Synopses & Reviews
From boiling heat to bone-chilling cold, from the driest deserts to the darkest caves, from the tallest mountains to the deepest seas: these animals survive in the most extreme environments imaginable. Meet these incredible creatures, including polar bears and penguins that endure freezing temperatures, brine shrimp that swim in salty waters, birds that fly higher than airplanes, and even the ancient microscopic and#8220;water bear,and#8221; an and#8220;extremophileand#8221; that could stay alive in outer space!and#160;and#160;and#160;
"From this varied and vibrant look at speedy animals, children will discover many intriguing facts, such as what fish is even faster than a cheetah and what bird dives faster than 200 miles per hour to catch a meal. The text is simple and easy to comprehend, while the high-quality stock photos are bright and energetic. Stewart enlivens the information by dropping in material on how long, how far, or on what terrain the speed can be maintained. She also makes use of clever ways to gain readers' attention, such as including the surprising example of the cone snail, a creature that slowly moves across the sandy ocean bottom and whose protruding tube quickly shoots poison to capture its prey, or discussing unusual skills, such as which insect flaps its wings the fastest. This smoothly written, well-illustrated title will draw children in, satisfy their curiosity, and inspire them to seek out more information on the topic." and#8212;School Library Journal
What does a baby dolphin do on the day it is born? He swims, he whistles, he jumps, he naps, he escapes a shark, and he follows his mother through the beautiful blue sea. This easy reader brings children along on his new adventures and teaches them about these highly intelligent animals!
Which creature moves so rapidly it can even run on water? Which bird's heart beats 1,200 times a minute? Come learn about the world's fastest animals, from speedy cheetahs and swiftly swinging tree gibbons to colorful chameleons whose tongues grab an insect quicker than you can blink an eye. These amazing animals have skills that help them thrive and survive.and#160;
The youngest astronomers can go forth and journey into outer space in this fun, basic introduction to the solar system. The unique format presents our sun and each planet in order with graduated flapsandmdash;turn each flap to reveal fascinating facts on each celestial body, and even the Milky Way!
About the Author
Peter and Connie Roop are award-winning authors of over 100 childrenandrsquo;s books. Their popular books, over three million sold, are for readers Kandshy;andndash;8 including history, biography, science, nature, humor, and historical fiction.
The American Museum of Natural History in New York City is one of the largest and most respected museums in the world. Since the Museum was founded in 1869, its collections have grown to include more than 32 million specimens and artifacts relating to the natural world and human cultures. The Museum showcases its collections in the exhibit halls and, behind the scenes, more than 200 scientists carry out cutting-edge research. It is also home to the Hayden Planetarium, which enjoys a proud legacy that has blended scientific scholarship with innovative public outreach for much of the past century. Approximately five million people from around the world visit the Museum each year. Plan a trip to the Museum, home of the worldand#39;s largest collection of dinosaur fossils, or visit online at amnh.org.