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Hoot
Carl Hiaasen
0375829164
May 2004
Paperback
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Book Review
Roy Eberhardt is the new kid--again. This time around it's Trace Middle School in humid Coconut Grove, Florida. But it's still the same old routine: table by himself at lunch, no real friends, and thick-headed bullies like Dana Matherson pushing him around. But if it wasn't for Dana Matherson mashing his face against the school bus window that one day, he might never have seen the tow-headed running boy. And if he had never seen the running boy, he might never have met tall, tough, bully-beating Beatrice. And if he had never met Beatrice, he might never have discovered the burrowing owls living in the lot on the corner of East Oriole Avenue. And if he had never discovered the owls, he probably would have missed out on the adventure of a lifetime. Apparently, bullies do serve a greater purpose in the scope of the...


Last Child in the Woods
Richard Louv
1565123913
Apr 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Today's kids are increasingly disconnected from the natural world, says child advocacy expert Louv (Childhood's Future; Fatherlove; etc.), even as research shows that "thoughtful exposure of youngsters to nature can... be a powerful form of therapy for attention-deficit disorder and other maladies." Instead of passing summer months hiking, swimming and telling stories around the campfire, children these days are more likely to attend computer camps or weight-loss camps: as a result, Louv says, they've come to think of nature as more of an abstraction than a reality. Indeed, a 2002 British study reported that eight-year-olds could identify Pokémon characters far more easily than they could name "otter, beetle, and oak tree." Gathering thoughts from parents, teachers, researchers, environmentalists and other...


Encyclopedia Prehistorica Dinosaurs: The Definitive Pop-Up
Robert Sabuda (Illustrator), Matthew Reinhart (Illustrator)
0763622281
July 12, 2005
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 4–Informational tidbits appear alongside exquisitely designed pop-up constructions in this visually stunning overview of all things dinosaur. Each spread features a spectacular paper sculpture of a particular species (e.g., Ankylosaurus or Triceratops) along with a brief paragraph of text. Smaller foldout sections, which open like miniature books and also incorporate pop-ups, cover additional topics (Dinosaur Detectives and Mystery Extinction) and introduce other dinosaurs and their characteristics. Rendered in warm earth tones and speckled with splashes of color, the three-dimensional creatures move with a life of their own as they gracefully extend their bodies into a full stretch or lurch toward readers with jaws open wide. Be forewarned: the book is so enticing that children will find it...


Giving Tree
Shel Silverstein
0060256656
February 1986
Hardcover
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Book Review
To say that this particular apple tree is a "giving tree" is an understatement. In Shel Silverstein's popular tale of few words and simple line drawings, a tree starts out as a leafy playground, shade provider, and apple bearer for a rambunctious little boy. Making the boy happy makes the tree happy, but with time it becomes more challenging for the generous tree to meet his needs. When he asks for money, she suggests that he sell her apples. When he asks for a house, she offers her branches for lumber. When the boy is old, too old and sad to play in the tree, he asks the tree for a boat. She suggests that he cut her down to a stump so he can craft a boat out of her trunk. He unthinkingly does it. At this point in the story, the double-page spread shows a pathetic solitary stump, poignantly cut down to the heart the boy once...


Feral Children and Clever Animals
Douglas Keith Candland
0195102843
Jan 1995
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
In analyzing the rare, documented cases of children raised by animals and of animals that seem to exhibit thought, Candland, professor of psychology and animal behavior at Bucknell University, takes an unusual and thoughtful tack. Though arresting in themselves, these cases serve to provoke his reflections on what they say about the scientists and experimenters, and about their ramifications for psychoanalysis, behaviorism and phenomenology. From studies of feral children, Candland observes that lack of early education can cripple learning. He traces the source of the "Mental Ladder" of animal intelligence, and, after examining cases of chimpanzees that seemed to learn writing, concludes that animals don't learn by imitation but repeat behavior that produces pleasure. Though apes have been shown to communicate...


Children and Nature
Peter H. Kahn, Jr.
0262611759
June 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
For much of human evolution, the natural world was one of the most important contexts of children’s maturation. Indeed, the experience of nature was, and still may be, a critical component of human physical, emotional, intellectual, and even moral development. Yet scientific knowledge of the significance of nature during the different stages of childhood is sparse. This book provides scientific investigations and thought-provoking essays on children and nature.

