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Books in Read and Wonder series

  • Bat Loves the Night: Read and Wonder

    Nicola Davies, Sarah Fox-Davies

    Paperback (Candlewick, Aug. 19, 2004)
    "A charming and informative story about a pipistrelle bat. . . . Offers vivid descriptions of the animal's flight, its navigational skills, and the hunt for food." — School Library JournalNight has fallen, and Bat awakens to find her evening meal. Follow her as she swoops into the shadows, shouting and flying, the echoes of her voice creating a sound picture of the world around her. When morning light creeps into the sky, Bat returns to the roost to feed her baby . . . and to rest until nighttime comes again. Bat loves the night!Back matter includes an index.A Common Core Text Exemplar
  • One Tiny Turtle: Read and Wonder

    Nicola Davies, Jane Chapman

    Paperback (Candlewick, June 14, 2005)
    "Simple, lyrical words and bright, acrylic doublepage pictures convey the astonishing facts about the loggerhead sea turtle. . . . A powerful nature story for a young audience." — BooklistFar, far out at sea lives one of the world's most mysterious creatures, the loggerhead turtle. For thirty years she swims the oceans, wandering thousands of miles as she searches for food. Then, one summer night, she lands on a beach to lay her eggs — the very same beach where she herself was born. Nicola Davies's lyrical text offers fascinating information about the journey of the tiny, endangered loggerhead, while charming paintings by Jane Chapman vividly illustrate one turtle's odyssey.
  • Hippos Are Huge!

    Jonathan London, Matthew Trueman

    Paperback (Candlewick, May 23, 2017)
    “With gorgeous mixed-media illustrations and accessible, engaging language, this picture book will spur interest in the world of hippos.” — School Library Journal (starred review)The deadliest animal in Africa isn’t the lion or the crocodile — it’s the hippopotamus! Hippos have razor-sharp tusks, weigh as much as fifty men, and can run twenty-five miles per hour. Follow these hefty hulks as they glide underwater, play tug-of-war, swat balls of dung at one another, and nuzzle their young in the mud. Just don’t get too close — they could chomp you in two!
  • I Love Guinea Pigs: Read and Wonder

    Dick King-Smith, Anita Jeram

    Paperback (Candlewick, Aug. 1, 2001)
    "A wonderful celebration of the attributes of guinea pigs. . . . A popular pet and familiar subject is given new vigor and interest through originality, love, and respect." — The Boston GlobeI Love Guinea Pigs is an affectionate guide to the most charming of very small animals. Did you know, for instance, that guinea pigs rarely get sick and love to eat? Or that they love one another and have adorable children too? Portrayed in all their amiable chunkiness, guinea pigs finally receive the tribute they so richly deserve.
  • Sea Horse: Read and Wonder: The Shyest Fish in the Sea

    Chris Butterworth, John Lawrence

    Paperback (Candlewick, March 24, 2009)
    "Stunning pictures and engaging words. . . . An accomplished entrée to early science topics." — BOOKLIST (starred review)Dive into the warm ocean and swim around amid the coral and waving sea grass. Do you see an eye like a small black bead peering out at you? Linger for a while and discover the secrets of the sea horse - one of the shyest fish in the sea. With a head like a horse, a tail like a monkey, and a pouch like a kangaroo, the sea horse acts like a chameleon, changing color to ward off danger or to show that he and his mate are a lifelong pair. Watch their fascinating mating dance, as the two of them twine their tails together and twirl, before she places her eggs in his pouch to be born. Could there be a more intriguing creature of the sea?Back matter includes an index, and a note about sea horses.
  • Chameleons Are Cool: Read and Wonder

    Martin Jenkins, Sue Shields

    Paperback (Candlewick, May 1, 2001)
    The ability to change color, a sharp-shooting tongue, and skin covering your eyes — now that is cool.Read and Wonder books tell stories, take children on adventures, and reveal how big and WONDER-full the natural world really is. Back matter includes an index.
  • Growing Frogs: Read and Wonder

