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General Information

Name:  Gail Gibbons  

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Audience: Children;


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Gibbons grew up in Chicago and attended the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

Biographical and Professional Information

Gail Gibbons is an author and illustrator. As a child growing up in Chicago, Gail created her first picture book at the age of four. It was four pages long and bound together with yarn. Soon thereafter, she began taking art lessons and started writing her own stories. Gail studied graphic design at the University of Illinois and after graduating she went to work for a small TV station doing graphic work. Later, she moved to New York City where she worked on " Take a Giant Step" a children’s show that was the forerunner to "The Electric Company." The children who participated in the show suggested that Gail should create children’s books.Gibbons currently resides in Corinth, Vermont.


American Library Association Notable Book award, 1983, for Cars and How They Go, and 1985, for The Milk Makers; Washington Post/ Children's Book Guild Award, 1987, for contribution to nonfiction children's literature; International Reading Association Children's Choice Award, 1989, 1995; American Bookseller Pick of the Lists, 1992.

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Selected Titles At Your Library

ISBN: 9781430113430. OCLC Number: 965379637

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Curious about apples?... Bonnie Kelley Young reads the text slowly so that listeners can absorb all the facts and instructions and peruse the bright illustrations... A good choice for elementary science units and to satisfy requests in the fall for books about apples.-School Library Journal

Apples /
ISBN: 0823416690. OCLC Number: 42935657

Holiday House,. .

Explains how apples were brought to America, how they grow, their traditional uses and cultural significance, and some of the varieties grown.

ISBN: 0823414574. OCLC Number: 40654798

Holiday House,. .

Describes different kinds of bats, their physical characteristics, habits and behavior, and efforts to protect them.

Behold ... the dragons! /
ISBN: 068815526X. OCLC Number: 39122761

Morrow Junior Books,. .

Explains how myths about dragons developed, different types of dragons, what draconologists do, and how different cultures portray dragons.

Behold-- the unicorns! /
ISBN: 068817955X. OCLC Number: 45363738

HarperCollins,. .

For centuries people believed in unicorns, legendary creatures that were said to have magical powers. Today these one-horned creatures still have a special power -- the power to capture our imaginations. Using careful research and spirited illustrations to explain the origins, mythology, and folklore of the unicorn, Gail Gibbons, gets right to the heart of why these marvelous creatures are still so popular today.--

Bicycle book
ISBN: 9780823436347. OCLC Number: 935642873

Holiday House,. .

Boat book
ISBN: 082343978X. OCLC Number: 1034609564

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Boats come in all sizes and we use them in different ways. for recreation, for transportation, and even for police work and fighting fires.

Catch the wind! :
ISBN: 0316309966. OCLC Number: 18558560

Little, Brown,. .

When two children visit Ike's Kite Shop they learn about kites and how to fly them. Includes instructions for building a kite.

Caves and Caverns.
ISBN: 9781442066946. OCLC Number: 422753879

Paw Prints. .

Check It Out!
ISBN: 9781442066601. OCLC Number: 422753801

Paw Prints. .

Chicks & chickens
ISBN: 9780823419395. OCLC Number: 50417268

Holiday House,. .

An introduction to the physical characteristics, behavior, and life cycle of chickens, as well as a discussion of how chickens are raised on farms.

Christmas is ...
ISBN: 0823415821. OCLC Number: 45639060

Holiday House,. .

All of the ways and reasons for celebrating Christmas.

Click! :
ISBN: 0439148723. OCLC Number: 43468290

Scholastic,. .

Describes the basic parts of a camera and how to take photographs.

Clocks and how they go
ISBN: 0690039735. OCLC Number: 4835237

Crowell,. .

Describes the weight clock and the spring clock and how they work.

Coral Reefs
ISBN: 9600040005853. OCLC Number: 1078559666

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Deadline! :
ISBN: 0690046022. OCLC Number: 13947473

Crowell,. .

Examines the diverse behind-the-scenes activities of a typical working day at a small daily newspaper, from morning preparations for meeting the deadline to the moment the afternoon papers leave the presses.

Department store
ISBN: 0064460282. OCLC Number: 13740472

Harper & Row,. .

