Vocabulary Building

1 - 15 of 17 Results
Sort By
Go To   of 2
>
A Caribou Alphabet
Authors:
Mary Beth Owens
Artists:
Mary Beth Owens
Format: Paperback
A fun and lyrical celebration of the caribou.

Once common in the northern United States, caribou are more closely identified with the Canadian arctic – and with Lapland, where their domesticated relatives, reindeer, are essential to the lives of the indigenous people. Through art and rhyme, this book celebrates the strength and beauty of one of nature's great survivors.

Reviews
“..an unusually attractive and, ultimately, informative book, certain to engage young readers and instill in them a feeling of respect for these lovely creatures and their environment” -Marcia Hupp, From School Library Journal

Educator Information
Nature and letters come together in this enchanting classic about the mighty caribou, one of the great symbols of the arctic wilderness. It's a counting book too--follow the number of hoof prints through the letters of the alphabet.

Also included are a compendium of caribou facts and a new afterword about caribou in the twenty-first century. Journey into the magical world of the caribou, North America's own reindeer.

Both an alphabet book and a child's nature book.

Additional Information
32 pages | 9.00" x 10.00"
$11.95

Quantity:
A Northern Alphabet
Authors:
Ted Harrison
Format: Paperback

Beautifully-illustrated alphabet book depicting the people, animals, and way of people living in the North.

Authentic Canadian Content
$9.99

Quantity:
A Walk on the Tundra
Artists:
Qin Leng
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Inuit;

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.

Reviews
This volume is a cross between a picture book, a story and a field guide to edible plants.... Authors, Rebecca Hainnu and Anna Ziegler, have worked on several educational publications. That background is apparent in this book.  There are eighteen Inuktitut words, including 6 plant names, introduced in the text.  They are explained and italicized when they are first introduced, for example “Nirilikkit – eat them”. The next time the word is used, it is assumed that the reader knows what it means.... [A]s a tool for building vocabulary, or as a storybook for students who have some familiarity with Inuktitut, this work would be excellent."  – Sandy Campbell, The Deakin Review of Children’s Literature

Additional Information
40 pages | 8.50" x 8.50"

Authentic Canadian Content
Authentic Indigenous Text
$10.95

Quantity:
A Wasp Builds a Nest: See Inside a Paper Wasp's Nest and Watch It Grow
Authors:
Martin Camm
Kate Scarborough
Format: Hardcover

Children (and adults, too) have become aware of the ecological importance of bees. Wasps are ecologically important, too. They pollinate plants and provide pest control by eating insects and feeding them to their young.

Paper wasps construct open-celled paper nests. A mated female wasp -- the queen -- starts the nest by chewing wood fibers into a pulp to build paper layers. As soon as she has built enough of the nest, she lays some eggs which grow into young female wasps. They lay more eggs, mostly males, and these become workers whose job is to build the nest for the growing colony. It can end up being quite large. Come winter, the old queen and the workers die and the young females hibernate. In spring, they will be new queens that will build their own nest for a new wasp colony.

This elegantly illustrated book explains stage by stage in easy text how a wasp nest is built. It follows by days and weeks and shows how the queen's industrious workers create a sturdy, weatherproof home. Readers see the inside of the growing nest where the eggs turn into larvae and emerge 20 days later as juveniles. As the nest gets bigger and the story progresses, the book's pages become bigger too. Cross sections show the amazing construction of the nest and how the wasps live and work.

The interior pages in A Wasp Build a Nest are shingled, starting as a partial page and getting larger as the story progresses.

