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The Race of the Century by Barry Downard
lizards, frogs, and polliwogs
Douglas Florian - 2001
From transparent glass frogs and ravenous rattlesnakes to sticky geckos and stressed-out skinks, this slithery spectacle showcases once again Douglas Florian's incomparable skill for making poetry informative, fun--and irresistible!
The Kraken's Rules for Making Friends
Brittany R. Jacobs - 2016
With a bad temper and a knack for destruction, his talent for meeting new fish is...not so seaworthy. He finds hope when another monster of the deep, a great white shark, offers him some RULES FOR MAKING FRIENDS. Will these rules help the most terrifying monster of the deep make a new chum?
The House that Jack Built
Jeanette Winter - 2003
The vivid and dramatic paintings, filled with activity, will draw children in, and a rebus puzzle on each page adds to the fun. Young listeners will delight in repeating the simple rhyme again and again, and watching as a house is built within the book's pages, from the ground up!
I, Fly: The Buzz About Flies and How Awesome They Are
Bridget Heos - 2015
Flies are so much cooler! They flap their wings 200 times a second, compared to a butterfly's measly five to twelve times. Their babies—maggots—are much cuter than caterpillars (obviously). And when they eat solid food, they even throw up on it to turn it into a liquid. Who wouldn't want to study an insect like that?In an unforgettably fun, fact-filled presentation, this lovable (and highly partisan) narrator promotes his species to a sometimes engrossed, sometimes grossed-out, class of kids.
Polar Bear Island
Lindsay Bonilla - 2018
Will Parker learn to see how great it is to make new friends? Or will he chase Kirby away . . . forever? “Welcome to Polar Bear Island. NO OTHERS ALLOWED!” Parker is the mayor of this peaceful, predictable island, and he wants to keep it just the way it is. But Kirby, a penguin, thinks the place is paradise, and she wants to stay. Parker says no, but the other polar bears love Kirby —and soon they’re begging Parker to let Kirby (and her family) move in. Will Parker agree . . . and make the island fun for EVERYONE? With its gentle message of inclusivity, this playful and lighthearted story will delight children.
Maribeth Boelts - 2008
At night, she dreams of a home where she is loved. In a nearby castle lives Bea, a sweet, slightly spoiled princess whose fondest wish is for a loyal pet to call her own. A dog’s dream and a princess’s wish come true in this funny fairy tale.
Ashlyn Anstee - 2018
In this humorous political allegory, he learns that it's not a winning strategy.Winter is coming, and the animals need homes. The worms move in with the ground hogs. The possums share a burrow with the foxes. The birds and the squirrels stay in the oak tree together. The hedgehog lives in the hedge . . . all by himself. When other animals come looking for a place to stay, he's NOT interested: it's HIS hedge and everyone else can STAY OUT. He gets busy making signs, putting locks on his door and even building a fence. All he cares about is keeping the other animals out... but he's making a huge mistake. Will the other animals find a home in time? Will Hedgehog learn his lesson? Is this a terrific story? Read on to find out.
Out on the Prairie
Donna M. Bateman - 2012
Learn about the animals that inhabit this semiarid environment where baby critters and their mothers wallow, run, call, bark, hop, scurry, nod, slither, howl, and jump all day long and all through the night.Count animals from one to ten in the rhyming text modeled after the traditional song "Over in the Meadow" by Olive A. Wadsworth. A guide to prairie flora and fauna is included.
We're All in the Same Boat
Zachary Shapiro - 2009
The animals thought they were in for a great adventure, but as days turn into weeks and the rain just doesn?t stop, Noah fi nds himself with a boatload of cranky travelers?from antsy ants and bored bees to yelling yaks and zoned-out zebras. They?re going to have to learn to cooperate in order to save this voyage, and Noah has just the right words to bring everyone together. Brought to life by Jack E. Davis?s uproarious illustrations, this witty and heartwarming alphabetical play on the Noah?s ark tale makes for the perfect rainy-day read-aloud.
A Pond Full of Ink
Annie M.G. Schmidt - 2011
Schmidt is a household name in the Netherlands, where almost everyone can sing at least one of her songs or recite a couple of lines of her poetry. The jury of the Hans Christian Andersen Award, which she won in 1988, praised her for her ironic tone, witty criticism and a style that is amusing, clear, rebellious and simple to its essence. David Colmer has produced sparkling new translations for this collection of her most iconic childrens poems, illustrator Sieb Posthuma presents his own colourful take on Schmidt's universe, and Irma Boom's design turns it all into a dazzling whole.
Eat Your Rocks, Croc!: Dr. Glider's Advice for Troubled Animals
Jess Keating - 2020
Sugar Glider to help!Help me, Dr. Glider. My stomach is killing me! I eat all the same food as my family, but I'm the only one that feels sick. What's wrong with me?Dr. Sugar Glider travels around the world to help animals (and, on occasion, plants!) with all sorts of problems. Whether it's a crocodile with a sick stomach, a creeped-out krill, a stressed meerkat, or a male praying mantis trying to date, Dr. Glider is ready to offer advice!