Describes the activities in a busy department store during a typical day.

ISBN: 9780823415199. OCLC Number: 320082396

Holiday House,. .

An introduction to the characteristics of deserts and the plants and animals that inhabit them.

Dinosaur discoveries
ISBN: 9780823441426. OCLC Number: 1040231812

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Describes the work of paleontologists, relates special features of dinosaur groups, and examines the most recent theories of what led to their extinction.

ISBN: 9780823440108. OCLC Number: 1020793241

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Step back in time ... to the Age of the Dinosaurs! Dinosaurs ruled Earth for milions of years. Some were small and could run very, very fast. Others were big and covered with spikes and plates for protection. Some were huge and terrified other dinosaurs with their long, sharp teeth. In this newly revised edition, Dinosaurs! reflects further paleontological discoveries made since its publication in 2008, while still offering young dino-enthusiasts a timeless and accessible look at these magnificent creatures.--Jacket.

ISBN: 0590127438. OCLC Number: 46614179

Scholastic Inc.,. .

An introduction to dogs including their history, types of breeds, senses, and ways of communication.

ISBN: 0439404665. OCLC Number: 56757438

Scholastic,. .

ISBN: 9781451766387. OCLC Number: 794038433

Paw Prints. .

ISBN: 059060368X. OCLC Number: 38173777

Scholastic,. .

Describes different types of emergency vehicles and the kind of emergencies they are used for.

Exploring the deep, dark sea
ISBN: 9780823441525. OCLC Number: 1048659627

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To explore the deep sea, oceanographers climb into submersibles and employ ROVs to find out more about the ocean and ocean floor. Journey with them to the deep sea. Explains the technology for exploration and the kinds of animals found at different sea levels--Amazon.

ISBN: 1306862051. OCLC Number: 881366715

Holiday House,. .

Farms are busy places throughout the year. Animals are born; fields are plowed and planted, and crops are harvested. The winters are quiet, but there are always chores to be done ... and soon spring will come again. Here Gail Gibbons describes the activities and special qualities of life on a family farm.

Fill it up! :
ISBN: 0690044402. OCLC Number: 11291453

T.Y. Crowell,. .

Describes a busy day at a gas station, with cars coming in for gas or repairs.

Fire! Fire!
ISBN: 9781442017528. OCLC Number: 11222961

Crowell,. .

Views fire fighters fighting fires in the city, in the country, in the forest, and on the waterfront.

ISBN: 0823405990. OCLC Number: 12664147

Holiday House,. .

Presents a brief history of flight, from balloons to more sophisticated means of air transportation such as helicopters, jet planes, and shuttles.

ISBN: 9781430113522. OCLC Number: 1005702889

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An introduction to frogs, discussing their tadpole beginnings, noises they make, their hibernation, body parts, and how they differ from toads.

From path to highway :
ISBN: 069004514X. OCLC Number: 12370353

Crowell,. .

A history of the Boston Post Road from its early days as a series of Indian trails to the present.

From seed to plant
ISBN: 9780823408726. OCLC Number: 22387938

Holiday House,. .

Explores the intricate relationship between seeds and the plants which they produce.

Galaxies, Galaxies!
ISBN: 9780823440825. OCLC Number: 1034724199

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Groundhog Day!
ISBN: 9781520045832. OCLC Number: 953440269

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Every February 2nd, people all across the country wonder about the groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil. Will he see his shadow on that day or won't he? Will spring come early or late?

Halloween is-- :
ISBN: 9781681416588. OCLC Number: 914218568

Dreamscape Media LLC,. .

A celebration that provides all kinds of spooky fun. Discover the origins and history of Halloween traditions and festivities from ancient times to the present day.

Happy birthday!
ISBN: 0590726021. OCLC Number: 28643629

Scholastic,. .

Examines the historical beliefs, traditions, and celebrations associated with birthdays.

ISBN: 9780823424436. OCLC Number: 815306819

Holiday House,. .

Presents information on horses, including their physical characteristics, behavior, and how to ride a horse.

How a house is built
ISBN: 9781520045788. OCLC Number: 953440055

Dreamscape Media,. .