Children and Nature incorporates research from cognitive science, developmental psychology, ecology, education, environmental studies, evolutionary psychology, political science, primatology, psychiatry, and social psychology. The authors examine the evolutionary significance of nature during childhood; the formation of children’s...


Surprise Island (The Boxcar Children Series #2)
Gertrude Chandler Warner
0807576743
October 1989
Paperback
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Book Description
Read by Phyllis Newman
two cassettes / two hours 35 mins.

Adventure abounds as the Alden children spend a summer living on their grandfather's island.  They display a wealth of confidence in their ability to face life's everyday challenges armed only with their clever inventiveness and the support of eachother.  Few subjects are as sure to capture the imaginations of children as the idea of living on their own.  A hint of suspense is woven through the story until the mysterious true identity of Joe the handyman is finally revealed. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

Inside Flap Copy
Read by Phyllis Newman
two cassettes / two hours 35 mins.

Adventure abounds as the Alden children spend a summer living...


Flush
Carl Hiaasen
0375821821
September 13, 2005
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Grade 5-8–Noah and his sister, Abbey, are more understanding of their volatile dad's latest arrest than their mother, who begins talking of divorce. Dad sank the Coral Queen, a casino boat on a Florida Key because, he alleges, its owner, Dusty Muleman, has been illegally dumping raw sewage into the local waters. Soon enough the kids begin trying to gather proof that will vindicate their father and put the casino out of business. The colorful cast includes a drunken lout named Lice who disappears before he can be persuaded to testify against Dusty, his former boss. His rough-around-the-edges girlfriend, Shelly, comes through, though, helping the siblings dump dye in the boat's holding tanks, which finally brings the matter to court. Dusty's son, Jasper, is a chip off the old block, threatening and...


Human Nature and Public Policy
Lynette Friedrich-Cofer
0275923444
Nov 1986
Hardcover
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Book Description
In this book, highly respected scholars have gathered to discuss the history of investigations of women, children, and the family in order to determine if humane policies have been developed in the past, how to conduct unbiased research today, and how to get the most out of the policy-research alliance in the future.


Encyclopedia Prehistorica Sharks and Other Sea Monsters : The Definitive Pop-Up (Sabuda Encyclopedias)
Robert Sabuda (Illustrator), Matthew Reinhart (Illustrator)
076362229X
April 11, 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
Just when you thought it was safe to go in the water! The second astonishing ENCYCLOPEDIA PREHISTORICA book from Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart is about to pop up everywhere.

While dinosaurs patrolled the lands, massive prehistoric sharks, giant scorpions, and colossal squid cruised the ancient oceans - most with just one thing in mind: eat or be eaten. In this companion volume to the best-selling ENCYCLOPEDIA PREHISTORICA: DINOSAURS, pop-up masters Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart explore the prehistoric underwater world, where monsters like megalodon ruled the waves.

Full of captivating facts and more than 35 breathtaking pop-ups, this incredible volume is sure to astonish and amaze everyone from budding marine biologists to confirmed landlubbers. After all, if prehistoric coelacanths and...


Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder
Richard Louv
1565125223
March 2006
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Today's kids are increasingly disconnected from the natural world, says child advocacy expert Louv (Childhood's Future; Fatherlove; etc.), even as research shows that "thoughtful exposure of youngsters to nature can... be a powerful form of therapy for attention-deficit disorder and other maladies." Instead of passing summer months hiking, swimming and telling stories around the campfire, children these days are more likely to attend computer camps or weight-loss camps: as a result, Louv says, they've come to think of nature as more of an abstraction than a reality. Indeed, a 2002 British study reported that eight-year-olds could identify Pokémon characters far more easily than they could name "otter, beetle, and oak tree." Gathering thoughts from parents, teachers, researchers, environmentalists and other...


