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  • Miss Bindergarten and the Secret Bag

    Miss Bindergarten and the Secret Bag

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Joseph Slate
    Format:   
    Publisher:   Penguin Young Readers (2013, Sep 26th).
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    Adam has a secret--his friends have to guess what it is. Miss Bindergarten has a secret too, and the whole class will be amazed at what fun she has in store for them! 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
    Format:   
    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 Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

    The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Elizabeth Kolbert
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Henry Holt and Co. (2014, Feb 11th).
    Pages:   336

    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. more

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  • A Kiss Like This

    A Kiss Like This

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Mary Murphy
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Candlewick (2012, Dec 11th).
    Pages:   32

    What better gift for a new baby? The creator of I Kissed the Baby! celebrates animal moms and babies in an irresistible novelty book.A giraffe kiss is very tall — just turn the page and see! Elephant kisses are long, of course, while tiny mice and bubbly fish have kisses all their own. Using a clever split-page format that makes for charming surprises, author-illustrator Mary Murphy shares a series of animal kisses that are sure to have babies and toddlers gurgling, giggling, smiling, and leaning over for their kisses, too. more

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  • Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?

    Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Bill Martin
    Format:   Board book
    Publisher:   Henry Holt and Co. (2000, Jan 1st).
    Pages:   28

    What will you hear when you read this book to a preschool child? Lots of noise!Children will chant the rhythmic words. They’ll make the sounds the animals make. And they’ll pretend to be the zoo animals featured in the book—look at the last page!Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle are two of the most respected names in children’s education and children’s illustrations. This collaboration, their first since the classic Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (published more than thirty years ago and still a bestseller) shows two masters at their best. more

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  • The Masters of Nature Photography

    The Masters of Nature Photography

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Rosamund Cox (Editor)
    Format:   
    Publisher:   Firefly Books (2013, Aug 1st).
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    A collection of photographs from winners of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. The Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition comes from two venerable institutions of the United Kingdom: the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide. For 49 years, this prestigious exhibition has drawn submissions from around the world. Being shortlisted is something to which nature photographers around the world aspire and every year new talent competes with established names for a chance to become Wildlife Photographer of the Year. The Masters of Nature Photography features ten breathtaking portfolios from ten of the world's top nature photographers: 120 stunning photographs in all. Selected specifically for this book, the images reflect the photographers' unique talents and perspectives and showcase an incredible variety of subjects and styles, from striking animal portraits and arresting landscapes to underwater photography. more

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