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Wild and Wonderful: Animals on Land, Air, and Sea

Whether they are big or small, furry or feathered, live on land or sea or somewhere in between, animals are fascinating! Read more about them and also about some of the people who study them. You'll discover the wild and the wonderful between the pages of these books!

Quotable Quotes: The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go. -- Dr. Seuss

A Friend for Lakota: The Incredible True Story of a Wolf Who Braved Bullying

By: Jamie Dutcher, Jim Dutcher
Genre: Nonfiction
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

The authors followed a wolf pup and his pack for six years, living in the Sawtooth Mountains in Idaho. Their observations provide readers with a look at life for a shy wolf whose life becomes better with a strong companion shared in dynamic photographs and an informal narration.

Emu

By: Claire Saxby
Illustrated by: Graham Byrne
Genre: Nonfiction
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Meet the flightless, unkempt-looking bird, a native of Australia, in this large, handsome and informative picture book. The way the male emu is responsible for protecting the eggs and raising fledglings is engagingly presented and sure to spark further interest.

How to Swallow a Pig: Step-by-Step Advice from the Animal Kingdom

By: Steve Jenkins, Robin Page
Genre: Nonfiction
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

From whales to wasps, glimpses into animal behavior makes for intriguing reading. A pig eating python concludes the brief, engaging book illustrated with cut and torn paper collage. Back matter includes a bit more detail about the creatures described.

Octopuses! Strange and Wonderful

By: Laurence Pringle
Illustrated by: Meryl Henderson
Genre: Nonfiction
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

The octopus is not only intelligent, it can be remarkably adaptable able to change color, shape and even skin texture. This fascinating overview is illustrated with attractive watercolors and includes additional detail in back matter. For older readers (ages 9 to 12), The Octopus Scientists by Sy Montgomery with photographs by Keith Ellenbogen follows octopus scientist, Jennifer Mathers, and her international team as they learn about and try to better understand this clever creature.

Orangutanka

By: Margarita Engle
Illustrated by: Renee Kurilla
Genre: Poetry
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

A poetic, playful look at an orangutan family in the wild takes as they dance their way through the trees of the rainforest. A poetic form called the "tanka" combines with animated illustrations for a jaunty glimpse of these appealing primates.

The Call of the Osprey

By: Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
Illustrated by: William Munoz
Genre: Nonfiction
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Follow three scientists as they study the osprey, a fascinating raptor, in and around Missoula, Montana. How these large birds are tracked and studied is revealed in a highly accessible well-researched text and color photos. Further information appears in sidebars and back matter.

The Most Amazing Creatures in the Sea

By: Brenda Guiberson
Illustrated by: Gennady Spirin
Genre: Nonfiction
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Which is more amazing, the vampire squid or the blue whale? Could it be the leafy sea dragon or the wolffish? Characteristics of these and many other amazing sea creatures suggest that it is the most amazing but it is the reader who must decide. Stunning, realistic illustrations of each animal in its likely environment and fascinating facts present a host of remarkable beings.

Weird and Wild Animal Facts

By: Jessica Loy
Genre: Nonfiction
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Fourteen critters are presented here through well-placed photographs and fascinating factoids. From small ("the female tarantula lays 500 to 1000 eggs in a silken sac…") to tall ("a giraffe's tongue is black"), to up in the air (the hummingbird) or down in the water (a seahorse), this book is fun and informative.

Woodpecker Wham!

By: April Pulley Sayre
Illustrated by: Steve Jenkins
Genre: Nonfiction
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Different woodpeckers swoop, slam, tap, click, and grow throughout the seasons. They are introduced in handsome collage illustrations and a rhythmic text which uses alliteration and onomatopoeia to bring the birds alive. Additional details and identification is included at the conclusion.

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