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nathist_Africa_170x222Africa
Middle school, high school     64 pp.     Brown Bear

Australia and Southeast Asia
Middle school, high school     64 pp.     Brown Bear

Europe
Middle school, high school     64 pp.     Brown Bear

North and South America
Middle school, high school     64 pp.     Brown Bear

South and Central Asia
Middle school, high school     64 pp.     Brown Bear

Facts at Your Fingertips: The World of Endangered Animals series. This encyclopedic series gives detailed information about a wide range of endangered animals. Front and back matter explain the context and threat levels, while two dozen spreads each feature an excellent photograph, packed paragraphs of text, and a data panel for a single animal such as Siberia’s Baikal seal. Though the theme is inherently cautionary, current conservation measures are also documented. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Natural history; Animals; Environment—Conservation—Wildlife; Environment—Endangered species; Asia; Asia, Southeast; Africa; Australia; Europe; North America; South America

nathist_arnold_adayandnightArnold, Caroline A Day and Night in the Desert
Gr. K–3
     24 pp.     Capstone/Picture Window

Arnold, Caroline A Day and Night in the Rain Forest
Gr. K–3
   24 pp.     Capstone/Picture Window

Caroline Arnold’s Habitats series. Double-page spreads feature vibrantly colored collage animals (not to scale) against appropriately colored backgrounds (browns for Desert; greens for Rain Forest). The engaging text describes animal behavior and survival mechanisms. A description of each habitat, a world map, “Fun Facts,” and two Common Core–aligned critical-thinking exercises are appended. Reading list. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Natural history; Deserts; Animals—Desert animals; Rainforests; Animals—Rainforest animals; Habitats; Environment—Ecology; Amazon River region

nathist_curick_scoop-on-puke-web-932x1147Cusick, Dawn Get the Scoop on Animal Puke!: From Zombie Ants to Vampire Bats, 251 Cool Facts About Vomit, Regurgitation, & More!
Gr. 4–6
     80 pp.     Charlesbridge/Imagine

Addressing the ick factor first, Cusick helps readers take this initially off-putting subject seriously. Her colloquial treatment, which covers subtopics such as defensive vomiting, regurgitative feeding, pellet expulsion, stomach ejection, and cud and courtship emesis (i.e., vomiting), is accessible and accurate. The numerous illustrations — mostly color photos — evince ingenious photography. Interviews with a veterinarian and a physician conclude the volume. Reading list. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Natural history; Animals; Animal behavior

nathist_gray_flowersGray, Rita Flowers Are Calling
Gr. K–3
     32 pp.    Houghton

Illustrated by Kenard Pak. What creatures do flowers attract, and what purpose do animals and insects serve in the life cycle of flowering plants? It’s all about pollination. Short rhymed couplets and wide, striking floral habitat illustrations are combined with straightforward information on an array of variously colored, patterned, scented, and shaped flowers, with a bit about their pollinators. Observation tips and additional facts are included.
Subjects: Natural History; Flowers; Botany; Plants; Animals; Pollination

nathist_osullivan_migration-nationO’Sullivan, Joanne Migration Nation: Animals on the Go from Coast to Coast
Gr. 4–6
     96 pp.     Charlesbridge/Imagine

Well-organized and featuring catchy subheads (“Salmon Street: Born to Run”), this introduction to migration by land, sea, and sky introduces the phenomenon and details the process for nine different animals. For each, there is a habitat map, statistics about participants and distances, activities, food sources, complications, and working solutions. Bright photos on color-coded pages illustrate the text. Websites. Bib., glos., ind.
Subjects: Natural History; Migration; Animal behavior

From the November 2015 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.

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