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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.

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"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

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24 pages | 8.50" x 9.50"

$12.95

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Caterpillars to Butterflies
Authors:
Bobbie Kalman
Format: Paperback

Butterflies are the most beautiful insects, and this latest Crabtree title shows these colorful creatures in all their glory! The book starts with the stages of metamorphosis from egg to wormlike caterpillar to pupa, and finally, to a magnificent butterfly. It then introduces some caterpillars and butterflies and asks children to notice their similarities and differences. The book then challenges children to guess which caterpillars would change into which butterflies.

Educator Information
Reading Level: Gr. 1-2
Interest Level: Gr. K-3
Guided Reading Level: J

Series Information
This book is from the It's Fun to Learn About Baby Animals series.  This beautiful series uses adorable pictures of baby animals to introduce basic curriculum concepts, such as animal classification, color and pattern, habitats, animals anatomy, sense, diet, family structures, the role of play, and life cycles. Children will love the pictures of the cute baby animals and will be thrilled to learn about how each animal lives.

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24 pages | 8.20" x 9.30"

$7.95

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Common Insects of Nunavut
Authors:
Carolyn Mallory
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Inuit;

Explore the fascinating world of Nunavut's insects in this richly visual, informative book. Through beautiful photographs and a broad range of information—including traditional knowledge compiled through interviews with Inuit elders—readers will learn about the appearances, adaptations, life cycles, and behaviors of the diverse array of arthropods that live in the North.

This detailed non-fiction book is perfect for middle school and high school students looking to learn about the insects that survive in one of the world's coldest climates.

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32 pages | 9.00" x 6.50"

Authentic Canadian Content
$19.95

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Common Plants of Nunavut
Authors:
Susan Aiken
Carolyn Mallory
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Inuit;

Explore the fascinating world of Nunavut’s varied plant life in this richly visual, informative book.

Through beautiful photographs and a broad range of information including traditional knowledge about plant use compiled through interviews with Inuit elders readers will learn about the appearances, adaptations, life cycles, and habitats of the diverse array of plants that live in the North.

Far beyond a barren land of ice and snow, this book will introduce readers to the beautiful variations of plant life that abound on the tundra.

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205 pages | 9.00" x 6.50"

Authentic Canadian Content
$19.95

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Eagle of the Sea
Authors:
Kristin Bieber Domm
Artists:
Jeffrey C. Domm
Format: Paperback

As they did with their immensely popular Atlantic Puffin, Jeff Domm and Kristin Bieber Domm have teamed up to create an accessible, engaging picture book about another of Atlantic Canada's famous birds: the eagle. Written in the first person, Eagle of the Sea details the life of Atlantic Canada's largest bird of prey. The text describes the eagle's life cycle, hunting prowess, and habitat, as well as its special anatomical features like talons and flying feathers. The colourful illustrations are well-researched and accurate; the depictions of eagles soaring through the air, pursuing prey, and even swimming are educational and awe-inspiring. Children will especially love Domm's illustrations of eaglets, newly hatched and learning to fly.

Reviews
"Children will be captivated by pictures. The full-colour pictures depict young and mature eagles, close-ups of their unique features and an 'eagle's view' from high up in the sky...This book would make an excellent read aloud or could be used by older children for individual research projects...Highly recommended." — Resource Links, June 2010

"The prose is simple, spare and descriptive...Richly detailed acrylic paintings convey the majesty of these birds and add to the information in the text...good for reading aloud and simple enough for young students to read alone." — Canadian Children's Book News, January 2011

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32 pages | 8.00" x 8.00"

Authentic Canadian Content
$9.95

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How to Raise Monarch Butterflies: A Step-by-Step Guide for Kids
Authors:
Carol Pasternak
Format: Paperback

Revel in one of the most remarkable miracles of nature.

Observing a Monarch butterfly as it transforms itself from a black, white and yellow caterpillar and emerges from a chrysalis as a vivid orange, black and white butterfly is among the most thrilling experiences that nature offers. Raising Monarch butterflies from eggs collected from milkweed leaves, or from caterpillars plucked from the plant, is made easy with the help of this detailed guide to locating and hatching this distinctive insect.

With more than 50 unique, close-up photographs readers will learn about the life cycle of the Monarch and how to encourage populations in their own backyards, with tips on which plants to grow, as well as the care and feeding of their pet caterpillars. How to Raise Monarch Butterflies explains what threats face Monarchs and how readers can help conserve the Monarch's feeding grounds from encroachment.

The Monarch's amazing story doesn't end after it flutters away as a butterfly. In the fall, monarchs wing their way southward toward warmer climes in Mexico and California, and congregate in mass groupings in certain regions. The following spring, the cycle begins all over again.

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48 pages | 8.00" x 8.00" | full color illustrations and photographs throughout, glossary, resources, index

Authentic Canadian Content
$8.95

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Keepers of the Animals: Native American Stories and Wildlife Activities for Children
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Native American;

Part of the bestselling "Keepers" series, Keepers of the Animals encourages an early interest in wildlife and the environment through Native stories and legends and extensively tested activities for children aged 5 to 12.

Perfect for classroom and home use, this interdisciplinary book teaches children to appreciate Native cultures and heritage while learning about North American animals, insects, fish, reptiles, and birds.

