more about the fascinating wild U.S. critters in
Facts" . . and. . "Nutty
YOUNG TEEN TITLES
have always thought of reading as a MAGIC
CARPET RIDE to fun, new places, new ideas, and adventure.
With leaning in mind, I write UP to kids, never 'down'. I
use POWERFUL and EVOCATIVE words that paint clear mental pictures
for young readers. There are WORD GLOSSARIES at the back of
most books, and VOCAB words at the bottom of many pages. Daisy
and Bartholomew Q (a fantasy
adventure) in particular, encourages young teen readers to
look for the "bolded" and awesome new words that
pop into Daisy's head. Then, check any they don't "get"
in their thesaurus. If we want to HOOK
KIDS on READING, books
must be fun, fast paced, and seeded with the ideals we hope
they will learn.
Many of my picture books are written in rhyming verse. I can't
draw to safe my life, but I was born with the "rhyming
gene" well integrated into my writing. If you want to
write stories in rhyme, if helps if you are born with this
natural talent for creating rhyme and meter that flows effortlessly.
For the benefit of your students I am adding a few simple
1- Always begin with a great plot and characters.
Your story and your rhyme are of equal importance.
2- Make sure your rhyming "end" words fit your story
and move it along.
3-Words that are only there because they rhyme are NOT acceptable.
They must also fit the story well.
4- If you have 4 lines in each verse, and 10 verses altgether,
each first line, of each verse, must have a similar meter.
This also applies to lines 2, 3 and 4.
5- Counting the syllables in your lines will help you create
6- Watch where you add those long multisyllable words. They
will throw your meter out the window, if they are not placed
where they were in your original verse.
7- Read your finished story out loud. OR, have someone read
it to you. Every place they stumble means there is a problem
with your rhyme or meter.
For those not blessed with a heaping helping
of the "rhyming" gene, writing in rhyme can be a
hard slog. Sometimes, a story you imagine simply works better
written in text.
am always happy to answer questions about my books,
or a Skype Author Visit.
The KWL Learning Guide
could be applied to many books
helpful KWL learning guide is taken from:
KWL reading method
KWL is intended to be an exercise for a study group
that can guide you in reading and understanding a text.
You can adapt it to working alone, but discussions definitely
It is composed of only three stages that reflect a worksheet
of three columns with the three letters
What we Know
What we Want
And what we
This first stage may surprise you: Think first about, then
list, what you know about the topic.
This advanced organizer provides you with a background to
the new material, building a scaffold to support it. Think
of it as a pre-reading inventory. " Brainstorm!"
Before looking at the text, think of keywords, terms, or
phrases about the topic, either in your class or a study
*Record these in the K column of your chart until
you cannot think of more. * Engage your group in a discussion about what you
wrote in the K column. * Organize the entries into general categories. W stands for Will or Want:
The second stage is to list a series of questions of what
you want to know more of the subject, based upon what you
listed in K.
* Preview the text's table of contents, headings,
pictures, charts etc.
Discuss what you want to learn * List some thoughts on what you want, or expect
to learn, generally or specifically.
Think in terms of what you will learn, or what do you want
to learn about this. * Turn all sentences into questions before writing
They will help you focus your attention during reading.
* List the questions by importance.
L stands for Learned
The final stage is to answer your questions,
as well as to list what new information you have learned.
Either while reading or after you have finished
* List out what you learn as you read,
either by section, or after the whole work, whichever is
comfortable for you. * Check it against the W column, what you wanted
to learn * Create symbols to indicate main ideas, surprising
ideas, questionable ideas, and those you don't understand!
Expand this exercise beyond K W L: Add an H! H Stands for HOW you can learn more. * Pose new questions about the topic * How can I learn more or answer questions not answered
in my worksheet
These include other sources of information, including: organizations,
experts, tutors, websites, librarians, etc.
YOUNG TEEN TITLES
mid-grade (young teen) adventures would work well in a home
or classroom. Try the KWL method of learning while reading.
