Two friends take off on a butterfly hunt, only to find themselves tangled in a mathematics net! Written in rhyme, award-winning author Barbara Mariconda takes you along as the narrator, Rose, and her friend, Ed, race to see who can catch the most butterflies on this addition adventure. "How many in all? Let's add them again!" shout the butterfly hunters. Who will win?
Packy the Packrat's mother has had enough! It's time that he sorts through his ever-growing collection of trinkets and puts them away. Told in rhyme, the audio leads the listener to participate in the sorting process by categorizing Packy's piles of things according to like characteristics and attributes. The story promotes and reinforces analogous thinking - a critical thinking skill in math, science, and life.
This arctic adaptation of "This Is the House That Jack Built" follows polar bears, walruses, seals, narwhals, and beluga whales as they chase each other around "the ice that floats in the Arctic waters". Not only is the rhythmic, cumulative prose good for early learners; it is a pure delight to listen to. The "For Creative Minds" section helps children learn how these animals live in the cold, icy arctic region.
"Just a little bit longer for 5 stars"
Told in rhyming narrative, Habitat Spy invites children to find plants (or algae), invertebrates, birds, and mammals living in 13 different North American habitats: backyard, beach, bog, cave, desert, forest, meadow, mountain, ocean, plains, pond, river, and swamp. Children will have fun discovering the characteristics of each habitat as they "spy", identify, and count the resident plants and animals and learn about the interactions between living and nonliving things.
Gram Hatter and Kat set off on an adventure. Gram quickly folds up a pirate hat and places it on Kat's head, and they begin their mission to help clean up the city park. Volunteering turns into a treasure hunt as Kat finds pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, and even a dollar. With each discovery, Kat gets a new hat, and Gram Hatter teaches Kat how to count her coins as they pick up litter at the park. When Kat adds up her money, there's enough for ice cream. Or should she donate the money to support the park instead?
Modeled after The Wizard of Oz, this enchanting story describes a young giraffe who suffers from a fear of heights. On his way to the doctor, he befriends a monkey who is afraid of climbing and a hippo who is afraid of water. What causes the three new friends to face and overcome their fears?
Nani has always dreamed of being a princess. When a real Hawaiian princess comes to her hometown of Hilo, Nani dresses in her best clothes. But as she watches Princess Luka, who has come to save the town from a volcanic lava flow, Nani learns that there is more to being a princess than fine clothes. This incredible story of kindness and generosity is based on the historical events of the 1880-1881 eruption of Mauna Loa on the Island of Hawai'i and the real-life Princess Luka.
It isn't always easy being a moose, but this young moose has a special, joke-telling friend to keep him company and to help him find his way. Join Moose, Magpie, and some of their other animal friends as they frolic through a year of changes. Learn what the Liberty Bell and the moose have in common or why the moose crosses the road. Laugh along with Moose and Magpie, and learn something while you are at it.
Penelope Parker lives with penguins! Short ones, tall ones, young and old - the penguins are from all over the southern hemisphere, including some that live near the equator! Do the penguin antics prove too much for her to handle? Children compare and contrast the different penguin species as they learn geography.
The Tree That Bear Climbed is a creative twist on the classic The House That Jack Built. Young listeners and early readers will love the rhythmic repetition as they learn about the many parts of a tree. Beginning with the roots that anchor the tree, this cumulative verse story climbs to a surprise ending. Why is bear so eager to climb the tree, and what happens when he gets to the top?
Along a stream a dam pops out of the water. Beavers are busy at work! These aquatic mammals have unique traits that aid them in building the perfect lodge to raise young beavers and keep predators away. Do these beavers ever take a break? Follow along as they pop through the winter ice to begin the busy year of eating bark, building dams, and gathering food just in time for winter to come again.
This whimsical story lets children imagine what life would be like if they were pet parrots. Listeners join four parrots and their young, multicultural owners as they morph into four-toed parrots climbing around the house then chew wooden spoons, popsicles - sticks and all - with hooked parrot beaks! The fun continues as children learn all about parrots and their adaptations. The "For Creative Minds" section has parrot fun facts, tips for taking care of a pet parrot, and a "make a beak" craft.
On May 12, 2008, XiXi, a giant panda, escaped from the destroyed Wolong Panda Reserve when a 7.9 earthquake rocked Northern China. After the quake, mother and cub run from the wreckage. Confused and afraid, they get lost! How will they survive outside their reserve? Will they find food? Will they find shelter? And will they safely endure the earthquake aftershocks?
This fascinating story influenced by Native American folktales explains why the moon changes shape and helps children deal with bullies. After the sun insults and bullies her, the moon feels so badly hurt that she shrinks and leaves the sky. The moon turns to a comet and her many friends on Earth to comfort her. Her friends include rabbits and Native Americans. Then she regains her full shape, happiness, and self-esteem. The moon also returns to her orbit.
Felina the Florida panther loves growing up in her forest home - until the forest starts to shrink! Trees begin to disappear, and Felina doesn't understand the new busy highway in the neighborhood. Other animals are in danger, too. Will Felina find a way to survive as humans threaten to ruin her home?
Mr. and Mrs. Shape are expecting a baby, but they are surprised when three arrive! The first is just like Mother Rhombus, the other just like Father Rectangle, but the third baby is a different shape. What should her name be? Go on a geometry naming adventure as all the shape family relatives weigh in. Will Cousin Triangle, Aunt Hexagon, or Grandma Rhombus have the right angle?
Count backward from 10 to one during one of the most colorful times of year: fall. Learn about the bright, colorful leaves and the trees from which they fall: aspen, birch, maple, oak, chestnut, linden, pine, beech, dogwood, and sweet gum. Discover the animals who frolic in the crisp, autumn air as they get ready for the approaching cold winter. The "For Creative Minds" educational section includes: plant parts, leaves - the shape of it all, and what plants are good for.
Tudley, a pond-living painted turtle, adopts other animals' behaviors - simply because he doesn't know he can't! He flies like a bird, sings like a katydid, hops like a frog, and glows like a firefly. All the while, he uses his special behaviors to help other animals. But will Tudley's new friends help him when he needs help?
This touching story of a father and child's nighttime excursion to watch a meteor shower is told through the eyes of a child in awe of the night world. Rockliff's vivid descriptions make listeners feel as though they, too, are watching the tiny bits of other, distant worlds blazing into our own.
Imaginations will soar from the forest floor up through the canopy and back down again, following the circle of life in this clever adaptation of the song "The Green Grass Grew All Around". The jungle comes alive as children learn about a wide variety of the animals (jaguars, emerald tree boas, leafcutter ants, sloths, poison dart frogs, toucans, and bats) and plants (kapok trees, liana vines, and bromeliads) living in the lush Amazon rainforest.