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Lots and Lots of Zebra Stripes FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. This colorful photoessay teaches the concept of geometric sh...apes and introduces basic mathematical principles through observation of the shapes seen in nature. Author: Stephen R. Swinburne Publisher: Boyds Mills Press Dimensions: 7.36in length x 9.43in width x 0.11in height Weight: 4.8oz. Read More

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Every day there is work to do on a farm. All kinds of work. Lifting and hauling, cutting and chopping, plowing and planting, water...ing and mowing. And for each of these jobs there is a special machine. Years ago, a lot of the work was done by hand, or with the help of horses and simple equipment. Then the first tractor appeared. A tractor is still one of the most important machines used on a farm. But there are lots of other amazing pieces of machinery. There are skid steers, haybines, combines, irrigation pivots, soil finishers, and more. Dairy farmer and acclaimed author Cris Peterson introduces readers to twelve big pieces of farm machinery that help get the job done. There are tractors with eight wheels and tires big enough to stand in. There are skid steers with buckets for lifting every imaginable thing. There are sprayers that look like huge prehistoric birds. And there are computers on board to bring many machines into the modern age. Internationally renowned photographer David Lundquist shows each piece of machinery as well as fabulous aerial views and close-up details. The day-to-day business of growing and harvesting crops for food is brought to dramatic life as readers see farmers and their machinery hard at work. Book Details:Format: Hardcover Publication Date: 1/28/2006 Pages: 32 Reading Level: Age 4 and Up Author: Cris Peterson Publisher: Boyds Mills Press Dimensions: 10.69in length x 9.33in width x 0.38in height Weight: 8oz. Read More

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Roger Tory Peterson revolutionized the way we look at and appreciate birds, animals, and plants. Some kids called him Professor Nu...ts Peterson because of his dedication to his craft; yet he went on to create the immensely popular Peterson Guides, which have sold more than seven million copies, and which birders everywhere appreciate for their simple text and exquisite illustrations. Working closely with the Roger Tory Peterson Institute in Jamestown, New York, author Peggy Thomas and artist Laura Jacques have created a fascinating portrait of a global environmentalist with this very first childrens biography of Peterson, a winner of the John Burroughs Nature Books for Young Readers Award. Book Details:Format: Hardcover Publication Date: 10/1/2011 Pages: 48 Reading Level: Age 8 and Up Author: Peggy Thomas Publisher: Boyds Mills Press Dimensions: 10.09in length x 10.3in width x 0.6in height Weight: 20oz. Read More

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Ever since Charles Darwin revealed his landmark ideas about evolution in 1859, new findings have confirmed, expanded, and refined ...his concepts. Now, author Laurence Pringle, one of the nations premier science writers, brings together the pillars of evidence that support our understanding of evolution in this ALA Notable Childrens Book. Field biology, genetics, geology, paleontology, and medicine all add to the impressive structure of evidence. With a perfect blend of science and art, renowned illustrator Steve Jenkins creates stunning new depictions of important concepts and key evolutionary scientists. More than fifty photographs capture natural marvels, including awe-inspiring fossils, life forms, and geological wonders. The result is a full, clear, and up-to-date account of the monumental evidence supporting the modern view of evolution. Book Details:Format: Hardcover Publication Date: 10/1/2011 Pages: 112 Reading Level: Age 8 and Up Author: Laurence Pringle Publisher: Boyds Mills Press Dimensions: 0.5in length x 8.75in width x 10in height Weight: 20.8 oz Read More

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George Washington as hes rarely seen. Besides being a general and the first president of the United States, George Washington was ...also a farmer. His efforts to create a self-sufficient farm at Mount Vernon, Virginia, mirrored his struggle to form a new nation. Excerpts from Washingtons writings are featured throughout the book, which also includes a timeline, resource section, as well as essays on Washington at Mount Vernon and his thoughts on slavery. Both illustrator and author worked closely with the staff of Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens to render an accurate portrait of Farmer George at work. Book Details:Format: Hardcover Publication Date: 2/1/2008 Pages: 40 Reading Level: Age 9 and Up Author: Peggy Thomas Publisher: Boyds Mills Press Dimensions: 10.25in length x 10.19in width x 0.4in height Weight: 17.6oz. Read More

