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10 Plants That Shook The World
Format: Paperback
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 fuelled 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.

Awards
- de Bary Children’s Science Book Award

- Green Book Festival Award

Reviews
"A treat to read no matter what age you are... Each section begins with a fact sheet on the plant and its place of origin, various "pros and cons" associated with the species (which might involve nutritional benefits versus environmental issues), followed by a one-page short story designed to pique the reader's interest. The bulk of the chapters then flesh out how the world has been affected by the spread of items, such as corn or rubber, which underpin modern civilization. Richardson is a fine writer and the text is accompanied by vibrant illustrations. There are useful maps, as well as a bibliography, a suggested further reading section and an index." — George Sheppard, Canadian Teacher Magazine, May 2014

"Sugarcane, rubber, pepper, cacao, cotton, tea, papyrus, corn, potato, and cinchona have something in common: their influence on human culture. Gillian Richardson explores the history and value of these plants in 10 Plants That Shook the World. Facts, stories, and sidebars combine with photographs and folk art in this intriguing book for middle grade readers. [Richardson] integrates the discovery, politics, science, economics, agriculture, and technology behind the featured plants. Each engaging chapter offers both "pros" (cinchona bark for the treatment of deadly malaria) and "cons" (the role of slavery and child labor in the growth of cotton). Reference to ancient times (using BCE terminology) and religious practice (such as the Mayans' worship of corn as a gift from the gods) are presented alongside modern concepts such as "biorespecting", deforestation, and genetic modification. 10 Plants That Shook the World is a fascinating read on many levels; adults as well as students would surely find the information noteworthy and the back-stories compelling. Kim Rosen's bold illustrations have a dramatic quality. Each page is a colorful array of text and graphics that invite the reader to peruse and revisit. Plant origins are displayed on a two-page world map, and references for further reading are included along with a detailed index. — Nina Ditmar, Christian Library Journal, June 2014

Educator Information
Themes: history, social studies, ancient civilizations, multicultural, nature, war, slavery.

Interest Age: 9-12 | Grade Level: 4-7 | Guided Reading Level: Fountas and Pinnell W

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132 pages | 7.25" x 9.50" | color illustrations throughout, bibliography, further reading, index
Authentic Canadian Content
$14.95

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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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About Habitats: Deserts
Author: Cathryn Sill
Format: Paperback
The About Habitat series for the very young highlights the defining characteristics of habitats, including the plant and animal life, using examples from around the world.

Award-winning author Cathryn Sill and her husband, noted wildlife illustrator John Sill, offer young readers a first glimpse into desert habitats. In simple, easy-to-understand language, this guide teaches children what deserts are, what kinds of animals and plants live there, and how certain species have adapted to the unique challenges of surviving in this harsh environment. John Sill's beautifully detailed, full-color illustrations reflect the diversity of desert topography—from the vast dunes of the Arabian Desert to the rocky Chihuahuan Desert in the southwestern U.S.—and the astonishing varieties of desert wildlife.

A glossary and afterword provide young readers with further fascinating details on the desert, its creatures, and its conditions.

Awards
- Best Children’s Books of the Year ― Bank Street College of Education, 2008
- Society of School Librarians International Book Awards (Honor Book, Science K-6) ― Society of School Librarians International, 2007

Reviews
"A great choice for beginning readers and for sharing aloud, this elegant blend of clearly presented facts and starkly beautiful paintings makes an informative introduction to a harsh environment and the adaptations made by the plants and animals that live there." — School Library Journal

"...this handsome book introduces deserts...some of the paintings focus on particular plants or animals, while others show broad landscapes, but all are well composed, delicately colored, and sensitively lit...accessible to very young children as well as older students, this provides an appealing introduction to deserts." — Booklist

"Cathryn and John Sill are all but unequalled in their particular style...luscious watercolors are beautiful, sometimes bordering on the spectacular." — Bristol Herald Courier

“Great for reading aloud, this simple but informative book introduces littler kids to arid landscapes for the first time.” ― Letter Blocks, Barnes and Noble Newsletter

Educator Information
With simple text and language, and strong picture support (paintings), this non-fiction narrative teaches children what deserts are and what kinds of animals and plants live there.

Recommended ages: 3-7

Additional Information
48 pages | 10.00" x 8.50"

This book is a part of the About Habitats series, which introduces children to specific habitats and their living and nonliving components.
$10.95

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About Habitats: Forests
Author: Cathryn Sill
Format: Hardcover
This beginner’s guide explores the major attributes of the forest biome and showcases its striking beauty and remarkable diversity using examples from around the globe.

