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Take a tour of the Best in Snow (Beach Lane, $17.99) with April Pulley Sayre. Her deceptively simple verses are not only charming in their own right; as a helpful section at the end of the book explains, they are also a poetic interpretation of scientific facts about snow. The real stars of this show, however, are Sayre’s breathtaking photographs: images of ice-covered trees are truly dazzling, while forest critters shown in the midst of a winter wonderland will rob readers of the ability to say anything but “awwww.” Thanks to this sprightly volume, book lovers can enjoy the beauty of winter even after the snow has melted. Ages 3-7.

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By April Pulley Sayre, April Pulley Sayre (By (photographer))
ISBN: 9781481459167
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Published: Beach Lane Books - October 11th, 2016

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In the darkest depths of the ocean lurks a sea creature the size of a bus. Yet, despite its size, nobody had even captured a photograph of this beast until 2012. Author Candace Fleming and illustrator Eric Rohmann take the reader below the surface to learn about one of the ocean’s most elusive creatures, the Giant Squid (Roaring Brook, $18.99). Well-researched prose effectively educates the reader as fittingly murky illustrations capture the mysterious atmosphere of the ocean. Close-ups of the giant squid tease the reader as each page reveals more about the species until— POOF!— it disappears in a cloud of ink, leaving the curious reader inspired to learn more. Ages 5-9.

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By Eric Rohmann (Illustrator), Candace Fleming
ISBN: 9781596435995
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - September 27th, 2016

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With rising global temperatures melting away the polar ice caps, a beloved animal is in danger of disappearing forever. Jenni Desmond takes a poetic look at the solitary life of The Polar Bear (Enchanted Lion, $17.95), using beautiful mixed-media illustrations to capture the emotion of this noble creature and its frigid environment. In her engaging and easily comprehensible text, surprising facts about everything from the bears’ hunting behaviors to their migration patterns will fascinate young readers and leave a lasting impression of the bears, whose very existence is threatened by the humans who so revere them. Ages 5-8.

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By Jenni Desmond (Created by)
ISBN: 9781592702008
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Published: Enchanted Lion Books - November 15th, 2016