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Good. Evil. Dangerous. Glamorous. Will the real Cleopatra please stand up? Almost everything we know about the last queen of Egypt... came from her enemies the Romans. Now its time to meet the real Cleopatra, a ruler more complex, brilliant, and powerful than we ever knew. Cleopatra didnt just rock the boat when she became queen at seventeen. She rocked the world with brilliant alliances that kept her in power and in control. When Mark Antony tried to put Egypt under his thumb, she negotiated for - and won - more territory than any Egyptian ruler had snagged in generations. Cleopatra didnt just play by the rules. She made them up as she went along. She bowed to no one, including Octavian the future Caesar Augustus who never missed an opportunity to pump out anti-Cleopatra propaganda. The queen of Egypt has fascinated the world for thousands of years. Its time to find out why. So, on your knees, commoner! The worlds most brilliant and outrageous queen - Cleopatra VII, the last Pharaoh of Egypt - is about to make her entrance. Includes maps, endnotes, timeline, glossary, sources, and index. Book Details:Format: Hardcover Publication Date: 8/1/2010 Pages: 128 Reading Level: Age 11 and Up Author: Vicky Alvear Shecter Publisher: Boyds Mills Press Dimensions: 9.25in length x 7.21in width x 0.55in height Weight: 16oz. Read More

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Racial bombings were so frequent in Birmingham that it became known as Bombingham. Until September 15, 1963, these attacks had bee...n threatening but not deadly. On that Sunday morning, however, a blast in the 16th Street Baptist Church ripped through the exterior wall and claimed the lives of four girls. The church was the ideal target for segregationists, as it was the rallying place for Birminghams African American community, Martin Luther King, Jr., using it as his headquarters when he was in town to further the cause of desegregation and equal rights. Rather than triggering paralyzing fear, the bombing was the definitive act that guaranteed passage of the landmark 1964 civil rights legislation. Birmingham Sunday centers on this fateful day and places it in historical context. Book Details:Format: Hardcover Publication Date: 2/1/2010 Pages: 48 Reading Level: Age 10 and Up Author: Larry Dane Brimner Publisher: Boyds Mills Press Dimensions: 10.19in length x 11.24in width x 0.41in height Weight: 11.19oz. Read More

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When Wanda discovers a thornbush growing in an empty lot, shes quite sure its a rosebush ready to bloom. So she clears away the tr...ash, checks on it every day, and brings water from the butcher shop across the street. But no roses appear. Wandas neighbors and friends are all doubtful, but when she invites them to a tea party in her rose garden one day in June, theyre in for a big surprise. Pat Brissons warm-hearted story and Maryann Cocca-Lefflers vibrant illustrations make this book about a childs simple faith one that children will long remember. Book Details:Format: Paperback Publication Date: 9/1/2000 Pages: 32 Reading Level: Age 4 and Up Author: Pat Brisson Publisher: Boyds Mills Press Dimensions: 10in length x 8.55in width x 0.16in height Weight: 5.61oz. Read More

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Meet Earths largest living reptile. Crocodile-like animals lived on Earth more than two hundred million years ago. They outlived t...he dinosaurs. Today their descendants are found on five continents. They belong to a special group of reptiles called crocodilians. These animals are strange and wonderful indeed. For example, ferocious-looking mother alligators treat their hatchlings with tender care. Crocodilians may seem awkward on land, but they can move quickly. Usually they wait and watch from the water, then ambush their prey. From baby alligators that call to Mom from inside their eggs to grown alligators and crocodiles that bellow and roar, Laurence Pringle takes readers into the world of natures largest - and noisiest - living reptiles. Bold, realistic illustrations by Meryl Henderson show every crocodilian species as well as details of their bodies and fascinating behavior. Book Details:Format: Hardcover Publication Date: 2/1/2009 Pages: 32 Reading Level: Age 7 and Up Author: Mr. Laurence Pringle Publisher: Boyds Mills Press Dimensions: 9.09in length x 10.19in width x 0.5in height Weight: 12oz. Read More