A coming of age story that deals
with making good decisions, believing in your own ability
to solve problems, and the
value of loyalty, family and friendship. There is humor
when Claude, Taconi's sulfur crested chatty cockatoo offers
smart one liners.
is a son torn by how his future will turn out. He is fscinated
by the "big smoke," yet his dad warns against
it. But he is not sure if being an active member of his
tribe is the way for him. He dithers, until the Dreamtime
Spirits show their hand. Then all is clear and he comes
to a decision about his future.
do you think loyalty involves?
*Can there be friendshop without loyalty?
*What facts do you review when you have to make a decision?
*Use the links provided to learn more about Australia
and its animals
*Would you like to live like Taconi?
*Could you eat witchetty grubs live - if you were starving?
*Do you think his dad was crazy to want to be "Staton
*Would you be scared if you had to face a "man"
ceremony, like Taconi?
*Would you like a mate like Claude?
*What do you think Taconi learned?
generation- adventure in the outback) Aussie
Word glossary at the back of the book
grandsons of Taconi, and the Boss of Coorparoo Cattle
Station, go walkabout together. The day explodes with
threats and lies, sibling rivalry, and a question that
has not been answered. Josh soon realizes he would be
dead meat without Bindi's bush skills to feed them and
keep them both safe. What must he eat to survive - snake
and witchetty grubs? He begins to understand that his
friend might not have "schooling" as he knows
it, but the outback smarts Bindi has learned makes him
an "A" student in the dangerous outback. The
algebra and spelling knowledge that made Josh feel superior
won't feed them or save their lives. Dreamtime tales,
told around a blazing fire, show Josh that other beliefs
and cultures are very real to their subjects. He worries
about the threat he made to his older brother, and how
to solve the problem of their sibling rivalry. The outback,
his friend and the beliefs of an ancient culture all come
together and help Josh find the courge to tackle his brother
Tom, and finally find an answer to that long unasked question.
Being different is not a bad thing. Differences that are
respectful, peaceful, and kindly, are to be embrased.
Friendships can be bent or cracked, but good hearts and
good will will mend them. A problem can be solved when
you ask the right question, and then STOP. . . and listen
to the answer.
there sibling rivalry in your familysibling rivalry? *How
do you deal with your feelings about your siblings?
*Do lies and threats ever serve a good purpose? *Do
you think Josh is superior because of his schooling, or
is Bindi superior because he has learned
"bush smarts?" *Maybe
neither are superior - perhaps both are simply well equiped
for the worlds they live in.
*What would you do differently if you were Josh?
*Could you eat snake and emu eggs if you were really hungry?
*Are you willing to accept that someone you really like
has different beliefs from you - and try to understand
do you consider as being different - a belief unlike yours,
a physical or mental difference, or a different race or
* Do you think differences make people more interesting,
or not worth bothering about?
*Is the Medicine Man evil or just plain crazy?
*Would you be able to survive in the Australian outback?
SUMMARY- for Both These
an authentic outback settings, these 2 Aussie adventure,
one set in the 1950's on an outback cattle station in
Queensland, and the other in the present time, and on
the same outback Cattle Station. They offer a look into
the life of young aboriginal boys, and how having a white
friend can be complicate life.
Fun, danger, big decisions, and Dreamtime spirits, these
all combine to put Taconi's life in turmoil. Fear of his
man ceremony does not help. His mate, Claude, a sulfur
crested cockatoo, offers many helpful and funny one-liners.
and Bindi, on ther other hand, test their friendship under
life threatening conditions, yet manage to stay friends.
They come out stronger and more sure of their place in
life, their friendship, and how to make choices that work
well and solve problems.
Fun page offers details about the animals that
wander through the outback.
Australian Aboriginals believe that all things come from
the Dreamtime, and
go back there when their time on earth is finished.
*The Dreaming - When aboriginals let themselves go back
in time and revisit the past.
*Spirit Man - These are messengers from the Dreamtime.
