Oct 23, 2008

New Kids' Nonfiction

Starting with ancient cats, Becker focuses continent by continent on each species of wild cat. Large pictures of most of the cats are included. He discusses feral cats and wild cats kept as pets and the problems surrounding them. Information about how humans are affecting wild cats, both positively and negatively, is included. There is also a list of internet resources to consult if you want to learn more about the magnificent wild cats.

What do you want to be when you grow up? Consider all your options. How about being a game designer and creating computer action games similar to the ones you play? Or, if you like chocolate, you could become a chocolatier and make delectable treats. There’s even the possibility of studying fascinating bugs for a living—as an entomologist. The choices are endless. So come read about fourteen professionals and the unusual and satisfying work that they do.

Bobbi and Bob Cat are the best of friends. When their hometown of New Orleans was struck by Hurricane Katrina, many lost everything. But not Bobbi and Bob Cat—they still had each other. Only by staying together could they survive. This is the story of their remarkable friendship.

Bill and Doll raced to the fire. When they arrived at the scene, they pulled the fire truck near the red-hot flames. First the ladders were unloaded. Then a fireman moved Bill and Doll away from the fire. They waited patiently as the firemen battled the blaze. At last, the flames were out. The city was safe!
Bill and Doll were no ordinary firefighters. They were fire horses! Look inside to see how these brave four-legged firefighters risked their lives to help save others.

In the mid-nineteenth century, little was known of the west coast and waterways. The ships that sailed those waters did so at a considerable risk, sometimes depending on only a school atlas to navigate and all too often crashing into the rocks. So the U.S. Coast Survey, whose purpose was to map every mile of American shoreline, commissioned George Davidson to chart all of the major points on the coast and all of the waterways in between. In this beautifully illustrated book, Taylor Morrison chronicles the challenges and adventures Davidson and his team faced and the methods they used to accomplish this monumental, and essential, task.

In 1884, when men were the only people allowed to vote in national elections, Belva Lockwood took a bold but legal step: She ran for president! Women did not have the same rights as men, but Belva went on undeterred—and she got votes! Her run for office was based on experience and merit: Unlike many women of the time, she went to college, then to law school, and even argued cases before the Supreme Court.
Though her campaign was difficult, Belva never wavered in her commitment to equality, earning the respect of many fellow citizens. A little-known but richly deserving American historical figure, Belva is an inspiration for modern-day readers. Despite all the changes in society since Belva’s time, there is still a lot to fight for, and Belva shows the way. The book also includes a glossary and a timeline of women’s suffrage events.

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