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Physical & Behavioral Adaptation
Plants and animals have physical structures and instinctual behaviors that allow them to survive in their habitat. External structures include body parts for moving (feet shape, wings), getting food (claws, beak shape), or getting oxygen (nose, blowhole, gills). Behaviors can include camouflage (holding still), migration or hibernation, and more.
Baby bear is allergic to pollen and just wants it to be gone! Then his forest friends show him why they need pollen and how it helps him too. Animal ears come in a wide variety of shapes, size, and uses—a perfect match for each animal’s needs. This is the latest in Holland’s Animal Anatomy and Adaptation series. We can tell a lot about an animal from its eyes: if predator or prey, if diurnal or nocturnal, and even its gender or age. Even powerful birds of prey can get sick or hurt. When that happens, animal helpers at raptor centers come to the rescue! Can you smell with your feet? Do you dig your claws into a river’s muddy bank to climb up and bask in the sun? Animals’ legs are different from humans’ in so many ways! What can we learn about animals from the shape of their mouths, beaks, or bills? What can we infer about animals with sharp teeth compared to large, flat teeth? From the “crocodile’s dentist,” to the “mongoose spa,” some animals need a little help from their friends! Animal Partners takes a whimsical look at the symbiotic relationships of animals. 
Learn about ways animals use their tails: to move on land, swim, warn others, steer, hold on to things, keep warm, balance, fly, attract a mate, and defend themselves! Polly 'Possum is expecting babies, and she must find a home. While searching, she meets diurnal and nocturnal animals with hives, burrows, and dreys. Will she find her own special place in time? Do busy beavers ever take a break? This photographic journal documents a year as the beavers build their dam, raise their young and gather food before the winter months come again. When Cole and Helena hike to find animals in the forest they don’t spot a single creature but they do find signs of life. Who had been there, who had done that? Panting tongues and buzzing wings are two ways animals stay cool. Learn how different animals adapt to hot weather as they wonder how humans stay cool in the summer. Discover how deep-sea animals survive in the dark ocean habitat and how they attract prey or repel predators. Enjoy a day in one of the most dynamic habitats on earth—the salt marsh. Fun-to-read, rhyming verse introduces readers to hourly changes in the marsh as the tide comes and goes.
Rhyming verses take children up a mountain to explore how animals and habitats change as they travel higher and higher above sea level. When Leslie and a Komodo dragon become pen pals, the wise-cracking dragon writes humorous letters that are chock full of interesting facts. Do the letters change Leslie’s mind about dragons? Follow this young red fox as he explores the world around him during the first few months of his life learning to hunt through play and by using his senses. 
When Rebecca, the red-tailed hawk, comes meets the barn “ghost,” she discovers he is more familiar than expected. Find out what they have in common and how they are different. Modeled after The Wizard of Oz, this enchanting story describes a young giraffe who suffers from a fear of heights and his journey to overcome the doubt that holds him back. Chicken Little may have thought the sky was falling but Peter Pika is sure the glaciers are melting and is off to talk to the Mountain Monarch about it. There is a commotion on the lake: he hops, he squawks, and worst of all, he can’t stand still! Will the young heron learn to stand still like his elders?
Baby Bat and Pluribus Packrat explore their cave and meet animals without eyes or colors. Baby Bat learns how important bats are to the cave habitat. Join Delfina the dolphin as she imagines that she becomes other sea animals: a fish, a sea turtle, a pelican, an octopus, a shark, and even a manatee! This whimsical story lets children imagine what life would be like if they were a pet parrot, climbing around the house, chewing wooden spoons, and more! This heart-warming story shares an Australian creature’s journey to find his place in the world and how he sometimes falls flat on the way there. Little Gray loved his lagoon and didn’t want to migrate north to a food-filled sea. What happens along the way and how does Little Gray save his mother’s life? The seasons turn cold, and little red bat doesn’t know what to do. Should she stay or should she go? Find out in this tale of a young red bat’s first winter. When Little Skink loses her bright blue tail, she daydreams of other tails. Then she gets a big surprise. . .and her tail-dreaming days are over!