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A tiny bird. A giant discovery. Its rare to find a modern-day mystery concerning the location of a birds nest. But until the 1970s..., no one knew where the marbled murrelet laid its eggs. The little bird seemed to live entirely at sea. In this exquisitely illustrated book, Joan Dunning presents the amazing story of the marbled murrelet based on dramatic facts uncovered in the last few decades. Focusing on one pair of murrelets and their newborn chick, the author reveals the hidden nest in the canopy of the old-growth forests and the secret life of these birds before their fledgling sets off for the sea. Book Details:Format: Hardcover Publication Date: 4/1/2011 Pages: 32 Reading Level: Age 5 and Up Author: Joan Dunning Publisher: Boyds Mills Press Dimensions: 11.09in length x 10.3in width x 0.4in height Weight: 16.8oz. Read More

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The Case of the Monkeys That Fell From the Trees Why would several monkeys suddenly fall from the trees? How do tiny frogs make de...adly poisons. Why do certain plants harbour hoards of biting ants? What kind of creature pollinates an odd-looking flower? These are some of the mysteries explored in this fascinating book by wildlife biologist Susan Quinlan. This title features: eleven ecological mysteries solved by science. It offers abundant information on three types of tropical forest. It reveals the interconnectedness of nature. Author: Susan E. Quinlan Publisher: Boyds Mills Press Dimensions: 7.08in length x 0.51in width x 9.25in height Weight: 12oz. Read More

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A history of the North American fur trade, based on primary sources. The North American fur trade, set in motion by the discovery ...of the New World in the fifteenth century, was this continents biggest business for over three hundred years. Furs harvested by Ojibwa natives in the north woods ended up on the sleeves and hems of French princesses and Chinese emperors. Felt hats on the heads of every European businessman began as beaver pelts carried in birchbark canoes to trading posts dotting the wilderness. Iron tools, woolen blankets, and calico cloth manufactured in England found their way to wigwams along the remote rivers of North America. The fur trade influenced every aspect of life - from how Europeans related to the Indians, how and where settlements were built, to how our nation formed. Drawing on primary sources, including the diaries of Ojibwa, American, and French traders of the period, Birchbark Brigade gives readers a glimpse of a little-known story from our past. Book Details:Format: Hardcover Publication Date: 10/1/2009 Pages: 135 Reading Level: Age 9 and Up Author: Cris Peterson Publisher: Boyds Mills Press Dimensions: 9.4in length x 7.7in width x 0.8in height Read More

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Growing up in the 1950s, young Lee Bennett Hopkins faced the painful events of his parents divorce, an unstable homelife, and a ha...nd-to-mouth existence. Through it all, he clung to the memory of his beloved grandmother and his hope of becoming a writer. In these emotionally charged autobiographical poems, the celebrated author and anthologist captures a boys feelings, experiences, and aspirations in the tumultuous period of his life. Here is a powerful collection that paints bittersweet images of family life: the family car crammed with packing boxes, ready to move Daddy, Mama, and the three children closer to Grandma; Daddys slippers tossed in the giveaway bag, a sure sign that Daddy is gone for good; the wobbly staircase that takes Mama and her young ones to live in yet another hollow place; the different schools, where one is always the new boy in class; the teacher, who encourages her new pupil to follow his dreams. Buoyed by the promise of tomorrow, Lee Bennett Hopkins offers an intense coming-of-age work that speaks to todays young readers. Book Details:Format: Paperback Publication Date: 9/1/1999 Pages: 64 Reading Level: Age 8 and Up Author: Lee Hopkins Publisher: Boyds Mills Press Dimensions: 9.03in length x 5.5in width x 0.24in height Weight: 6.4oz. Read More

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Imagine a U.S. president on a camping trip. It seems unlikely today, but in May 1903 President Theodore Roosevelt dismissed his Se...cret Service men and sent away reporters and dignitaries to go camping with John Muir, the world-famous naturalist. For three glorious nights and four days in Californias Yosemite National Park, the two men talked about birds, giant sequoia trees, glaciers, as well as the importance of preserving wilderness for future generations. They slept under the stars, built blazing campfires, traveled on horseback, and enjoyed the beauty and the uniqueness of the area. It was bully, President Roosevelt said on his last morning as he climbed into his stagecoach and waved good-bye to John Muir. Setting aside new national parks and monuments became one of the cornerstones of Roosevelts presidency and was a direct result of this camping trip. Author Ginger Wadsworth, who has written about Yosemite and Muir before, and illustrator Karen Dugan carefully researched this true story, relying on primary documents and working closely with experts in the field. Camping with the President shows how two individuals were powerfully affected by one of the worlds most spectacular natural wonders, Yosemite National Park, and by each other. Book Details:Format: Hardcover Publication Date: 9/1/2009 Pages: 32 Reading Level: Age 9 and Up Author: Ginger Wadsworth Publisher: Boyds Mills Press Dimensions: 11.16in length x 9.64in width x 0.36in height Weight: 15.19oz. Read More

