Category Archives: Non-Fiction

The Girl from the Tar Paper School

The Girl from the Tar Paper School

Mr. Ferris and his Wheel

Describes the peaceful protest organized by teenager Barbara Rose Johns in order to secure a permanent building for her segregated high school in Virginia in 1951, and explains how her actions helped fuel the civil rights movement.

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The Story of the Little Rock Nine Separate is Never Equal The Lions of Little Rock Ruby Bridges Goes to School
Remember The Power of One Through My Eyes
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The Case of the Vanishing Little Brown Bats

The Case of the Vanishing Little Brown Bats

Mr. Ferris and his Wheel

A fascinating look at how scientists solve a medical mystery when brown bats start dying off all across the country. Is climate change to blame? Are the bats sick? Do they have a fungus or a virus? Are they being poisoned? No one knows for certain. Walk with the scientists as they piece together evidence to help save the little brown bats. Wonderful pictures of the bats as well as the scientists at work in the lab and in the field, or in this case, the cave.

A finalists for the 2014 Cybils Award in the category: Non-Fiction for Early and Middle Grades.Cybils Logo

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Little Brown Bats Shoadows of Lght
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Stubby the War Dog

Stubby the War Dog

Mr. Ferris and his Wheel

American soldier J. Robert Conroy befriended a stray dog with a stumpy tail while training to fight overseas in WWI. They bonded so closely that Conroy smuggled him to Europe, where Stubby accompanied Conroy’s regiment on the Western Front, lending both his superior olfactory senses and amiable temperament to the war effort.

Conroy kept a scrapbook for Stubby. This book is FULL of great photos from it as well as remembrances from the people who were Stubby’s friends. Dog is definitely man’s best friend. Loyal with a capital “L”.

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Military Animals:

Animals at War Navy Seal Dogs Sea Lions in the Navy Combat Wounded Dogs
Rags Hero Dog of World War I Soldiers Dogs Stubby the Dog Soldier Military Dolphins
War Dogs Dogs on Duty Nubs

Military Animal Stories:

Caesar the War Dog Operation Blue Dragon Duke Dog Tags Prisoner of War Dog Tags Semper Fido
Dog Tags Strays Dogs of War Soldier Dog The Donkey of Gallipoli
Darling Mercy Dog of World War I Fly Cher Ami Fly Bunny the Brave War Horse

World War I:

50 Things World War I Voices of World War I Women Heroes of World War I The Sinking of the Lusitania
Harlem Hellfighters Treaties Trenches Mud and Blood Archie's War Truce the Day the Soldiers Stopped Fighting
Shooting at the Stars The War to End All Wars Wordl War I For Kids War Game
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Mr. Ferris and His Wheel

Mr. Ferris and His Wheel

Mr. Ferris and his Wheel

Completed in 1889 for the World’s Fair, France’s Eiffel Tower was the world’s tallest man-made structure at 986 feet. Organizers of the next World’s Fair, in 1893 in Chicago, were under a lot of pressure to build something so impressive, so they held a contest to see who could come up with the best idea.

The winner was George Ferris, a steel expert who had a crazy idea…his structure would MOVE. This book is the story of how George built his enormous wheel. George was under a very tight deadline. Four months. In Chicago. During the winter! He really only had one chance to get it right.

Have you ever heard the phrase, “measure twice, cut once”? My Dad used to say that when he was working with wood. It means you should double-check your measurements and design for accuracy…because if you make a mistake you waste time and materials because you have to do it again. George did not have any time to waste and could not afford even a single mistake. The whole project is an amazing story of precision and teamwork. George’s Ferris wheel was assembled from over 100,000 separate parts from more than a dozen different steel mills. Correctly made parts arrived at the building site in the right order and were put together “like a giant Lego toy.” Amazing. Some men have the brains and the guts to dream big.

Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s minds.”
~Daniel H. Burnham, American architect and construction chief of the 1893 World’s Fair

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Who Invented the Ferris Wheel George Ferris and his Amazing Invention George Ferris What a Wheel Roller Coasters
Amazing Amusement Park Rides Water Rides Ferris Wheels Carousels
Exciting Entertainment Inventions Fast Facts Roller Coasters
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Sniffer Dogs: How Dogs and Their Noses Save the World

Sniffer Dogs: How Dogs and Their Noses Save the World

The Grimm Legacy

Before reading Sniffer Dogs, I knew about all kinds of workings dogs – farm dogs, police dogs, fire dogs & therapy dogs. I also knew there were some dogs whose job had to do with their nose – like drug sniffing dogs and bomb sniffing dogs. But I didn’t know dogs could be trained to sniff out all kinds of other things. They can be trained to sniff out certain kinds of animals in the wild or be trained to sniff the changes in a person’s body chemistry to warn them of a medical problem – like an allergic reaction. These dogs, and their noses, are truly amazing.

In each section you will learn about a dog job and then you will see a picture of a real working dog and learn his/her story. The dog on the cover is an Eco Dog. His name is Tucker. He is trained to track wolverines, gray wolves, moose, caribou, and orca whales – that’s why he has on a life jacket! But he doesn’t even like to swim. He just knows that if he sniffs out orca whale scat (poop) – he gets to play ball. : ) When he’s in the boat, his nose tells the scientists where to go to study whales.

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Bomb Sniffing Dogs Eco Dogs Fire Dogs Lifeguard Dogs
Medical Detective Dogs Pest Sniffing Dogs Service Dogs Snow Search Dogs
Therapy Dogs Wilderness Search Dogs Lily Rags Hero Dog of WWI
Tuesday Tucks Me In
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