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"Perfect for reading aloud, this counting book has lots of sound
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It's hot. Hot, hot, hot! So Junie and Jake and Poppa and the baby want to go to the lake. But they make it there in their rattletrap car? It doesn't go fast, and it doesn't go far--but with the help of some razzleberry dazzleberry snazzleberry fizz, a beach ball, a surfboard, and a three-speed, wind-up, paddle-wheel boat, they're off to the lake where it's cool, cool, cool! Phyllis Root's wonderfully inventive wordplay and Jill Barton's spirited, expressive illustrations make this a read-aloud road trip to remember.
For use in schools and libraries only. In this counting book, increasingly larger groups of animals try to help a duck that is stuck in the sleepy, slimy marsh.
"A picture book that passes the fun test with flying fizz." --
Exuberant rhythms and vibrant illustrations in a one-of-a-kind
A beautifully illustrated, family-friendly guide to Minnesota's native wildflowers and how to find them Once prairie grasses and flowers bloomed for hundreds of miles in the western part of what we now call Minnesota. Once tiny orchids grew among the roots of giant old pines, and fleeting blossoms sheltered in the shade of great maple and oak forests. These flowers that grew here for hundreds of years, though harder to find now, are still there, and this book shows you how to discover them. Searching for Minnesota's Native Wildflowers chronicles the ten years that Phyllis Root and Kelly Povo spent exploring Minnesota's woods, prairies, hillsides, lakes, and bogs for wildflowers, taking pictures and notes, gathering clues, mapping the way for fellow flower hunters. This book is a treasure trove of plant lore and information, the perfect companion for anyone who wants to find-or simply to find out more about-shooting stars and kitten tails, prairie smoke and Dutchman's breeches, blazing star and butterfly weed, and more native flowers than most Minnesotans imagine are blooming nearby. Readers of Searching for Minnesota's Native Wildflowers will learn where to look for wildflowers and how to identify them, whether in the woods, wetlands, peatlands, or the prairie in spring, summer, or fall; around the state's 10,000 (or so) lakes; on the North Shore; or, especially, in Minnesota's many great state parks. Featuring helpful tips, exquisite photographs, and the story of their own search as your guide, Phyllis and Kelly place the waiting wonder of Minnesota's wildflowers within easy reach.
A tale about a rat who follows his dreams and goes to sea, with pictures by the illustrator of The Gruffalo. Sam, the river rat, dreams of going to sea. Day and night, whatever he is doing, his thoughts turn seawards. His neighbours tell him to think of practical matters like fixing his fence and getting his garden in order. But Sam decides to build his own boat. His neighbours are sceptical, "You'll be swallowed by a shark," they warn. By spring his boat is ready and Sam sets off on his voyage. The neighbours tell each other that that's the last of Sam. But as they return to their vegetable patches, Sam is skimming over the wild green waves, and one day a passing seagull drops a note that reads, "Dear friends, please do not worry, I am happy. Love, Sam." Written in lyrical prose by Phyllis Root and illustrated in bright bold colours by Axel Sheffler, this book is the story of a river rat who follows his heart and realizes his dreams.
Phyllis Root, master of rhythmic read-aloud storytelling, and Helen Craig, of Angelina Ballerina fame, present the final farmyard adventure in their delightful Bonnie Bumble series. From Helen Craig, the illustrator of Angelina Ballerina, comes the seventh and final instalment in the popular Bonnie Bumble series. It's Sunday, and snowflakes as big as balls of wool are falling. The cow, the duck, the hens and even Spot the dog are freezing! So Bonnie, ever the problem-solver, is determined to heat them all up: "This will never d-d-d-do," she says, with chattering teeth. Getting busy with needles and wool, she knits and knits and knits - hats and scarves, beakwarmers and tailwarmers... but the animals are still all shivery and cold! Just how can she get the sun to make everyone warm and toasty again? Helen's playful, signature artwork perfectly accompanies the rhythmical, read-aloud text of award-winning writer, Phyllis Root, and makes for a sweet and funny story sure to delight and tickle the youngest of readers.
Infectious rhymes, sunny illustrations, and an array of baby
animals make an irresistible page-turner for the youngest of
"From the Hardcover edition."
Five toads hop, four brook trout swim, three elk graze, two loons call, and one beaver gnaws on a paper birch tree, all under one North Star. Through bog and marsh, along river and lake, across prairie and into the woods, children learn what lives where by counting the creatures on foot or in flight, swimming or perching in exquisite woodcut and watercolor illustrations created by Beckie Prange and Betsy Bowen in an artistic collaboration. For those looking for more about the pictured wildlife, Phyllis Root includes fascinating facts and information on the state's ecosystems and the plants and animals that make their homes there.
It’s the middle of the night. Everyone’s snoozing in bed when out of the darkness, squeak goes the door. Mama’s eyes fly open. Who is awake? Evie? Ivy? Little Mo? On a stormy night in a little house, only Papa keeps snoring away — snurkle, snark — unaware of the wild weather outside and the growing number of nervous bedmates within. Can nothing wake him? Creak! says the bed. . . . With a cumulative series of comical events, this delightful story sends readers barreling toward bedlam.