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Shepherds have used dogs to protect livestock for thousands of years. But burros also have a natural instinct to protect, which ma...kes them a perfect guardian animals as well. Meet Rena and Roo, a super dog-and-burro guardian team at work on a sheep ranch in Wyoming. The animals have a close connection with the sheep they protect, but it takes time and effort for Rena and Roo to grow to trust one another. In this companion book to her award-winning Brave Dogs, Gentle Dogs, Cat Urbigkit uses simple, informative text and eye-catching photographs to show how Rena and Roo develop into guardian animals. Book Details:Format: Hardcover Publication Date: 10/1/2011 Pages: 32 Reading Level: Age 7 and Up Author: Cat Urbigkit Publisher: Boyds Mills Press Dimensions: 11.09in length x 10.09in width x 0.4in height Weight: 15.19oz. Read More

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On June 1, 1862, Thaddeus Lowe floated a thousand feet above a fierce Civil War battle raging just outside the Confederate capital... of Richmond, Virginia. From the wicker basket dangling under his silk hydrogen balloon, the aeronaut telegraphed a message to Northern generals on the ground: Union troops were finally driving back the Confederate forces. Lowes message was transmitted to the War Department in Washington a hundred miles away, where President Abraham Lincoln read his flying spys good news with relief. For two years during the Civil War, a corps of balloonists led by Thaddeus Lowe spied on the Confederate army. The aeronauts counted rebel soldiers, detected troop movement, and directed artillery fire against enemy positions. Lincolns Flying Spies tells the exciting story of Lowes efforts to organize the Balloon Corps and provide valuable intelligence to the Union army, even after the balloons became targets of Confederate shooters and saboteurs. Using Civil War photographs and primary sources including Lowes papers in the Library of Congress and the writings of Confederate and Union soldiers Jarrow reveals the dangers, personality clashes, and other challenges faced by the nations first air force. Book Details:Format: Hardcover Publication Date: 10/1/2010 Pages: 109 Reading Level: Age 8 and Up Author: Gail Jarrow Publisher: Boyds Mills Press Dimensions: 9.51in length x 7.79in width x 0.55in height Weight: 14.4oz. Read More

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You see them feeding along the sides of roads or flying to the tops of trees. They are known as common crows, but there is nothing... common about them. The familiar sound of caw, caw, caw is just one of at least twenty-five distinct sounds crows make in order to communicate with one another. Laurence Pringle examines these remarkable creatures in a fact-filled text that explores how crows talk, behave, and survive. With beautifully detailed illustration by Bob Marstall, young readers get a fascinating look into the world of one of the smartest birds on earth. Book Details:Format: Paperback Publication Date: 6/3/2010 Pages: 32 Reading Level: Age 7 and Up Author: Mr. Laurence Pringle Publisher: Boyds Mills Press Dimensions: 7.08in length x 0.19in width x 9.99in height Weight: 6.4oz. Read More

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What would it be like to live sixty feet below the ocean waves? Author Ken Mallory and photographer Brian Skerry found out. They s...pent a week in the Aquarius underwater laboratory on a coral reef off the Florida Keys. They lived in cramped quarters. They went scuba diving every day to study the fish of the reef and to use the underwater outhouse. They slept in bunks with the constant crackle of snapping shrimp coming through the shell of their underwater home. Skerrys photographs from the pages of National Geographic Magazine capture the stunning sights of a strange undersea habitat. Book Details:Format: Hardcover Publication Date: 9/1/2010 Pages: 48 Reading Level: Age 9 and Up Author: Kenneth Mallory Publisher: Boyds Mills Press Dimensions: 7.94in length x 10.09in width x 0.36in height Weight: 11.19oz. Read More

