Category Archives: Animals

Nic Bishop Butterflies and Moths

Nic Bishop Butterflies and Moths

Butterflies and Moths

Nic Bishop, who also wrote Nic Bishop Spiders and Nic Bishop Frogs, has now turned his camera lens toward butterflies and moths. He continues to capture really amazing pictures of animals. You really have to see the rain forest caterpillar on page 16. When it’s scared, it flips its upper body over and puffs up its head so that it looks exactly like a poisonous snake – really. If you didn’t know it was a caterpillar you’d never guess.

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Komodo Dragons NEW at the Indy Zoo

Komodo Dragons NEW at the Indy Zoo

The Komodo Dragon is the largest living species of lizard. These lizards can grow to be 6-10 feet long! The Komodo Dragon lives on islands in Indonesia. People in Indonesia call them “land crocodiles.”  Nothing on the islands preys on Komodo Dragons, so they can grow BIG and LONG. And if that isn’t impressive enough, they have teeth like sharks and poisonous spit! You can get an up close look at them all summer at the Indianapolis Zoo. (Keep your fingers out of the cage, though, OK?!)  The exhibit, called Dragons of Komodo, opens today, May 23, 2009 and will stay until September 7, 2009.

National Geographic/Denver Zoo Video:

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Nic Bishop Frogs

Nic Bishop Frogs

Nic Bishop Frogs

If it’s possible, this might just be too much information about frogs…but that’s not possible, right? This book has the information and really stellar photos too. In it, you can learn about the Australian Spadefoot Toad that survives when it’s dry by digging down into the ground where there is moisture.  It can stay buried for months…even years! When it rains, hundreds of these guys can pop out of the ground at once. And here’s a survival tip the next time you get caught unprepared in the outback – the indigenous people of Australia know how to find these frogs and gently squeeze them for a drink.  Mmmmm. Then they let them go of course.  I think gently is a really important word in those directions! Author: Nic Bishop

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The Tale of Despereaux

The Tale of Despereaux

The Tale of Despereaux

Despereaux is a lovable big-eared underdog, um, mouse. When he’s born, he’s too small and his ears are too big and his eyes are weird. He’s so puny no one thinks he will even live. Even his own mother describes him as a disappointment. Now that’s sad. And as he grows, he’s just not good at being a mouse, but he’s got dreams, big ones. Go see the movie (opens Dec. 19), sure, but don’t miss the book, Despereaux might be tiny but he’s one mighty mouse. Author: Kate DiCamillo

The Tale of Despereaux Web Comic Used With Permission

despereaux-web-comic

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Geronimo Stilton: Valley of the Giant Skeletons

Geronimo Stilton: Valley of the Giant Skeletons

Valley of the Giant Skeletons

Geronimo Stilton’s cousin Trap shows up with a treasure map he found in a trunk belonging to the Stilton’s adventerous Uncle Wally – a rodent Indiana Jones.  Geronimo and Trap team up with Thea and Benjamin Stilton and travel to Mongolia and its famous Gobi Desert in search of the treasure.  They travel by plane, bus & camel, sleep in a Mongolian gher (tent) and sample delicious Mongolian food – sausages with steamed onion and meat ravioli.  Yum! Little do they know that they are not alone in the search for the buried treasure.  Out in the desert – danger awaits – and it isn’t just the heat, scorpions & sand storms!  Everybody wants this treasure – it’s huge! Author: Geronimo Stilton Illustrator: Claudio Cernuschi and Christian Aliprandi

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