Tom Brown's Field Guide to Nature and Survival for Children
Tom Brown, Jr.
0425111067
Mar 1989
Paperback
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From Library Journal
Prolific author, operator of a popular wilderness survival school (in New Jersey's Pine Barrens), "The Tracker" Brown believes that society and school have dulled our sense of the interconnectedness in all nature. His "field guide" stresses awareness, tracking, survival, and a philosophy derived from an Apache elder, and he hopes parents will teach their children these values and skills. The first half of this seventh in a series discusses careful observing in nature; the second, aimed at children aged 4-11, presents survival skills for shelter, water, fire, and food. There are specific suggestions for games to teach these concepts, but the bulk of the text urges teachers (parents) to value the nature ethic. For public libraries, city or country.- Roland Person, Southern Illinois Univ. at Carbondale Lib.Copyright...


Where Is Baby's Belly Button
Karen Katz (Illustrator)
0689835604
September 1, 2000
Board book
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Book Description
Where are Baby's hands? Under the bubbles! Where are baby's eyes? Under her hat! Karen Katz's adorable babies play peekaboo in this delightful interactive book. The sturdy format and easy-to-lift flaps are perfect for parents and children to share.


Janice VanCleave's Play and Find Out about Nature
Janice Pratt VanCleave
0471129402
Apr 1997
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 3. These activities are designed to help children to find out about "Basic Life-Forms," "Predators and Prey," "Body Temperature," "Animal Movement," "Plant Growth," "Plant Parts," and "Flowers." They all make use of readily available materials. While some require time for results to be seen (e.g., plant growth), most can be completed in one session. The steps are clearly labeled with simple diagrams when necessary. Each experiment is followed by a short summary that explains the scientific reason for its outcome and offers "More Fun Things to Know and Do." The questions posed are those that children routinely ask, e.g., "Why Do Peeled Bananas Turn Brown?" "Why Do Cats' Eyes Glow in the Dark?" "How Can Grass Grow in a Sidewalk?" and "Why Do Some Flowers Smell Nice?" VanCleave's explanations...


The New Way Things Work
David Macaulay, David Macaulay (Contributor)
0395938473
October 26, 1998
Hardcover
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Book Review
"Is it a fact--or have I dreamt it--that, by means of electricity, the world of matter has become a great nerve, vibrating thousands of miles in a breathless point of time?" If you, like Nathaniel Hawthorne, are kept up at night wondering about how things work--from electricity to can openers--then you and your favorite kids shouldn't be a moment longer without David Macaulay's The New Way Things Work. The award-winning author-illustrator--a former architect and junior high school teacher--is perfectly poised to be the Great Explainer of the whirrings and whizzings of the world of machines, a talent that landed the 1988 version of The Way Things Work on the New York Times bestsellers list for 50 weeks. Grouping machines together by the principles that govern their actions rather than by their uses, Macaulay helps us...


The Monster at the End of This Book
Jon Stone
0307010856
May 2003
Hardcover
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Book Description
Many, many adults name this book as their favorite Little Golden Book. Generations of kids have interacted with lovable, furry old Grover as he begs the reader not to turn the page . . . for a monster is at the end of the book!
“Oh, I am so embarrassed,” he says on the last page, for of course the monster is Grover himself!

Inside Flap Copy
Many, many adults name this book as their favorite Little Golden Book. Generations of kids have interacted with lovable, furry old Grover as he begs the reader not to turn the page . . . for a monster is at the end of the book!
?Oh, I am so embarrassed,? he says on the last page, for of course the monster is Grover himself!

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James Herriot's Treasury of Inspirational Stories for Children: Warm and Joyful Tales by the Author of All Creatures Great and Small
James Herriot
0312349726
October 2005
Hardcover
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Review
"Just the sort of thing you hope will imprint on the memory screen of a young child: fresh, clear, pure, and good." --Commonwealth


Substance Use Among Children and Adolescents
Ann Marie Pagliaro
0471580422
Apr 1996
Hardcover
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Book Description
Among Children and Adolescents

Nowhere are the tragic consequences of substance exposure and abuse in our society more evident than among children and adolescents. It is the responsibility of healers, educators, and policymakers alike to learn as much as possible about the latest trends in substance exposure and use among children and adolescents: its causes, effects, prevention, and treatment. This book provides a unique opportunity to do just that.