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From 1908 until 1954, Donald Baxter MacMillan spent nearly 50 years exploring the Arctic - longer than anyone else. Growing up nea...r the ocean, and orphaned by 12, MacMillan forged an adventurous life. Mary Morton Cowan focuses on the vital role MacMillan played in Robert Pearys 1908 - 09 North Pole Expedition, as well as his relationships with explorers Peary, Matthew Henson, and Richard Byrd. She follows his long and distinguished career, including daring adventures, contributions to environmental science and to the cultural understanding of eastern Arctic natives. Working closely with the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum at Bowdoin College, Cowan showcases many MacMillan documents and archival photographs, many MacMillans own. Book Details:Format: Hardcover Publication Date: 3/1/2010 Pages: 208 Reading Level: Age 10 and Up Author: Mary Morton Cowan Publisher: Boyds Mills Press Dimensions: 9.67in length x 7.9in width x 0.96in height Weight: 20.96oz. Read More

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These fifteen motivating stories prove that integrity and honor are not entirely missing from the playing fields. Readers will sha...re the excitement as blind mountain climber Erik Weihenmayer scales the heights of Mount McKinley; as sprinter Gail Devers returns from a life-threatening illness to defend her Olympic title . . . and more. Despite facing incredible adversity, each of these stars found the heart and stamina to persevere. Book Details:Format: Paperback Publication Date: 9/1/2003 Pages: 152 Reading Level: Age 11 and Up Author: Marty Kaminsky Publisher: Boyds Mills Press Dimensions: 8.22in length x 5.78in width x 0.45in height Weight: 3.2oz. Read More

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He has discovered more planets than anyone in history. In this inspiring true story, Geoff Marcys love of space helped him overcom...e struggles in his studies until finally he became an astronomer. But he was not on track to make major discoveries. Eventually, he went back to the questions that thrilled him as a boy: Are we alone? Do Earth-like planets orbit the stars in the night sky? It would not be easy to find a planet outside our solar system. Others had tried and failed. But Marcy never gave up. Since 1995, he and his colleagues have discovered nearly half of the 380 known extrasolar planets. Stunning paintings transport the reader to the exotic worlds that he and others have found. Book Details:Format: Hardcover Publication Date: 3/1/2010 Pages: 48 Reading Level: Age 10 and Up Author: Vicki Oransky Wittenstein Publisher: Boyds Mills Press Dimensions: 12.25in length x 9.25in width x 0.39in height Weight: 16.8oz. Read More

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Simon Rodia didnt have any architectural training or any helpers, but he did have a dream. Over the course of 30 years his neighbo...rs saw that dream slowly but magnificently rising over his backyard. Here is the true story of how one man singlehandedly built three towering monuments, right in the middle of a poor Los Angeles neighborhood. Full color. Book Details:Format: Paperback Publication Date: 9/1/2005 Pages: 32 Reading Level: Age 5 and Up Author: Patricia Zelver Publisher: Boyds Mills Press Dimensions: 10.56in length x 8.43in width x 0.13in height Weight: 4oz. Read More

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This photographic story of a day in the life of a wolfsnail offers kids a unique and dramatic introduction to the food chain. The ...wolfsnails story also has important lessons for everyone. In the southern United States, the wolfsnail is a rightful member of the native wildlife. But it has been taken to other regions, where it has devastated the populations of unique species of snails. For example, the wolfsnail was transplanted to Hawaii in the hope of controlling the giant African snail, a serious farm pest. The wolfsnail does indeed eat giant African snails, but it prefers the unique species that live only on the islands. It has wiped out many of Hawaiis native snails, which for thousands of years had composted leaf litter, kept some plants from overtaking the ground, and provided food for birds and other predators. The long-term effects of their disappearance on Hawaiis ecosystem are not yet known. Sarah Campbell uses stunning photographs taken collaboratively by herself and her husband, Richard, to tell this engaging story. Young readers will be fascinated by this little-known predator and informed by seeing the impact it has had on habitats where it does not belong. Book Details: Format: Hardcover Publication Date: 5/1/2008 Pages: 32 Reading Level: Age 4 and Up Author: Sarah C. Campbell Publisher: Boyds Mills Press Dimensions: 10.19in length x 8.4in width x 0.37in height Weight: 12.8oz. Read More

