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Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Barry Moser
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (2013, Mar 19th).
From cuddler to troublemaker, kitten to tom, cats have a lot to say. Authors Patricia MacLachlan and Emily MacLachlan Charest and illustrator Barry Moser give voice to and celebrate our most opinionated furry friends in this spirited collection of poems filled with rich language, perfect for reading aloud. Cat Talk is sure to make readers wonder what their own four-legged friends have to say.Supports the Common Core State Standards moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Tim Beiser
Publisher: Tundra Books (2013, Nov 26th).
In a pond so deep and chilly sat a frog upon a lily,Catching flies the size he'd never seen before.All at once, he started chuckling at a fluffy yellow ducklingShaking shyly on the sand along the shore. And so begins the charming story of Little Chicken Duck, whose fear of water prevents her from learning to swim. Taken under Froggie's wing, she is brought into the forest clearing, where each of the birds, in turn, confesses their deepest fear and how they came to terms with it. Armed with their stories of bravery and Froggie's support, Little Chicken Duck, "feeling cheerful, brave, and plucky," is finally able to overcome her fear of water and swim in the pond. This heartwarming tale in rhyme is lovingly illustrated by the playful, enchanting illustrations by artist Bill Slavin. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Alan Weisman
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (2013, Sep 24th).
A powerful investigation into the chances for humanity's future from the author of the bestseller The World Without Us.In his bestselling book The World Without Us, Alan Weisman considered how the Earth could heal and even refill empty niches if relieved of humanity's constant pressures. Behind that groundbreaking thought experiment was his hope that we would be inspired to find a way to add humans back to this vision of a restored, healthy planet-only in harmony, not mortal combat, with the rest of nature.But with a million more of us every 4 1/2 days on a planet that's not getting any bigger, and with our exhaust overheating the atmosphere and altering the chemistry of the oceans, prospects for a sustainable human future seem ever more in doubt. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Philippa Leathers
Publisher: Candlewick (2013, Jan 22nd).
In this clever picture book, a debut author-illustrator introduces a plucky rabbit and the new companion that he just can’t shake.Rabbit has a problem. There’s a large black rabbit chasing him. No matter where he runs — behind a tree, over the river — the shadowy rabbit follows. Finally in the deep, dark wood, Rabbit loses his nemesis — only to encounter a real foe! Kids who like to be in on the secret will revel in this humorous look at shadows and friendship, brought to light by a talented animator. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Harold J. Wiggins
Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press (2013, Jun 6th).
A recent rise in the popularity of urban farming, farmers’ markets, and foraging from nature means more people are looking for information about plants. In The Quick Guide to Wild Edible Plants, botanists Lytton John Musselman and Harold J. Wiggins coach you on how to safely identify, gather, and prepare delicious dishes from readily available plants—and clearly indicate which ones to avoid.More than 200 color illustrations, accompanied by detailed descriptions, will help you recognize edible plants such as nettles, daylilies, panic grass, and tearthumbs. For decades, Musselman and Wiggins have taught courses on how to prepare local plants, and their field-to-table recipes require only a few easily found ingredients. They offer instructions for making garlic powder out of field garlic and turning acorns into flour for Rappahannock Acorn Cakes. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Erin Amon
Publisher: Barron’s Educational Series (2010, Apr 1st).
These appealing pooches are a cross between Cocker Spaniels and Poodles. They are affectionate, with outgoing personalities and a high intelligence that makes them quick learners. All titles in Barronâ?Ts profusely-illustrated Complete Pet Ownerâ?Ts Manuals introduce inexperienced and prospective pet owners to the pleasures and duties of pet care. They also make ideal guides for older children having their first experiences as animal caretakers. Attractively illustrated and filled with helpful information, Barronâ?Ts Complete Pet Ownerâ?Ts Manuals advise on purchasing, housing, feeding, health careâ?"and where applicable, grooming and training pets. Each book is individually written by an expertâ?"a trainer, breeder, veterinarian, or other animal specialist. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Martin Waddell
Publisher: Little Simon (2008, Oct 7th).
This favorite Christmas picture book is now available in a reduced size padded board book perfect for little hands with bright red foil on the cover to share the holiday cheer!In the stable next to an inn, Kind Ox is just settling in for the night when Old Dog comes into the stable. Kind Ox makes room for Old Dog, who in turn makes room for Stray Cat, who then makes room for Small Mouse--and each time, the larger animal says to the small, "There's always room for a little one here." Finally, Tired Donkey comes by, carrying Joseph and Mary, who asks "Where will my child be born?" Kind Ox replies, "There is always room for a little one here." And so, Jesus is born in the stable with the animals all around Him. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Nosy Crow
Publisher: Nosy Crow (2013, Dec 24th).
Follow the pink glittery trail of yarn with Princess Penelope as you search for her runaway kitten!Princess Penelope’s kitten got tangled up in her mother’s yarn and then scampered off! Join Princess Penelope as she follows the pink glittery trail through the castle to the courtyard maze and stables as she searches for her runaway kitten. Graphic artwork from a rising star in children’s books paired with a bouncy rhyme and fun visual search will make this a favorite for princesses of all ages. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Elizabeth Kolbert
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (2014, Feb 11th).
From Barnes & NobleAccording to the United Nations Environment Program, our planet is losing 1050 to 1400 plant, insect, and animal species each week. This is nearly 1,000 times the "natural" rate; indeed, the highest kill-rate experienced since the demise of the dinosaurs nearly 65 million years ago. This new book by New Yorker writer and Field Notes from a Catastrophe author Elizabeth Kolbert takes us into both past extinctions and future possible calamities. The Sixth Extinction is not, however, a science fiction fantasy; it is based on her consultation with dozens of scientists and other researchers. Essential reading for those concerned with our environment. The New York Times - Michiko Kakutani …Elizabeth Kolbert's arresting new book…is the very model of explanatory journalism, making highly complex theories and hypotheses accessible to even the most science-challenged of readers, while providing a wonderfully tactile sense of endangered (or already departed) species and their shrinking habitats…Ms. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability