Category Archives: Non-Fiction

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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Indy 500

Indy 500

Indy Racing It’s almost race day. Try some of these websites to find out what’s going on during race weekend and to test your racing skills online.

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Chasing Lincoln’s Killer

Chasing Lincoln’s Killer

Chasing Lincoln's KillerYou probably already know that President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated while he watched a play at the Ford Theater and that the man who shot him was John Wilke’s Booth. Did you know, though, that Booth made a run for it? Did you know he had helpers? And some of them were women? This is the story of how the law tracked each of these people down. At the time of Lincoln’s death, there was no such thing as DNA fingerprinting or ballistics tests for firearms. The lawmen had to piece together what happened and who was involved by interviewing people, following hunches and figuring out who was telling the truth. I like history books that make history interesting by telling a story with real live characters in it. This book is like that.

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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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Amelia Earhart: the Legend of the Lost Aviator

Amelia Earhart: the Legend of the Lost Aviator

Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart was a female airlane pilot in the days when women just didn’t do things like that. What’s so great about Amelia Earhart is that she thought everybody should think for themselves, whether that person was a boy or a girl. Her advice was that you should figure out what you want to do and then go out and do it. She didn’t think being a boy or a girl mattered at all.

“I want to do it because I want to do it.  Women must try to do things as men have tried.  When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others.” Amelia was made famous all over the world when she became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic.  When she failed to return from her attempt to fly around the world, she became a legend. Author: Shelley Tanaka Illustrator: David Craig

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