*Billabong - This is a deep water hole in a creek or river.
*Lubra - what aboriginal women are called.
SAYINGS & WORDS -
Bonzer - both these mean great, good or terrific.
She'll be Jake - means everything will be fine or all
Cripes - kind of surprised.
Stunned Mullet - surprised - amazed - shocked
Sheila - a slang term for Australian women (Not at all
Jackaroo - someone who rides a horse and drives or herds
Tucker - food
Melaleuca - a native shrub.
Biscuits - What the US call cookies.
Jumper - what Aussies call a sweater.
Family saga that crosses the Pacific Ocean (Aussie
Word glossary at the back of the book)
story is about the anger young Andy feels about things
he has no control over, and his Grandma Rose, in far off
Australia, alone and far from her family in Oregon. It
is about a budding young friendship, and the need to be
valued and loved, no matter how old you are. Wisdom come
to some with age, and the stories in the letters Rose
writes to Andy proves this. They shock and amaze Andy
and his fiend Kelly. Yet between the letters their daily
life flows on, often not so smoothly, on both sides of
the Pacific Ocean. When asked, sneaky Grandma Rose offers
insghts and stories that make Andy think. He slowly changes
from a miserable young teen, obcessed with playing computer
games, to a bike riding enthusiast who becomes a "birder."
He learns to accept what he can not change right now,
and work to make the changes he longs for cometrue in
the future. His parents are also working to bring about
change, and a return to the life they enjoyed before being
laid off work. Helping a friend, and realizing that the
friend envies what HE has, makes Andy sort out his priorities.
*Can people be long-distance friends?
*Do you think Grandma Rose was sneaky?
*Is Andy right to feel angry about what life dumped on
you know someone who has similar problems to Andy and
*Did you guess what a Comfort Station was?
*Do you think older people are smarter than youger people?
*Do you check out facts about new things ( like the Aussie
Animals) on the Internet.
*Are your parents always telling you to quit playing computer
games and go read a book?
*Are friendships between kids and their grandparents really
*What do you think Andy and Kelly learned from Grandma
Rose's stories and letters?
* If you have a grandparent, ask them about what it was
like when THEY were growing up.
See if they share any similaraties with Grandma Rose's
Down Under Fun
- where you can find information
about the Aussie critters that visit
Grandma Rose's back yard on my website.
Frannie and Jeff couldn't be more different. Optomistic
Frannie is eager to make new friends and get on with her
life. Jeff is consumed with doom and gloom about their
Dad's promotion, and their move to Oregon. Summer vacation
looms for both of them, lonely and friendless. Until Thelma
Hill arrives. Not exactly the friend either of them imagined.
No one believes in ghosts, but all the same, there she
is, haunting their rented house and raving on about revenge.
Their basement is Thelma's resting place, and she is guarded
by a jealous arachnid named Adolpha - YIKES!! When her
fear abates, Frannie agrees to help trap Thelma's Killer
and a reluctant Jeff is dragged along with her.
story offers plenty of goosebumps, and the idea that a
good friend will always help you out. It also proves the
old addage that "blood is thicker than water."
They plot and plan together. Thelma Hill might be a ghost,
but she becomes a sort of mother figure to Frannie. Her
Mom has been mysteriously missing for a few years, and
Thelma promises to call in a few "other worldly"
favors to discover what happened to her.
friends sometimes prove the best friends of all, and this
is true of Frannie and Thelma Hill. It turns out that
they need each other, and NEED is a strong bond. Even
Jeff sees the light at the end, and his bravery is wonderful
to behold. After all, Frannie is his twin, and Thelma's
killer can not be allowed to make her victim #2. Friendship,
need, and a ghost's longing for revenge on her killer:
this is the glue that keeps a ghosly tale on track. Oh,
and don't forget the frying pan. Without it there would
be NO happy ending for Frannie, Jeff, or the Ghost of
you have a sibling like Jeff ?
