Even More Perfect Pairs and Terrific Trios! 

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Angelo by David Macaulay

High above the rooftops of Rome, Angelo begins his work restoring the façade of a once glorious church. There, among the sticks and feathers, he discovers a wounded bird. Angelo becomes the bird’s reluctant savior. As the church nears completion, Angelo begins to worry about the future of his avian friend. “What will become of you? Where will you go . . . where will you . . . live?” he asks her. Through his artistry as a master craftsman he answers the questions for his humble friend and assures that he, himself will not be forgotten.

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Feathers: Not Just for Flying by Melissa Stewart

Young naturalists meet sixteen birds in this elegant introduction to the many uses of feathers. A concise main text highlights how feathers are not just for flying. More curious readers are invited to explore informative sidebars, which underscore specific ways each bird uses its feathers for a variety of practical purposes. A scrapbook design showcases life-size feather illustrations.

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Birds by Kari Schuetz

Compare a hummingbird and an ostrich; the differences are striking! One is tiny and hovers in the air like a helicopter. The other is massive and stays grounded, sprinting rather than flying. Though opposite in many ways, hummingbirds and ostriches share features such as feathers and wings that mean they are both birds. Discover how all birds are alike in this informative title.

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Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton

Katy, a brave and untiring tractor, who pushes a bulldozer in the summer and a snowplow in the winter, makes it possible for the townspeople to do their jobs.

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Bulldozers by Amanda Doering Tourville

Describes what a bulldozer is, how it works, where it works, and the parts of a bulldozer.

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Flo and Eddies Water Adventure by Lori Nunn

Flo, a particularly peculiar pelican, and her younger companion Eddy, a crazy and curious cormorant, fly together on their annual fall migration. While playing around, they’re thrown off course and end up on a mountaintop. Flo gets them back on track by using the natural flow of water as a directional map, travelling downstream from mountain watersheds to the ocean, a journey filled with adventure!

The fresh water takes the pair from mountain glaciers to underground rivers, into glacial lakes and downstream to the waters that flow into the foothills and prairies. They visit irrigation canals and enjoy wetlands filled with marshes, lakes and ponds. The freshwater streams flow all the way to the saltwater ocean, and Flo and Eddy reach their winter destination.

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Little Explorers, Water by Martha Rusted

Water is all around us and even inside of us! Dive in to discover the world of water, from raindrops to oceans to icebergs!

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Explore Water! 25 Great Projects, Activities and Experiments by Anita Yasuda

Drip—Drop—Splash! Water is essential to all forms of life. Explore Water! 25 Great Projects, Activities, Experiments, captures a child’s imagination with an intriguing look at the world of water.
Combining hands-on activities with history and science, kids will have fun learning about the water cycle, water resources, drinking water and sanitation, water pollution and conservation, water use, water folklore and festivals, and the latest in water technology. Entertaining illustrations and fascinating sidebars illuminate the topic and bring it to life, while Words to Know highlighted and defined within the text reinforce new vocabulary.
Projects include a nilometer, a rain harvester made out of plastic containers, a transpiration experiment, and a mini water wheel. Auxiliary materials include a glossary, and a list of current reference works, websites, museums, and science centres.

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Timberwolf Hunt (and others in the series) by Sigmund Brouwer

When the Timberwolves get a new coach, they also get the coach’s son. The only problem is that Eldridge Elwell is a terrible hockey player. The team is on the hunt to make the playoffs, and every time Eldridge plays a shift, it hurts the team more. Johnny Maverick is just as angry about it as anyone on the team, until he learns something important about the coach’s son.

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First Hockey Words by Per-Henrik Gurth

This vocabulary book takes little readers through a lively hockey game, introducing thrilling words like Zamboni and face-off while showing the action on the ice and in the stands. Per-Henrik Gürth’s cheerful animal characters will win new fans of this popular winter sport.

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H is for Hockey by Kevin Shea

The great game of hockey is introduced from A to Z using simple language for the youngest reader. Topics include fans, goalie, ice, and jersey. Detailed artwork brings the game’s action to these sturdy, board book pages.

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No Dragons for Tea by Jean E. Pendziwol

In the first intstallment of the Dragon Safety Series, a dragon’s flame-filled tea party turns into a rhyming and reassuring lesson in fire safety.

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The Fire Station by Robert Munsch

This story starts out with a familiar premise: Michael and Sheila visit a fire station. But then the Munsch flair for imaginative insight and humor take over. While the two kids are exploring a fire truck, an alarm goes off—and away go Michael and Sheila to the rescue!

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The Fire Station by Aaron Carr

Young readers will learn about the people and places that make up a community in the all new My Neighbourhood series. Each book features easy to read text based on sight words, paired with vivid photos to stimulate and engage even the most reluctant readers. My Neighbourhood is a series of AV2 media enhanced books. A unique book code printed on page 2 unlocks multimedia content. These books come alive with video, audio, web links, slide shows, activities, hands on experiments, and much more.