Reviews
"Readers are invited to experience the construction of a wasp's nest. Each shingled page reveals an inside look at the step-by-step progress of building the nest from start to finish--both the nest and the pages grow together. Readers will learn about wasp anatomy, reproduction, life cycle, and nest structure... This book is a great option for readers who are comfortable learning new vocabulary, as it provides so much information about wasps and their behavior."— Samantha D'Acunto, New York Botanical Garden Blog, May 2018

"This colorful book presents a close-up view of a new wasp nest in a hollow tree... Though visually the book is tightly focused on the nest and its growing complexity, within that context, both the text and the illustrations convey a good deal of information about the life cycle of wasps, their stages of development, and the different roles played by the queen, the males, and the female workers. Each double-page spread displays the growing nest along with pictures of detail such as the pupal development. The cutaway views of the nest, the cones, and the cells are particularly effective. Each sturdy, glossy page is about one centimeter wider than the preceding one, giving the book's interior an attractive, layered look. A well-focused, informative book on wasps and their nests." — Carolyn Phelan, Booklist, October 2016

"Wasps are often a source of fear and discomfort for children, but this title does a compelling job of showing wasps in a more favorable light. The book opens with a queen wasp awakening from hibernation and follows her through the creation of a colony to her eventual death in the fall. The information is presented scientifically but is also accessible for young readers, with any potentially unfamiliar words well explained. The illustrations are detailed and support the text. The view of the inside of a wasp's nest is likely new to most, and students will find it helpful to see the structures in question. The pages are shingled, starting as a quarter-page and gradually expanding in size until they fill the full dimensions of the book, which works well to mimic the growing colony depicted in the illustrations. The material emphasizes the growth of the wasps and the colony rather than what wasps do outside of the hive; however, this narrow focus keeps the text from becoming confusing for younger readers. A pleasing introduction to wasps and their life cycle, suitable for young entomology fans. Consider for most libraries." — Ellen Norton, School Library Journal, November 2016

Additional Information
24 pages | 8.50" x 9.50"

$12.95

Quantity:
An Inuksuk Means Welcome
Authors:
Mary Wallace
Artists:
Mary Wallace
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Inuit;

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 color 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. 

Reviews
"The presence of a close-knit Inuit family...brings a loving warmth to the Arctic landscape Wallace so affectionately portrays."— Publisher's Weekly

"An Inuksuk Means Welcome" is a multi-sensory tour through life in the Arctic for thousands of years, beautifully presented for children of all ages."— The Midwest Book Review's Children's Bookwatch

"A solid complement to social studies lessons about traditional Inuit customs and the languages of Canada."— National Reading Campaign

"This book is a fun and aesthetically striking way to teach children about a new language and culture, and could be a useful tool for early primary school social studies classes."— Green Teacher

Educator Information
Recommended for ages 3-8, this resource is useful for the following subjects: Art, English Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies.

The seven words from the Inuktitut language that readers will learn are presented in English and in Inuktitut characters, with phonetic pronunciation guides provided.  The explanations of words are provided in English.

Additional Information
32 pages | 9.00" x 12.00"

 

Authentic Canadian Content
$18.95

Quantity:
Arctic A to Z
Authors:
Wayne Lynch
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Inuit;

A beautifully illustrated dictionary of 26 key aspects of life in the Arctic.

World-class photographer and science writer Wayne Lynch takes readers to one of his favorite parts of the world: the Arctic.

Using a plant, an animal or a phenomenon for each letter of the alphabet, Lynch describes the unique ways in which systems for living differ where temperature and light can be amazingly extreme. But Lynch also dispels the myth of the Arctic as a perpetually frozen landscape by introducing us to the birds, mammals, insects and plant life that thrive in the short yet glorious sun-filled days of summer.

Reviews
"The alphabetical format is accessible, the subjects are well chosen, and the photography is first class."— Karen Werner, formerly at San Francisco Public Lib, School Library Journal, December 2009

"An eclectic collection of stories about some of the most interesting phenomena and organisms encompassed by the arctic, the slender volume adds up to a fascinating portrait of life beyond the tree line. Accounts include those of the aurora borealis, or northern lights, and animals such as the narwhal. From eagles that follow grizzly bears to share in or steal food finds to the beluga whale that does not let a few inches of ice impede its movement, one account is as interesting as the next. The book makes ideal cozy-chair reading for an adult in the company of young children of multiple ages or for an independent young reader." — Diane M. Calabrese, Science Books and Film, April 2010

Educator Information 
Recommended Grades: 2-5.