Some mammals live on land and others swim in the sea. Find out what makes this class of animals so diverse while comparing their traits. Dangerous animals from all over the world gather to compete for The Most Dangerous of All trophy. With contestants ranging from great white sharks to cape buffaloes, you will never guess who wins. Uncover the surprising ways that all different animals in various habitats around the world take part in recycling and learn why it is important for our environment.
Told with short, lyrical text, young readers learn about crepuscular and nocturnal animals. Older readers learn more about each animal with sidebar information. Hidden in forests of kelp, tucked under a shelf of coral, and floating in dark depths, the denizens of the underwater world wait for readers to discover them. Seasons change in the ocean much as they do on land. In fanciful form, children learn about plants and animals that are joined through the mix of seasons, food webs, and habitats beneath the waves.  Octavia just cannot get her colors right when she tries to shoot her purple ink cloud to protect herself! What will happen when a hungry shark shows up?
What child hasn’t wondered what it would be like to be an animal? After a trip to an aquarium, Oliver decides he wants to be a sea otter. But being an otter isn’t easy for a human. What’s an otter, we mean a boy to do? Many animals gather in huge numbers at predictable times and locations. Travel along with them as you learn about what puts these animals On the Move.
Imagine an African savanna if elephants were only a memory from “once upon a time.” What would happen to all the plants and animals that rely on the elephants for their own survival? Toe-tapping rhymes take readers on an adventure that leaps from lily pads to icebergs to the tips of trees, all following the beat of paws, claws, hands, and feet. Compare and contrast these polar animals through stunning photographs. A young girl’s illustrated, photographic journal follows salamanders through complete metamorphosis from the cold, rainy spring “Salamander Night” egg laying to adult stage in late summer. Marine scientist Ellen Prager introduces us to fascinating and bizarre animals that use slime to survive in the ocean.
When Shark Baby’s egg case tears loose in a storm, he travels ocean habitats to learn what kind of shark he is.
Although sharks and dolphins may look similar they are actually very different types of animals. Author Kevin Kurtz guides readers through the differences and similarities through simple nonfiction text. Listen quietly as the animals of the African Savanna “talk” throughout the course of a day. Why do trees lose their leaves? Find out with Papa Sparrow in this pourquoi folktale. Two friends search for butterflies ... who will catch and release the most butterflies on their addition adventure? Rose learns how to attract butterflies to her. As she finds more and more, Ed finds less and less. Sometimes young animals learn things from their parents, but other times… they just know! Beatrix the beaver longs to be good at something. Her brother Bevan is an expert at repairing the lodge with mud and twigs. Her sister Beverly is a superb swimmer and underwater gymnast. What makes Beatrix stand out?
From the roots that anchor the tree to the sun that shines on its leaves, discover the intricate and fascinating ecosystem of a tree through the eyes of bear on his journey for a tasty treat. Tudley, a painted turtle, adopts other animals’ behaviors—simply because he doesn’t know he can’t! All the while, he uses his special behaviors to help other animals and learn a little about himself. When a diamondback terrapin lays eggs in a girl’s sandbox, she becomes a “turtle-sitter.” She learns about these animals and makes an important contribution to their survival. Little Woolly is swept downstream when glacial ice breaks. Now alone, the mammoth calf struggles to survive. She must find her way back to her herd. Will she get back? Discover animals’ various winter adaptation strategies and how they compare/contrast to humans. This soothing bedtime story explains in simple, poetic language how ten different marine mammals—animals that live in water but breathe air—sleep in the ocean. When tiny turtle breaks free of his shell, he’s ready to set out for his new home. But when a wrong turn takes him off tack, how will he find where that home is?
Marcel, a young tundra swan, is tired from the first half of a winter migration, so he decides to stay up north. He soon realizes he’s not cut out for life on ice. What will he do? Spring is here, and Yodel and his siblings are ready to play, learn, and grow. Nature photographer Mary Holland captures precious moments in the life of this black bear family.
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