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Learning About Leaves with 12 Stickers

Learning About Leaves with 12 Stickers

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Learn to identify the 12 most common leaves with these realistic stickers based on tulip, linden, black locust, sycamore, horse chestnut, paper birch, and other trees. Each illustration corresponds to a fact-filled page, which offers fascinating information on the tree's distinctive characteristics plus a space for kids and nature lovers to place the sticker. Publisher: Dover Publications. Paperback, 12 pages. Measures 4" x 5.75" x 0.1". Weighs 0.9 oz.
Learning About Rocks

Learning About Rocks

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Children will find this easy-to-read guide perfect for identifying the three main classes of rocks (igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic) and 12 different kinds of common rocks: granite, sandstone, limestone, marble, slate, obsidian, and six others. Each page contains a concise, fact-filled text about one of the rocks, with a blank space for a sticker illustration. As youngsters read and learn about each type of rock, they place one of the 12 accurate, realistic stickers provided in the appropriate blank space. A great hands-on way to learn about the rocks around us, this fact-filled little activity book will also appeal to parents and teachers looking for inexpensive learning aids. Publisher: Dover Publications. Paperback, 12 Pages. Measures 5.75"x4"x0.1" . Weighs 1 oz.
Meet Us On the Trail

Meet Us On the Trail

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Follow Ranger Land while she explores tracks, scats and various animal signs in this story. Features animals from North America. Author: Andrew F. Johnson. Publisher: Haywood Studios. Published in 2017. Hardcover, 32 pages. Measures 11.25" x 9.25" x 0.25". Weighs 14.6 oz.
Meet Us Under the Night Sky

Meet Us Under the Night Sky

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Written by Andrew F. Johnson. Illustrated by Jennifer Johnson Haywood. Explore the night sky with Ranger Land. This colorfully illustrated story features galaxies, constellations, planets and other space objects. Publisher: Haywood Studios. Published in 2017. Hardcover, 32 pages. Measures 11.25" x 9.25" x 0.25". Weighs 14.7 oz. 
Mugworts in May a Folklore of Herbs

Mugworts in May: A Folklore of Herbs

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In Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, you will find a Wise Woman tending her herb garden--Linda Ours Rago. She may recite a few herbal charms for you, or fix you some chamomile tea. In Mugworts in May, she shares herbal folklore that has been passed down through the generations. In this book, you will find herbal tales and charms for improving your gardening, health and well-being, and love life! A charming collection of herbal history and folklore by Linda Ours Rago, a traditional Appalachian herb woman who has spent over 30 years tending, cooking, and crafting rare tidbits of fact and fiction about them. A detailed tour of a Wise Woman's Garden is just the beginning of this literary excursion into a world of herbal charms and tales-much of which has almost been lost and forgotten. Mugworts in May also includes a compendium of some 150 herbs and their magic uses listed alphabetically, with information you seldom run across in mainstream herb books. Quaint illustrations are sprinkled throughout. Out of the ordinary-but definitely delightful. Publisher: Quarrier Press. Paperback, 122 Pages. Measures 9"x6"x0.5" . Weighs 7.8 oz.
Mushroom Rain

Mushroom Rain

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What can smell like bubble gum, glow neon green at night, be poisonous and yet still eaten by humans, and even help create rain? The answer is mushrooms! From their hidden networks underground to the fruiting body above, mushrooms can do incredible things. But don't call them plants--mushrooms are fungi. They're more closely related to animals like you! Through lyrical text and colorful, detailed artwork, the wonderful, mysterious, and sometimes bizarre world of mushrooms is explored. Back matter includes a glossary, additional mushroom facts, and a science activity. Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press. Hardcover, 32 pages. Measures 9.25" x 11.25" x 0.4". Weighs 15.3 oz.
My Little Book of Bald Eagles

My Little Book of Bald Eagles

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This is a delightful story about a new family of bald eagles. From newborn's first lessons in life to the first solo flight, this beautifully illustrated book is ideal for introducing young children to the wonders of nature. Publisher: Muddy Books. Paperback, 32 pages. Measures 8.5" x 8.5"x0.2". Weighs 4.6 oz.
Natural History of the Central Appalachians