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Everlasting Embrace by Gabrielle Emanuel

Each morning as the sun brightens the West African sky, mother and child prepare to start their day. They spend it bound together, the child riding on the mother’s back watching their world go past. Pounding millet, drawing water from the well, visiting friends, shopping at the outdoor market—days are shared in perfect step with one another. And even when the child grows big enough to go off and explore their world, the everlasting embrace endures.

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Africa is not my Country by Mark Melnicove

Enter into the daily life of children in the many countries of modern Africa. Countering stereotypes, Africa Is Not a Country celebrates the extraordinary diversity of this vibrant continent as experienced by children at home, at school, at work, and at play.

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Introducing Africa by Chris Oxlade

Where is the Sahara Desert? What is Africa’s highest mountain? Where do elephants live? This book answers these questions and more as it introduces young readers to the continent of Africa through age-appropriate maps, engaging photographs, and simple text. Topics covered within the book include where the continent is, climate, geography, animals and plants, countries, people and languages, natural resources, cities, and famous places.

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Katy No Pocket by Emmy Payne

Katy Kangaroo is sad because she has no pocket in which to carry her son, Freddy. While all the other kangaroo children ride comfortably in their mothers’ pockets, poor Freddy has to walk. This makes Freddy sad, too, and tired! But one day Katy has an idea: why not find out how other animals carry their babies? She asks crocodiles, monkeys, and birds how they carry their children, but none of their methods seems to work. Finally, when the wise old owl suggests a plan, Katy and Freddy take off for the big city. There she finds enough pockets to carry Freddy and all of his friends!

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Kangaroos by Kari Schuetz

When kangaroos gather in large groups, they get loud and physical. Males duke it out in boxing matches, jumping and jabbing with feisty determination to earn the “dominant male” title. Be prepared for a kangaroo mob scene!

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Gift of the Inuksuk by Michael Ulmer

Unique and as beautiful as a snowflake or footprint, an Inuksut (inNUKshuk,) is one of the stone figures that can be seen dotting the Canadian Arctic region. Many made by ancient hands, the Inuksuit (inNUKsweet) purposes are varied, from earthly uses such as navigation and message centres to those of the spirit, as sites of reverence. Author Mike Ulmer explores the connectedness of all Arctic life in his tale, The Gift of the Inuksuk.To find recipes, games, interactives maps and much more for this title visit http://www.discovertheworldbooks.com! Author Mike Ulmer keeps an Inuksuk at home—it reminds him of the way the Inuit People of the North live a simple life and consume only what they need. His tale expresses this belief in a warm and simple manner that readers of all ages will appreciate and enjoy.

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An Inukshuk Means Welcome by Mary Wallace

An inuksuk is a stone landmark that different peoples of the Arctic region build to leave a symbolic message. Inuksuit (the plural of inuksuk) can point the way, express joy, or simply say: welcome. A central image in Inuit culture, the inuksuk frames this picture book as an acrostic: readers will learn seven words from the Inuktitut language whose first letters together spell INUKSUK. Each word is presented in English and in Inuktitut characters, with phonetic pronunciation guides provided.

The words and their definitions give a sense of the traditions and customs of Inuit life in the Arctic: nanuq is the powerful polar bear of the north; kamik is a warm seal- and caribou-skin boot; and siku is sea ice. Stunning paintings with deep colour and rich texture evoke a powerful sense of place and show great respect for the Arctic’s indigenous people.

Extra informational text features include an introductory note about the significance of inuksuit in Inuit culture and a nonfiction page that profiles seven different types of inuksuit.

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World Cultures: Inuit by Leslie Strudwick

Did you know that family is the centre of Inuit culture? Children learn about Inuit culture and history from community elders. The Inuit live in the Arctic, where the ground is frozen all year. Learn more about this rich world culture in Inuit. This is an AV2 media enhanced book. A unique book code printed on page 2 unlocks multimedia content. This book comes alive with video, audio, web links, slide shows, activities, hands-on experiments, and much more.

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Turtle Summer by Mary Alice Monroe

This is a companion book to Mary Alice Monroe’s novel, Swimming Lessons, the sequel to The Beach House. In the novel, the readers witness a young mother, Toy, writing a journal for her daughter, Little Lovie. This is the journal Toy is writing. Using original photographs, this scrapbook journal explains the nesting cycle of sea turtles and the natural life along the Southeastern coast, including local shore birds, shells, and the sea turtle hospital. Adults and children will enjoy the images, information and the journal with or without the novel. The “For Creative Minds” educational section includes turtle nesting facts, a shell identification activity, and a make-your-own nature journal.

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Turtle, Turtle Watch Out by April Pulley Sayre

Sea turtles face many dangers as they grown, eat, travel, and breed. In this dramatization of one female turtle’s challenges, acclaimed nature writer April Pulley Sayre highlights the role that humans have in helping this endangered species.

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National Geographic Readers: Turtles by Laura Marsh

Take a dip with turtles in this exciting reader. Packed with beautiful and engaging photos, kids will learn all about these fantastic reptiles. This Level 1 reader is carefully levelled for an early independent reading or read aloud experience, perfect to encourage the scientists and explorers of tomorrow!