Clear wording explains the tools, materials, and workers needed to build a house, from basement to roof and everything in between.

I lost my tooth in Africa
ISBN: 9780439699389. OCLC Number: 54503885

Scholastic Press,. .

While visiting her father's family in Mali, a young girl loses a tooth, places it under a calabash, and receives a hen and a rooster from the African Tooth Fairy.

Ice cream :
ISBN: 9780823421558. OCLC Number: 61229832

Holiday House,. .

Discusses the history of ice cream, how it is made, and different flavors, and how it is sold.

Knights in shining armor
ISBN: 9780316049832. OCLC Number: 501030437

Hachette Book Group,. .

Describes the skills needed to become a knight, illustrations of the armor, and some of the famous knights of the Middle Ages.

Lights! Camera! Action! :
ISBN: 0064460886. OCLC Number: 20154167

Harper & Row,. .

A step-by-step description of how a movie is made, including writing the script, casting, rehearsing, creating the scenery and costumes, editing the film, and attending the premier.

Little fish, big fish
ISBN: 0590444921. OCLC Number: 24908962

Scholastic,. .

The concept of opposites, such as little and big, is explored through pages that fold out.

Locks & keys
ISBN: 069004058X. OCLC Number: 5941099

Crowell,. .

Traces the history of locks and keys from ancient times to the present, describing the development of increasingly complex and pick-proof locks and how they work.

Marge's diner
ISBN: 0690046049. OCLC Number: 18781673

T.Y. Crowell,. .

Focuses on a small town diner where Marge and her workers prepare and serve meals to hungry customers twenty-four hours a day.

Marshes & swamps
ISBN: 0823413470. OCLC Number: 37211051

Holiday House,. .

Defines marshes and swamps, discusses how conditions in them may change, and examines the life found in and around them.

Monarch butterfly. 4 bks.
ISBN: 9781430109457. OCLC Number: 897057752

Live Oak Media,. .

Moon Book.
ISBN: 130686206X. OCLC Number: 881366749

Holiday House,. .

Some planets have many moons. Earth has one. Because it is so close to Earth, our moon is the brightest and biggest light in our night sky. Here is information about our moon, including how the oceans' tides are affected by it, why the same side always faces Earth, why there are different phases of the moon, and why there are solar and lunar eclipses. The book ends with a list of legends and facts, from the man in the moon to the first person to land on it.

Mummies, pyramids, and pharaohs :
ISBN: 9780316092562. OCLC Number: 501038441

Little, Brown and Co./Hachette Book Group,. .

Provides an overview of life in ancient Egypt, describing the people, daily activities, beliefs and customs, and what has been learned from artifacts left behind.

My baseball book
ISBN: 0439444276. OCLC Number: 51177841

Scholastic,. .

An introduction to baseball, describing the equipment, playing field, rules, players, and process of the game.

My basketball book /
ISBN: 0688171400. OCLC Number: 43109920

HarperCollins Publishers,. .

Introduces the basics of the game of basketball, describing the players, court, techniques, and rules of play.

My football book /
ISBN: 0688171397. OCLC Number: 43109868

HarperCollins Publishers,. .

Introduces the basics of the game of football, describing the players, field, and how the game is played.

My football book.
ISBN: 9780758718709. OCLC Number: 1003686191

HarperCollins Publishers,. .

Introduces the basics of the game of football, describing the players, field, and how the game is played.

My soccer book /
ISBN: 0688171389. OCLC Number: 41482308

HarperCollins Publishers,. .

Briefly describes the equipment, terminology, rules, positions, and plays of one of the world's most popular games.

Nature's green umbrella :
ISBN: 0688123546. OCLC Number: 28112603

Morrow Junior Books,. .

Describes the climatic conditions of the rain forest as well as the different layers of plants and animals that comprise the ecosystem. The ecosystem of the rain forest is explained, with material on how these resources should be protected and preserved.

New road!
ISBN: 0064460592. OCLC Number: 16415807

HarperTrophy,. .

Describes the planning and construction of a new road.

ISBN: 0439895251. OCLC Number: 86074112

Scholastic Inc.,. .