*What do you think his problem was? *Is
there sibling rivalry in your family? *Should
the ghost have asked Frannie to take such dangerous risks? *Do
you think ghosts are real? *Is
Frannie brave for hunting down the man who killed Thelma
should she have said NO when the ghost asked for help? *
Are you afraid of arachnids - spiders?
* Could you keep such a big secret from your parents? *
Do you have a scary basement at your house?
* Do you dream of people you love?
* Did you think Thelma Hill would return with news of
Frannie's missing Mom - or not?
* Do you have a friend you really need to be on your side?
*Do you think you could help someone in need the way Frannie
did. It doesn't have to be a ghost - just someone that
needs your help and support?
*If you were in Frannie's place, could you think of Thelma
Hill as a friend?
is a procrastinator. She puts off until later, things
she should do RIGHT NOW--like the essay her teacher wants
her to write. Her mom has nagged, but Daisy has not even
begun writing it, and it is due tomorrow. You see the
Thesaurus confuses her, so she does not want to look there
for the fantastic new words the teacher told the class
to use. Then, this weird critter arrived. Bartholomew
Q was his name. He whisked her into Word World. As well
as the fabulous words that kept popping into her head,
there were Oogledorks, Dynoroars and Talking Adjective
and Verb trees, plus other scary things--like Evil Big
Crow. And Daisy never guessed she would be kidnapped inside
a Thesaurus? Can the Lord High Bookworm save her? Will
Bartholomew Q Bookworm come to the rescue, or will Daisy
have to do it all herself? And how can butterflies, Swan
Airlines, and sad and bedraggled Raccoon, help her get
back home? You know the answer. . . read it yourself!
you know someone who procrastinates? *What
sort of things do YOU put off until later?
*Would you like to go inside a Thesaurus and have an adventure,
* How about that cool Thesaurus Pathway, and those giant
*Do you think there are Featherbutt Birds anywhere else
in the world?
*Would you be brave and resourceful like Daisy.
*Is Daisy rude to call Bartholomew Q. "Green Fish
*What if we all had sparkling yellow eyes, like the World
World critters? *Would
you like a ride on Swan airlines? *What
about having a bookworm or a Oogledork for a pet? *Where
are the Adjectives, Nowns, and Verbs on the talking trees?
you bounce a Glo Ball, or run faster than a Dynoroar? *What
do you think Daisy learned from her adventures in Word
you think she will go bachk to see them all again, and
have another adventure?
*What did Daisy bring back with her?
Daisy's adventure, the SUPER new words that pop into her
head are in BOLD. In
Kindle these can be instantly clicked on and explained.
OR use your Thesaurus.
- TEACHER GUIDE
RHYMING PICTURE BOOK TITLES
told in rhyme) How
the Australian aboriginals survived the arrival of the white
lyrical verses in Dreamtime Man take readers back in
time, to how Australan Aboriginal tribes lived for thousands
of years. Their belief in the Dreamtime and its Spirits shaped
happened when they first came into contact with the white
settlers had tragic consequences for them. The white man spread
disaster and misery. Their aboriginal culture and way of life
was forever changed. Suggested reading age eight and up.
*Do you think you could live in the harsh Aussie outback?
*There are no supermarkets, so what did the aboriginals
*Where is the Daintree and what is it?
*What does the Dreamtime mean to the Tribes?
*Where do the Dreamtime spirits live?
*Why did the white settlers kill the aboriginals? *What
was the name of the bark and grass shelters they made?
*When did some ribesmen stop going naked?
*If your mom belonged to one of the tribes, what would they
*Do you remember what goes on at a Corrobboree?
you fell into a Billabong, where would you be?