The letter "I" in this alphabet book refers to the Inuit, which is why the book has a text content label of Inuit.  The rest of the book deals mainly with plants, animals, and other phenomena.

Additional Information
32 pages | 8.00" x 10.00"

Authentic Canadian Content
$7.95

Quantity:
Avati: Discovering Arctic Ecology
Authors:
Mia Pelletier
Artists:
Sara Otterstätter
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Inuit;

The Arctic is not a barren, frigid landscape filled with only ice and snow. It is a complex ecosystem that contains many thriving habitats, each supported by dozens of ecological relationships between plants and animals.

From the many animals that live and hunt at the floe edge, to the hundreds of insects that abound on the summer tundra, this book gives a detailed bird's-eye view of the fascinating ways that animals, plants, and insects co-exist in the Arctic ecosystem.

Written by Mia Pelletier, a biologist and wilderness field researcher, and complete with a glossary to clearly explain biological terms to young readers, this book provides a sound informational basis to understanding the Arctic ecosystem in all its facets.

Reviews

"An ecologist who lives and works in Earth’s far, far north describes the changing seasons in the part of the world the Inuit call Nunavut—“our land.” Weaving together information about the land and water, plants and animals, Pelletier provides a clear depiction of an Arctic environment. Unlike some introductions to this part of the world, this account presents a full web of life. Her food chain begins with the tiny algae underneath the sea ice. From diatoms and amphipods to the fish, birds, insects and mammals that inhabit the land and the sea edges of this environment (avati in Inuit), she connects them to one another, to the plants of the brief summer and to the changing stages of ice. She doesn’t hesitate to introduce new vocabulary (defined in a concluding glossary), Inuit words (defined in context) and onomatopoetic sounds. What appear to be pencil-and-watercolor illustrations extend far across the gutters. Appropriately matched with the text, set in a column on the right-hand side of each spread, they reward careful inspection. Teachers and librarians may want to pair this useful title with A Walk on the Tundra, by Rebecca Hainnu and Anna Ziegler." - Kirkus Review

Additional Information
45 pages | 10.25" x 8.25"

 

Authentic Canadian Content
$14.95

Quantity:
Berry Magic
Artists:
Teri Sloat
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Yupik;

Long ago, the only berries on the tundra were hard, tasteless, little crowberries. As Anana watches the ladies complain bitterly while picking berries for the Fall Festival, she decides to use her magic to help. "Atsa-ii-yaa (Berry), Atsa-ii-yaa (Berry), Atsaukina!" (Be a berry!), Anana sings under the full moon turning four dolls into little girls that run and tumble over the tundra creating patches of fat, juicy berries: blueberries, cranberries, salmonberries, and raspberries. The next morning Anana and the ladies fill basket after basket with berries for the Fall Festival. Thanks to Anana, there are plenty of tasty berries for the agutak (Eskimo tee cream) at the festival and forevermore. As she did with THE EYE OF THE NEEDLE (praised by the New York Times Book Review, a San Francisco Chronicle Choice, and a Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Picture Book Award winner), Yup'ik Eskimo elder Betty Huffmon shared this folktale with author/illustrator Teri Sloat, who brings it to life with her delightful illustrations.

