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|The Bulletin Dozen is a monthly theme-based booklist
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fond of bakers here at the Bulletin, we thought we'd adopt their
philosophy of generosity and throw in an extra one or two when we have them
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Take a Walk on the Wild Side: A Wildlife Dozen
--selected by Debra Mitts-Smith
This month's Dozens, which features wildlife, provides an alternative
to one of summer's most popular tourist attractions, zoos. The pages of
these nonfiction titles are filled with vivid images of some of the Earth's
most exotic creatures. Some titles on this list explain how animals live,
including where they sleep and their social structures. Others show the
various ways in which humans work to preserve animals and their habitats.
So if you have readers who like to hang out in the 590s, here is list
of titles they will want to track down!
- Arnosky, Jim. Field Trips: Bug Hunting, Animal Tracking, Bird-Watching,
Shore Walking; written and illus. by Jim Arnosky. HarperCollins, 2002.
Learn the basics of bird watching, tracking and shore walking. (BCCB 6/02)
- Aruego, Jose. Weird Friends: Unlikely Allies in the Animal Kingdom;
written and illus. by Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey. Gulliver/Harcourt, 2002.
Sometimes survival depends on partnerships among various birds, mammals and
water life. (BCCB 6/02)
- Bortolotti, Dan. Tiger Rescue: Changing the Future for Endangered
Wildlife. Firefly, 2003. illus. with photographs. Gr. 4-8
Bortolotti discusses the efforts to preserve tigers from extinction. (BCCB
- Cerullo, Mary M. Life Under Ice; illus. with photographs by Bill
Curtsinger. Tilbury House, 2003. Gr. 4-8
A look at what life is like in and around the coldest water on Earth. (BCCB
- Collard, Sneed B., III Animals Asleep; illus. by Anki McGrory.
Houghton, 2004. 4-7 yrs
Discover the not-so-usual sleeping habits of various animals. (BCCB 4/04)
- Darling, Kathy. The Elephant Hospital; illus. with photographs
by Tara Darling. Millbrook, 2002. Gr. 2-5
A hospital in Thailand cares for injured and sick elephants. (BCCB 7/02)
- Jenkins, Steve. Actual Size; written and illus. by Steve Jenkins.
Houghton, 2004. Gr. 3-7
From the 12 inch eyes of a giant squid to the minuscule body of the dwarf
goby fish, Jenkins conveys the sizes of animals. (BCCB 5/04)
- Kaner, Etta. Animal Groups: How Animals Live Together; illus.
by Pat Stephens. Kids Can, 2004. Gr. 3-6
Kaner examines the social structures of various animal groups. (BCCB 4/04)
- Lang, Aubrey. Baby Lion; illus. with photographs by Wayne Lynch.
Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2003. (Naming Babies). Gr. 2-4
Follow a baby lion through its first year of life. (BCCB 5/03)
- Markle, Sandra. Outside and Inside Big Cats. Atheneum, 2003. illus.
with photographs. Gr. 3-6
How does the cat on your living room sofa compare with the big cats in jungle?
- Mastro, Jim. Antarctic Ice; by Jim Mastro and Norbert Wu; illus.
with photographs by Norbert Wu. Holt, 2003. Gr. 3-5
This photoessay follows the inhabitants of the Antarctic through the seasons.
- Pringle, Laurence. Strange Animals, New to Science. Cavendish,
2002. illus. with photographs. Gr. 4-6
Descriptions and photographs of animals only recently discovered by Western
scientists. (BCCB 9/02)
- Sayre, April Pulley. Secrets of Sounds: Studying the Calls and Songs
of Whales, Elephants, and Birds. Houghton, 2002 (Scientists in the Field).
illus. with photographs. Gr. 3-7
This volume of the series about scientists and their work looks at bioacoustics,
the study of sounds. (BCCB 1/03)
- Swinburne, Stephen R. The Woods Scientist; illus. with photographs
by Susan C. Morse. Holt, 2003. (Scientists in the Field) Gr. 4-8
Forester Susan C. Morse's life and career uncovers the plethora of animal
life closer to home. (BCCB 3/03)
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