Through simple, easy-to-understand language and beautifully detailed paintings, this guide describes the characteristics of different types of forests - from the cold boreal forests of the northern hemisphere to the warm tropical forests near the equator - and shows how various species of animals and plants have adapted to life in these habitats.

Awards
- Best Children’s Books of the Year ―Bank Street College of Education, 2008
- Society of School Librarians International Book Awards (Honor Book, Science K-6) ―Society of School Librarians International, 2007

Reviews
“It can be easy to forget that sometimes readers just need a simple concept, presented without bells and whistles: this book does just that… This is another strong series book for the Sills and would be a fine addition to elementary school and public libraries.” ― School Library Journal

“The Sills do a good job of showing (and especially identifying) both plants and animals… A solid introduction…” ― Kirkus Reviews

“Need an engaging K-2 book to help you teach habitats? Forests does a wonderful job of introducing early childhood learners to forest habitats and the organisms found there. ―NSTA Recommends

Educator Information
With simple text and language, and strong picture support (paintings), this non-fiction narrative teaches children what forests are and what kinds of animals and plants live there.

Recommended ages: 3-7

Additional Information
48 pages | 10.00" x 8.50"

This book is a part of the About Habitats series, which introduces children to specific habitats and their living and nonliving components.
$22.95

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About Habitats: Grasslands
Author: Cathryn Sill
Format: Paperback
This beginner's guide explores the major attributes of the grassland biome and showcases its striking beauty and remarkable diversity using examples from around the globe.

In this addition to the About Habitats series, award-winning author Cathryn Sill uses simple, easy-to-understand language to teach children what grasslands are and what kinds of animals and plants live there. John Sill's detailed, full-color illustrations reflect the diversity of grasslands and the wide variety of the plants and animals that live in grassland habitats.

A glossary and afterword provide further fascinating details about grasslands to inspire readers to learn more.

Awards
- 2012 Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 winner (US)
- 2012 NSTA Recommends winner (US)
- 2012 Best Children’s Books of the Year winner (US)

Reviews
“Great for classroom sharing.” ― Booklist

“Clear, distinctive text narrates the facts about the habitat, its distinguishing characteristics, and the plant and animal life there …The Sills’ love of science is evident in the text and lovely, full-paged art that adds detail to the information…” ― Simply Science

“There is quite literally something for every level of reader…Absolutely a must have book and series for young scientists as well as those looking to learn more about the world we live in!” ― There’s a Book

Educator Information
With simple text and language, and strong picture support (paintings), this non-fiction narrative teaches children what grasslands are and what kinds of animals and plants live there. A wide variety of the plants and animals that live in grassland habitats are represented.

Text features include: An afterword, facts on the plants and animals featured, glossary of new vocabulary, and websites for further investigation.

Curriculum Connections: Series; Non-fiction narrative; simple sentences; strong picture support paintings; Habitats Grasslands: characteristics; animals; plants; climate; adaptation; Earth and Life Science; Text features: glossary; map; afterword.

Recommended ages: 3-7

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48 pages | 10.00" x 8.50"

This book is a part of the About Habitats series, which introduces children to specific habitats and their living and nonliving components.

$10.95

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About Habitats: Mountains
Author: Cathryn Sill
Format: Paperback
This beginner’s guide explores the major attributes of mountains and showcases their striking beauty and remarkable diversity using examples from around the globe.

In this addition to the About Habitats series, award-winning author Cathryn Sill uses simple, easy-to-understand language to teach children what mountains are and what kinds of animals and plants live there. John Sill’s detailed, full-color illustrations reflect the diversity of mountain landscapes—from the snow-covered peaks of the Himalaya Mountains to the forested slopes of the Appalachians.

A glossary and afterword provide further fascinating details about mountains to inspire readers to learn more.

Awards
- NSTA Recommends – National Science Teachers Association (US), 2014

Reviews
“A beautiful and informative selection.” ― School Library Journal

“A solid introduction sure to help readers develop an appreciation for the scope and unique beauty of the mountains and mountain ranges that grace our planet.” ― Kirkus Reviews

"The young age 4 to 7 child who has the pleasure to read and study this book will enjoy the soft colors and simple rendering of accurate illustrations of the various mountain habitats." ― Chat with Vera blog

Educator Information
With simple text and language, and strong picture support (paintings), this non-fiction narrative teaches children what mountains are and what kinds of animals and plants live there.

