Loves the Night by Nicola Davis
From Publishers Weekly
Bat Loves the Night by Nicola Davies, illus. by Sarah Fox-Davies, follows the
pipstrelle bats' nocturnal wanderings. Dusky watercolor-and-pencil
illustrations add enigmatic beauty; bat facts appear in a different typeface and
illuminate the narrative. Pencil sketches on the endpapers label different
kinds of bats with their common and scientific names.
Bats by Lily Wood
SCHOLASTIC SCIENCE READERS: BATS
offers a close-up look at these creatures of the night. Kids will learn where
bats live, what they eat, how they find prey by using echolocation, how they
help people, and how people can help them.
Farfallina & Marcel by Holly Keller: Once there was a
caterpillar named Farfallina, whose best friend was a gosling named Marcel.
They played together all the time. They liked the same games, and they liked
each other. But one day everything changed. Can best friends remain
best friends no matter what happens? For Farfallina and Marcel, who endure
growing up and growing apart only to find that it brings them closer together,
the happy answer is "yes." *HarperCollinsChildrens.com
The Butterfly by Anna
Milbourne and Cathy Shimmen
This beautifully illustrated book
introduces young children to the life cycle of a butterfly. Although the
cycle focused on is that of a monarch butterfly, other species of caterpillars
and butterflies are shown.
Race of Toad and Deer by Pat Mora From School Library
Venado, the wood deer, considers himself king of the jungle, a position he
feels he merits by virtue of being the biggest and fastest of its inhabitants.
While biggest is not in dispute, T'o Sapo, the old toad, feels that he is the
fastest. When Venado challenges Sapo to a race, the outcome is decided not so much
by speed as by wits. This Guatemalan version of "The Tortoise and the
Hare" is retold in straightforward, snappy language that begs for oral
presentation. It is soundly complemented by Domi's brilliantly colored, kinetic
watercolors. Primitive forms that sometimes seem to be free-floating on
vibrant, multihued backgrounds give the impression of a jungle teeming with
Firefly Night by Carole Gerber
In this lyric poem
inspired by lines from Longfellow's Hiawatha, a firefly leads a small Chippewa
girl through the forest to her outdoor cradle. Along the way, the firefly
flashes its "golden signal" to reveal many creatures of the night.
Marty Husted's vivid and historically accurate illustrations depict the child's
respect for nature, central to all Native American cultures. Its fanciful
premise, reverent words, and beautiful images make Firefly Night a beguiling
bedtime tale for children everywhere. *Book description from Amazon.com
Fireflies by Cheryl Coughlan
Introduces some of the characteristics
of fireflies that include information on their color, their body shape, and
their lantern which makes light.
Fish: Swimmy by Leo Lionni
Card catalog description
A little black fish in a school of red fish figures out a way of protecting
them all from their natural enemies.
Fish Faces by Norbert Wu
The glowing photos and
simple text provide a rare look at some strangely shaped and/or brightly
colored ocean dwellers for young readers.
Frogs: The wide-mouthed
frog by Keith Faulkner
From Publishers Weekly
A curious frog goes a
bit too far when querying his neighbors about their eating habits in this
simplified, pop-up version of a traditional American tale. "I'm a
wide-mouthed frog and I eat flies," he announces, demonstrating in
flamboyant, 3-D splendor just how he got the appellation
"wide-mouthed." Each spread features a different animal describing
its meal of choice, including a blue-feathered bird (worms and slugs), a furry
brown mouse (seeds and berries) and, finally, ominously, a big, green
alligator. The creatures are depicted in sunny colors and show off
uncomplicated but large, well-constructed pop-up beaks, whiskers and snouts.
When the alligator answers that he eats "delicious wide-mouthed
frogs," Frog's comical response, resulting in a climactic fold-out
"Splash!" will have readers giggling aloud.
•From Tadpole to Frog by Wendy Pfeffer
Wendy Pfeffer describes
the amazing metamorphosis from tiny, jellylike egg, to little fishy tadpole, to
great big bullfrog. Holly Keller has created the archetypal frog pond and we
see it through the seasons as the tadpoles grow legs and lungs and eventually
hop onto land: bullfrogs at last. "Well-designed ink drawings washed with
soft-toned watercolors stretch across the double-page spreads, showing the
action above and below water level. . . .an attractive, general
A Ladybug’s Life by John Himmelman
Examines the life cycle
of a ladybug’s life.
