a granite cliff, he saw dark clouds rolling toward him. Suddenly, there was a burst of light as a bolt of lightning struck his chest and blew him off the mountain. Attached to the cliff by a rope, he swung in the air thousands of feet above the ground. Would Rod be able to hold on until rescue rangers arrived to save him? 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 lightning strikes, and learn about scientific advances in weather forecasting and safety precautions. Safety tips show young readers what to do in case they're caught in a thunderstorm.

Southern Elephant Seal: The Biggest Seal in the World

Meish Goldish (author)

Publisher: Bearport Publishing ISBN: 9781936088362

Southern elephant seals are sometimes called "sea elephants." Why? An adult male seal has a nose that, when filled with air, looks like an elephant's trunk! These big seals, weighing in at more than 8,000 pounds (3,629 kg), look like elephants in other ways, too. Both are large animals and many of the seals, like elephants, are gray. In Southern Elephant Seal: The Biggest Seal in the World, large color photos and grade-appropriate text will engage young readers as they learn about the natural habitat, physical characteristics, diet, life cycle, and behavior of this super-sized seal. A comparison diagram is also included to show readers the animal in relation to a familiar object.

Amazing Water Frogs

Meish Goldish (author)

Publisher: Bearport Publishing ISBN: 9781936088386

All frogs are amphibians, but only aquatic frogs live nearly all their lives in water. Some of these water frogs can do amazing things! For example, the Indian water frog can run along the surface of a lake or pond for several yards without sinking. Then there's the leopard frog, which can actually leap off the water's surface. The common frog can survive in the water during any season, and in winter can even hibernate under ice! These are some of the fascinating facts that kids will discover when they enter the world of Amazing Water Frogs. Large, full-color photos will captivate young readers as they see up close what these water-loving creatures eat, how they stay safe, and the tremendous transformations that take place as these amphibians grow from tiny eggs to full-fledged adults.

Leaping Ground Frogs

Dawn Bluemel Oldfield (author)

Publisher: Bearport Publishing ISBN: 9781936088393

Ground frogs are great jumpers. Some of these amazing amphibians can leap almost 20 times the length of their bodies! That would be about the same as a person leaping the full length of a basketball court in one hop. Ground frogs use their excellent leaping ability to catch food and escape from predators. Their jumping skills have helped them survive since the time of the dinosaurs. In Leaping Ground Frogs, kids will learn about what this animal eats, how it stays safe, and the tremendous transformations that take place as these amphibians grow from water-loving tadpoles to land-dwelling adult frogs.

Little Newts

Meish Goldish (author)

Publisher: Bearport Publishing ISBN: 9781936088409

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.

Slimy Salamanders

Meish Goldish (author)

Publisher: Bearport Publishing ISBN: 9781936088416

Why are salamanders so slimy? These amphibians need to stay moist so they can breathe through their skin! If their skin ever dried out, the salamander would stop breathing and die. Slime helps salamanders survive in other ways, too. It keeps them safe from hungry enemies. The slime on a salamander's skin tastes bad and is often poisonous. Some people may think their slimy coating is gross, but it has helped salamanders survive on Earth since the time of the dinosaurs! In Slimy Salamanders, large color photos and fascinating facts will captivate readers as they discover what these water-loving creatures eat, how they stay safe, and the tremendous transformations that take place as these amphibians grow from tiny eggs to full-fledged adults.

Tricky Tree Frogs

Natalie Lunis (author)

Publisher: Bearport Publishing ISBN: 9781936088423

While almost all frogs begin their lives in the water, adult frogs make their homes in many different places. Some types of frogs remain in the water, while other kinds stay mostly on firm ground. Then there are frogs that prefer to spend their time up in the trees. As kids are about to discover, these tricky tree frogs have some cool ways of surviving high above the ground! In Tricky Tree Frogs, kids will learn all about this amphibian's diet, natural habitat, life cycle, and physical characteristics. Vivid, full-color photos will captivate kids as they see up close what these tree-dwelling creatures eat, how they stay safe, and the tremendous transformations that take place as these amphibians grow from tiny tadpoles to adult frogs.

Warty Toads

Meish Goldish (author)

Publisher: Bearport Publishing ISBN: 9781936088430

Many people believe that a person can get warts just by touching a toad. While this enduring myth is not true, a toad's warts are harmful to many of its predators. The warts produce a poison, and most animals that eat toads often get sick and can even die. Many animals, such as dogs and foxes, spit out a toad after just one bite because the poison tastes so bad. These are just some of the interesting facts that kids will learn when they enter the world of Warty Toads. Vivid, full-color photos will captivate kids as they see up close what these wart-covered creatures eat, how they stay safe, and the tremendous transformations that take place as these amphibians grow from tiny tadpoles to adult toads.

Emerald Boas: Rain Forest Undercover

Catherine Nichols (author)

Publisher: Bearport Publishing ISBN: 9781936088454

A hungry eagle flies slowly above the rain forest canopy, looking for its next meal. Will it spot the emerald boa coiled on a tree branch? It's tricky---these snakes are bright green with white markings, helping them blend in with the leaves. This camouflage often fools eagles into passing right by the snakes. The emerald boa stays safe by hiding in plain sight! Packed with fascinating facts and photos that will test children's detective skills, this book will engage emergent readers as they learn how emerald boas are adapted for survival. A section of the book highlights other snakes that are camouflaged to look like their leafy green homes.

