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A Bear's Life
Author: Nicholas Read
Format: Hardcover
Black bears, grizzly bears, and spirit bears all make their home in the Great Bear Rainforest. A Bear's Life uses Ian McAllister's stunning photographs to follow these beautiful animals through a year in the British Columbia wilderness—catching fish, eating berries, climbing trees and taking long naps.

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"The incredible close-up photos lead the reader from spring to fall in the rainforest as the easy-to-read text introduces each unique and special aspect of the bears' home...Impressive presentation. The writing style is especially inviting to younger readers...Hopefully this author-photographer duo still have more to offer all ages about British Columbia's endangered rainforest as a way to encourage conservation efforts. Highly Recommended." — CM Magazine, April 2017

"The heart of this album is [McAllister's] photography: two beautiful landscapes showing the pristine Great Bear Rainforest bookend many, many close-ups of bears…An appropriate companion to Wolf Island to nourish the sense of wonder." — Kirkus Reviews, May 2017

"Read emphasizes how much time it takes for cubs to learn survival skills from their mom and the importance of a balanced ecosystem…McAllister's close-up images of the creatures and the forest radiate with energy and atmosphere, in part because of the clean layout, which lets them shine…A title sure to be enjoyed over and over again. An easy pick for nonfiction animal collections." — School Library Journal, June 2017

"A Bear's Life is highly recommended for school and public libraries for study units and for story times. This book would enhance study units on bears, ecological systems, rainforests, indigenous mythology, the Raven, and photography." — Resource Links, October 2017

Educator Information
A Bear's Life is the second book in the My Great Bear Rainforest series.

Recommended Ages: 5-8

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32 pages | 10.75" x 8.75"
Authentic Canadian Content
$19.95

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A Caribou Alphabet
Author: 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.

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32 pages | 9.00" x 10.00"
$11.95

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A Forest Habitat
Author: Bobbie Kalman
Format: Paperback
Young readers will be delighted to learn all about temperate mixed forests, which are filled with a wide variety of interesting plants and animals. A Forest Habitat explains, in easy-to-understand language, how the habitat changes as the seasons change. Full-colour pictures and illustrations also help teach children about
• finding food in forests
• forest homes
• hibernation and migration
$9.95

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A Garden of Whales
Format: Paperback
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.
$6.95

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A Grassland Habitat
Author: Kelley MacAulay
Format: Paperback
An amazing multitude of living things thrive in grasslands, such as prairies. In A Grassland Habitat, children will learn about the many kinds of plants and animals that make their homes in prairies. This intriguing book looks at the ways plants and animals are perfectly suited to prairie grasslands. Topics include
• prairie weather and how animals survive during droughts
• an investigation of prairie animals that build complex underground homes
• how animals stay safe in prairies, where there are few places to hide
$9.95

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A Wasp Builds a Nest: See Inside a Paper Wasp's Nest and Watch It Grow
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 Builds a Nest are shingled, starting as a partial page and getting larger as the story progresses.
$12.95

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A Wetland Habitat
Author: Bobbie Kalman
Format: Paperback
Wetlands are found all over North America. They are a vibrant habitat for thousands of plant and animal species. Stunning, colorful photographs and clear, concise language help teach children about A Wetland Habitat. Specific topics include
• which plants and animals live in wetlands
• finding food in wetlands
• how weather affects wetlands
$9.95

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A Whale's World
Author: Nicholas Read
Format: Hardcover
A Whale’s World follows a pod of spy-hopping orcas as they explore the ecosystems of the Great Bear Sea while hunting for their next meal. Past rocky shores and through kelp forests, they observe foraging wolves, hungry grizzly bears, curious black bears, graceful fin whales, splashing porpoises, slippery seals and other members of the Pacific coastal food web. The book gives readers a fun introduction to the many ways that marine and land animals interact with their environments and with each other.

Educator Information
This is the fourth book in the My Great Bear Rainforest Series.

Recommended Ages: 5-8

Additional Information
32 pages | 10.75" x 8.75"
Authentic Canadian Content
$19.95

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Aliens Among Us
Author: Alex Van Tol
Format: Paperback
Would you be surprised if you came face to face with a Drumming Katydid, Red-eared Slider or Brown Bullhead? Would you know what to do if Dalmatian Toadflax or Giant Hogweed landed in your neighbourhood?Alex Van Tol can help. In Aliens Among Us, she identifies more than 50 species of animals and plants that have invaded British Columbia. With the help of colour photographs and illustrations, she exposes the invaders, explains how they got here and what they’re doing to the environment.

In this first-ever children’s book published by the Royal BC Museum, Van Tol has harvested the knowledge of museum biologists to alert the next generation of responsible environmentalists. Her list of serious invaders includes the colourfully named Purple Loosestrife, Violet Tunicate, Eastern Grey Squirrel and Yellow Perch, species that tend to take over an area and crowd out or destroy native species. She names the creatures that can eat their way through an ecosystem, like Smallmouth Bass, Gypsy Moths and American Bullfrogs, as well as vandals like Norway Rats and European Starlings that cause damage to property. And she points out the species that might do serious harm to humans and other animals, such Rockpool Mosquitoes, Giant Hogweed and Poison Hemlock. Some aliens, like European Wall Lizards and Giant Garden Slugs, haven’t yet posed problems in BC, at least not that we’re aware of – but they still need to be watched. And finally, Van Tol raises the alert on species that haven’t yet arrived but may be coming soon, like Northern Snakeheads, Fence Lizards and Zebra Mussels.This readable and alarmingly informative book will help young people prepare for the invasion, and arm them with the tools to stop the spread of unwanted aliens in British Columbia.
$19.95