Owls are known for their haunting calls; yet when they are hunting, they can swoop down and snatch prey without making a sound. There are about 140 different kinds of owls, and they live on every continent except Antarctica. From the smallest, the elf owl, to the largest, the great gray owl, here is information about the 21 types that are believed to be living in North America. From egg to owlet to fierce bird of prey, this book offers an insightful look at these impressive creatures of the night.

Paper, paper everywhere
ISBN: 0152014918. OCLC Number: 37764129

Harcourt Brace,. .

Briefly discusses where paper comes from, how it is made, and how we use it.

ISBN: 9781430113638. OCLC Number: 969899768

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Mazzoli's steady, clear narration is perfect for articulating facts about these birds of the Arctic. Listeners will relish hearing about the variety of penguins and their distinctive characteristics.... Penguin calls and sounds from the habitat complete the recording. -AudioFile 2011

ISBN: 9780823415540. OCLC Number: 39347222

Holiday House,. .

Examines the basic characteristics, common breeds, intelligence, behavior, life cycle, and uses of pigs.

Planet Earth, inside out
ISBN: 0688158498. OCLC Number: 31606298

Morrow Junior Books,. .

Examines Earth from its red-hot core to the highest peak.

ISBN: 0823405532. OCLC Number: 11187983

Holiday House,. .

Introduces the various types of playground equipment, including swings, slides, and sandboxes, as well as games and toys that may be enjoyed at the playground.

Polar bears
ISBN: 9780823417681. OCLC Number: 45446365

Holiday House,. .

Watercolor illustrations and text provide information about how polar bears swim and hunt, how they keep warm and dry, and many other ways they adapt to their environment.

Prehistoric animals
ISBN: 082341261X. OCLC Number: 972722935

Holiday House,. .

Introduces, in text and illustrations, a variety of prehistoric animals whose fossilized remains have provided scientists with clues about their physical characteristics and the environment in which they lived.

Puff-- flash-- bang! :
ISBN: 1563347032. OCLC Number: 39146632

Hampton-Brown Books,. .

Describes ways people say things to each other without using spoken or written words such as beacon fires, hand signals, alarms, and flags.

Rabbits, rabbits, & more rabbits!
ISBN: 0439216710. OCLC Number: 51609517

Scholastic Press,. .

Describes different kinds of rabbits, their physical characteristics, behavior, where they live, and how to care for them.

Reasons for Seasons.
ISBN: 1299783384. OCLC Number: 855896330

Holiday House,. .

Why is there winter in the Southern Hemisphere at the same time there is summer in the Northern Hemisphere? Here is an explanation of how the position of the Earth in relation to the sun causes seasons, and the wonders that come with each one of them. Summer. Autumn. Winter. Spring comes again. Year after year the seasons repeat themselves.

Recycle! :
ISBN: 0785791507. OCLC Number: 74150401

Sagebrush,. .

Explains the process of recycling from start to finish and discusses what happens to paper, glass, aluminum cans, and plastic when they are recycled into new products.

Santa who?
ISBN: 0688155286. OCLC Number: 40251650

Morrow Junior Books,. .

Describes the origins and evolution of Santa Claus, from the Turkish Saint Nicholas to the jolly, red-suited Santa of today. Also discusses similar legendary figures in other cultures.

Say woof! :
ISBN: 0027367819. OCLC Number: 25200330

Macmillan ;. .

Describes the work of a veterinarian and some of the procedures and instruments he uses to treat animals in his office and on farms. Also tells how to take good care of pets.

Sea Turtles
ISBN: 9781430113782. OCLC Number: 965822696

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...a valuable and effective program. -School Library Journal

ISBN: 0874992745. OCLC Number: 26988617

Live Oak Media,. .

An introduction to the world of sharks by author/illustrator Gail Gibbons that combines succinct text and color illustrations, with interesting facts about how they differ from other fish, how their bodies work and how they survive in their environment. Offers advice on what to do if one encounters a shark while in water.

Si mian huan hai :
ISBN: 9787544736077. OCLC Number: 913264754

Yi lin chu ban she,. .

ISBN: 9780823423002. OCLC Number: 144548339

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Information about these cold-blooded animals, including their physical characteristics, where they live, how they give birth, and more.