Green Tree Frogs: Colorful Hiders

Natalie Lunis (author)

Publisher: Bearport Publishing ISBN: 9781936088461

Green tree frogs are experts at fooling predators on the hunt for a tasty meal. These frogs have bright green skin that helps them hide among leaves and grass. Hungry animals like snakes and birds can't see them easily when they blend in with their surroundings. The tree frogs can stay safe by hiding in plain sight! Packed with fascinating facts and photos that will test children's detective skills, this book will engage emergent readers as they learn how green tree frogs are adapted for survival. A section of the book highlights other frogs that are camouflaged to look like the plants in their environment.

Katydids: Leaf Look-alikes

Natalie Lunis (author)

Publisher: Bearport Publishing ISBN: 9781936088478

How do katydids protect themselves from predators like birds, spiders, and snakes? These insects have wings that look just like leaves on a tree, helping them disappear into their surroundings. Hungry animals often pass right by the camouflaged creatures, missing out on a tasty treat. The katydids stay safe by hiding in plain sight! Packed with fascinating facts and photos that will test children's detective skills, this book will engage emergent readers as they learn how katydids are adapted for survival. A section of the book highlights other insects that are camouflaged to look like the plants in their environment.

Tiger Sharks: Blue Blenders

Meish Goldish (author)

Publisher: Bearport Publishing ISBN: 9781936088492

How does the tiger shark sneak up on its prey? These two-toned sharks have dark blue or gray backs that blend in with the dark waters near the ocean floor. They also have white or light-yellow bellies that match the light waters near the ocean's surface. This camouflage makes it hard for other animals to see the sharks, whether they're swimming above or below them. Plus, tiger sharks have stripes on their backs that look like shadows of waves in the water, helping to disguise them even more. These dangerous hunters can hide in plain sight! Packed with fascinating facts and photos that will test children's detective skills, this book will engage emergent readers as they learn how tiger sharks are adapted for survival. A section of the book highlights other sharks that are camouflaged to blend in with the ocean.

Capybara: The World's Largest Rodent

Natalie Lunis (author)

Publisher: Bearport Publishing ISBN: 9781936088300

Most rodents, such as mice, rats, and chipmunks, are small animals--but not the capybara! This animal is the biggest rodent in the world. An adult capybara is the size of a large dog, growing to a length of about 4 feet (1.2 m) and weighing about 110 pounds (50 kg). Capybaras live in big groups of 10 to 30 animals and travel together looking for food. As they move, they bark, grunt, chirp, and whistle to keep in touch with one another. These super-sized animals are big communicators! In Capybara: The World's Largest Rodent, large color photos and grade-appropriate text will engage young readers as they learn about the natural habitat, physical characteristics, diet, life cycle, and behavior of this huge rodent. A comparison diagram is also included to show readers the animal in relation to a familiar object.

Reticulated Python: The World's Longest Snake

Meish Goldish (author)

Publisher: Bearport Publishing ISBN: 9781936088348

The reticulated python is the world's longest snake. Growing up to 33 feet (10 m) long, it is roughly the same length as two cars! This super-sized snake is an excellent hunter and uses its size to its advantage. To sense if prey is near, a python flicks its tongue in and out, picking up any scent that is in the air. After finding an animal to eat, the python bites the victim and wraps its long body around the animal, squeezing it until the victim can't breathe anymore and dies. Once the animal is dead, the python swallows its prey whole, eating the victim in one gulp. The snake's long body will stretch to make room for a meal of any size. In Reticulated Python: The World's Longest Snake, large color photos and grade-appropriate text will engage young readers as they learn about the natural habitat, physical characteristics, diet, life cycle, and behavior of this giant snake. A comparison diagram is also included to show readers the animal in relation to a familiar object.

Siberian Tiger: The World's Biggest Cat

Meish Goldish (author)

Publisher: Bearport Publishing ISBN: 9781936088355

The Siberian tiger is the world's largest cat. Members of this beautiful but endangered species grow to be over 650 pounds (295 kg) and may eat as much as 60 pounds (27.2 kg) of meat in one night. That's one king-sized cat! Large color photos, age-appropriate text, and fascinating information will keep emergent readers turning the pages as they learn all about this magnificent, super-sized animal. A comparison diagram is also included to show readers the tiger in relation to a familiar object.

Brown Bear: The Biggest Meat-eater on Land

Meish Goldish (author)

Publisher: Bearport Publishing ISBN: 9781936088294

Just how big is a brown bear? An adult brown bear standing straight up is nearly as tall as a basketball hoop! Also called kodiaks and grizzly bears, a brown bear can grow to stand about 9 feet (2.7 m) tall on its back legs and weigh up to 1,500 pounds (680 kg). These giant meat-eaters are so powerful they can knock down a tree by pushing and pulling at it with their front paws! In Brown Bear: The Biggest Meat-eater on Land, large color photos and grade-appropriate text will engage young readers as they learn about the natural habitat, physical characteristics, diet, life cycle, and behavior of this super-sized bear. A comparison diagram is also included to show readers the animal in relation to a familiar object.