Sam Gribley is terribly unhappy living in New York City with his family, so he runs away to the Catskill Mountains to live in the woods - all by himself. With only a penknife, a ball of cord, 40 dollars, and some flint and steel, he intends to survive on his own. Sam learns about courage, danger, and independence during his year in the wilderness, a year that changes his life forever.
"revisiting a childhood classic"
When Miyax walks out onto the frozen Alaskan tundra, she hopes she is leaving problems at home far behind. Raised in the ancient Eskimo ways, Miyax knows how to take care of herself. But as bitter Arctic winds efface the surface of food, she begins to fear for her life, and turns to a pack of wild wolves for help. Amaroq, the leader of the pack, eventually accepts Miyax as one of his own defenseless cubs, protecting her from danger and saving portions of the daily kill for her.
"loved the detailed info about life on the tundra!"
The classic story of wilderness survival continues in this action-packed sequel. Filled with authentic woodland lore and exciting adventure, On the Far Side of the Mountain takes listeners back to Sam Gribley's treehouse in the Catskill Mountains, where he begins a dangerous fight for his pet falcon's freedom.
"Awesome real-to-life nature story"
Frightful, the peregrine falcon who first appeared in My Side of the Mountain, is back. Her amazing journey through life continues in the face of many rousing wildlife adventures. Will she survive the wilderness, even though she was raised by a human? When an old friend rescues her from captors, Frightful soars into the unfamiliar woodlands and searches for home. Before finding her mountain, she adopts a nest of motherless peregrine chicks.
"A Welcome Return to Frightful"
The adventures of Julie's wolves continue as a new wolf leader takes over the pack. The black alpha Kapu, whom Julie once nursed back to health, is a natural leader. Kapu is strong and wise, but if his pack is to survive, he must lead it through many dangers: near starvation, rabies, rival wolves, and worst of all, humans. The wolves share a strong sense of community, including a deep love of pups, and an understanding of the ancient ways necessary to their survival.
Newbery Award-winning author Jean Craighead George is beloved for her classic tales about wildlife, such as My Side of the Mountain. When Charlie learns about the Native American belief that ravens can cure sickness, he brings home a nestling to help his ill grandfather. Together Charlie and Granddad care for the bird and learn valuable lessons about life and death, responsibility, and protecting nature.
In 1848 in Barrow, Alaska, a young Eskimo boy witnesses a rare sight - the birth of a bowhead, or ice whale, that he calls Siku. But when he unwittingly guides Yankee whalers to a pod of bowhead whales, all the whales are killed. For this act, the boy receives a curse of banishment. Through the generations, this curse is handed down. Siku, the ice whale, returns year after year, in reality and dreams, to haunt each descendant. The curse is finally broken when a daughter recognizes and saves the whale, and he in turn saves her.
Borden Watson goes to the giant redwood forest for one reason: to shoot spotted owls. They are the reason his dad has lost his job as a logger, and Borden hates them. But when he comes across a baby owl that has fallen out of its nest, Borden can’t resist the tiny, elflike creature. And luckily this owlet doesn’t have spots, so it must be a barred owl - not the enemy. Borden takes the little owl home and names it Bardy. Before long, Bardy wins over each member of Borden’s owl-hating family.
In this long-awaited sequel to the Newbery Medal-winning Julie of the Wolves, Miyax returns to the village she left long before and finds her lost father. But things have changed during her absence. Her father is no longer the man who had lived in grace with the sea and the land. He has forsaken his Eskimo heritage in favor of marriage with a white-American schoolteacher and is determined to shoot the wolves who threaten his caribou - the same wolves who saved Miyax's life.
Billie Wind lives with her Seminole tribe. She follows their customs, but the dangers of pollution and nuclear war she's learned about in school seem much more real to her. How can she believe the Seminole legends about talking animals and earth spirits? She wants answers, not legends. "You are a doubter," say the men of the Seminole Council; and so Billie goes out into the Everglades alone, to stay until she can believe.
Young listeners learn about issues of conservation, endangered animals, and preservation of cultural traditions in this beautifully-written tale of a Massachusetts teenager who travels to an Alaskan village to search for a missing relative - and ends up discovering his own Eskimo heritage.
Oksi - the daughter of the legendary falcon, Frightful - does things her own way. And when a poacher climbs the steel girders of a bridge to Frightful's nest, Oksi's refusal to act like her brothers keeps her from being captured. Unfortunately Frightful (who can't count) thinks the man has stolen all of her babies, and she abandons the nest. Luckily Frightful's friend, Sam Gribley, comes to Oksi's aid.
June Pritchard and her pet sparrow hawk, Zander, are both caught between following the rules and spreading their wings to fly. June Pritchard spends every summer with her aunts, uncles, and cousins in the big Victorian house that belonged to her grandfather. But the summer she turns 13, something has changed. Her mother is imposing new rules on her, and she starts to feel the thrill - and burden - of growing up. When June is given a sparrow hawk to train as a pet, she takes on the task, eager to prove she can be reliable.
Follow the monarch butterfly as it chases spring north from its winter home in Mexico to its birthplace in Ontario, Canada. Flying through unpredictable spring weather, the butterfly lays its eggs along the way. The young monarch finally emerges from its chrysalis in late May - during the moon of the monarch butterflies.
Something about the Okefenokee Swamp of Southern Georgia has always called to 14-year-old Jack Hawkins. But when a nervous mama gator takes a bite out of his handmade canoe, Jack finds himself stranded on a remote island, forced to find his own food and shelter - and to unravel a mystery that reaches far into his past and could change everything he thinks he knows about himself.
Luck follows the long migration north to Siberia of a young sandhill crane rescued from a six-pack holder in the Texas marsh by the girl who names him. The Wolves Are Back covers the topic of the persecution, near-extinction, and ultimately, the restoration of wolves in the United States.
This is the story of one alligator and her desperate search for food during the dry season in the Florida Everglades. It is also the story of a threatened species, the American alligator, and its beautiful, endangered homeland.
For a song sparrow that has not migrated south this year, it is a daily challenge to keep warm as its once plentiful food supply dwindles during a harsh December in Ohio.
"Simple, enjoyable story."
Early in the morning, young Tepui walks through the Venezuelan tropical rain forest. Colorful birds call from the treetops, and a tribe of monkeys plays in the branches. But Tepui doesn't have time to enjoy the animals he loves so much. He is going to the Science Laboratory to talk to his scientist friends.
Like his father and grandfather before him, 14-year-old Tomás Torres dreams of catching a great shark in the Sea of Cortez - and he will catch it, although there are other things he should be thinking about. With an education, he could someday become a marine biologist. Tomás' family wants him to stay in school. But Tomás knows he will be more help to them if he leaves school now to become a fisherman. Should he drop out?