Soaring with the wind :
ISBN: 068813730X. OCLC Number: 36923146

Morrow Junior Books,. .

Describes the characteristics, behavior, and life cycle of the bald eagle.

ISBN: 1595190848. OCLC Number: 57342491

Live Oak Media,. .

Examines the physical characteristics, behavior, habitats, and different kinds of spiders.

ISBN: 0590474863. OCLC Number: 34162213

Scholastic,. .

Tells what stars are, why they twinkle, how constellations were named, how telescopes are used to study stars, and more.

Sun Up, Sun Down.
ISBN: 9781442026230. OCLC Number: 317463174

Paw Prints. .

Sunken treasure
ISBN: 039578610X. OCLC Number: 43461088

Houghton Mifflin,. .

Describes the many-years-long search for the treasure that went down with the Atocha, a Spanish galleon sunk off Florida in a hurricane in 1622. Includes facts about four other famous shipwrecks.

Surrounded by sea :
ISBN: 082341941X. OCLC Number: 56194980

Holiday House,. .

Discover what life is like season by season when you're surrounded by the sea--Jacket flap.

Tell me, tree :
ISBN: 0439652618. OCLC Number: 56124886

Scholastic, Inc.,. .

Featuring a special section on how children can make a tree identification book of their own, this title is a bright and colorful introduction to trees, leaves, and their inner workings in nature.

Tell me, tree :
ISBN: 0316309036. OCLC Number: 45209166

Little Brown & Co.,. .

Featuring a special section on how children can make a tree identification book of their own, this title is a bright and colorful introduction to trees, leaves, and their inner workings in nature.

Thanksgiving Day
ISBN: 9781430105152. OCLC Number: 226436020

Live Oak Media,. .

A thorough introduction to the rich history, traditions and customs of the holiday.

The art box
ISBN: 0823413861. OCLC Number: 38090858

Holiday House,. .

Describes the many different kinds of tools and supplies which artists use to produce their work.

The ballad of the pirate queens
ISBN: 0152007105. OCLC Number: 30112412

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Two women who sailed with Calico Jack Rackham and his pirates in the early 1700s do their best to defend their ship while the men on board are busy drinking.

The berry book
ISBN: 0823416976. OCLC Number: 47690161

Holiday House,. .

Describes different types of berries and how they grow. Includes recipes with berry ingredients.

The great St. Lawrence Seaway
ISBN: 0688069843. OCLC Number: 23286544

Morrow Junior Books,. .

Tells the story of this inland waterway from the earliest explorers' dream of an Orient passage to today's vast computer-operated system of canals, locks, and gates, and the ships that traverse them.

The honey makers
ISBN: 0688175317. OCLC Number: 33207421

Morrow Junior Books,. .

Covers the physical structure of honeybees and how they live in colonies, as well as how they produce honey and are managed by beekeepers.--Title page verso.

The magnificent Morris Mouse clubhouse
ISBN: 0531035409. OCLC Number: 7206495

F. Watts,. .

Morris Mouse's tail is always in the way until he starts to build his very own clubhouse.

The milk makers
ISBN: 0590459643. OCLC Number: 27763442

Scholastic Inc.,. .

Explains how cows produce milk and how it is processed before being delivered to stores.

The planets
ISBN: 9780823439669. OCLC Number: 999408088

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Discusses the movements, location, and characteristics of the planets in Earth's solar system.

The post office book :
ISBN: 0808574264. OCLC Number: 43914457

HarperCollins,. .

A step-by-step description of what happens to mail from the time it is deposited in the mailbox to its arrival at its destination. Also includes brief historical facts about mail service in the United States.

The pottery place
ISBN: 0152632654. OCLC Number: 15197871

Harcourt Brace Jovanovich,. .

Describes the history and process of potterymaking by following a potter through a day of work.

The puffins are back!
ISBN: 9780823441631. OCLC Number: 1035809837

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Introduces readers to the lives of puffins and puffin conservation.

The pumpkin book
ISBN: 9781430125549. OCLC Number: 949880529

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Blending factual information with fun tidbits, Gail Gibbons takes a popular autumn symbol and explores its growth cycle from seed to table. The informative text, including instructions for young gardeners to grow and harvest their own pumpkins and to carve jack-o-lanterns, is clearly presented.