*When a tribesman says he is visiting URULU, where is he
*Would you eat a witchetty grub?
the Parent/Teacher guide at the back of the Dreamtime
for links to tribal life and lore, the Dreamtime culture,
and places these tribes lived.
guide included - +
many helpful links
This is a fun read that also helps kids with dyslexia
- and their parents.
to Help Your Child with Dyslexia Thrive:
with Dysllexia are usually very smart-their brains are
simply wired in a different way. If
your child has dyslexia, it is important to let him/her
know that some of the world's most famous actors, painters,
musicians, and scientists, learned HOW to make their dyslexia
behave. Here are just a few famous names:
Gates, Albert Einstein, Tom Cruise, Mohamid Ali, Orlando
Bloom, Magic Johnson, Oprah Winfrey + Harry Potter's Daniel
Radcliffe. You can find more by Googling. Dyslectic
kids are usually smart, and with the right early guidance
they will flourish as adults.
Dyslexia is a problem with the brain's ability to translate
written images into meaningful language. It is the
most common learning disability in children. Dyslexia
usually occurs in children with normal vision and normal
intelligence. Children with dyslexia usually have normal
speech, but may have difficulty interpreting spoken language,
reading and writing. Children with dyslexia need individualized
tutoring. This involves a multisensory education program.
Supporting your child emotionally also plays an important
part in their ability to learn ways for their brain to
NEVER BE AFRAID TO SEEK HELP!
Common Symptoms (taken from the Mayo Clinic link below)
Dyslexia symptoms can be difficult to recognize before
your child enters school, but some early clues may indicate
a problem. Once your child reaches school age, teacher
may be first to notice a problem.
Signs and symptoms that a young child may be at risk of
*Adding new words slowly
School Age: Once your child is in school, dyslexia
symptoms may become more apparent, including:
*Reading at a level well below the expected level for
the age of your child
*Problems processing and understanding what he or she
*Difficulty comprehending rapid instructions
*Trouble following more than one command at a time
*Problems remembering the sequence of things
*Difficulty seeing (and occasionally hearing) similarities
and differences in letters and words
*An inability to sound out the pronunciation of an unfamiliar
* Seeing letters or words in reverse (b for d or saw for
was) - although seeing words or letters in reverse is
common for children younger than 8 who don't have dyslexia,
children with dyslexia will continue to see reversals
past that age + difficulty spelling
is a fun read that also offers thoughts and ideas that
could help a child adjust to a
"Sudden Big Change."
change in a child's life can confuse and upset them.
This is what happened in Ruthie and the Hippo's Fat Behind.
Her parent's sudden move made Ruthie feel lost, lonely,
and cross at everyone The death of a loved one, divorce,
a new baby, or a move far from friends, are big changes
that could make your child act out in ways similar to
you've both finished reading about Ruthie and her Hippo,
and you've enjoyed all the fun illustrations, ask your
child what they think about Ruthie. Ask if they can guess
why she acted so bratty and rude.
Do you think Ruthie really hated her Mom and Dad?
* Was there a good reason for her to act rude and mean?
* Would Ruthie have felt better, if she and her parents
had talked about it?
* Was Ruthie lonely? Did she miss her friends?
* Do you think feeling lonely is an excuse for acting
rude or mean?
* Would your parents put up with you being a brat, like
* Why do you think finding the puppy made Ruthie happy
* Do you sometimes have moods that are big and ugly, "Like
some Hippo's Fat Behind?"
* What makes you overflow with happiness, like Ruthie
did at the end of the book?
* Did you like the Hippo? Do you think he stole Ruthie's
If your child is reacting badly to big
changes, like Ruthie, talking to them about
it might make a difference.
possible, prepare them ahead of time, by explaining the
reasons for the change.
* Keep your explanation simple and easy to understand.
* Play up any positive aspects the change may offer.*
¢ Encourage your child to talk to you about this
change, and what scares them about it.
* Then, listen to what they say in return. Answer each
of their questions without unnecessary elaboration.
* Reassure them that you will always love and care for
* A discreet bribe can smooth a transition period: like
the promise of that kitten, or the computer game they
have been nagging you about.
* Be patient, loving, and understanding.
approach depends on the age and maturity of your child.