    Vivian French, Alison Bartlett

    Paperback (Candlewick, April 1, 2003)
    "Part picture book for pleasure reading. . . . and part practical how-to, this dramatic account is the next best thing to setting up a hatchery of your own." — Family FunWhen a mother brings her daughter to a pond to collect some frog spawn, the little girl isn’t sure what to expect. Day after day she checks on the jellylike bubbles until the black dots in their centers turn into slippery tadpoles, sprouting bumps that turn to stumps that become legs with webby feet. The engaging narrative and colorful illustrations accurately evoke each stage of a frog’s growth, in a story that will inspire children to roll up their sleeves and experience firsthand the wonders of the natural world.Back matter includes an index.
  • Ice Bear: Read and Wonder: In the Steps of the Polar Bear

    Nicola Davies, Gary Blythe

    Paperback (Candlewick, Sept. 23, 2008)
    Follow the path of the awe-inspiring polar bear as it strives to survive in an age-old Arctic habitat threatened by global warming.Huge, magnificent, and solitary, a polar bear moves through the frozen Arctic. Powerful hunter, tireless swimmer, tender mother, gentle playmate — she is superbly adapted for surviving, even thriving, in this harsh and icy climate. Written in poetic language interspersed with fascinating facts, Nicola Davies' breathtaking tale of this massive, stark white animal is brought to life in striking paintings by Gary Blythe. Just as the Inuit people have watched and learned from this amazing creature for generations, readers are invited to witness the majesty of Ice Bear. Back matter includes a note about polar bears and an index.
  • Gentle Giant Octopus: Read and Wonder

    Karen Wallace, Mike Bostock

    Paperback (Candlewick, April 1, 2002)
    Discover the mysterious, magnificent octopus!Follow a goggle-eyed octopus as she jets through the shadows, tentacles flying behind her. Finally she finds a well-hidden den in which to lay her eggs, which will dangle from the roof like grapes on a string. In silky verse, Karen Wallace explores the mysterious world of the octopus, while Mike Bostock’s flowing illustrations bring that world vividly to life. Back matter includes an afterword, resources for further information, a glossary, and an index.
  • Walk with a Wolf: Read and Wonder

    Janni Howker, Sarah Fox-Davies

    Paperback (Candlewick, Aug. 26, 2002)
    With evocative watercolors by Sarah Fox-Davies, Walk with a Wolf is as full of beauty and drama as it is of facts about this mysterious and often maligned creature.Walk with a wolf . . . as she hunts alone, howls to her pack, and greets her cubs and mate. Hunt with the pack as it follows the scent of a bull moose, crouching and charging. Learn all about these lords of the far north, who have been hunted by man nearly to extinction. With evocative watercolors by Sarah Fox-Davies, Walk with a Wolf is as full of beauty and drama as it is of facts about this mysterious and often maligned creature.Back matter includes an index.
  • Flight of the Honey Bee

    Raymond Huber, Brian Lovelock

    Paperback (Candlewick, Feb. 10, 2015)
    “One of the most informative picture books about honey bees, this is surely among the most beautiful as well.” — Booklist (starred review)Follow the flight of a honey bee as she searches for nectar to sustain her hive and, along the way, pollinates flowers to produce seeds and fruits. Nature lovers and scientists-to-be are invited to explore the fascinating life of a honey bee.
  • The Emperor's Egg: Read and Wonder

    Martin Jenkins, Jane Chapman

    Paperback (Candlewick, Aug. 26, 2002)
    Fabulous facts about nature's most devoted dad, in an utterly charming picture book.Can you imagine spending the winter outdoors in Antarctica without anything to eat? That’s just what the male Emperor penguin does. While his mate is off swimming and catching loads of fish, he stands around in the freezing cold with an egg on his feet for two whole months, keeping it warm and waiting for it to hatch. Welcome to the story of the world’s most devoted dad!Back matter includes an index.