Books by Sandra Markle

THE CASE OF THE VANISHING HONEYBEES by Sandra Markle
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"In all, a solid addition to the insect shelves, with a valuable emphasis on science as process. (bibliography, index). (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Markle presents a solid, respectful overview of colony collapse disorder for an audience slightly younger than Loree Griffin Burns' The Hive Detectives (2010). Read full book review >
THE LONG, LONG JOURNEY by Sandra Markle
Released: April 1, 2013

"Readers of Markle's Snow School (2013) and Waiting for Ice (2012), both illustrated by Alan Marks, will welcome this additional account of a baby animal's growth to independence. (Informational picture book. 4-9)"
In four short months, a bar-tailed godwit chick becomes an adult that makes an incredible journey. Read full book review >
WHAT IF YOU HAD ANIMAL TEETH? by Sandra Markle
Released: Feb. 1, 2013

"Irresistible. (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
What if an animal's teeth grew into the space where you lost your two front teeth? Read full book review >
SNOW SCHOOL by Sandra Markle
Released: Feb. 1, 2013

"Little human cubs will want to roll and cavort like these snow leopards—and learn more about them. (endnotes, bibliography) (Informational picture book. 4-7)"
Over the course of the year, a pair of snow leopard cubs learn all they can from their mother, becoming ready for independence. Read full book review >
WAITING FOR ICE by Sandra Markle
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"Sturdy and well-put-together nature writing for younger readers. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Markle provides an uncommon look at polar bears, the largest hunters on land, in this narrative that follows an orphaned cub barely old enough to survive on her own. Read full book review >
THE CASE OF THE VANISHING GOLDEN FROGS by Sandra Markle
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"A sobering glimpse at science in progress. (glossary, list of books and websites, index) (Nonfiction. 9-13) "
The golden frog, a Panamanian national symbol, began vanishing from its high mountain forests in the late 1990s, prompting a scientific investigation and rescue process that continues today. Read full book review >
BUTTERFLY TREE by Sandra Markle
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Even collections with many monarch titles will want to add this one for its masterful evocation of a child's sense of wonder at the natural world. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A black rain that becomes a mysterious orange cloud over Lake Erie is the beginning for of a magical encounter with monarch butterflies for Jilly, her dog, Fudge, and her mother. Read full book review >
RACE THE WILD WIND by Sandra Markle
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2011

"Terrific for young horse lovers. (Picture book. 5-9)"
On Sable Island, off the Nova Scotia coast, a young stallion finds a home and his own band of wild horses, surviving in spite of winter storms and even hurricanes. Read full book review >
FAMILY PACK by Sandra Markle
ADVENTURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"An excellent story for wolf-lovers and a welcome addition to elementary-school science shelves. (Informational picture book. 4-10)"
As they did with their award-winning A Mother's Journey (2005), Markle and Marks bring the natural world close through the story of a single female animal—in this case, one of the grey wolves released into Yellowstone National Park in 1995. Read full book review >
HIP-POCKET PAPA by Sandra Markle
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"This intriguing, informative introduction is a worthy successor to the team's Finding Home (2008). (author's note, facts, further sources) (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
Building on the appealing notion of nurturing fathers, Markle and Marks present this tiny Australian frog in the context of its natural environment. Read full book review >
ANIMALS MARCO POLO SAW by Sandra Markle
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2009

"A fourth volume in the author's Explorers series, Animals Charles Darwin Saw (ISBN: 978-0-8118-5049-0, illustrated by Zina Saunders), appeared in February 2009 in conjunction with Darwin's 200th anniversary. (glossary, for more information, index) (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
In the late 13th century, 17-year-old Marco Polo set out for Cathay (China) with his father and uncle. Read full book review >
HOW MANY BABY PANDAS? by Sandra Markle
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 17, 2009

"A solid introduction to an endangered species. (Informational picture book. 3-8)"
Science writer Markle gives readers a peek into the growth and development of baby giant pandas from birth to about one year of age. Read full book review >
SNEAKY, SPINNING BABY SPIDERS by Sandra Markle
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"An afterword about spider value, some further curious facts and a glossary that, like the map, does double duty as an index to terms, complete this valuable and intriguing package. (Nonfiction. 5-10)"
Sneaky Sandra Markle has done it again, providing a thorough introduction to an animal—spiders, here—through striking photographs and clear, engaging text about its young. Read full book review >
SHARKS by Sandra Markle
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"As with all the best nonfiction for the very young, the vivid photographs and high-interest text will spark many youthful imaginations. (glossary, list of book and Internet resources) (Nonfiction. 4 & up)"
Using the widely varying sizes of different types of sharks as a starting point, simple text and striking photographs convey their remarkable diversity. Read full book review >
ANIMALS ROBERT SCOTT SAW by Sandra Markle
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2008