Recommended ages: 3-7

Additional Information
48 pages | 10.00" x 8.50"

This book is a part of the About Habitats series, which introduces children to specific habitats and their living and nonliving components.
$10.95

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About Habitats: Oceans
Author: Cathryn Sill
Format: Paperback
A thoughtful yet entertaining glimpse into the amazing world of the ocean for young children.

Award-winning author Cathryn Sill and her husband, noted wildlife illustrator John Sill, offer young readers an informative and entertaining first glimpse into ocean habitats. In simple, easy-to-understand language, this guide teaches children what oceans are and what kinds of animals and plants live there.

A glossary and afterword provide readers with further fascinating details.

Awards
- Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 ―National Science Teachers Association, Children’s Book Council, 2013 (US)
- NSTA Recommends ―National Science Teachers Association, 2012 (US)

Reviews
“This handsome volume from the Sills’ About Habitats series introduces the world’s largest habitat…The paintings are notable for the subtle use of color to recreate effects of water and light within the scenes…[A] fine addition to science collections…” ―Booklist

“A lovely primer on Earth’s largest habitat, this book illustrates all the ocean basics with spare text and vivid watercolors. A detailed afterword allows readers to dig deeper.” ―Scholastic Parent and Child Magazine

“What I like most is that it’s simple enough to share with preschoolers, but the afterward provides additional information that will appeal to older children. John’s illustrations are so beautiful…” ―What is Bridget Reading

“While Cathryn describes the variety of ocean bottom surfaces – flat and sandy, deep valleys, tall mountains – John illustrates the animals that live in those places: stingrays, scalloped hammerhead sharks, dolphins.” ―Sally’s Bookshelf

Educator Information
With simple text and language, and strong picture support (paintings), this non-fiction narrative teaches children what oceans are and what kinds of animals and plants live there.

Recommended ages: 3-7

Additional Information
48 pages | 10.00" x 8.50"

This book is a part of the About Habitats series, which introduces children to specific habitats and their living and nonliving components.
$10.95

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About Habitats: Polar Regions
Author: Cathryn Sill
Format: Hardcover
This beginner’s guide explores the major attributes of the Arctic and Antarctic biomes and showcases their striking beauty and remarkable diversity using examples from around the globe.

In this addition to the About Habitats series, award-winning author Cathryn Sill uses simple, easy-to-understand language to teach children what the Polar Regions are and what kinds of animals and plants live there. John Sill’s detailed, full-color illustrations show how various species of animals and plants have adapted to life in these habitats.

A glossary and afterword provide further fascinating details about Polar Regions to inspire readers to learn more.

Awards
- Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 ―National Science Teachers Association, Children’s Book Council, 2016 (US)
- NSTA Recommends – National Science Teachers Association, 2015 US)

Reviews
“A solid read-aloud to introduce young children to this area of the world.” ―School Library Journal

“Given the demand for informational picture books on Arctic and Antarctic regions and their wildlife, libraries will find this a particularly useful addition to the Sills’ handsome About Habitat series.” ―Booklist Online

“Easily accessible…” ― Horn Book Guide

Educator Information
With simple text and language, and strong picture support (paintings), this non-fiction narrative teaches children what polar regions are and what kinds of animals and plants live there.

Recommended ages: 3-7

Additional Information
48 pages | 10.25" x 8.75"

This book is a part of the About Habitats series, which introduces children to specific habitats and their living and nonliving components.
$22.95

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About Habitats: Seashores
Author: Cathryn Sill
Format: Hardcover
This beginner’s guide explores the major attributes of Seashores and showcases their remarkable diversity using examples from around the globe.

In this addition to the About Habitats series, award-winning author Cathryn Sill uses simple, easy-to-understand language to teach children about seashores and what kinds of animals and plants live there. John Sill’s detailed, full-color illustrations reflect the wide variety of seashore topography.

A glossary and afterword provide further fascinating details about seashores to inspire readers to learn more.

Awards
- Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 —National Science Teachers Association, Children’s Book Council, 2018 (US)

Reviews
“Another excellent edition… The beautifully designed layout and succinct text combine with the back matter to offer very accessible nonfiction reading for the very young as well as early grade students.” —Kirkus Reviews

“With reliable information and attractive illustrations, this volume is a useful addition to a series celebrating its tenth year.” —Booklist

“Useful for introductory units on marine and earth science.” —School Library Journal

Educator Information
With simple text and language, and strong picture support (paintings), this non-fiction narrative teaches children what seashores are and what kinds of animals and plants live there.

