From providing the oxygen we breathe to supplying nutritious foods, this engaging title examines some of the many ways plants are essential to all living things. In addition to encouraging an appreciation for the natural world, readers will learn some personal choices they can make to help protect plants and their habitats.
From bone-chilling temperatures to sweltering heat, plants are found in the harshest habitats. This fact-filled title explains how plants grow in habitats that are best suited to their structures. Readers will discover the unique features that help plants meet their needs in diverse habitats around the world.
Many plants produce flowers. In fact, flowering plants are the largest and most widespread group of plants. In this informative title, readers will learn about the different parts and functions of flowers. Full-color photographs and clearly written text help readers’ knowledge blossom!
In Toucans and Other Birds, the sights and sounds of the rain forest come alive. The toucan's brilliant colors dazzle your eyes, and the scarlet macaw's noisy squawks surround you. Soar inside to get a bird's-eye view of this unique world and its amazing animals. F & P Level G / Lexile NC760
The rain forest is home to some of the world's biggest snakes. The huge anaconda hunts in pools and streams. It springs from the water to squeeze the life out of its unlucky prey! Slither inside Snakes to learn more about these super-size swimmers and their rain forest relatives. F & P Level G / Lexile NC700
Did you know that sloths eat and sleep while hanging upside down? The super-slow leaf munchers are well suited for life in rain forest trees. In Sloths, hang around with these unusual animals in their bottoms-up world! F & P Level G / Lexile NC640
Some rain forest frogs have colors that hide them from enemies. Other frogs stand out with their bright shades and patterns. A few frogs are almost see-through! Leap inside Frogs to learn more about these amazing rain forest animals. F & P Level G / Lexile NC660
Did you know that the spider monkey's strong tail acts as an extra arm? And that the howler monkey is one of the loudest animals on Earth? The treetops are full of monkey business! Swing inside Monkeys to learn more about these amazing acrobats of the rain forest. F & P Level G / Lexile NC680
The powerful jaguar roams the dark rain forest at night. Its size and speed make this spotted hunter a threat to smaller animals. But jaguars face dangers, too. In Jaguars, learn how people are working to protect the big cats and their rain forest home. F & P Level G / Lexile NC580
Whales: Whales capture our imagination as no other animals can. Their huge size and incredible intelligence amaze us. Learn how special body parts help whales breathe, swim, dive, and feed. Find out more as you glide through the deep with these awesome and mysterious creatures. F & P Level G / Lexile 420
Walruses: The walrus, with its blubbery belly and stiff whiskers, looks funny as it sunbathes on shore. Its amusing appearance has a serious purpose, though: survival. In Walruses, learn how this animal's long tusks and other body parts help it swim, find food, and protect itself in icy northern seas. F & P Level G / Lexile 490
Sharks: Sharks are perhaps the most feared creatures in the world's oceans. Their sharp teeth, strong jaws, and unblinking eyes can be frightful! Not all sharks are killers, though. Find out what the largest shark eats and how the fastest shark moves as you fish for the facts. F & P Level G / Lexile 380
Sea Turtles: Sea turtles have roamed Earth's oceans for millions of years. Yet the tale of the female sea turtle's long journey to lay eggs on the beach where she was born still thrills us. Join the journey to meet these remarkable creatures in Sea Turtles. F & P Level G / Lexile 500
Sea Horses: With horse-like heads and curled tails, sea horses don't look much like fish. Take a closer look, however, and you'll see gills for breathing and fins for swimming. These unusual fish come in colorful shades from pale yellow to bright purple. In Sea Horses, find out more about these wondrous creatures beneath the waves. F & P Level G / Lexile NC530
Octopuses and Squids: Octopuses and squids are animals of many talents. They can change color to blend in with their surroundings. They can hide from other animals by squirting a cloud of ink. Octopuses and Squids brings you face-to-face with these amazing underwater creatures. No wet suit needed! F & P Level G / Lexile 500
Manatees: Look at manatees' plump bodies and whiskered snouts, and you may be surprised that sailors once mistook these creatures for mermaids! Find out how these slow swimmers find food, care for their young, and more. In Manatees, learn about threats to the animals' survival and how people are protecting these gentle giants. F & P Level G / Lexile 460