Once covering almost 40 percent of the United States, native
prairie is today one of the most endangered ecosystems in the
world. "Plant a Pocket of Prairie" teaches children how changes in
one part of the system affect every other part: when prairie plants
are destroyed, the animals who eat those plants and live on or
around them are harmed as well. Root shows what happens when we
work to restore the prairies, encouraging readers to "plant a
pocket of prairie" in their own backyards.
By growing native prairie plants, children can help re-create
food and habitat for the many birds, butterflies, and other animals
that depend on them. "Plant cup plants," Root suggests. "A thirsty
chickadee might come to drink from a tiny leaf pool. Plant
goldenrod. A Great Plains toad might flick its tongue at goldenrod
soldier beetles." An easy explanation of the history of the
prairie, its endangered status, and how to go about growing prairie
plants follows, as well as brief descriptions of all the plants and
animals mentioned in the story.
With Betsy Bowen's beautiful, airy illustrations capturing the
feel of an open prairie and all its inhabitants, readers of all
ages will be inspired to start planting seeds and watching for the
many fascinating animals their plants attract. What a marvelous
transformation could take place if we all planted a pocket of
Cold, wet, and acidic, bogs appear to be extremely hostile to life, yet numerous plants and animals have adapted in fascinating ways in order to survive there. In Big Belching Bog, Phyllis Root lets us in on the secrets of the mysterious bog, describing such special inhabitants as plants that eat insects, bog lemmings, and frogs that stay frozen through the winter and thaw out in the spring. But what's that coming up from the bottom of the bog?The biggest bog secret of all, we learn, is the remarkable process of methane gas belching out of the bog. The gas is created by decaying peat moss and forms a bulge in the surface of the moss six inches or taller before breaking through. Does this "belch" make a sound? No one knows, says Root, because no one has ever heard it. In fact, bogs are known as some of the quietest places on earth. Maybe you will be the first to hear the big bog belch!Illustrated by renowned woodcut artist Betsy Bowen, Big Belching Bog also contains a section of bog facts, including more information about the plants and animals mentioned in the book as well as tips for visiting a bog. Big Belching Bog will stir the imagination of young readers and teach them about the landscape and environment of these mysterious and, ahem, gassy places.
"Perfect for reading aloud, this counting book not only contains
bright bold illustrations but also has lots of . . . sound effects
that children will love to replicate."-- Booklist
The story of a forest "lost" by a surveying error-and all the flora and fauna to be found there A forest, of course, doesn't need a map to know where to grow. But people need a map to find it. And in 1882 when surveyors set out to map a part of Minnesota, they got confused, or tired and cold (it was November), and somehow mapped a great swath of ancient trees as a lake. For more than seventy-five years, the mistake stayed on the map, and the forest remained safe from logging-no lumber baron expects to find timber in a lake, after all. The Lost Forest tells the story of this lucky error and of the 144 acres of old-growth red and white pine it preserved. With gentle humor, Phyllis Root introduces readers to the men at their daunting task, trekking across Minnesota, measuring and marking the vast land into townships and sections and quarters. She takes us deep into a stand of virgin pine, one of the last and largest in the state, where U.S. history and natural history meet. With the help of Betsy Bowen's finely observed and beautiful illustrations, she shows us all the life that can be found in the Lost Forest. Accompanying the story is a wealth of information about the Cadastral Survey and about the plants and animals that inhabit forests-making the book a valuable guide for readers who might want to look even deeper into the history of Minnesota, the flora and fauna of old-growth forests, and the apportioning of land in America.
A funny, fast, and noisy tale about finding friends where you least
expect to is the perfect vehicle for reading aloud.
This translation by Norman Campbell of "The Rattletrap Car" is available simultaneously in English for Walker Books and in Gaelic from Acair. An amusing and readable story for children interested in drama and adventure. Children should enjoy reading about this family's attempts to make it to the seaside in their old banger.
Lilly is a ten-year-old worrywart. To keep her concerns at bay, she diligently and fervently lists them in a worry book. Her globe-trotting scientist-parents don't worry about anything. When they learn of a rare sighting of the frangipani fruit fly, they set sail for the fabled Shipwreck Islands. Since water is her greatest fear, Lilly stays behind with her eccentric, librarian great-uncle. Then news comes that the scientists are shipwrecked, and Lilly must overcome her fear of the sea, find the hidden island, and outsmart a bunch of treasure-hungry pirates to save her parents. Rob Shepperson's detailed, action-packed pencil illustrations are as wonderfully good-humored as the story.
Mama May lives where the earth meets the sky, and has so many children she can't count them all. But her most curious and stubborn child is Annalisa. One day Annalisa milks Mama May's magic cow, whose milk feeds the whole family. But Annalisa refuses to give her a kiss. "Me? Kiss a slobbery bristly cow?" she says. But without a kiss Luella won't provide any more milk, and the children go hungry. Will Annalisa ever make amends and kiss the cow?
A stormy night, a snoring dad, a houseful of restless sleepers, and
some masterfully humorous timing make this a classic read-aloud for
bedtime -- or anytime.
Today ain't looking so good for Aunt Nancy - she has not one, but four bothersome visitors knocking at her door. From everyone's least favourite relative, Cousin Lazybones, to bad-luck-bringer Old Man Trouble, to Old Woeful, the most complainingest person you ever did meet and finally to slick, sly Mister Death, Aunt Nancy's visitors just about try her patience completely. But Aunt Nancy ain't nobody's fool: she won't let nothing bother her!
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