about Wild Animals
Selected for their exceptionally accurate
science content and
their ability to effectively engage children in science learning.
ABOUT DEER. Written and illustrated by Jim Arnosky.
28pp. Detailed illustrations and
informative text invite the animal enthusiast to get a close-up look
at deer. The book describes their physical characteristics, what they
eat, how they raise their young, how they travel, and the dangers they
face from predators. Learn amazing facts about deer hoofs and antlers.
is for . . . ? A Photographer's Alphabet of Animals
illustrated with photographs by Henry Horenstein. 36pp. Stimulate inquiry with
the beautiful black-and-white photographs in this very special
alphabet book. Animals from A to Z are featured in partial views and
from unique angles. By examining the limited photographic clues of
physical attributes, the reader is lead to solve the mystery of
identifying the animal. Answers are provided at the end.
Defenses: How Animals Protect Themselves
Etta Kaner. Illustrated
by Pat Stephens. 40pp. Unusual defense
mechanisms employed by animals are described in this well-illustrated
text. Divided into chapters, the reader observes various mechanisms of
protection, including poisonous skin, camouflage coloration, group
living, and imitation. Particularly unique animals in each category
are individually discussed. Index
illustrated with photographs by Doug Wechsler and VIREO. 48pp.
This volume discusses
the strange traits of some of the 10,000 species of birds. Divided
into chapters based on physical traits, eating habits, ability to fly,
breeding, and interesting habits, this book investigates the
fascinating and bizarre aspects of the birds. Beautiful color
photographs accompany the various descriptions. Epilogue, Glossary,
The Chimpanzees I Love: Saving Their World and Ours
Goodall. Illustrated with photographs. 80pp. Jane Goodall has written a
compelling book that describes the fascinating world of chimpanzees.
Through her vast experiences and research, she has been able to
describe her discoveries and compare the many similarities between
chimpanzees and humans. Facts and Resources.
Meeting Dolphins: My Adventures in
the Sea Kathleen Dudzinski.
Illustrated with photographs. National Geographic Society. 64pp.
This book is an account of the author's work with dolphin
communications. Marine biologist Dudzinski explains how gestures,
sounds, and behaviors are used as communications tools. She also
describes her invention - a mobile video/acoustic array system. It is
used to determine which dolphin in a group is making sounds. Author's
Note, Dolphins Chart, Resources, Index.
Fossil Fish Found Alive: Discovering the
Sally M. Walker. Illustrated with photographs. 64pp. The
coelacanth is a prehistoric fish that existed millions of years before
dinosaurs walked the Earth. These fish have remained virtually
unchanged over the millions of years of their existence. This is a
story of the first discovery as well as subsequent discoveries of
these ancient fish. It is about the author’s quest to answer many
questions, with each answer raising new questions. Bibliography,
Glossary, Index, Major Coelacanth Discoveries (map), Timeline,
illustrated by Gail Gibbons. 32pp. This fascinating book
provides factual information about giant pandas. It is an introduction
to the physical characteristics, behavior, life cycle, and habitat of
these endangered animals. Colorful illustrations accompany the text.
Seymour Simon. Illustrated with
photographs. HarperCollins. 32pp. Through engaging narrative and
fascinating color photographs, readers explore the physical
characteristics of gorillas; how gorillas gather their food; how
gorilla families live, communicate, and play; what is endangering
gorilla populations; and what efforts are being made to protect the
gorillas and safeguard their homes in central Africa, including the
Congo, Rwanda, and Uganda
illustrated by Ted Lewin and Betsy Lewin. 48pp.
Visit the Bwindi Impenetrable [Forest] National Park in southern
Uganda to meet the mountain gorilla. This beautifully illustrated and
charmingly written story relates the travels of a party of explorers
as they enter and explore the habitat and society of a subspecies of
gorillas found in this area. Map, Mountain Gorilla Facts, Index.
Fish! Visiting the Coral Reef
Sylvia A. Earle. Illustrated with
photographs by Wolcott Henry. National Geographic. 32pp. In very poetic yet fact-filled text
accompanied by eye-catching, large-format photographs, the young
reader is given an up-close-and-personal view of a variety of funny,
unusual, and beautiful fish, all residents of various coral reefs
around the world. Map
Outside and Inside Kangaroos
(Outside and Inside series)
Sandra Markle. Illustrated with
photographs. 40pp. This addition to the
author's series of books provides vivid descriptions of the habitat
and the external and internal features of the kangaroo, all
highlighted with excellent color photographs. Vocabulary words are
italicized in the text and can be found in the glossary. A Looking
Back section provides a starting point for inquiry science. Map,
Raptor! A Kid’s Guide to
Birds of Prey Christyna M. Laubach and René Laubach and
Charles W. G. Smith. 128pp. Can’t tell an
accipiter from a buteo? A hawk from a falcon? Every science teacher
interested in teaching about birds of prey should have this book in
his or her classroom. In addition to the great photographs, maps,
charts, and scientific information, Raptor! gives the reader a
sense of responsibility for the continuation of this magnificent group
of predators that soars above the rest. Author’s Note, Glossary,
Tree Frog. Joy Cowley. Illustrated with photographs by Nic
Bishop. Scholastic Press. 32pp.