Robert Scott made two famous expeditions to Antarctica at the beginning of the 20th century in his unsuccessful efforts to reach the South Pole. Read full book review >
FINDING HOME by Sandra Markle
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Capped by an explanatory afterword, extra koala facts and several recommended print and web resources, this makes another fine choice for budding naturalists to read alone or aloud. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-8)"
The creators of the award-winning penguin trek, A Mother's Journey (2005), now trace the odyssey of a koala parent with the same attention to detail and broadly appealing illustrations. Read full book review >
TOUGH, TOOTHY BABY SHARKS by Sandra Markle
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"Sure to please both readers and listeners. (Nonfiction. 5-9)"
Sharks have unyielding appeal, and this inviting photo-essay combines that fascination with solid information about their reproduction and growth. Read full book review >
OUTSIDE AND INSIDE WOOLLY MAMMOTHS by Sandra Markle
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2007

"Solid science and a good but challenging read. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Just when you think there is nothing more to be said about woolly mammoths, Markle finds a way to present information in a fresh new way. Read full book review >
LITTLE LOST BAT by Sandra Markle
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2006

"Nonetheless, this is a must for every nonfiction collection and bat fan. (Nonfiction. 5-9)"
Markle successfully presents the astonishing world of Bracken Cave, the largest nursing colony of Mexican free-tailed bats. Read full book review >
SLIPPERY, SLIMY BABY FROGS by Sandra Markle
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2006

"This fascinating description respects the intelligence of young readers, appealing to their curiosity about the natural world and their understandable interest in other childhoods. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-10)"
From conception to adult froghood, this spectacular photo essay clearly explains the changes that happen as frogs grow up. Read full book review >
OUTSIDE AND INSIDE MUMMIES by Sandra Markle
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Though this does provide an enticing glimpse of science in action, and the close-up mummy pictures will elicit the predictable wows, it isn't among the author's best work. (glossary, photo credits) (Nonfiction. 9-11)"
Markle's newest in the series pairs typically dramatic photos to an oddly disjointed text. Read full book review >
A MOTHER’S JOURNEY by Sandra Markle
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2005

"Sentimental title aside, this is sure to keep young nature lovers rapt, and carries added value for its unusual focus. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-8)"
Accounts of how male Emperor penguins stand still for weeks to incubate their eggs while the females go off after food are easy to find on library shelves, but it's the male who usually gets most of the attention. Read full book review >
SNAKES by Sandra Markle
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2005

"However, it includes enough factual content to leave budding naturalists pleased and informed, too. (map, glossary) (Nonfiction. 7-9)"
Addressing new readers in this mesmerizing follow-up to Spiders: Biggest! Read full book review >
OUTSIDE AND INSIDE KILLER BEES by Sandra Markle
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Step-by-step, page-by-page, with scores of astonishing photos, Markle presents not only bees but scientific investigation in full glory. (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
Markle continues her first-rate series with this terrific entry on a topic with much kid appeal. Read full book review >
SPIDERS by Sandra Markle
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"A good beginning to inspire discussion of animal adaptation. (Nonfiction. 5-8)"
How does it help a spider to be big or little? Read full book review >
OUTSIDE AND INSIDE GIANT SQUID by Sandra Markle
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Fascinating. (glossary/index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
As long as a city bus, with eyes as large as volleyballs, the giant squid is a thing of nightmares. Read full book review >
OUTSIDE AND INSIDE BIG CATS by Sandra Markle
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2003

"This enters a crowded field, but confirmed fans of the ever-photogenic big cats will be absorbed by both the pictures and the informative, matter-of-fact presentation. (Nonfiction. 7-9)"
Accompanying more of the frankly naturalistic photos that distinguish her "Outside and Inside" series, Markle describes inner and outer physical features common to cats of all sizes, along with variations in coloring, hunting techniques, and family behavior, then closes by inviting viewers to take second looks at the pictures for certain telling details they might have missed. Read full book review >
GROWING UP WILD: PENGUINS by Sandra Markle
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2002

