Results of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award in the year 2006.
“If you decide to go to the moon,” writes Faith McNulty, “read this book first. It will tellyou how to get there and what to do after youland. The most important part tells you how to get home. Written in the second person, the text allows the reader to participate in every aspect of the journey, from packing (“don’t forget your diary and plenty of food”) to liftoff (at first you’ll feel heavy; don’t worry”) to traveling thorugh space (where “the moon glows like a pearl in the black, black sky”). The reader lands at the Sea of Tranquility, the site of the first lunar landing
Acclaimed nonfiction author Sandra Markle presents the daring story of a mother emperor penguin’s struggle to reach the sea, find food, avoid predators, and make her way back to her mate and their newborn chick before they starve. Alan Marks’ luminous illustrations highlight the harsh conditions and stunning landscapes of Antarctica.
Every summer, wildfires spread through the forests of the western United States, threatening homes and entire communities in their paths. Hundreds of firefighters work tirelessly to control this extremely powerful and unpredictable force of nature. But despite the seemingly devastating effects of wildfires, they also play an essential role in forest ecosystems. For anyone who has ever been fascinated by the awesome power of fire, or intrigued by the courageous and carefully coordinated efforts of firefighters, Taylor Morrison’s beautiful and thoroughly researched book takes a comprehensive look at wildfires, their causes, and the methods employed to control them.