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10 Plants That Shook The World (Paperback)
Gillian Richardson , 2013
  • Dig up the amazing stories of the plants that have transformed our lives.

    Plants might start out as leafy things growing in the earth, but they can come into our lives in unexpected ways. And believe it or not, some have even played an exciting role in our world's history. Discover how:
    Countries went to war to control trade centers for pepper
    A grass called papyrus became the first effective tool for sharing knowledge through writing
    Europeans in the 1600s cut down rainforests to grow sugar, contributing to soil erosion
    Cotton improved the livelihoods of a few, but caused unthinkable suffering for many more
    Corn fueled new technologies and turns up in thousands of everyday products
    The discovery of rubber revolutionized transportation, making bike and car tires possible
    Tea and chocolate became big business, and the race for profits was on
    Dependence on the potato caused one of the greatest tragedies in history, while the bark of the cinchona tree saved countless lives from malaria.

    The ten plants in this book are the source of profound changes in the world, both good and bad. Through vibrant illustrations and astonishing facts, you'll discover that without them, our lives today would be vastly different.


A Children's Guide to Arctic Birds (Hardcover)
Mia Pelletier , 2014
  • Nearly 200 species of birds nest in the North American Arctic. While a few hardy species live in the Arctic year-round, most birds travel seasonally to the Arctic to lay their eggs and raise their young. In this first volume of A Children's Guide to Arctic Birds, young readers will learn about twelve of the birds that call the Arctic home, whether that be for the whole year or just for the summer. With a simple layout and easy-to-follow headings for each bird, this beautiful book is filled with fun, useful facts, including where each bird nests during the short Arctic summer, and how young readers can recognize each bird's song in the wind.


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A Garden of Whales (Paperback)
Maggie Steincrohn Davis , 2008
  • Last night in my tub,
    in my tub while I scrubbed,
    I dreamed that I lived
    in the sea with the Whales.
    Magnificent Whales. Mysterious Whales.
    Mystical, Musical, Mountainous Whales.

    The narrator of this tale is a boy who knows that whales are magnificent but endangered creatures. He wants to do anything he can to save them, and as he scrubs in his bathtub, he dreams up a plan to save the whales.

    Children from all over the world also get in their bathtubs to save the whales, planting a garden of whales. He knows this is a fantasy, but the dreams of children are the roots of action.


A is for Aboriginal (Hardcover)
Joseph MacLean , 2013
  • The reader will discover some interesting bits of history and tradition that are not widely known. Many, for example, do not know that Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin (two of the American Founding Fathers) both attribute the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederacy, one of the world’s oldest democracies, as the inspiration for the American Constitution. Or, that the origin of ‘Red Indian’ is not because of skin colour, but from the ochre (iron oxide) used by the now extinct Beothuk to colour their skin red – red skin.

    At the bottom of each letter there is a list of Indiginous peoples that begin with that letter. The idea is that the names can be recited as a sort of poem of remembrance. This book celebrates Aboriginal heritage and culture and is beautifully illustrated by Brendan Heard, a Canadian artist who works in oil paint and digital medium.

    The author, Joseph MacLean, is an historian by education, a story teller by avocation and a social entrepreneur by trade. The book was written ten years ago when Joseph was working on a literacy project in Vancouver’s infamous DTES (Downtown Eastside) – the poorest postal code in Canada.


A Native American Thought of It (Paperback)
Rocky Landon
David MacDonald , 2008
  • Inventiveness and ingenuity from North America's First Nations.

    Everyone knows that moccasins, canoes and toboggans were invented by the Aboriginal people of North America, but did you know that they also developed their own sign language, as well as syringe needles and a secret ingredient in soda pop?

    Depending on where they lived, Aboriginal communities relied on their ingenuity to harness the resources available to them. Some groups, such as the Iroquois, were particularly skilled at growing and harvesting food. From them, we get corn and wild rice, as well as maple syrup.

    Other groups, including the Sioux and Comanche of the plains, were exceptional hunters. Camouflage, fish hooks and decoys were all developed to make the task of catching animals easier. And even games-lacrosse, hockey and volleyball -- have Native American roots.

    Other clever inventions and innovations include:

    * Diapers
    * Asphalt
    * Megaphones
    * Hair conditioner
    * Surgical knives
    * Sunscreen.

    With descriptive photos and information-packed text, this book explores eight different categories in which the creativity of First Nations peoples from across the continent led to remarkable inventions and innovations, many of which are still in use today.


A Northern Alphabet (Paperback)
Ted Harrison , 2009
  • Beautifully-illustrated alphabet book depicting the people, animals, and way of people living in the North.


A Salmon's Sky View (Paperback)
Carol McDougall , 2009
  • “A Salmon’s Sky View” began as the idea of using art to make reading fun and engaging. As a teacher and a parent of creative children, I imagined it would be great to finish reading a picture book and then to have the art directions to re-create the illustrations. I wanted kids to feel the joy of succeeding and expressing themselves.

    I chose an art project which I had used as a teacher and had been really successful with children of many ages – looking up through water at a silhouette. Once the art medium of permanent black ink and water colour was chosen, I started thinking of a story line which would go with it.

    I wrote the non-fiction story of the life cycle of a salmon. I love salmon. The world I want has an abundance of salmon in it. Not only is the salmon a part of our teaching curriculum but it is a vital part our natural heritage in British Columbia, Canada.

