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A Bear's Life
Authors:
Nicholas Read
Artists:
Ian McAllister
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.

Reviews
"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"
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$19.95

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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.

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32 pages | 9.00" x 10.00"
$11.95

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A Children's Guide to Arctic Birds
Authors:
Mia Pelletier
Artists:
Danny Christopher
Format: Hardcover
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.
$16.95

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A Forest Habitat
Authors:
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

Series Information
A habitat is a natural area in which plants and animals live. Bobbie Kalman’s exciting series Introducing Habitats presents a variety of habitats in a simple way that very young readers will understand. From the exotic to the local, children will be delighted to learn about these habitats! Each book uses beautiful pictures, precise illustrations, and simple, straightforward text to teach young readers about basic concepts such as

  • which plants and animals live in each habitat 
  • the weather in each habitat 
  • photosynthesis and adaptations

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32 pages | 8.50" x 9.50"

Reading Level: Gr. 1-2    Interest Level: Gr. K-3

$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
Authors:
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

Series Information
A habitat is a natural area in which plants and animals live. Bobbie Kalman’s exciting series Introducing Habitats presents a variety of habitats in a simple way that very young readers will understand. From the exotic to the local, children will be delighted to learn about these habitats! Each book uses beautiful pictures, precise illustrations, and simple, straightforward text to teach young readers about basic concepts such as

  • which plants and animals live in each habitat 
  • the weather in each habitat 
  • photosynthesis and adaptations

Reading Level: Gr. 1-2    Interest Level: Gr. K-3

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32 pages | 8.50" x 9.50"

$9.95

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A Night at Hideaway Cove (Hardcover)
Authors:
Brenda Boreham
Artists:
Laura Timmermans
Format: Hardcover
Come with us, on a mid-August night, to a secluded beach on the Pacific Northwest Coast. There we will meet many creatures that make Hideaway Cove their home. From the black bear to the tiniest beach hopper, we will catch a glimpse of their night-time activities. We will also learn how the moon affects the tides, and explore the intertidal zones. 

A Night at Hideaway Cove is a sequel to Hideaway Cove, another exploration of the Pacific Northwest Coast during the daytime. Written by Brenda Boreham, and illustrated by Laura Timmermans, both books share with us the many interconnections within a healthy marine ecosystem.
 
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32 pages | Hardcover
Authentic Canadian Content
$21.95

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A Night at Hideaway Cove (Paperback)
Authors:
Brenda Boreham
Artists:
Laura Timmermans
Format: Paperback
Come with us, on a mid-August night, to a secluded beach on the Pacific Northwest Coast. There we will meet many creatures that make Hideaway Cove their home. From the black bear to the tiniest beach hopper, we will catch a glimpse of their night-time activities. We will also learn how the moon affects the tides, and explore the intertidal zones. 

A Night at Hideaway Cove is a sequel to Hideaway Cove, another exploration of the Pacific Northwest Coast during the daytime. Written by Brenda Boreham, and illustrated by Laura Timmermans, both books share with us the many interconnections within a healthy marine ecosystem.
 
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32 pages | Paperback
Authentic Canadian Content
$12.95

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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.

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

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24 pages | 8.50" x 9.50"

$12.95

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A Wetland Habitat
Authors:
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

Reviews
"Primary students will be entertained while they learn when they read about nature in these short nonfiction books. With its simple pictures and straightforward text featuring the abundance of life forms found in various habitats, this set is a good addition to the primary nonfiction section of the library." — Catholic Library World, 03/08 

Educator Information
Recommended Ages: 4-8.

Series Information
A habitat is a natural area in which plants and animals live. Bobbie Kalman’s exciting series Introducing Habitats presents a variety of habitats in a simple way that very young readers will understand. From the exotic to the local, children will be delighted to learn about these habitats! Each book uses beautiful pictures, precise illustrations, and simple, straightforward text to teach young readers about basic concepts such as

  • which plants and animals live in each habitat 
  • the weather in each habitat 
  • photosynthesis and adaptations

Reading Level: Gr. 1-2    Interest Level: Gr. K-3

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32 pages | 8.50" x 9.50" 

$9.95

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A Whale's World
Authors:
Nicholas Read
Artists:
Ian McAllister
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"

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$19.95

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Aliens Among Us
Authors:
Alex Van Tol
Artists:
Mike Deas
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.

Reviews
"Chapters include examples within every class of animal and a selection of herbaceous and woody plants found in BC. One chapter discusses three animals (e.g. zebra mussel) not yet in the province, but likely to appear soon. Another chapter looks at native species (e.g. northern raccoon) that can dominate enough to upset ecology. Finally, the author offers a few examples of aliens that have become so familiar (e.g. cattle) that we forget they are not native here. An important feature is the section “You Can Help” which outlines ways to stop the spread of aliens and urges the reporting of sightings. There’s a Glossary of terms, several pages of scientific names and a useful list of sources, both print and web. The book is packed with concise, intriguing details gathered by the BC author, a former teacher who loves to research. It is published by the Royal BC Museum which attests to its relevancy and accuracy." - CM Magazine, 2016

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128 pages | 7.50" x 9.00"

 

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$19.95

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Amazing Animals Polar Bears
Authors:
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.

Educator Information
Beautiful photos are paired with accessible text to examine the featured creature's appearance, habitat, behaviors, and life cycle.

Additional Informaiton
24 pages | 9.00" x 11.38"

$12.99

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Amazing Animals Wolves
Authors:
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.

Educator Information
Beautiful photos are paired with accessible text to examine the featured animal's appearance, behaviors, and life cycle.

Additional Information
24 pages | 8.88" x 11.25"

 

$12.99

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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.

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32 pages | 9.00" x 12.00"

 

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$18.95

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