However, you need to recognize when your efforts are not
working. Be prepared, if necessary, to consult a professional
about how to guide and help your child through the scary
hurdles of "Big Change."
are 3 websites that offer a great deal of help, plus insights
into the problems children face, when dealing with big
changes in their lives.
catching rattlers, and Gran's determination to cook
them up into jam, instead of the pies and fritters Pa
craves, has instant appeal. That barfey green jam, full
of gross lumpa and bumps, hooks most boys - and lots
you have crazy grandparents like this?
* Would grandparents like this be fun to have?
* Why did Grandpa catch all those rattlers?
* Did he do it to make Grandma happy, or because
he enjoyed hunting them?
* Would you rather hunt them with Grandpa or cook
them with Grandma?
*What do you think her Rattlesnake Jam tasted like
- delicious or yucky?
is sinply a fun story that will appeal to small
No hidden agenda intended.
Animal PICTURE BOOKS
Both rhyming and text.
animals from the U.S. and Australia.
Written in rhyme. Fun facts to learn.
Oscar looks mean, nasty, and ugly--like
all Tasmanian Devils. But Oscar IS different. He has
a warm and gentle heart, and longs to make friends with
the other Aussie bush critters. Yet everyone in the
bush is scared of him. They run away when he appears.
Oscar has to convince them that he IS DIFFERENT. But
How? With help from a chatty Blue Kingfisher, a baby
koala, and a young wombat. Finally, Oscar findssome
great bush mates.
*Look at a map and find Tasmania
(HINT-find Australia first) *Were
the bush animals wrong to judge Oscar by how he looked? *Do
you think being different is a good thing or bad thing?
*Would you make friends with Oscar?
*Do you think you should judge other kids by how they
look, or by how well they treat you?
*Who was the first animal to stand up for Oscar?
*Who first made him see that he DID look mean and ugly?
*Would you like to be different--or like everyine else. *If
someone is kind and gentle, does it matter if they are
a bit different in some way?
*If you were different in some way, would you hope that
others would like you just the same?
In the Parent/Teacher guide at the back, there are links
to more serious help, + guidance for parents, and also
for kids that
feel they do not fit in. There questions to ask and answer.
The heart of this story is to be aware that how you act
is more important than what you look like. That being
DIFFERENT is often a very GOOD THING!
Kobi was a Koala that
thought he knew all the bush-smarts he needed. He ran
away from his mom, and looked for a gum tree of his
own. This was a dangerous business. He ended up scared
and homeless, and missing his mom very much. He needed
to learm more bush-smarts--and FAST, if he were to stay
alive. Jumping Grasshoppers, how will poor Kobi manage
all alone in the Ausie bush. You had better read on
and see for yourself.
*Does one set of SMARTS fit all critters?
*Who told Kobi that the bush was a dangerous place?
*Should you be scared of Dingoes-- and what are they?
*Do you know what Koalas eat and drink?
*Was Kobi dumb to go off on his own?
*What do you call a baby kangaroo?
*Would it be fun if ALL mothers had a cozy pouch--including
*What do you think Kobi learned?
*Where did Kobi finally go to find his own bush-smarts.
*Which Aussie critter is a real "house husband."
Parent/Teacher guide has an Aussie vocab-word and animal
+ a word puzzle, and "Bush-Smarts" page.
a smart Old Man Roo escapes a pack of wild dogs (dingoes),
and teaches them a lesson they won't forget in a hurry.
Other Aussie critters run and hide. This is an Australian
aboriginal Dreamtime Fable.
*Go to Down
Under Fun and read more about kangaroos and
the other Aussie critters in this book.
*What is your favorite Aussie animal?
*Is Old Man Roo smart or brave?
*Do you think the dingoes are bullies?
*Do you know a bully?
*Did Old Man Roo do the right thing?
*If he hadn't drowned them what do you think would have
happened to him?
*How do the dingoes hunt their prey?
*Are the other animasl cowards for running and hiding?
