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TIME AND THE GARDEN, A BOOK OF ESSAYS By Jo Busha

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Time and the Garden is a collection of essays written over a ten-year period about gardening, life in Vermont, and observations of the natural world by author, Jo Busha. It is arranged by season, but not all the essays have a specific seasonal connection. It will appeal to gardeners, readers seeking a strong sense of place, and people interested in rural living, even if they aren’t able to live it. This place, where Busha has lived for 45 years, has played a huge role in her life. While not a how-to book, gardeners may find the essays instructive. Booklovers are likely to feel this a cozy read, warmth for a snowy day.

 

CLARISSA CATFISH AT THE PEORIA PLAYHOUSE CHILDREN'S MUSEUM by Elaine A. Powers

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Clarissa Catfish liked her new home at the Peoria Playhouse Children’s Museum, but she couldn’t see the exhibits or the children in her tank. How can a catfish see the sights when she needs to stay in the water? Come inside to find out and join Clarissa as she explores the marvelous museum.

 

 

CLARISSA CATFISH VISITS THE PEORIA RIVERFRONT MUSEUM by Elaine A. Powers

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A flooding river takes Clarissa Catfish to the Peoria Riverfront Museum. She had thought exploring the Illinois River was exciting, but once she is taken inside the museum, the real adventure begins. Clarissa explores the exhibits and makes new friends--but will she escape the man who has dinner plans for her?

BROWN BOOBY BIRDS OF CAYMAN BRAC By Bonnie Scott

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Meet the Brown Booby, a large sea bird which is a year-round resident only of Cayman Brac. They are not found at all in Grand Cayman or Little Cayman. These birds are a spectacular sight, soaring and gliding along the Bluff edge and the shore, diving for fish to feed their young, perching on rocks in the sun, then returning to their nesting colonies. With only about forty nesting pairs on the Brac, they are protected by Cayman law.

 

DON'T CALL ME TURTLE by Elaine A. Powers

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Tortoises and turtles may look alike, but they are VERY different! This fun illustrated book teaches the differences between these two creatures, and explains a bit about the habits and preferences of the tortoise.

 

 

DON'T MAKE ME RATTLE by Elaine A. Powers

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Beautifully illustrated and contains facts and features about one of North America's most iconic residents: the rattlesnake! People fear rattlesnakes because they don’t understand them. Come inside and learn about these amazing snakes.

DON'T MAKE ME FLY by Elaine A. Powers

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"With vibrant illustrations by Nicholas Thorpe, this picture book is jam-packed with scientific facts about roadrunners, delivered in verse form to keep the narrative lively. Roadrunners "...grab their victim/behind its head/And bash it on/the ground until it is dead." Want to know how to swallow a horned lizard? Keep reading!" AZ Daily Star

QUEEN OF THE NIGHT: THE NIGHT-BLOOMING CEREUS by Elaine A. Powers

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A #1 BOOK in the Children's Botany Section!

a light brown book cover with green lettering: Queen of the Night: Night Blooming Cereus, with illustration of a white flower

What makes learning about desert plants fun?
Rhyming facts and bold, vibrant modern illustrations.

*Learn about the Night-blooming Cereus, Peniocereus greggii, the mysterious cacti
that bloom all together only one night per year
*An Amazon #1 Book in Children’s Botany Section
*See the Desert Southwest in a new, fun way
*Scientific facts written in rhyme are easy to remember
*Enjoy spectacular illustrations of Cereus, the Sonoran Desert and its wildlife

Read the rhymes to your little ones, give a gift to your budding scientist, and enjoy the book yourself!

Peniocereus greggii, Night-blooming Cereus, Reina de la Noche, Southwest Desert Habitats, Sonoran Desert, Plant Parts and Description, Growing Conditions, Flowering Cycle, Night-Blooming Plant, Medicinal Uses, Threats to Cereus, Naturalist Josiah Gregg, Pollinators Sphinx Moths and Nectar-feeding Bats and Bees, Rhyming, Making Science Fun, Bold Vibrant Illustrations

GROW HOME, LITTLE SEEDS by Elaine A. Powers

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The graduating bundle of mixed seeds of the Leon Levy Preserve vows to stay together and form their own forest. Will they be able to remain together or will their natures lead them in different directions? Will they find what they need to survive, to germinate, to put down roots? Join these Bahamian natives on their adventures to find their places to call home.

BAHAMIAN BOAS: A TABBY TALE by Elaine A. Powers

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A children's book cover, brown background, orange and yellow lettering, with images of snakes from the Bahamas

Tabby, the Five-Finger Fairy, introduces the fascinating, colorful Bahamian Boas. Learn about the natural history of the native, but often misunderstood, snakes of the Bahamas.

