Monday, March 20, 2017

Nonfiction Monday

Here's some fun: Baby Animals, a new book from Animal Planet by Dorothea DePrisco.



Young readers are treated to a fascinating assortment of creatures from Monarch butterflies to penguins to humpback whales. Follow the development of a Spotted Owlet from hatching to fledgling to adult. Discover how some animals are born ready to live on their own like Spotted Eagle Rays and Green Anacondas, while others remain dependent on their parents for weeks, months and even years. Bear cubs remain with their mom for three years, Orangutan mothers and babies may stay together for up to ten years.

With every turn of the page, readers will be treated to facts about a host of unique animals. Male African Bullfrogs guard their tadpoles. Baby Orcas are 8 1/2 feet long and weigh up to 350 lbs at birth.
                                                                                        
Like the other books in the series, the animal sections are interspersed with thematic units with specific tabs: How They Grow, How they Live, Where They Live, Vista (showing animals in their environment), Big Data (facts and figures), Animal Gallery (highlighting similarities and differences) and living/working (ways people interact with animals and habitats). Stunning action-filled photographs, informative notes, colorful maps and charts make for easy access to information and will delight both youngsters and adults as they explore the amazing diversity of life around the globe.
  
A must have for home, classroom, or school library. 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Writers Wednesday


Little Chick and the Secret of Sleep by Malachy Doyle takes young readers on an imaginative journey through a bedtime story as a wide-awake chick follows the moon’s silvery glow on a nighttime adventure. 


In her search for the secret of sleep, chick discovers three new friends who share her problem.  The story builds with each new friend as chick unravels their varied sleep problems and culminates with chick, monkey, dragon, and elephant finding the perfect night’s sleep snuggled together.
The quiet voice and gentle language create a soothing experience for youngsters. The charming colorful pictures fill the pages with simple, but appealing imagery.  






MALACHY DOYLE is a prize-winning author of over 90 books for children of all ages. His stories have been translated into 23 different languages. He lives on a tiny island off the north-west coast of Ireland. 

Monday, March 13, 2017

Nonfiction Monday


Animal Planet offers up new fun in Animals on the Move by Dorothea DePrisco.

In this fabulous new title from the Animal Bites series, young readers are treated to a look at the many forms of locomotion found in the animal world: in the air, on the ground, underground, and in the water. The familiar and fast Cheetah (clocked at 70 miles per hour), a delicate dragonfly’s 11,000 mile migration, the nimble antics of Adele penguins, ballooning spiders, and the aerial acrobatics of the Peregrine Falcon are just a few of the spectacular subjects on display in this entertaining and informative collection.
                                                                                        
Like the other books in the series, the animal sections are interspersed with thematic units with specific tabs: How They Move, Why they Move, Where They Live, Vista (showing animals in their environment), Big Data (facts and figures), Animal Gallery (highlighting similarities and differences) and working (ways people interact with animals and habitats). Stunning action-filled photographs, informative notes, colorful maps and charts make for easy access to information and will delight both youngsters and adults as they explore the amazing diversity of life around the globe.


A must have for home, classroom, or school library. 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Writers Wednesday


The SHORT-SIGHTED GIRAFFE by A. H. Benjamin is a charming tale about Giraffe, who can’t see well, but is determined to deny her need for glasses.






The challenge for Giraffe is avoiding injury as she staggers and stumbles her way through her day. A knock on the head from a branch inspires her to wear a helmet, but doesn’t prevent her from colliding with a rhinoceros.  A stubbed toe requires boots, and a painful brush with a thorn bush results in her strapping on a pillow. One thing leads to another until Giraffe finishes her day adorned in a life preserver, bell, and finally she takes to carting around a ladder for those inevitable tumbles in holes. 

No matter how silly she thought glasses would make her look, her friends know this is decidedly worse so they take matters into their own hands, create a pair of glasses, and slip them on her while she sleeps.

When Giraffe finally gets a good look at her ridiculous appearance she gives up the miscellaneous wardrobe and discovers the glasses make her look rather smart!

The story is delightfully entertaining in its exaggerated, but funny disasters. Colorful, oversize illustrations highlight the action for young readers. The subtle message about being yourself is left quietly in the background rather than being paraded through the text which allows the story to shine.

A single page at the end titled: Next Steps offers discussion and activity ideas.

A. H. Benjamin is well-known for his children's books and he has 35 titles published through multiple presses. His books are sold worldwide and have been translated in 25 languages.
Some of his work has found its way into radio, television and theater.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Nonfiction Monday


Park Scientists: Gila Monsters, Geysers, and Grizzly Bears in America’s Own Backyard by Mary Kay Carson with photographs by Tom Uhlman explores three of America’s National Parks: Yellowstone, Saguaro, and Great Smokey Mountains. 



Our national parks are places of relaxation, adventure, and enjoyment for citizens. They are also living laboratories in which scientists can study the natural world from the geysers of Yellowstone to the fireflies of the Great Smokey Mountains.

Each of the three sections of the book focuses on a particular locality and opens with a fact sheet that provides basic information about the park’s history and environments before joining scientists as they delve into some of the most notable features and creatures.

Readers receive an in depth look at how rangers, geologists, biologists, herpetologists, and entomologists - alongside citizen scientists and volunteer researchers survey, study, and work to preserve the wonders that attract thousands of visitors each year.

Meticulously researched, carefully organized, and smartly written, this Scientists in the Field entry offers detailed looks at the experience of a diverse group of men and women as they pursue their scientific endeavors.

Stunning color photography ranges from dynamic panoramas to exquisite close-ups. Maps, charts, graphs and drawings augment the text. 

Future scientists in grades 4-8 will find a wealth of experience and encouragement here. 

Monday, February 20, 2017

Nonfiction Monday


FIZZING PHYSICS by Steve Parker provides aspiring young scientists with an opportunity to explore machines, light, sound, electricity, and magnets in a fun and easily accessible format. 

Each section includes hands-on activities to demonstrate basic concepts through the use of everyday materials. The five main subjects are broken down into subtopics as in the case of Machines: simple machines, wheels, friction and so on. 

A colorful mix of carton style illustrations and photographs create eye-catching visuals.  

Monday, February 13, 2017

Nonfiction Monday


Presidents of the United States, a new release from Time For Kids, offers a one or two page spread on each president complete with a sidebar that provides an illustration and essential facts.  A timeline along the bottom of the pages highlights important events during each president’s time in office. 



In addition the book opens with background information about the nature of the presidency, a helpful overview of the three branches of government and insight into the concept of a multiple political party system.  Following the newly elected 45th president, there are discussions of the basic steps in organizing a campaign, highlights from the 2016 election,  an inside look at the White House, and a brief discussion of several of the familiar First Ladies. 

The compact eighty-page volume captures American political life in a nutshell and gives young readers a basic overview of our leaders past and present and the government in which they operate.

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