*Why didn't Echidna worry or hide?
A year in the life of Mama and her cubs.
Links to fun stuff and information at the back of the
book + a word puzzle.
*What do grizzly bears fear the most?
*Can you name a favorite food of Grizzlies?
*What would happen if cubs did not obey their mama?
*What do you call animals that eat meat and vegetaton?
*Where do they go in winter?
*What do you call baby bears?
*Are there other animal that US Grizzly Bears fear?
*What fish do they love to eat?
*Do you think Mama is a good mother?
COOL Kids, + Parent/Teacher pages are at the back +
a word puzzle.
Say BOO to a Frilly" Vocab words included at the
bottom of each page 3x
Individual stories - Fun facts about unique Aussie critters.
1 - "Never Say BOO"
....Tells you the secret
of the Frillneck Lizard.
do Frillneck Lizards remind you of?
*Do you know what the eat?
*Are they mean or shy?
*Is the Frillneck a coward? *What
happens when you shout BOO!
- "Rainbow Birds"
....Go flying with Australia's
wild parrots, cockatoos and parakeets..
can cockatoos do that is unusual?
*What do these birds eat? *Who
do they say painted each bird's bright colors?
*Where do they live?
- "Tasmanian Devil Dance"
.....Stalk the bad tempered
T.D. in all his nastiness!
*What does the TD's face look like?
*Does the Tsmanian Devil have lots of mates?
*What are meat eatrs called?
*Name his special skills?
*Where is Tasmania? ( HINT: near Australia)
devils are an endangered species.
See more information on
DOWN UNDER FUN
Dogs *Where do Prairie dogs make their home?
*How long do the babies stay indoors?
*What animals hunt them?
*What do they eat?
Stinker (skunk) *Would you like one as a pet?
*What do you do when they spray you?
*How would you like what they eat on YOUR plate?
*Where do the like to snuggle up and sleep?
Bald Eagle *What helps Bald Eagles to fly?
*Do they have good eyesight-or do they need glasses?
*What do they eat?
*Where do eagles nest? *When
did they first become America's proud symbol?
*What color arethe bald eagle's eyes?
3 short rhyming stories tell fun facts about US critters.
There is a Vocab Word page at the back, and extra information
about each animal.
US CRITTERS for extra information about
all the US animals in my books:
is a squirrel's vavorite food?
*What kind of tails do they have?
*Where do they store their food?
*What colors are they?
Cats *What is another name for cats?
*Where do they like to nap?
*Do they like to hunt outside?
*Do they always come when you call?
Bumblebees *Do bumblebees have a sleek flying
*Do they have stingers?
*What work do they do?
*Where do bumblebees live?
*What do they call the head bumblebee?
Find more information on the back cover.
Go to WILD
US CRITTERS for more information on Bumblebees
GREEN and ENDANGERED:
Frillneck Lizards, Koalas, Tasmanian devils
+ US Prairie Dogs, are just three of the
animals that global warming and humal expansion
could push into extinction.
Warming is affecting everything on our Planet Earth.
Forces that change how, where, and if trees and
plants will grow, the temperature of rivers and
oceans, and the state of the ice at both poles,
has a ripple effect, that if not stopped, will spread
far beyond what we imagine today.
powerful, fragile and delightful animals in my series
of books might not be around when the children you
are teaching reach middle age. Fun lessons can show
children how not to repeat the ecological mistakes
of their parents and grandparents.
links below offer helpful information you can
include in lessons about what makes Planet Earth
keep spinning, and what needs to be done to keep
our wonderfully diverse flora and fauna thriving
for centuries to come - not to mention future
generations of our children.
where kids can get a feel for our planet,
plus the flora and fauna treasureswe
might soon lose.
Science Daily- This
website overflows with first aid for our troubled
Teachers - Teachers, are you interested
in getting involved in Kids Do Ecology? Find
out how by visiting our Teacher Information page.
Below are some helpful links for integrating ecology
into your classroom.