TABBY & CLEO: UNEXPECTED FRIENDS by Elaine A. Powers

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Cleo, a Bahamian boa, one of the misunderstood animals of The Bahamas, rescues Tabby, a Five-Finger Fairy. Seeking a safe place for Cleo to live, this unlikely pair help each other and the people they meet along the way. Tabby loves Bahamian wildlife, Bahamian bush teas, and making friends with animals and humans alike.
Important conservation issues that threaten Bahamian wildlife (wildlife smuggling, habitat loss, invasive species and human intolerance of animals such as snakes and spiders) are woven into this charming tale of friendship.

 

HICKATEES VS. SEA TURTLES by Elaine A. Powers

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The Cayman Islands have turtles that live both on land and in the sea. Hickatee lives on land and doesn’t belong in the sea, like the sea turtles. Do you know the differences? Come inside and learn about turtles, especially the marvelous hickatee.

 

RICKY RICORDI: THE ADVENTURES OF AN IGUANA by Nelia Barletta

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When Lorenzo finds an iguana in his garden, he has loads of fun bonding with his new pet, but soon realizes that the animal belongs in the wild.

Dominican children’s author Nelia Barletta recently released a second children’s book, RICKY RICORDI: THE ADVENTURES OF AN IGUANA which educates children about conservation and the protection of endangered animals of the Dominican Republic.

The book focuses on the Ricordi iguana, an endemic species of the Caribbean island and features illustrations by Argentinian artist/children’s illustrator Juan Manuel Moreno.

 

CURTIS CURLY-TAIL HEARS A HUTIA! by Elaine A. Powers

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Curtis, the perfect Curly-tail lizard from Warderick Wells, hears a noise in the night. It's Horace Hutia and family, crunching on leaves. Horace is an endangered Bahamian Hutia, a new resident of Warderick Wells. Scientists are trying to save the hutia, but they are damaging the island's ecosystem. The READER decides how to solve both problems!

CURTIS CURLY-TAIL AND THE SHIP OF SNEAKERS by Elaine A. Powers

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Curtis, the perfect curly-tail lizard of Warderick Wells, decides to see where the tourists come from. He sets sail on his adventure in a ship of sneakers.

CURTIS CURLY-TAIL IS LIZARDNAPPED! by Elaine A. Powers

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Captured by poachers, Curtis Curly-tail finds himself on a boat full of native animals being smuggled out of The Bahamas. As he struggles to help the other animals escape, he realizes he may not be able to save himself.

FLY BACK TO THE BRAC, BRIAN BROWN BOOBY by Elaine A. Powers

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Brian Brown Booby, a young resident of Cayman Brac, finds himself stranded on a beach on Grand Cayman. It’s too far back for a booby to travel, even if Brian could fly, which he can’t. Does Brian make it back to the Brac? What happens to a booby that can’t fly? Based on a true story.

THE DRAGON OF NANI CAVE by Elaine A Powers

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The Lime Lizard Lads, curly-tail lizards of Cayman Brac, seek an adventure up on the bluff. Their goal is to reach Nani Cave and meet the dragon that lives there. Gene and Bony soon realize how big and how dangerous the world really is. Leaving home is easy, but can the lads make it back?

THE LIME LIZARD LADS and the Ship of Sneakers: A "Tail" of Adventure by Elaine A. Powers

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The Lime Lizards of Cayman Brac, Gene and Bony decide to see where the tourists come from. They set sail on their adventure in a ship of sneakers. Will they ever see the Brac again?

SILENT ROCKS by Elaine A. Powers

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The population of the endemic Sister Island Rock Iguana (Cyclura nubila caymanensis) on Cayman Brac is in serious decline. These vegetarian lizards are an important part of the island's ecosystem. The reduction in population is the result of human activity on their habitat and the threats can only be eliminated by human action.

THE ADVENTURES OF HAYLEY CAT -- BOOK 3: Hayley Cat Sails the San Juan Islands by Rhonda Banuelos

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Hayley sails to Friday Harbor to celebrate Popeye’s birthday. Popeye is the gentle Harbor Seal who has captured the hearts of so many since 1995. A heartwarming tale of friendship is between all the animals on this memorable summer day.

PRINCESS TIEN by Susan Glynn Mule

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Tien, a Mountain Horned Dragon, is taken from her home in Vietnam and crammed into a cage at a pet store. One by one her friends are sold, but what about her? Will she find a good home?

HOW NOT TO PHOTOGRAPH A HUMMINGBIRD by Elaine A. Powers

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A basic (and funny!) guide to the Sonoran Desert!

This colorful picture book for all ages teaches about the Sonoran Desert—with a sense of humor. It pits one bumbling human against the desert as he carelessly attempts to photograph an Anna’s Hummingbird. Enjoy the chase as the photographer is tripped up by a rock, stabbed by a Mesquite tree and rattled by a Western Diamondback. Then use the glossary to teach about the rich variety of life in the Sonoran Desert. Humor makes learning fun and easy!