Recommended ages: 3-7

Additional Information
48 pages | 10.25" x 8.75"

This book is a part of the About Habitats series, which introduces children to specific habitats and their living and nonliving components.

$22.95

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About Habitats: Wetlands
Author: Cathryn Sill
Format: Paperback
The About Habitat series for the very young highlights the defining characteristics of various habitats, including plant and animal life, using examples from around the world.

Award-winning author Cathryn Sill and her husband, noted wildlife illustrator John Sill, offer young readers a first glimpse into wetlands habitats. In simple, easy-to-understand language, this guide teaches children what wetlands are, what kinds of animals and plants live there, and how wetlands help maintain the delicate balance among Earth's environments. John Sill's beautifully detailed full-color illustrations reflect the diversity of wetlands topography—from salt marshes along the seacoasts to tropical mangrove swamps. The astonishing varieties of wetland plants and the birds, mammals, and fish that live there are also represented.

A glossary and afterword provide young readers with further fascinating details on the earth's wetlands, their creatures, and their conditions.

Awards
- NSTA Recommends – National Science Teachers Association, 2012 (US)

Reviews
“The artwork is stunning, filled with realistic details and a beautiful balance of colors. The format would work well as a read-aloud” ― School Library Journal

“This handsome book provides an attractive introduction to the variety, singular features, and great environmental importance of wetlands.” ― Booklist Online

“This book will appeal to all readers interested in habitats…clear, precise, and easy to understand…meticulous illustrations bring each scene to life…” ― Library Media Connection

“Each wetland has different plants and animals, but all are vital to help maintain the delicate balance among Earth’s environments. This book will answer the questions readers have about fragile and important wetland habitats.” ― NSTA Recommends

Educator Information
With simple text and language, and strong picture support (paintings), this non-fiction narrative teaches children what wetlands are and what kinds of animals and plants live there.

Recommended ages: 3-7

Additional Information
48 pages | 10.00" x 8.50"

This book is a part of the About Habitats series, which introduces children to specific habitats and their living and nonliving components.
$10.95

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Accept and Value Each Person
Author: Cheri Meiners
Format: Paperback
The world is becoming more diverse, and so are the daily lives of our children. Accepting and valuing people and groups who are different from oneself and one's immediate family are critical social skills. This book introduces diversity and related character education concepts: respecting differences, being inclusive, and appreciating people just the way they are. Includes questions, activities, and games that reinforce the ideas being taught.

Presented in a social story format, the book includes a special section for adults, with discussion questions, games, activities, and tips that reinforce improving social skills. For all homes, childcare settings, and primary classrooms as well as special education, including settings with children on the autism spectrum.

Educator Information
This book is part of the Learning to Get Along Series, which helps children learn, understand, and practice basic social and emotional skills. Real-life scenarios, lots of diversity, and captivating illustrations make these read-aloud books perfect for home and childcare settings, as well as schools and special education settings. Each book ends with a section of discussion questions, games, and activities adults can use to reinforce what children have learned.

Common Core:
RI.K.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10
RI.1.1,2,3,4,6,7,8,9,10
W.K-1.2
SL.K-1.1,1a,1b,2,3,4,5,6

Head Start:
Supports the domains of Social & Emotional Development, Logic & Reasoning, Language Development, Literacy Knowledge & Skills, and Social Studies Knowledge & Skills in the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework.

F&P: Grade 1/Ages 4–8/H

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40 pages | 9.09" x 9.17"
$15.95

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Be Careful and Stay Safe
Author: Cheri Meiners
Format: Paperback
The world can seem so perilous, especially where our children are concerned. But even very young children can learn basic skills for staying safe in ordinary situations and preparing for emergencies. Without scaring kids (or alarming adults), this book teaches little ones how to avoid potentially dangerous situations, ask for help, follow directions, use things carefully, and plan ahead. Includes questions, activities, and safety games that reinforce the ideas being taught.

Reviews
Be Careful and Stay Safe will give your little ones the confidence necessary to make the right decisions in tough situations.”— Arizona Parenting

“Positive, gentle messages are given without preaching.”— Library Media Connection

Educator Information
This book is part of the Learning to Get Along Series, which helps children learn, understand, and practice basic social and emotional skills. Real-life scenarios, lots of diversity, and captivating illustrations make these read-aloud books perfect for home and childcare settings, as well as schools and special education settings. Each book ends with a section of discussion questions, games, and activities adults can use to reinforce what children have learned.

