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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What to do about Alice?

What to do about Alice?

What to do about Alice?

The rest of this title is “How Alice Roosevelt broke the rules, charmed the world, and drove her father Teddy crazy!” That about says it all. Alice was a teenager when her father, Theodore Roosevelt, became president. She is really fun to read about – talk about a free spirit! Alice drove her car fast, stayed out late and even liked horse racing and poker. She kept a pet snake…at the White House! Not your usual presidential behavior! Her own dad described her as an unruly, inconsiderate tomboy. He famously said “I can be president of the United States, or I can control Alice, I cannot possibly DO BOTH.”

Alice finally did settle down a little. She taught herself from her father’s library and eventually became one of his most trusted advisers. She traveled all over the world making headlines – and making friends. Author: Barbara Kerley Illustrator: Edwin Fotheringham

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