Lara Ladybug by Christine Florie
Rookie Readers actively engage young readers, encouraging language development,
building fluency, and promoting independent reading. By targeting a skill, like
learning about rhymes, young readers are building fundamental reading skills
with the help of fun, lively, colorfully illustrated stories.
Lara Ladybug has lost
her spots. Where can she find them?
Mouse: Two Tiny Mice
by Alan Baker
From Publishers Weekly
When two field mice take a peek at the vast world around them, they discover a
whole host of interesting creatures. Baker's unusual "mouse's eye
view" of nature provides an extraordinary wealth of detail. Flowers,
berries, leaves and grasses fill his pages, providing a decorative frame for
animals including a frog, a weasel, a squirrel and a fox. There is a pleasing
continuity as the mice scamper forward in search of new sights, and children
will relish finding the whimsical rodents on the bottom of each page. Baker's
exquisite illustrations cannot fail to captivate …
Owl: Owl Babies by
From Publishers Weekly
Three worried owlets wait for their mother to return from her night flight. PW
said, Benson's disarming cross-hatched pictures of fluffy, wide-eyed owl
babies, and the use of light-colored text against a black background, turn this
sweet story into a hauntingly lovely book.
Plants: From Kernel to Cob
by Ellen Weiss
The simple text and
pictures tells the life cycle of corn.
Rabbit: Rabbits and Raindrops
by Jim Arnosky
It's the first day outside the nest
for Mother rabbit's five babies, and all sorts of new creatures and adventures
await them. But when a sudden rain shower sends the rabbits scurrying for
shelter under the hedge, the other wild animals come to visit them! Jim
Arnosky's graceful watercolors and simple text are sure to delight children
experiencing nature's wonders for the first time
Snake: The Greedy Python
by Richard Buckley/Eric Carle
From the school Library
Journal; Buckley's original verse
based on Aesop's themes with Carle's bold, vibrant collages creates a dynamic
collaboration. …integrated with the illustrations, the text flows flawlessly in
its interpretation of greed. With typical aplomb Carle splashes the pages with
greens, yellows, browns and blues, recreating many of his popular creatures.
Spider: Are you a Spider?
By Judy Allen and Tudor Humphries
In Spider, the
narration addresses a newly hatched spider, instructing it in the art of
spinning thread and creating a proper web, and warning it to watch out for
birds and wasps. Humphries' artwork, colorful and precise, offers large-scale
pictures just right for sharing with preschool and primary-grade classes.
Turkeys: Turkey’s Gift to the People by Ani Rucki
Turkey's Gift to the
People is a modern adaptation and interpretation of a traditional Navajo
folktale. … The story acknowledges the close relationship most Native American
cultures hold among all forms of life, as illustrated by the fact that
cooperation and teamwork enabled everyone to survive the terrible flood. Review
by Daniel L Berek
Little Tom Turkey by Frances Bloxam
Tom is the youngest in a family of wild turkey chicks, but he has big
ambitions. He never stops thinking about what he really wants to do -- to fluff
his feathers and fan out his tail and strut like the magnificent Big Gobbler.
But Little Tom is, well, little, and when he tries to strut, he just topples
over. What Tom doesn't know is that time and nature are on his side, and that
all he really needs to do is be patient and concentrate on learning all the
things a wild turkey needs to know.
Turtle: The Turtle and the
Moon by Charles Turner
Everyday, Turtle goes
about his usual activities alone, but he longs for a playmate. One night he
wakes up to find something very big, very round, and very different from
anything he has ever seen--the moon. It doesn't speak to him, but together they
go swimming, play hide-and-seek, tag, and diving games. Turtle eventually falls
asleep and his friend disappears with the rising sun, only to return the
following evening. Mathis's deep-toned pastel drawings successfully capture the
yellow-orange of the setting sun as well as the purple-pink as it rises the
next day. They work hand in hand with Turner's warm, simple text. --Rachel Fox,
Port Washington Pub. Lib
Worms: Wonderful Worms by Linda Glaser
Card catalog description
Describes the physical characteristics, behavior, and life cycle of the common
earthworm. First Sentence: Earthworms are fat and wiggly like my
fingers and toes.
Science in the Early
Years-Natural Science Programming for the Very Young