    I started sharing my story with students. Many people (especially kids) are intrigued to hear that the art came first - this is an example of the author being a very creative, right brained, visual learner.

    I realized that there was much more to this little salmon story and I wanted to understand it. This became the basis of my Master of Arts research. I examined creativity, literacy and I explored how teachers’ viewed visual learners. I worked with teachers who were involved in the stewardship program of incubating salmon in the classroom. This helped me develop an understanding of the creative process and learning styles in relation to my book. We shared the story, art and writing process. We noticed that students’ writing was often richer and more detailed when asked to write after they had created a picture. Teachers’ consistently viewed students as more engaged learners.

    "If I can’t picture it, I can’t understand it."
    ~Albert Einstein

    Current brain research confirmed that art integration can lead to gains in literacy and numeracy and that intelligence is multiple. Through enhanced literacy, we can help students make their way in the world as engaged, creative learners. I decided that this was an idea worth sharing and launched my book in July 2009 at the Vancouver Aquarium’s NAME (Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators ) conference.


A Sprinkle in Time (Hardcover)
Geraldine Gunanoot , 1998
  • A collection of six stories, histories, and memories of four elders of the Kitselas Canyon, land of the Tsimshian peoples of the Northwest Coast. [Some examples include memories of picking berries and smoking salmon, or the legends of Dam lax aam and Chief G'thawn and the wolves.

    (74 p., approx. 60 left with NO reprint expected)


A Walk on the Tundra (Hardcover)
Rebecca Hainnu
Anna Ziegler , 2011
  • A Walk on the Tundra follows Inuujaq, a little girl who travels with her grandmother onto the tundra. There, Inuujaq learns that these tough little plants are much more important to Inuit than she originally believed.

    In addition to an informative storyline that teaches the importance of Arctic plants, this book includes a field guide with photographs and scientific information about a wide array of plants found throughout the Arctic.


Aboriginal Peoples of Canada: Iroquois (Paperback)
Michelle Lomberg , 2010
  • Learn about the traditional ways of Canada's Aboriginal Peoples in this informative series for young readers. Music and dance, art, tools, transportation, clothing, and housing are some of the topics covered in the Aboriginal Peoples of Canada series.

    7 titles in all in this series.


Africans Thought of It: Amazing Innovations (Paperback)
Richard B. Lee
Bathseba Opini , 2011
  • The ingenuity of African peoples from ancient times to today.

    Did you know that aloe vera -- now found in countless products, including sunscreens and soaps -- was first used by Africans? They ground it into powder and used it to treat burns and other skin conditions, and hunters used it to disguise their scent from animals. They also used the nutritious oil from the fruit of the oil palm tree in everything from cooking to medicines to wine. And the marimba, better known to us as the xylophone, is believed to have originated 700 years ago in Mali. Other unique African innovations include the technique of banana leaf art and using horns -- and hairdos! -- to communicate important messages.

    Africans Thought of It features descriptive photos and information-packed text that is divided into sections, including:
    - Agriculture
    - Food
    - Medicine
    - Music
    - Architecture
    - Games & Sports

    This fourth book in Annick's successful We Thought of It series takes readers on a fascinating journey across the world's second largest continent to discover how aspects of its culture have spread around the globe.


Aglu Hunting: A Guide for Young Hunters (Paperback)
William Flaherty
Malcolm Kempt , 2013
  • This book provides easy-to-follow directions for completing a successful aglu hunt. An aglu is a seal breathing hole found on the sea ice, and aglu hunting is a time-honoured traditional hunting method used by Inuit for generations. Experienced hunter Willam Flaherty guides novice hunters through the basic principles of this ancient style of hunting, including:
    •How to pack a qamutiq
    •How to dress for long hours on the ice
    •How to identify and assess agluiit
    •How to endure long waits by the aglu
    •How to correctly shoot and butcher a seal
    While hunting skills can only truly be perfected through numerous trips out onto the ice, Algu Hunting will give young hunters the basic information they need to prepare for their first hunting experience. This book will also provide young readers who are less familar with Inuit hunting traditions with a window into the traditional hunting practices that have sustained Inuit for generations.


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Amazing Animals Polar Bears (Paperback)
Valerie Bodden , 2010
  • From fleet-footed cheetahs to howling wolves, and from playful dolphins to earth-shaking elephants, the world of animals is wonderfully diverse. This popular and newly expanded series continues traveling the planet to study these and other fascinating animals. Beautiful photos are paired with accessible text to examine the featured animal's appearance, behaviors, and life cycle. Each book also presents a folk story that helps explain a defining feature or behavior.


Amazing Animals Wolves (Paperback)
Kate Riggs , 2011
  • From fleet-footed cheetahs to howling wolves, and from playful dolphins to earth-shaking elephants, the world of animals is wonderfully diverse. This popular and newly expanded series continues traveling the planet to study these and other fascinating animals. Beautiful photos are paired with accessible text to examine the featured animal's appearance, behaviors, and life cycle. Each book also presents a folk story that helps explain a defining feature or behavior.


American Indian Games (Paperback)
Jay Miller , 2001
  • Ideal for today's young investigative reader, each A True Book includes lively sidebars, a glossary and index, plus a comprehensive "To Find Out More" section listing books, organizations, and Internet sites. A staple of library collections since the 1950s, the new A True Book series is the definitive nonfiction series for elementary school readers.


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