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Beetle Busters

Beetle Busters

Mr. Ferris and his Wheel

This book about the tree-killing Asian longhorned beetle reveals how the help of everyday people, their neighborhoods, teams of beetle-sniffing dogs, and a nationwide effort from bug scientists to tree doctors are working to eradicate this invasive pest.

The Longhorn Beetle gets its name from its very long antennae, which look like two “long horns” coming off its head. There are two spiked protrusions coming off the thorax to aid in deferring predators.

Websites:

Longhorn Beetle

Books:

Emerald Ash Borer Beetles
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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.

Websites:

Books:

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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Handle With Care an Unusual Butterfly Journey

Handle With Care an Unusual Butterfly Journey

Handle With Care an Unusual Butterfly Journey

This book has the greatest pictures – just look at the cover! See the butterfly’s wings showing through the pupa (or chrysalis)? Inside is where a caterpillar is changing into a butterfly. That Cybils Logoprocess is called metamorphosis. Amazing. All of the pictures are this detailed and colorful.

The book tells the story of a butterfly farm in Costa Rica. The caterpillars live inside a greenhouse. As caterpillars they eat the greenhouse plants, but once they turn into butterflies they eat sugar water…and bananas! The most amazing fact I read…there are so many caterpillars in the greenhouse that workers can hear the caterpillars chewing!

The butterflies are raised to go to museums so people can learn about butterflies. When they are pupating (inside the pupa) they are packed up and mailed. The timing has to be just right so the butterflies hatch out AFTER they’ve reached their destination.

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

Websites:

Books:

Grow Your Own Butterfly Farm Butterfly House Catterpillar to Butterfly National Geographic Butterflies
Waiting for Wings Origami Birds & Butterflies
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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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