engaging and informative text and outstanding photography, this book
is an exciting new way to look at nature. It provides students with a
unique way to see the natural world through the adventures of a
red-eyed tree frog: searching for food, avoiding the dangers of the
rain forest, and trying to survive attacks from poisonous caterpillars
and hungry boa constrictors. Afterword.
Reed-Jones. Illustrated by Michael Maydak. 32pp.
This book is a poetic yet accurate description of the life cycle of
the salmon. The sense of movement of the “Salmon Stream” is embedded
in the language, words, and illustrations. Facts, References,
Chris Mattison. Illustrated with photographs. 192pp. Captivating, glossy photographs
charm students to read and research more than 60 types of snakes,
ranging from adders to yellow anacondas. This richly formatted book
features each snake in detailed entries with informative, readable
text. Glossary, Index, Snake Directory.
Symphony of Whales.
Steve Schuch. Illustrated by Peter Sylvada. 32pp.
This enchanting tale was inspired by a true story about the efforts of
a group of people working to save whales trapped in an ice-enclosed
bay. The story and artwork weave the story of human effort and
partnership to assist imperiled beluga whales. Historical Notes.
Where Are the Night Animals?
(Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series). Written and illustrated
by Mary Ann Fraser. 32pp.
lyrical text and realistic illustrations help explain how nocturnal
animals are adapted to living in the dark. This book helps the reader
understand the world that comes alive under the cover of
darkness-where are the night animals and where do they go during the
Woolly Mammoth: Life,
Death, and Rediscovery Windsor Chorlton. Illustrated with
photographs. 40pp. This story emphasizes the excitement and enormity of the
project to excavate and remove a frozen woolly mammoth. The experience
highlights the expertise and technology needed for such a venture.
Several new discoveries are illustrated and old theories are
reinforced. The project is brought to life by brilliant photographs
and illustrations. Websites, Index, Mammoth Sites and Finds.
Sea Soup: Zooplankton
Mary M. Cerullo. Illustrated with photographs by Bill Curtsinger.
world of the invisible microbe is alien to us. Too often we are
unaware of the vital role and stunning beauty such creatures present.
This book effectively captures the important niche filled by
zooplankton. The book’s microscopic photography reveals this unseen
universe, documenting the teeming life that occurs in just one cubic
centimeter of ocean water. Index, Bibliography.
Written and illustrated by Ted and Betsy Lewin
Ted Lewin's realistic paintings and Betsy Lewin's field sketches
illuminate this four-day, real-life trip to Moremi Reserve in Botswana,
Africa. This work is an adventure story that introduces the reader to the
region's wildlife and ecology. African Elephant Facts, Index.
The Elephant Book
(To benefit the Elefriends Campaign)
Ian Redmond. Illustrated with photographs.
"We can replant forests, and
even reclaim deserts in time, but no one, when the last elephant has
gone, can make another." Biologist Ian Redmond pays tribute to the
pachyderm in The Elephant Book, with breathtaking photos of
the African landscape. Divided into sections such as "The Architect
of Africa," "Trunks and Tusks" and "Peaceful Coexistence," and
peppered with quotes from the likes of David Attenborough and Jane
Goodall, the book seeks to stop the ivory trade and eliminate
poaching. Half the royalties go to the Elefriends Campaign, an
elephant protection group based in London.
by Jean Craighead George, Illustrated by Anna Vojtech
Poetic and heartwarming, this
charming tale of a baby elephant named Odon introduces the reader
into the subtle and sensual world of elephant family life. Young
children will relate to Odon's struggle to master the everyday
challenges that seem so simple for adults and older siblings-- they
will also relate to his elation over his eventual success! But what
makes this book far and away a winner is the fascinating two-page
spread at the back of the book illustrating "Elephant Talk".
Illustrations and text explain what elephants are communicating to
each other when they engage in different postures and embraces. The
best one is illustrated by the cover art above -- this mother
elephant is saying, "I love you baby!" Written by Newberry
Award winner Jean Craighead George, and magically illustrated by
Czech born artist Anna Vojtech, this book is perfect for children
aged 5-8. To buy this book,