Reviews
“Sloat collaborates with Huffmon, a Yup'ik storyteller, to infuse a traditional ‘origins’ tale with the joy of creating. Hearing the old women of her village grumble that they have only tasteless crowberries for the fall feast’s akutaq—described as ‘Eskimo ice cream,’ though the recipe at the end includes mixing in shredded fish and lard—young Anana carefully fashions three dolls, then signs and dances them to life. Away the bound, to cover the hills with cranberries, blueberries, and salmonberries. Sloat dresses her smiling figures in mixes of furs and brightly patterned garb, and sends them tumbling exuberantly through grassy tundra scenes as wildlife large and small gathers to look on. . . . Young readers will be captivated by the action, and by Anana’s infectious delight.”— Kirkus Reviews

Additional Information
32 pages | 8.32" x 9.90"

Authentic Indigenous Text
$16.95

Quantity:
My Favorite Places from A to Z
Authors:
Peggy Snow
Format: Hardcover

Vivid poems and illustrations describe an alphabet of places special to children. The book journeys from art room to zoo, with stops along the way at an ice cream cafe, a science museum, a library, a jungle gym, and the ocean. Children explore memories, imagine places they would like to go, and realize their world is expanding. Written in verse with an appealing variety of rhymes and rhythms, Places will touch both children and adults, who may remember favorite places of their own.

Educator Information
Recommended Ages: 4-7.

Additional Information
32 pages | 8.58' x 10.43"

$18.45

Quantity:
My Favorite Sounds from A to Z
Authors:
Peggy Snow
Format: Hardcover

Colorful poems and lush illustrations invite children to explore and experience their world through the sounds around them. The book begins with acorns cracking under bicycle wheels and ends with zippers on sleeping bags zipping during a family camping trip. In between are flapping wings, snapping icicles, popping corn, and more. Children are encouraged to listen more closely to the sounds in their everyday lives, imagine sounds they haven't yet heard, experiment with creating sounds, and even sharpen their listening skills. Written in verse with an appealing variety of rhymes and rhythms, Sounds will delight both children and adults.

Educator Information
Recommended Ages: 4-7.

Additional Information
32 pages | 8.62" x 10.53"

$18.45

Quantity:
Nature's Patchwork Quilt: Understanding Habitats
Authors:
Mary Miché
Artists:
Consie Powell
Format: Paperback
Just imagine all of nature—mountains, prairies, oceans, and all—lying on your bed as a patchwork quilt! Take flora and fauna in their unique habitats, fold them up and you have a book, this book. Earth’s major habitats are spread before you, ready to be examined. Here in this beautiful package are revealed the key concepts of natural science. This patchwork quilt of nature covers the whole Earth, your home—yours to learn about, to enjoy, to care for, and to love.

Reviews
"What a delightful way to present the habitats of the world—all in patchwork quilt designs! The comparison of quilt squares joined together to form a beautiful quilt to that of the habitats of the world combined to create our remarkable planet is presented in such a creative way through the illustrations of Consie Powell. As the pages unfold, readers will find themselves immersed in the desert, rainforest, or ocean habitat for example, with the vegetation and wildlife of that particular biome portrayed in the surrounding quilt-like border. Vocabulary such as interdependence, adaptations, and biodiversity are introduced and explained in a simplistic way for young readers to understand. A quilt design with each of its squares devoted to an environmentalist of the world is also presented including Rachel Carson examining ocean vegetation, John Muir exploring the forest, and Jane Goodall observing a chimpanzee. Two pages at the back of the book are full of author tips on how to incorporate this title into different areas of the curriculum. Classrooms and libraries will want to include this title in their science collections." — Ingram Book Co. (June 2012)

Additional Information
32 pages | 9.00" x 11.00"
$11.95

Quantity:
Nunavummi Reading Series: Going to Grandma's
Authors:
Maren Vsetula
Artists:
Cesar Sebastian Diaz
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Inuit;
Lots of fun things happen when you spend the night at Grandma's house!

This illustrated book introduces readers to simple action verbs.

Educator Information
This book is part of the Nunavummi Reading Series, a Nunavut-developed series that supports literacy learning while teaching readers about the people, traditions, and environment of the Canadian Arctic. Going to Grandma's is a Level 4 book in the series.

Nunavummi Reading Series books have also been officially levelled using the Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient™ Levelling System. Going to Grandma's has an F&P Level of A.

Recommended for ages 3-5.