Substance Use among Children and Adolescents provides the most complete picture yet of important theoretical, empirical, and clinical trends in substance exposure and use and their impact upon the young. Ann Marie and Louis Pagliaro have assembled a vast body of information in a format that is easy to apply in clinical practice. Drawing upon their own...



Encounters with Wild Children
Adriana S. Benzaquin
0773529721
May 2006
Hardcover
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Review
"A captivating and disturbing book filled with fascinating narratives, provocative interpretations, and an almost encyclopedic scope - from scattered medieval references to extensive eighteenth-century debates to tragic episodes of the late twentieth century." Martin Staum, history, University of Calgary "From the Romulus and Remus imagery and writings of Procopius to the early modern era, the idea of children suckled and protected by wild animals like wolves or bears is doubly compelling with its reversal of the fear of predators and a display of animal kindness. Benzaquén takes her readers on a wide-ranging discussion of whether the children were idiots, frauds, or natural prodigies." David Higgs, history, University of Toronto

Book Description
Since the early seventeenth...


The Snowy Day
Ezra Jack Keats
0670867330
January 1996
Board Book
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Book Review
The Snowy Day, a 1963 Caldecott Medal winner, is the simple tale of a boy waking up to discover that snow has fallen during the night. Keats's illustrations, using cut-outs, watercolors, and collage, are strikingly beautiful in their understated color and composition. The tranquil story mirrors the calm presence of the paintings, and both exude the silence of a freshly snow-covered landscape. The little boy celebrates the snow-draped city with a day of humble adventures--experimenting with footprints, knocking snow from a tree, creating snow angels, and trying to save a snowball for the next day. Awakening to a winter wonderland is an ageless, ever-magical experience, and one made nearly visceral by Keats's gentle tribute. The book is notable not only for its lovely artwork and tone, but also for its importance as...


Biology: Principles and Explorations
George B. Johnson, Peter H. Raven
0030519993

Hardcover
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Handbook of Early Language Impairment in Children
Thomas L. Layton
0827375239
Nov 1999
Paperback
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Book Description
This innovative book covers the basic nature and description of children with specific language impairments. This text also provides information on the cognitive, motor, and communication problems in young children with language impairments. It also contains up-to-date information on a variety of disorders such as: AD/HD, Fragile X, TBI, Prenatal Substance Abuse, Landau-Kleffner syndrome, and HIV-infected children.

About the Author
Professor of Communication Disorders Associate Professor Clinical Associate Professor


Where Did I Come from
Peter Mayle
0818402539
August 2000
Paperback
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Card catalog description
Describes the reproductive process from intercourse to birth. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


Stranger in the Woods: A Photographic Fantasy
Carl R. Sams
0967174805
January 2000
Hardcover
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Card catalog description
Forest animals, awakened by the birds' warning that there is a stranger in the woods, set out to discover if there is danger and find, instead, a wonderful surprise.


Seedfolks (Joanna Colter Books)
Paul Fleischman, Judy Pedersen (Illustrator)
0064472078
April 3, 1999
Paperback
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Book Review
Sometimes, even in the middle of ugliness and neglect, a little bit of beauty will bloom. Award-winning writer Paul Fleischman dazzles us with this truth in Seedfolks--a slim novel that bursts with hope. Wasting not a single word, Fleischman unfolds a story of a blighted neighborhood transformed when a young girl plants a few lima beans in an abandoned lot. Slowly, one by one, neighbors are touched and stirred to action as they see tendrils poke through the dirt. Hispanics, Haitians, Koreans, young, and old begin to turn the littered lot into a garden for the whole community. A gift for hearts of all ages, this gentle, timeless story will delight anyone in need of a sprig of inspiration. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From School Library Journal
Grade 4...


The Religious Nature and Biblical Nurture of God's Children
Jack Fennema
0932914578
May 2005
Paperback
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Dear Children of the Earth: A Letter from Home
Schim Schimmel
1559712252
May 1994
Hardcover
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Book Description
Mother Earth writes a letter to the children of our planet encouraging environmentalism. Powerful acrylic paintings compliment the gentle text.

Card catalog description
Mother Earth writes a letter telling people about herself and asking them to take care of her for themselves and for all living creatures.

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