Common Core:
RI.K.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10
RI.1.1,2,3,4,6,7,8,9,10
W.K-1.2
SL.K-1.1,1a,1b,2,3,4,5,6

Head Start:
Supports the domains of Social & Emotional Development, Logic & Reasoning, Language Development, Literacy Knowledge & Skills, and Social Studies Knowledge & Skills in the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework.

F&P: Grade 1/Ages 4–8/H

Additional Information
40 pages | 9.05" x 9.33"
$15.95

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Be Honest and Tell the Truth
Author: Cheri Meiners
Format: Paperback
It’s never too soon to learn the difference between what’s true and what isn’t. Words and pictures help young children discover that being honest in words and actions builds trust and self-confidence. They also learn that telling the truth sometimes takes courage and tact.

Includes discussion questions, skits, scenarios, and games that reinforce the ideas being taught.

Educator Information
This book is part of the Learning to Get Along Series, which helps children learn, understand, and practice basic social and emotional skills. Real-life scenarios, lots of diversity, and captivating illustrations make these read-aloud books perfect for home and childcare settings, as well as schools and special education settings. Each book ends with a section of discussion questions, games, and activities adults can use to reinforce what children have learned.

Common Core:
RI.K.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10
RI.1.1,2,3,4,6,7,8,9,10
W.K-1.2
SL.K-1.1,1a,1b,2,3,4,5,6

Head Start:
Supports the domains of Social & Emotional Development, Logic & Reasoning, Language Development, Literacy Knowledge & Skills, and Social Studies Knowledge & Skills in the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework.

F&P: Grade 1/Ages 4–8/H

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40 pages | 8.77" x 9.40"
$17.99

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Be Polite and Kind
Author: Cheri Meiners
Format: Paperback
When children are kind, courteous, and respectful, people enjoy being around them and reciprocate with the same behaviour.

Teach manners using this book that helps kids understand the importance of showing politeness, speaking kindly, using basic courtesies (“please,” “thank you,” “excuse me”), and respecting the feelings of others.

Scenarios and role-play activities help adults reinforce the book’s lessons.

Reviews
“Fills a demand for simple, straightforward books promoting social skills and attitudes helpful to preschool and primary-grade children.”— Booklist

Educator Information
This book is part of the Learning to Get Along Series, which helps children learn, understand, and practice basic social and emotional skills. Real-life scenarios, lots of diversity, and captivating illustrations make these read-aloud books perfect for home and childcare settings, as well as schools and special education settings. Each book ends with a section of discussion questions, games, and activities adults can use to reinforce what children have learned.

Common Core:
RI.K.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10
RI.1.1,2,3,4,6,7,8,9,10
W.K-1.2
SL.K-1.1,1a,1b,2,3,4,5,6

Head Start:
Supports the domains of Social & Emotional Development, Logic & Reasoning, Language Development, Literacy Knowledge & Skills, and Social Studies Knowledge & Skills in the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework.

F&P: Grade 1/Ages 4–8/H

Additional Information
40 pages | 8.97" x 9.09"
$15.95

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But What If?: A book about feeling worried
Author: Sue Graves
Format: Hardcover
Daisy’s family is moving, and Daisy is very worried. What if she doesn’t like her new home? What if her cat runs away? What if her new teacher isn’t nice? A conversation with her grandpa helps Daisy learn that many worries don’t come true—and if one does, someone will be there to help her solve the problem.

Part of the Our Emotions and Behavior series, But What If? uses simple, easy-to-read text to address worry in children and introduce coping skills. The book also includes a two-page series of pictures that invites kids to tell a story in their own words. A special section for adults suggests discussion questions and ideas for guiding children to talk about their feelings. Ideal for home and K–3 classroom settings.

Educator Information
This book is part of the Our Emotions and Behavior series, which uses cheerful, vividly illustrated stories to help kids understand how their feelings and actions are related—and how they can get better at managing both. At the end of each book, a two-page series of pictures invites kids to tell a story in their own words. A special section for adults suggests discussion questions and ideas for guiding children to talk about their feelings.

Common Core:
RL.1.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9
RL.K.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9,10
W.1.1,3,5,8
RF.1.1,4a,4
SL.K.1,2,3,4,5,6
SL.1.1,1b,4,5,6
L.K.6
L.1.6
RF.K.1,1b,3c
W.K.1,3,5,8

F&P: Grade 1/Ages 4–8/I

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32 pages | 8.07" x 9.49"
$18.99

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