Search Results: "Melissa Stewart"


BOOK REVIEW

FEATHERS by Melissa Stewart
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"The combination of thoughtful approach and careful crafting makes this an excellent resource for early nature study. (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
An album of images and a simple text reveal that birds' feathers are far more versatile than one might expect. Read full book review >

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BENEATH THE SUN by Melissa Stewart
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"A well-designed, well-written book that offers readers a greater awareness of and sense of relationship to the other inhabitants in their environments. (Informational picture book. 3-8)"
An engaging peek into how various creatures cope with the hottest of days. Read full book review >

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CATERPILLAR TO BUTTERFLY by Melissa Stewart
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 30, 2016

"When kids find a chrysalis in the garden and start asking for facts, this scientifically accurate explanation has just enough information for preschoolers—if they are not put off by the babyish format. (Board book. 2-4)"
Clear and accurate nature photos and straightforward factual text make an attractive package for young lepidopterists. Read full book review >

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INSIDE VOLCANOES by Melissa Stewart
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"A good starting-place for volcano explorations. (glossary, bibliography, source notes, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Unidentified explosions on the cover and title page are the hook for this latest entry in the Inside... series. Read full book review >

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A PLACE FOR BUTTERFLIES by Melissa Stewart
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2006

"While the artwork is worth a look, it does not make up for the heavy-handed conservation message and lack of general information that plagues this text. (bibliography) (Nonfiction. 5-8)"
Stewart's latest introduces readers to the habitats of several butterflies found in the U.S., and how people can have a negative impact on them. Read full book review >

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CAN AN AARDVARK BARK? by Melissa Stewart
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2017

"Don't share this engaging read-aloud in a quiet library. (Informational picture book. 2-8)"
Barks, grunts, squeals, whines, bellows, growls, and laughs—all kinds of animals use all kinds of sounds to communicate. Read full book review >

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A PLACE FOR BIRDS by Melissa Stewart
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2009

"Put this one in the hands of budding scientists, environmentalists and nature lovers. (selected bibliography) (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
An accessible introduction to environmental issues, this title focuses on the effects, good and bad, that human behavior has on birds, highlighting the progress that we've made toward living in harmony with our winged friends and acknowledging problems still not solved. Read full book review >

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DROUGHTS  by Melissa Stewart
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A necessary read in today's climate. (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
In this era of climate change (or not, depending upon which politician you listen to) comes an apropos look at droughts. Read full book review >

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UNDER THE SNOW by Melissa Stewart
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Readers will come away with an appreciation for the adaptability and endurance of the animal world. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
A snow-covered countryside may look barren of life, but Stewart's quiet text takes readers under the blanket of white to "a hidden world" where ladybugs sleep en masse and voles tunnel from tree to tree, where a wood frog freezes safely solid and bluegills and waterboatmen share frigid waters, where a turtle lies buried in mud and "even on the coldest winter days, red-spotted newts dodge and dart, whiz and whirl just below the ice." Read full book review >

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WHEN RAIN FALLS by Melissa Stewart
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2008

"Beginning and ending with parallel scenes of a boy and girl flying a kite on a hillside, this should appeal to very young listeners curious about the natural world. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-7)"
When rain falls, children go indoors, but what do the animals do? Read full book review >

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PINOCCHIO REX AND OTHER TYRANNOSAURS  by Melissa Stewart
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A winning, and necessary, update to Kathleen Zoehfeld's Terrible Tyrannosaurs (2001, illustrated by Lucia Washburn). (pronunciation guide, glossary, museum list) (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
Tyrannosaurus rex poses with 10 recently discovered relatives in this toothy portrait gallery. Read full book review >

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NO MONKEYS, NO CHOCOLATE by Melissa Stewart
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"Children—and more than a few adults—will find this educational you-are-there journey to the rain forest fascinating. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
This clever circular tale with a curious title opens with a common scene: a party including chocolaty treats. The authors explain, "[Y]ou can't make chocolate without… / …cocoa beans." With the turn of the page, readers find themselves in the rain forest microhabitat of the cocoa tree. Read full book review >