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The fiery birth, explosive death, and strange afterlife of every sun. Scientists have discovered a tremendous variety of star type...s, each with a fascinating biography and a strange fate in store. Born in a cloud of gas and dust, a new star is ignited by the explosion of a dying star nearby. A star such as our Sun has a long life. Over billions of years, it burns yellow, then red, as it uses up its nuclear fuel. It then throws much of its material into the universe in a planetary nebula one of the most spectacular sights in space. After the nebula disperses, the hot core of the dead star remains: it s called a white dwarf. A bigger star lives fast and dies young, burning a blue-white and finally exploding in a supernova. What remains may be a black hole, a neutron star, or a pulsar - a neutron star emitting beams of deadly radiation. Using the most beautiful photos of space objects available, Harvard-trained astronomer Ken Croswell leads a tour of the stars the young, the aging, and the dead but still active. Book Details:Format: Hardcover Publication Date: 9/1/2009 Pages: 72 Reading Level: Age 9 and Up Author: Ken Croswell Publisher: Boyds Mills Press Dimensions: 8.97in length x 0.31in width x 12in height Weight: 21.6oz. Read More

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Award-winning author Laurence Pringle gives an accurate account of Yorks life - before, during, and after the expedition. Using qu...otations from the expeditions journals, he tells how Yorks skills, strength, and intelligence helped in the day-to-day challenges of the journey. Artists Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu consulted with a Lewis and Clark expert to create thoroughly researched and stunning watercolor paintings of Yorks life. Book Details:Format: Hardcover Publication Date: 10/1/2006 Pages: 40 Reading Level: Age 8 and Up Author: Laurence Pringle Publisher: Boyds Mills Press Dimensions: 10.3in length x 10.24in width x 0.45in height Weight: 19.2oz. Read More

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Bats are among the worlds most misunderstood animals. This book gives readers an inside look at the earths only flying mammals. Re...aders discover how bats can pluck insects from the air, fish from the water, and help giant trees and other tropical plants to reproduce, among other fascinating facts. Featuring stunning illustrations, this is a great introduction to an extraordinary mammal. Book Details:Format: Paperback Publication Date: 12/1/2009 Pages: 32 Reading Level: Age 7 and Up Author: Mr. Laurence Pringle Publisher: Boyds Mills Press Dimensions: 9.01in length x 0.11in width x 9.99in height Weight: 3.2oz. Read More

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An engaging look at some of the worlds most unusual schools. At a school that sits on the edge of the Sahara, students are learnin...g to speak English from a teacher who stands in front of a Webcam in North America. These students are learning in a virtual classroom. In another part of the world, kids arent waiting to ride the bus to school - they are waiting to hop in a boat that will take them to a school that floats on a river. And some kids dont mind heights, especially those who attend a school on the slope of a mountain in the Himalayas, in one of the most remote corners of the earth. Margriet Ruurs contacted teachers and volunteers, many of whom took cameras in hand to photograph their schools and students. In this lively photo-essay, readers get to know students - from the arid plains of southern Afghanistan to the rain forests of Guatemala - who are pursuing their dreams of a brighter future. Book Details:Format: Hardcover Publication Date: 9/1/2009 Pages: 32 Reading Level: Age 7 and Up Author: Margriet Ruurs Publisher: Boyds Mills Press Dimensions: 9.16in length x 10.17in width x 0.36in height Weight: 13.59oz. Read More

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Once they were a familiar sight: iron horses belching smoke and steam, chugging out of depots and racing across the countryside. T...hose spectacular steam locomotives are gone. But in this fascinating book, Karl Zimmermann, an authority on trains, takes young readers back to a colorful era of railroad history. He traces the development of the steam locomotive from early engines, such as the little Tom Thumb, to Big Boy, the largest locomotive ever built. He explains how steam locomotives work; how they are classified; why they were vanquished by the diesel; and why those magnificent machines still hold us spellbound. Chock-full of facts, and featuring stunning full-color and archival photographs of steam locomotives in the United States, Canada, and other countries, this book will fire the imagination of any young reader who ever dreamed of getting behind the throttle of a mighty steam locomotive. Book Details:Format: Hardcover Publication Date: 3/1/2004 Pages: 48 Reading Level: Age 10 and Up Author: Karl Zimmermann Publisher: Boyds Mills Press Dimensions: 10.33in length x 11.17in width x 0.72in height Weight: 19.2oz. Read More

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