Books by Theme
Whether they are big or small, furry or feathered, live on land or sea or somewhere in between, animals are fascinating! Read more about them and also about some of the people who study them. You'll discover the wild and the wonderful between the pages of these books!
A Friend for Lakota: The Incredible True Story of a Wolf Who Braved Bullying
The authors followed a wolf pup and his pack for six years, living in the Sawtooth Mountains in Idaho. Their observations provide readers with a look at life for a shy wolf whose life becomes better with a strong companion shared in dynamic photographs and an informal narration.
Meet the flightless, unkempt-looking bird, a native of Australia, in this large, handsome and informative picture book. The way the male emu is responsible for protecting the eggs and raising fledglings is engagingly presented and sure to spark further interest.
How to Swallow a Pig: Step-by-Step Advice from the Animal Kingdom
From whales to wasps, glimpses into animal behavior makes for intriguing reading. A pig eating python concludes the brief, engaging book illustrated with cut and torn paper collage. Back matter includes a bit more detail about the creatures described.
Octopuses! Strange and Wonderful
The octopus is not only intelligent, it can be remarkably adaptable able to change color, shape and even skin texture. This fascinating overview is illustrated with attractive watercolors and includes additional detail in back matter. For older readers (ages 9 to 12), The Octopus Scientists by Sy Montgomery with photographs by Keith Ellenbogen follows octopus scientist, Jennifer Mathers, and her international team as they learn about and try to better understand this clever creature.
The Call of the Osprey
Follow three scientists as they study the osprey, a fascinating raptor, in and around Missoula, Montana. How these large birds are tracked and studied is revealed in a highly accessible well-researched text and color photos. Further information appears in sidebars and back matter.
The Most Amazing Creatures in the Sea
Which is more amazing, the vampire squid or the blue whale? Could it be the leafy sea dragon or the wolffish? Characteristics of these and many other amazing sea creatures suggest that it is the most amazing but it is the reader who must decide. Stunning, realistic illustrations of each animal in its likely environment and fascinating facts present a host of remarkable beings.
Weird and Wild Animal Facts
Fourteen critters are presented here through well-placed photographs and fascinating factoids. From small ("the female tarantula lays 500 to 1000 eggs in a silken sac…") to tall ("a giraffe's tongue is black"), to up in the air (the hummingbird) or down in the water (a seahorse), this book is fun and informative.
Different woodpeckers swoop, slam, tap, click, and grow throughout the seasons. They are introduced in handsome collage illustrations and a rhythmic text which uses alliteration and onomatopoeia to bring the birds alive. Additional details and identification is included at the conclusion.
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