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Staff Pick: Jumping Penguins

Staff Pick: Jumping Penguins

Jumping Penguins

Funny, bizarre, unbelievable, and weird facts about twenty five different animals. The animal facts are straightforward nonfiction, Marije Tolman’s illustrations are pure fantasy.

Did you know that some caterpillars can (and do) throw their poop twelve inches? That’s like your Uncle Jim throwing his poop halfway down a football field. Let’s hope your uncle can’t do that. Most uncles wouldn’t. Hopefully. Anyway, Jumping Penguins tells strange, and occasionally gross, facts about animals you know and love. The words are all true – the beautiful and whimsical illustrations are not. This is not a school-year book you could use for serious research. No, this is a summer book, and the aim of its’ creators seems to be just to amaze and amuse.

Recommended by: Shellie Rich – Warren

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Indianapolis Zoo Orangutan Exhibit

Indianapolis Zoo Orangutan Exhibit

indyzooThe International Orangutan Center biome at the Indianapolis Zoo is scheduled to open May 24, 2014.

 

Websites:

Cincinatti Zoo Sumatran Orangutan

San Diego Zoo Orangutans & Siamangs

Orangutan Stories:

Goodnight, me Operation orangutan Miracle in Sumatra : the story of Gutsy Gus Rainforest Rescue An Island Escape
The last notebook of Leonardo Orangutan tongs : poems to tangle your tongue

Orangutan Non-Fiction:

Orangutans Let's make a difference : we can help orangutans Orangutans Orangutans Orangutans
Orangutans Orangutans Orangutan Suryia & Roscoe : the true story of an unlikely friendship Suryia swims! : the true story of how an orangutan learned to swim
Survival in the Jungle Orangutans are ticklish : fun facts from an animal photograph
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Ice Age Giants Indiana State Museum thru August 17

Ice Age Giants Indiana State Museum thru August 17

Here are some great opportunities to learn about mammoths and mastodons right here in Indiana:

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Exhibit at The Indiana State Museum: Nov. 16, 2013 – Aug. 17, 2014 Underneath Indiana’s soil lies a hidden graveyard of Ice Age giants. Entombed for thousands of years, the remains of these ancient elephants continue to be uncovered by Hoosiers across the state. The Indiana State Museum has been hard at work for decades – discovering, digging, studying and preserving the remains of mammoths, mastodons and other Ice Age animals.

 

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Mastodon Skeleton at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

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Picture Books:It’s not often that you find the remains of a prehistoric animal right in your own backyard. That’s what happened on the Christensen farm, near Greenfield, Indiana, in 1976. As workers used machinery to create a pond, they accidentally scooped up the skull, teeth, and some rib bones of a mastodon. The mastodon is an extinct relative of the modern elephant that roamed the earth more than 10, 000 years ago. The bones were excavated by a cooperative effort of the IUPUI Department of Geology, the Indiana Amateur Archaeological Society and The Children’s Museum.

Picture Books:

Larry Gets Lost in Prehistoric Times A Mammoth in the Fridge Mammoth and Me Can I Bring Wooly to the Library Ms. Reeder? Me Want Pet!

Chapter Books:

The Chilly Mammoth Tusk the Mighty Mammoth Meet Mammoth Life With Mammoth The Mammoth Academy
Ice Age: Continental Drift Geronimo Stilton: The Great Ice Age Mites to Mastodons a Book of Animal Poems

Non-Fiction:

Baby Mammoth Mummy Frozen in Time Wooly Mammoth Meet Mammoth Ice Age Giants Mastodon
Mammoths and Mastodons Woolly Mammoth Mammoth Bones and Broken Stones
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The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis – Meet Leonardo the World’s Most Complete Mummified Dinosaur

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis – Meet Leonardo the World’s Most Complete Mummified Dinosaur

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LEONARDO: THE MUMMIFIED DINOSAUR Exhibit Opens March 8, 2014

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“Leonardo is a juvenile Brachylophosaurus canadensis, a type of Hadrosaur dinosaur. Hadrosaurs are more commonly known as “duckbills” because of their keratin beak. Hadrosaurs were plant-eating dinosaurs. The name “brachylophosaurus” means small crested lizard.  Leonardo is believed to have been about four years old when he took his last breath and collapsed into the water, which helped preserve him.  He was “only” 23 feet long and maybe two tons at the time of his death.

When this fossilized mummy was carefully unearthed from his grave in Malta, Montana in 2001, researchers had one of the first real looks at the skin, scales, foot pads, and even the stomach contents of the behemoths that roamed the planet 77 million years ago.” More from The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

 

Websites:


Read Right Now! Free Dinosaur eBooks!

DinoMeet WeGiveBooksSmall ReadMeet the Dinosaurs – Small dinosaurs, huge dinosaurs, clever dinosaurs – which do you like best? Discover the dinosaurs’ lost world and share a wonderful adventure with young readers. (DK Readers Pre-Level 1)

DinoDig WeGiveBooksSmall ReadThe Dinosaur Dig – Travel to the Sahara Desert with Josh Smith, real-life archeologist, as he and his crew of intrepid dinosaur hunters face fierce sandstorms and, finally, the joy of discovering a new species of dinosaur!

DinoDetectives WeGiveBooksSmall ReadDinosaur Detectives – This introduction to paleontology weaves together facts about fossil hunting with fictionalized first-person accounts from dinosaur detectives.

Hadrosaur Artifacts:

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Hadrosaur Egg  This is an egg from a duckbill dinosaur. It was unearthed in a remote region of China with hundreds of other eggs. Researchers had discovered a dinosaurnesting site! Artifact at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis More Artifacts

 

 

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Hadrosaur Teeth The Edmontosaur is a well known member of the Hadrosaur (Duck-bill dinosaur) family. The diamond shape teeth of Edmontosaurs developed in groups calleddental batteries. These sharp teeth helped the dinosaur consume the fibrous plant materials that made up its diet. As teeth in the battery wore down, they fellout and were replaced by others. Artifacts at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis


Books:

Hadrosuarus Duckbills and Boneheads Dinosaur Fossils Scaly, Spotted Feathered Frilled
You Can Draw Dinosaurs How to Draw Incredible Dinosaurs Origami Dinosaurs Let's Rock Origami

eBooks:

Hadrosaurus2 InsideOut Timeline
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Warriors #1: Into the Wild

Warriors #1: Into the Wild

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For generations, four clans of wild cats have shared the forest. When their warrior code is threatened by mysterious deaths, a house cat named Rusty may turn out to be the bravest warrior of all.

Jaheim says:

Its about cats that talk, become leaders, fight, love, and other cool things. If you read just one you’ll be amazed by the emotion put into every character THANKS!!!!!!!

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