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  • Out on a Limb: What Black Bears Have Taught Me about Intelligence and Intuition

    Out on a Limb: What Black Bears Have Taught Me about Intelligence and Intuition

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Benjamin Kilham
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    Publisher:   Chelsea Green Publishing (2013, Nov 1st).
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    In Out on a Limb, Ben Kilham invites us into the world he has come to know best: the world of black bears.  For decades, Kilham has studied wild black bears in a vast tract of Northern New Hampshire woodlands. At times, he has also taken in orphaned infants—feeding them, walking them through the forest for months to help them decipher their natural world, and eventually reintroducing them back into the wild. Once free, the orphaned bears still regard him as their mother. And one of these bears, now a 17-year-old female, has given him extraordinary access to her daily life, opening a rare window into how she and the wild bears she lives among carry out their daily lives, raise their young, and communicate. Witnessing this world has led to some remarkable discoveries. more

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  • Baby Penguins Love their Mama

    Baby Penguins Love their Mama

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Melissa Guion
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    Publisher:   Philomel (2014, Jan 2nd).
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    Perfect for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day . . . or any day! When you're a mama penguin with lots (and lots) of little ones to take care of, the days can melt together in a blur. Monday: swimming lessons. Tuesday: sliding. Wednesday: waddling. And on and on. Mama loves her babies so much. Do they know, she wonders, just how much? As it turns out, they do--because they love her just as much! And to show it, they surprise her with a thoughtful gesture of their own on Sunday. In her companion to Baby Penguins Everywhere! Melissa Guion offers another adorable book for sharing between mother and child. A perfect Valentine's Day,  Mother's Day—or any day—gift for the person who is always there for us. more

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  • My Gentle Barn: Creating a Sanctuary Where Animals Heal and Children Learn to Hope

    My Gentle Barn: Creating a Sanctuary Where Animals Heal and Children Learn to Hope

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Ellie Laks
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    Publisher:   Harmony (2014, Mar 25th).
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    “My Gentle Barn is a wonderful book. You'll love Ellie Laks and the animals she rescued--and who rescued her back.” –Sy Montgomery, The Good Good PigFounder Ellie Laks started The Gentle Barn after adopting a sick goat from a run-down petting zoo in 1999. Some two hundred animals later (including chickens, horses, pigs, cows, rabbits, emus, and more), The Gentle Barn has become an extraordinary nonprofit that brings together a volunteer staff of community members and at-risk teens to rehabilitate abandoned and/or abused animals. As Ellie teaches the volunteers to care for the animals, they learn a new language of healing that works wonders on the humans as well. My Gentle Barn weaves together the story of how the Barn came to be what it is today with Ellie's own journey. more

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  • The World's Rarest Birds

    The World's Rarest Birds

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Erik Hirschfeld
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Princeton University Press (2013, Jan 27th).
    Pages:   352

    This illustrated book vividly depicts the most endangered birds in the world and provides the latest information on the threats each species faces and the measures being taken to save them. Today, 571 bird species are classified as critically endangered or endangered, and a further four now exist only in captivity. This landmark book features stunning photographs of 500 of these species--the results of a prestigious international photographic competition organized specifically for this book. It also showcases paintings by acclaimed wildlife artist Tomasz Cofta of the 75 species for which no photos are known to exist. The World's Rarest Birds has introductory chapters that explain the threats to birds, the ways threat categories are applied, and the distinction between threat and rarity. more

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  • Monday, Wednesday, and Every Other Weekend

    Monday, Wednesday, and Every Other Weekend

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Karen Stanton
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    Publisher:   Feiwel & Friends (2014, Feb 4th).
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    Henry Cooper and his dog Pomegranate have two houses. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and every other weekend, they live with Mama in her new apartment, but on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and every other weekend, they live with Papa in his new house. Henry and Pomegranate are happy as they dance with Mama and sing with Papa, but Henry knows that sometimes Pomegranate gets confused and just wants to go . . . home.This gentle and accessible story about dealing with the many changes that come with divorce is beautifully brought to life by author Karen Stanton’s vivid and memorable illustrations. more

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