The quilting bee
ISBN: 0688163971. OCLC Number: 49326962

HarperCollins Publishers,. .

An introduction to the process of quilt making, including a history of the craft, sample quilt patterns, and directions for creating a children's book authors and illustrators quilt.

The seasons of Arnold's apple tree
ISBN: 0590621556. OCLC Number: 36025483

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As the seasons pass, Arnold enjoys a variety of activities as a result of his apple tree. Includes a recipe for apple pie and a description of how an apple cider press works.

The vegetables we eat
ISBN: 9780823434039. OCLC Number: 900473308

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Illustrations and simple text describe the various vegetables people eat.

Things to make and do for Columbus Day
ISBN: 0531012743. OCLC Number: 2985672

F. Watts,. .

Describes the reasons Columbus Day is celebrated and gives suggestions for celebrating by making and doing various things.

Things to make and do for Halloween
ISBN: 053102430X. OCLC Number: 1529302

F. Watts,. .

A collection of games, jokes, and instructions on how to make costumes, party foods, makeup, and puppets, all on a Halloween theme.

Things to make and do for your birthday
ISBN: 0531014622. OCLC Number: 3327324

F. Watts,. .

Includes projects, games, jokes, and party foods for use in celebrating birthdays.

Tool book
ISBN: 9780823438723. OCLC Number: 978544088

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Depicts a number of different tools used in building and the kinds of work they are used for.

ISBN: 9780823441693. OCLC Number: 1079324027

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Examines different kinds of trains, past and present, describing their features and functions.

ISBN: 9780823441495. OCLC Number: 1079201160

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Trucks dig holes, trucks push heavy loads, trucks haul, pull, lift, and dig. 60 trucks, and what they do, are shown in this colorful board book.

ISBN: 2878330099. OCLC Number: 319858185

Circonflexe,. .

Cet album présente la circulation dans le monde souterrain : des galeries creusées par les animaux aux conduites d'eau en passant par les voies de circulation souterraines..

ISBN: 1534422331. OCLC Number: 1001333973

ALADDIN Books,. .

Urban nature :
ISBN: 1571314105. OCLC Number: 42476737

Milkweed Editions,. .

Urban Nature celebrates nature's resiliency and captures the many faces of wildness in the city with poems by more than 130 emerging and recognized poets.

Valentine's Day is--
ISBN: 0823418529. OCLC Number: 63187209

Holiday House,. .

The history of the holiday and all its fun festivities are presented in this easy-to-read tale filled with Valentine cards, candy hearts, flowers, and full-color illustrations. Valentine's Day is candy hearts, flowers, and chocolate truffles. It is Valentine cards galore. Most of all, it is a time to share with family and friends, and a time to give thanks for our loved ones. Gail Gibbons presents the history of this special holiday and shares what the day has come to mean in our society today.

Weather forecasting
ISBN: 0689716834. OCLC Number: 26128537

Macmillan Pub. Co. ;. .

Describes forecasters at work in a weather station as they use sophisticated equipment to track and gauge the constant changes in the weather.

Weather words and what they mean
ISBN: 9780823441716. OCLC Number: 20391391

Holiday House,. .

Introduces basic weather terms and concepts.

ISBN: 9781430113836. OCLC Number: 1005702890

. . attractive, informative production. - School Library Journal

ISBN: 9781430113843. OCLC Number: 1005702891

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Award-winning narrator George Guidall's adept reading enlivens a text packed with information in this exploration of the life of the gray wolf (or timber wolf). Using her effective format of large color drawings and useful facts, Gail Gibbons once again provides an excellent resource for primary-grade students.

Yippee-yay! :
ISBN: 0316309443. OCLC Number: 36498871

Little, Brown,. .

Explains and illustrates the equipment, work, and lifestyle of cowboys and cowgirls in the Old West.

ISBN: 1595191178. OCLC Number: 57390166

Live Oak Media,. .

Provides a behind-the-scenes look at a working day at the zoo, from the moment the workers arrive until the night guard locks the gate.