Natural History of the Central Appalachians

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Central Appalachia is the system of linear ridges, intervening valleys, and deeply dissected plateaus that make up the rugged terrain found in western and southwestern Virginia, eastern and central West Virginia, western Maryland, and a portion of south central and southwestern Pennsylvania. Through its concise and accessible approach, A Natural History of the Central Appalachians thoroughly examines the biology and ecology of the plants, animals, and other organisms of this region of eastern North America.With over 120 images, this text provides an overview of the landscape of this region, including the major changes that have taken place over the past 300 million years; describes the different types of forests and other plant communities currently present in Central Appalachia; and examines living systems ranging from microorganisms and fungi to birds and mammals. Through a consideration of the history of humans in the region, beginning with the arrival of the first Native Americans, A Natural History of the Central Appalachians also discusses the past, present, and future influences of human activity upon this geographic area.Publisher: West Virginia University Press. Paperback, 270 Pages. 9"x8"x0.5" . Weighs 1 lb 10.7 oz. 
Nature's Civil War: Common Soldiers and the Environment in 1862 Virginia

Nature's Civil War: Common Soldiers and the Environment in 1862 Virginia

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In the Shenandoah Valley and Peninsula Campaigns of 1862, Union and Confederate soldiers faced unfamiliar and harsh environmental conditions--strange terrain, tainted water, swarms of flies and mosquitoes, interminable rain and snow storms, and oppressive heat--which contributed to escalating disease and diminished morale. Using soldiers' letters, diaries, and memoirs, plus a wealth of additional personal accounts, medical sources, newspapers, and government documents, Kathryn Shively Meier reveals how these soldiers strove to maintain their physical and mental health by combating their deadliest enemy--nature. Meier explores how soldiers forged informal networks of health care based on prewar civilian experience and adopted a universal set of self-care habits, including boiling water, altering camp terrain, eradicating insects, supplementing their diets with fruits and vegetables, constructing protective shelters, and most controversially, straggling. In order to improve their health, soldiers periodically had to adjust their ideas of manliness, class values, and race to the circumstances at hand. While self-care often proved superior to relying upon the inchoate military medical infrastructure, commanders chastised soldiers for testing army discipline, ultimately redrawing the boundaries of informal health care. Publisher: University of North Carolina Press. Paperback, 224 Pages. Measures 9"x6"x0.5" . Weighs 12.1 oz.
Observation Points: The Visual Poetics of National Parks

Observation Points: The Visual Poetics of National Parks

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National parks are the places that present ideas of nature to Americans: Zion, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Yellowstone bring to mind quintessential and awe-inspiring wilderness. By examining how rhetoric--particularly visual rhetoric--has worked to shape our views of nature and the "natural" place of humans, Observation Points offers insights into questions of representation, including the formation of national identity. As Thomas Patin reveals, the term "nature" is artificial and unstable, in need of constant maintenance and reconstruction. The process of stabilizing its representation, he notes, is unavoidably political. America's national parks and monuments show how visual rhetoric operates to naturalize and stabilize representations of the environment. As contributors demonstrate, visual rhetoric is often transparent, structuring experience while remaining hidden in plain sight. Scenic overlooks and turnouts frame views for tourists. Visitor centers, with their display cases and photographs and orientation films, provide their own points of view--literally and figuratively. Guidebooks, brochures, and other publications present still other ways of seeing. At the same time, images of America's "natural" world have long been employed for nationalist and capitalist ends, linking expansionism with American greatness and the "natural" triumph of European Americans over Native Americans. The essays collected here cover a wide array of subjects, including park architecture, landscape painting, public ceremonies, and techniques of display. Contributors are from an equally broad range of disciplines--art history, geography, museum studies, political science, American studies, and many other fields. Together they advance a provocative new visual genealogy of representation. Contributors: Robert M. Bednar, Southwestern U, Georgetown, Texas; Teresa Bergman, U of the Pacific; Albert Boime, UCLA; William Chaloupka, Colorado State U; Gregory Clark, Brigham Young U; Stephen Germic, Rocky Mountain College; Gareth John, St. Cloud State U, Minnesota; Mark Neumann, Northern Arizona U; Peter Peters, Maastricht U; Cindy Spurlock, Appalachian State U; David A. Tschida, U of Wisconsin, Eau Claire; Sabine Wilke, U of Washington. Publisher: University of Minnesota Press. Paperback, 296 pages. Measures 6" x 9" x 0.6". Weighs 1 lb. 2.7 oz.