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Aliens from Earth: When Animals and Plants Invade Other Ecosystems

Mary Batten (2003), 32 pages
Illustrated by Beverly J. Doyle
Audience: 1st Grade - 4th Grade
Category: Nonfiction, Picture Books
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Aliens from Earth, When Animals and Plants Invade Other Ecosystems by Mary Batten is a beautifully illustrated book explaining the dangers of introducing animals, plants, and insects into ecosystems that are 'alien' to them. The reader learns how well-meaning scientists, farmers, and nature lovers have destroyed the sensitive balance that exists in nature by importing non-indigenous creatures into an existing ecosystem with catastrophic results.
Similar authors: David T. Suzuki; Greg Pyers; Suzanne Slade
Similar books: Topical rainforests by Seymour Simon; You are the Earht by David T. Suzuki; River Food Chains by Rachel Lynette
Reviewed by: mb
Date read: 6/18/2012
ISBN-10: 156145236X
ISBN-13: 9781561452361
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All About Temperature

Alison Auch (2011), 24 pages
Audience: Preschool - 2nd Grade
Category: Easy Reader, Nonfiction, Picture Books
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All About Temperature by Alison Auch is a child's first introduction to the concept of temperature. The simple text and large pictures engage the reader as the concept of temperature is explained. This book is for a very young reader who is just learning about the world of science.
Book Series: Pebble Plus
Similar authors: Susan Hughes; Jennifer Boothroyd; Kay Manolis; Darlene R. Stille
Similar books: Is it Hot or Cold? by Susan Hughes; The Energy That Warms Us: A Look at Heat by Jennifer Boothroyd; Temperature by Kay Manolis; Temperature! Heating up and Cooling down by Darlene R. Stille
Reviewed by: mb
Date read: 7/9/2012
ISBN-10: 1429666080
ISBN-13: 9781429666084
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Almost Late for School: And More School Poems

Carol Shields (2003), 32 pages
Illustrated by Paul Meisel
Audience: 1st Grade - 5th Grade
Category: Humor, Picture Books, Poetry
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Ranging from situations about the earliest years of elementary school (the first day) to the latter years (of word problems and science projects), these poems depict common and uncommon experiences in attending school. Some poems are humorous, describing ridiculous, impossible, or unexpected situations (such as the science project to make a brother disappear or the band teacher whose personality changes once he begins wearing earplugs). Others describe real problems, like jealousy or fear of public speaking. The last poem, designed for two voices, is a description of a best friendship. These simple rhymes depicting silly and serious situations (all with illustrations) are good for reading or performing.
Similar books: Lunch Money and Other Poems About School also by Carol Shields
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 7/17/2009
ISBN-10: 0525457437
ISBN-13: 9780525457435
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Amazing Tree

John Kilaka (2009), 32 pages
Audience: Preschool - 3rd Grade
Category: Folklore, Picture Books
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This story comes from the Fipa tribe of southwest Tanzania. A drought in Africa leaves the animals, who are just learning to live together, starving. They come to a huge tree abundant with ripe fruits, enough to feed them all, and shake it mightily, but no fruit will fall. It is decided that someone should ask the wise tortoise for advice, but who should go? Little rabbit volunteers but is only laughed at because she is so small. All the animals from the largest on down are given a chance to visit tortoise and return with the magic words that will make the food fall but none can remember them on the trip back to the tree. When only rabbit is left to save the day, will she be able to? A story with wonderful colorful illustrations, this folktale will win the hearts of younger readers, especially the smallest in the family.
Reviewed by: ewl
Date read: 7/1/2010
ISBN-10: 0735822549
ISBN-13: 9780735822542
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Anansi and the Magic Stick

Eric A. Kimmel (2001), 32 pages
Illustrated by Janet Stevens
Audience: Preschool - 2nd Grade
Category: Folklore, Picture Books
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The animals tease Anansi the Spider for being too lazy to clean his house and yard. Anansi, fed up with all the teasing, goes for a walk, and he discovers something amazing: Hyena's house is clean, and his garden is gorgeous, all while Hyena rests in a cozy hammock. Then, Anansi spots the secret: Hyena has a magic stick! Anansi steals the magic stick. It's smooth going until Anansi falls asleep while the stick is working. When he wakes up, the whole world is covered in water. How can Anansi make things right again? What will happen when Hyena realizes his magic stick is gone? Bright, compelling illustrations make this story come alive.
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 7/22/2010
ISBN-10: 0823414434
ISBN-13: 9780823414437
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