"Though the text is considerably franker than most, this is patchy, uninspired work, not up to Markle's usual excellent standard. (Nonfiction. 7-9)"
The author of the popular "Outside and Inside" series sticks to outsides in this photo album for younger readers—but the verbal and visual messages are definitely at odds. Read full book review >
OUTSIDE AND INSIDE RATS AND MICE by Sandra Markle
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A fine addition to the outstanding "Outside and Inside" series. (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
While readers may not share the author's enthusiasm for her subject, they will nevertheless be captivated by her clear and detailed discussion of rats and mice inside and out. Read full book review >
GROWING UP WILD by Sandra Markle
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"A handsome addition to the many popular wolf titles already in print. (glossary, author's note, no index) (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
From the cuddly wolf cub peering out from the shrubbery on the front cover to the trio of cubs pictured on the back, animal lovers will find this an appealing photo essay about the often-discussed gray wolf. Read full book review >
OUTSIDE AND INSIDE DINOSAURS by Sandra Markle
DINOSAURS
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Outstanding. (glossary, index, other sites for study) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
In her most challenging outside/inside yet, Markle looks at how scientists use technology to develop theories and answer questions about the dinosaurs: what they looked like, how they lived, why they raised their young. Read full book review >
GROWING UP WILD: BEARS by Sandra Markle
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2000

"Great photos, great bears! (glossary, author's note) (Nonfiction. 710)"
Another exceptional title by the prolific science writer best known for her Outside and Inside series, this one describes the life cycle and growth of bears: brown, black, grizzly and polar. Read full book review >
GONE FOREVER! by Sandra Markle
ABC BOOKS
Released: April 1, 1998

"A good starting point for any inquiry into extinct and endangered species. (Picture book. 7-11)"
 From the last auroch to the last Burchell's zebra, this handsome alphabet book presents an extinct animal for every letter of the alphabet. Read full book review >
ICKY, SQUISHY SCIENCE by Sandra Markle
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: April 18, 1996

"Not an essential purchase, but it has definite child-appeal. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
 Few writers have quite the handle Markle (Pioneering Frozen Worlds, p. 138, etc.) does on how kids think about science. Read full book review >
PIONEERING FROZEN WORLDS by Sandra Markle
NONFICTION
Released: April 1, 1996

"Regardless, an appealing introduction to work in the world's remote regions. (index) (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
 What's it like to be a scientist investigating the North or South Pole? Read full book review >
OUTSIDE AND INSIDE SPIDERS by Sandra Markle
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1994

 Intriguing color photos coupled with odd facts: e.g., spiders can make seven different kinds of silk, for which they use special spigots in their tail end (a magnified photo of a black widow spider's rear shows the spigots' different shapes); a spider's muscles can only pull its legs toward its body, so the spider must pump special body fluids into them to extend them. Read full book review >
SCIENCE TO THE RESCUE by Sandra Markle
NATURE
Released: April 1, 1994

"Index (not seen). (Nonfiction. 10+)"
 Nine cases of the application of modern technology to civil engineering, medicine, telephone networks, etc.: e.g., ultraviolet lasers are now available with such fine control and so little heat damage that they can carve human hairs; they can also be combined with optical fibers to build high-speed communication highways. Read full book review >
OUTSIDE AND INSIDE TREES by Sandra Markle
NATURE
Released: March 31, 1993

 A prolific science writer takes on bark, roots, pollen, and the other parts of trees, all depicted in striking color photos; the color-enhanced, carefully labeled microscopic photos (showing the inside of a seed, stoma, sapwood tubes, and more) are especially fascinating. Read full book review >
A RAINY DAY by Sandra Markle
NATURE
Released: March 1, 1993

"An excellent concept book. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4-8)"
 Going beyond the usual water-cycle recapitulation, a well- regarded science author relays information a gifted parent or teacher might share on a walk in the rain: how oily feathers keep wet ducks comfortable while most animals shelter in dry places; why earthworms come out and what they do on the surface (sometimes seek a mate); what happens when a corrugated box gets wet; the reason for an umbrella's shape; the several places water may go after the rain stops; and more. Read full book review >
PIONEERING SPACE by Sandra Markle
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

 More than 40 photos and simulations (chiefly from NASA) showing space walks and vehicles, Mars, etc., a text that, like extended captions, explains and expands on them. Read full book review >
THE FLEDGLINGS by Sandra Markle
FICTION
Released: June 1, 1992

"Glossary of Cherokee words and phrases. (Fiction. 10+)"
 In discovering a grandfather she didn't know she had, a 14- year-old also finds a new, earth-oriented way of life. Read full book review >
OUTSIDE AND INSIDE YOU by Sandra Markle
HEALTH
Released: April 30, 1991

"Glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
 Brilliantly colored photos and a lively text explore the human body from the outside in: muscles, bones, inner organs, eyes, ears, and much more. ``Your skin is like a stretchy bodysuit just your size,'' and ``Your blood is a kind of cell soup...''—just enough information is presented to pique the curiosity. Read full book review >