Additional Information
12 pages | 8.00" x 6.00"
Authentic Canadian Content
$6.95

Quantity:
Nunavummi Reading Series: Helping My Grandfather
Authors:
Maren Vsetula
Artists:
Luke Coleman
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Inuit;
Follow a little boy as he and Grandpa work together to complete all their inside and outside chores.

This illustrated book introduces children to the linking verb "to help."

Educator Information
This book is part of the Nunavummi Reading Series, a Nunavut-developed series that supports literacy learning while teaching readers about the people, traditions, and environment of the Canadian Arctic. Helping My Grandfather is a Level 6 book in the series.

Nunavummi Reading Series books have also been officially levelled using the Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient™ Levelling System. Helping My Grandfather's F&P Level is F.

Recommended for ages 4-6.

Additional Information
8 pages | 8.00" x 6.00"
Authentic Canadian Content
$6.95

Quantity:
Nunavummi Reading Series: Things That Make Me Happy
Authors:
Maren Vsetula
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Inuit;
What are some things you can try when you want to feel happy?

This book introduces readers to simple action verbs and the comparative word "more."

Educator Information
This book is part of the Nunavummi Reading Series, a Nunavut-developed series that supports literacy learning while teaching readers about the people, traditions, and environment of the Canadian Arctic. Things That Make Me Happy is a Level 5 book in the series.

Nunavummi Reading Series books have also been officially levelled using the Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient™ Levelling System. Things That Make Me Happy's F&P Level is B.

Recommended for ages 3-5.

Additional Information
8 pages | 6.00" x 8.00"
Authentic Canadian Content
$6.95

Quantity:
Over in the Forest: Come and Take a Peek
Authors:
Marianne Berkes
Artists:
Jill Dubin
Format: Paperback
Jump like a squirrel, dunk like a raccoon, and . . . uh-oh . . . watch out for the skunk! Children learn the ways of forest animals to the rhythm of "Over in the Meadow" in this delightful introduction to the woodland habitat. They will also count the babies and search for hidden animals. And when they see how each illustration is made from cut paper, they may be inspired to try cut-paper art, too.

Once again, Marianne Berkes makes learning fun. Kids will hide, graze, and pounce as they imitate and count the animals. Plus Marianne provides tons of ideas for activities and curriculum extensions about forest animals, literature, and writing. Teachers and parents, as well as kids, are the winners here.

Reviews
"This story follows the rhythm and rhyme scheme of “Over in the Meadow” as mothers teach their babies life skills. “Over in the forest/where the clean waters run/Lived a busy mother beaver/and her little kit one./’Build,’ said the mother/’I build,’ said the one./So they helped build a lodge/where the clean waters run.” All 10 babies are called by their names: “fawns,” “joeys,” “hatchlings,” “poults,” and “chicks,” which is educational (although several young animals are called “kits”). Beautiful cut-paper collages, embellished with pencil, pastels, and ink, are filled with soothing, woodsy colors and many textures. This book would be a great read-aloud, followed with a call-and-response song-the music is provided at the end. Questions about what is fact and what is fictionalized (e.g., the numbers of babies) in the story, information about the animals, and tips and activities from the author and the illustrator are appended. With its many curricular extensions and wonderful springboard to art classes, this book is a terrific addition to most collections." — School Library Journal

Educator Information
In this book, the author provides tons of ideas for activities and curriculum extensions about forest animals, literature, and writing.

This book is part of the "Over in the..." series.

Recommended ages: 3-8

Additional Information
32 pages | 10.00" x 9.00"

$11.95

Quantity:
Sort By
Go To   of 2
>

    Contact Us:

  • Suite 1 - 1970 Island Diesel Way
    Nanaimo, BC, Canada, V9S 5W8
    Phone: 250.758.4287
    Toll Free: 1.888.278.2202
© Copyright 2005 - 2018 Strong Nations Publishing Inc. All Rights Reserved. Privacy Policy. Shipping Policy.