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Amazing Animals Polar Bears
Author: Valerie Bodden
Format: Paperback
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.
$12.99

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Amazing Animals Wolves
Author: Kate Riggs
Format: Paperback
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.
$12.99

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Animals Illustrated: Muskox
Format: Hardcover
Animals Illustrated mixes fun-filled animal facts suitable for the youngest of readers with intricately detailed illustrations to create a unique and beautiful collection of children's non-fiction nooks on Arctic animals. Each volume contains first-hand accounts from authors who live in the Arctic, along with interesting facts on the behaviours and biology of each animal.

Kids will learn how Muskoxen raise their babies, what they eat and how they forage, where they can be found, and other interesting information, like the many fascinating adaptations they exhibit that allow them to live in colder habitats than most other animals!

Awards
2017 Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Books for Kids and Teens

Reviews
“Design of the series is spot-on, with attractive covers and lay-out that is both consistent throughout the series and age-appropriate for conveying information visually and textually.” — Kid Lit North

“. . . [I]ncludes extensive information about the muskoxen’s strategies for defense and for withstanding the cold.” — CanLit for Little Canadians

“The author, a Nunavut hunter and trapper, knows the animal well and shares his knowledge.” — Sal’s Fiction Addiction

Educator Information
This book is part of the non-fiction Animals Illustrated series.

Recommended Ages: 5-7

Additional Information
24 pages | 6.75" x 9.25"
Authentic Canadian Content
$15.95

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Animals Illustrated: Narwhal
Format: Hardcover
Animals Illustrated mixes fun-filled animal facts suitable for the youngest of readers with intricately detailed illustrations to create a unique and beautiful collection of children's non-fiction books on Arctic animals. Each volume contains first-hand accounts from authors who live in the Arctic, along with interesting facts on the behaviours and biology of each animal.

Kids will learn about how narwhal raise their young in the cold Arctic ocean, what they eat, and where they can be found, along with other interested information, like the fact that a narwhals long tusk is actually a tooth!

Reviews
“Narwhal is definitely recommended for school libraries and classroom collections.” — CM Magazine

“The table of contents gives a clear sense of organization. The illustrations are both scientifically accurate, engaging, and beautiful.” — Kid Lit North

“. . . [I]ncludes comment about the narwhal’s deep diving and behaviour beneath the ice, as well as about its impressive tooth, often referred to as a tusk, that can grow up to almost 3 metres in length.” — CanLit for Little Canadians

Educator Information
This book is part of the non-fiction Animals Illustrated series.

Recommended Ages: 5-7

Additional Information
24 pages | 6.75" x 9.25"
Authentic Canadian Content
$15.95

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Animals Illustrated: Polar Bear
Format: Hardcover
Animals Illustrated mixes fun—filled animal facts suitable for the youngest of readers with intricately detailed illustrations to create a unique and beautiful collection of children's non—fiction books on Arctic animals. Each volume contains first—hand accounts from authors who live in the Arctic, along with interesting facts on the behaviours and biology of each animal.

Kids will learn how polar bears raise their babies, what they eat and how they hunt, where they can be found, and other interesting information, like the fact that polar bears actually have transparent fur and black skin!

Awards
2017 Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Books for Kids and Teens

Reviews
“The polar bear is presented to the audience in a respectful way.” — CM Magazine

“Design of the series is spot-on, with attractive covers and lay-out that is both consistent throughout the series and age-appropriate for conveying information visually and textually.” — Kid Lit North

“Animals Illustrated is a significant series for young animal lovers . . .” — CanLit for Little Canadians

Educator Information
This book is part of the non-fiction Animals Illustrated series.

Recommended Ages: 5-7

Additional Information
24 pages | 6.70" x 9.25"
$15.95

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Animals Illustrated: Walrus
Author: Herve Paniaq
Format: Hardcover
Animals Illustrated mixes fun-filled animal facts suitable for the youngest of readers with intricately detailed illustrations to create a unique and beautiful collection of children’s non-fiction books on Arctic animals. Each volume contains first-hand accounts from authors who live in the Arctic, along with interesting facts on the behaviours and biology of each animal.

Kids will learn about how walruses raise their young in the cold Arctic ocean, what they eat, and where they can be found, along with other interesting information, like the fascinating uses for their characteristic tusks.

Awards
2017 OLA Best Bet

2017 Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Books for Kids and Teens

Reviews
“A good first look at walruses.” — Kirkus Reviews

“The endpapers, as well, use illustrations to full effect to convey information.” — Kid Lit North

“. . . [I]t’s the uncommon info, like which bulls can be a threat to boats and how walrus meat is prepared by the Inuit, that makes Herve Paniaq’s Walrus distinct.” — CanLit for Little Canadians

“. . . [M]akes a wonderful addition to library shelves, and should be there for those kids who love to learn about new and not always common animals.” — Sal’s Fiction Addiction

Educator Information
This book is part of the non-fiction Animals Illustrated series.

This book has been officially levelled using the Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient™ Levelling System. It's F&P level is P.

Recommended Ages: 5-7

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32 pages | 6.75" x 9.25"
Authentic Canadian Content
$15.95

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