Animal Journeys

Animal Journeys
by Patricia Hegarty (Author) and Jessica Courtney-Tickle (Illustrator)

Booktalk: Animals are simply amazing! Many of them migrate for various reasons, often enduring harsh, unforgiving environments. Learn about which animal has the longest migration of any creature; the creative way that one island assists with its crab migration; and much more in this beautifully illustrated journal of journeys.

Snippet: Humpback whales can be found in every ocean.

They take part in one of the longest mammal migrations, traveling an average of 3,100 (5,000 km) to warmer waters near the equator in order to breed and give birth to their young.

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Noah Webster’s Fighting Words

Noah Webster’s Fighting Words
by Tracy Nelson Maurer (Author) and Mircea Catusanu (Illustrator)

Booktalk: Noah Webster, famous for writing the first dictionary of the English language as spoken in the United States, was known in his day for his bold ideas and strong opinions about, well, everything. Spelling, politics, laws, you name it–he had something to say about it. He even commented on his own opinions! With a red pencil in hand, Noah often marked up work that he had already published. So who edited this book? It certainly looks like the ghost of the great American author and patriot picked up a pencil once again to comment on his own biography!

Snippet: So, Noah worked harder than ever to make spelling easier. He argued for spelling each word the way it sounded.

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Two Truths and a Lie


Two Truths and a Lie: It’s Alive!
by Ammi-Joan Paquette (Author), Laurie Ann Thompson (Author), and Lisa K. Weber (Illustrator)

Booktalk: Every story in this book is strange and astounding. But not all of them are real. Just like the old game in this book’s title, two out of every three stories are completely true and one is an outright lie. Can you guess which? It’s not going to be easy. Some false stories are based on truth, and some of the true stories are just plain unbelievable. And they’re all accompanied by dozens of photos, maps, and illustrations. Amaze yourself and trick your friends as you sort out the fakes from the facts!

Snippet: And speaking of 911, some plants can even rally an animal army to come to their defense! When caterpillars attack plants like corn or lima beans, for example, the plants send out a chemical distress signal. The scent then gets picked up by wasps, which race in to attack the caterpillars. The plants are saved, and the wasps get a tasty caterpillar dinner. It’s nice to have friends you can call on in a pinch.

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Plants in Disguise

Plants in Disguise
by Debi Schmid (Author / Illustrator) and Lise Hedegaard (Author)

Booktalk: When you wander a woodland forest, skip through a sunlit meadow, or ramble down a dusty path, you might see a furry tail, a bristly beard, or a fuzzy toe. Did you catch a glimpse of an animal? Or was it a plant in disguise?

Snippet:
Fluffs of fur but a tail that can’t twitch
Who can I be?

Cattail Typha latifolia
It looks like the tail of a cat, but that brown furry spike is actually hundreds of tiny flowers.

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