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Follow the Drinking Gourd by Jeanette Winters

Illus. in full colour. “Winter’s story begins with a peg-leg sailor who aids slaves on their escape on the Underground Railroad. While working for plantation owners, Peg Leg Joe teaches the slaves a song about the drinking gourd (the Big Dipper). A couple, their son, and two others make their escape by following the song’s directions. Rich paintings interpret the strong story in a clean, primitive style enhanced by bold colours. The rhythmic compositions have an energetic presence that’s compelling. A fine rendering of history in picture book format.”–(starred) Booklist.

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A Picture Book of Harriet Tubman by David A. Alder

Harriet Tubman was born into slavery on a Maryland plantation in 1820. A rebellious child, she did not always do as she was told. She hated being a slave and escaped to the north on the Underground Railroad in 1849. During the next ten years, she used the money she earned at odd jobs to return to the south and lead about 300 slaves to freedom. Called “General Tubman” for her strength and bravery, Harriet went on to work as a nurse and spy for the northern army in the Civil War, fight for women’s right to vote, and help to open a home for poor and elderly black people. David A. Adler tells about Harriet Tubman’s life and character, showing why she was admired and loved by the many people who knew her. She was a conductor on the railway to freedom, a “Moses” to her people.

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The Underground Railway – From Slavery to Freedom with 21 Activities for Kids by Mary Kay Carson

The heroic struggles of the thousands of slaves who sought freedom through the Underground Railroad are vividly portrayed in this powerful activity book, as are the abolitionists, free blacks, and former slaves who helped them along the way. The text includes 80 compelling firsthand narratives from escaped slaves and abolitionists and 30 biographies of “passengers,” “conductors,” and “stationmasters,” such as Harriet Tubman, William Still, and Levi and Catherine Coffin. Interactive activities that teach readers how to navigate by the North Star, write and decode a secret message, and build a simple lantern bring the period to life. A time line, reading list, glossary, and listing of web sites for further exploration complete this activity book. The Underground Railroad for Kids is an inspiring story of brave people compelled to act in the face of injustice, risking their livelihoods, their families, and their lives in the name of freedom.

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Pompeii Buried Alive by Edith Kunhardt Davis

Illus. in full colour. “The drama of natural disasters provides prime material to entice young independent readers. In this volume, the account of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius describes village life 2,000 years ago, the eruption itself and its aftermath, and the excitement when the buried town is rediscovered centuries later. A lively and factual glimpse of a devastating moment in history, in an accessible, attractive package.”–Publishers Weekly.

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Volcanoes, Mountains of Fire by Eric Arnold

A volcano could be called a sleeping mountain–that is, until it wakes up! What is it like to witness the eruption of one of nature’s majestic time bombs? Young readers can learn what makes volcanoes “tick,” and read about some of the most famous eruptions in history.

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The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi

The new kid in school needs a new name! Or does she?
Being the new kid in school is hard enough, but what about when nobody can pronounce your name? Having just moved from Korea, Unhei is anxious that American kids will like her. So instead of introducing herself on the first day of school, she tells the class that she will choose a name by the following week. Her new classmates are fascinated by this no-name girl and decide to help out by filling a glass jar with names for her to pick from. But while Unhei practices being a Suzy, Laura, or Amanda, one of her classmates comes to her neighbourhood and discovers her real name and its special meaning. On the day of her name choosing, the name jar has mysteriously disappeared. Encouraged by her new friends, Unhei chooses her own Korean name and helps everyone pronounce it–Yoon-Hey.

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Spotlight on South Korea by Bobbie Kalman

Spotlight on South Korea introduces children to the country of South Korea in Asia, whose nearest neighbours are China, Japan, and North Korea. South Korea is mostly mountainous, and there are about 3,000 islands off its coasts. Most South Koreans have moved from the countryside to the cities, especially it’s capital Seoul, the country’s largest city. Young readers will learn about South Korea’s history, the daily life of Koreans, as well as about Korean festivals and culture.

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Galileo and the Leaning Tower Experiment by Wendy MacDonald

When the scientist Galileo befriends a bright farm boy, Massimo, the two begin to investigate the science of motion.

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Who Was Galileo? by Patricia Bennan Demuth

Like Michelangelo, Galileo is another Renaissance great known just by his first name—a name that is synonymous with scientific achievement. Born in Pisa, Italy, in the sixteenth century, Galileo contributed to the era’s great rebirth of knowledge. He invented a telescope to observe the heavens. From there, not even the sky was the limit! He turned long-held notions about the universe topsy turvy with his support of a sun-centric solar system. Patricia Brennan Demuth offers a sympathetic portrait of a brilliant man who lived in a time when speaking scientific truth to those in power was still a dangerous proposition.

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Galileo: On the Shoulders of Giants (video)

Galileo is thwarted in his pursuit to uncover the universe’s mysteries by a lack of money, a lazy brother and a jealous rival. Luckily, he finds support from his student, Prince Cosimo, son of the Medici family.

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