From the Introduction: Keepers of the Animals continues the tradition established by its highly popular and critically acclaimed predecessor, Keepers of the Earth. Here each parent, teacher, naturalist and storyteller is given the tools to bring the wonder and magic of the stories and lessons into the lives of children by empowering them with knowledge, skills and enjoyment found in the activities. This book is about learning to understand, live with and care for the animals: A gathering of carefully selected Native North American animal stories and hands-on activities that promote an understanding of, appreciation for, empathy with and responsible stewardship toward all animals on Earth, including human beings.

Educator & Series Information
B.C. Science Supplementary Resouce Gr.4- Life Science.

This book is part of the Keepers series.

Foreword by Vine Deloria, Jr.

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288 pages | 8.35" x 11.00"

Authentic Indigenous Text
Authentic Indigenous Artwork
$31.95

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Living Wild: Eagles
Authors:
Melissa Kish
Format: Paperback

The crushing bite of alligators, the unique coloration of killer whales, the antler growth cycles of moose, and the defining characteristics of five other fascinating animals are explored in Living Wild. Vivid photographs transport readers on a virtual field study to observe the life cycle and behaviors of the featured creature.

Beautiful photographs, Pacific Northwest Coast legend, glossary and index included.

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48 pages | 9.46" x 10.60"

$17.00

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Living Wild: Moose
Authors:
Melissa Kish
Format: Paperback

The crushing bite of alligators, the unique coloration of killer whales, the antler growth cycles of moose, and the defining characteristics of five other fascinating animals are explored in Living Wild. Vivid photographs transport readers on a virtual field study to observe the life cycle and behaviors of the featured creature.

Beautiful photographs, Menominee legend, glossary and index included.

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48 pages | 9.50" x 9.28"

$17.00

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Sockeye Salmon Odyssey: An Illustrated Natural History
Authors:
Brenda Guiled
Format: Paperback
This children’s book tells the story of sockeye salmon of British Columbia through their lifecycle and travels—truly an odyssey, or “long series of wanderings and adventures, especially when filled with notable experiences and hardships”. It’s for parents, grandparents, teachers, etc. to read with kids age 6–12. It’s multi-disciplinary, covering science, arts, vocabulary, numbers, graphs, map-reading, and more.

It’s for active reading, with questions to ask, answers to fill in, and pages to colour and add detail. It’s jam-packed, to save paper and trees, using FSC 100% post-consumer recycled paper. Senior salmon experts, David Levy and Don Lawseth, vetted this book and gave enthusiastic thumbs-up. Don even said that he learned some things!
$14.95

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The Life Cycle of a Beaver
Authors:
Bobbie Kalman
Format: Paperback
From newborn to adult and all stages in between, The Life Cycle of a Beaver takes children through the captivating lives of beavers. Clear text and stunning pictures give detailed explanations of where beavers live and how they raise their young. In addition, this book fully explains
• beaver bodies
• beaver family units
• building dams
• dangers to beavers through loss of habitat
$9.95

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The Life Cycle of a Bird
Authors:
Bobbie Kalman
Kathryn Smithyman
Format: Paperback
Although there are over 9,000 species of birds in the world, each develops from a single-celled egg, is incubated, hatches, and grows to adulthood. Some bird life cycles involve migration. The Life Cycle of a Bird focuses on the various stages and explains:
• differences in the length of time birds incubate their eggs and care for their young
• the development of a chicken embryo and how a chick hatches
• dangers to nesting habitats, the effects of pollution, and how these affect the life cycle of birds
$9.95

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The Life Cycle of a Butterfly
Authors:
Bobbie Kalman
Format: Paperback
A monarch born in the fall has two major challenges! In addition to metamorphosis, these butterflies fly 4,000 miles on a two-way migration trek! The Life Cycle of a Butterfly explains butterfly metamorphosis and migration in simple terms. The text is beautifully illustrated with photographs and art, making this book a joy to read. Topics include:
• where butterflies lay their eggs
• the "eating machine" caterpillar
• the transformation from pupa to chrysalis to butterfly
• monarch migration
• butterfly facts and activity suggestions
• how to protect butterflies
$9.95

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The Life Cycle of a Flower
Authors:
Molly Aloian
Bobbie Kalman
Format: Paperback
The Life Cycle of a Flower looks at the growth of a flower from seed to the time it is a mature plant capable of producing new seeds. Delightful illustrations, stunning photographs and easy-to-read text help young readers learn:
• how seeds are formed and what different types of seeds look like
• the various ways flowers are pollinated
• the conditions necessary for a seed to germinate and begin to make a new plant
• how flowering plants benefit animals, people, and the environment
$9.95

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The Life Cycle of a Frog
Authors:
Kathryn Smithyman
Format: Paperback
Frogs begin their lives as tiny tadpoles living in water. As adults, they live both on land and in the water. The Life Cycle of a Frog details the changes in a frog at the four stages: egg, tadpole, froglet, and adult. Illustrations, photographs, and easy-to-read text explain:
• facts about how the frog breathes and eats at each stage
• differences in the metamorphosis of frogs in southern and northern climates
• dangers to frogs from pollution, pesticides, and destruction of habitat
$9.95

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