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Wombat, Mudlark and Other Stories

by Helen Milroy

From a falling star to a lonely whale, an entertaining lizard to anenterprising penguin, these Indigenous stories are full of wonder,adventure and enduring friendships. Told in the style of traditionalteaching stories, these animal tales take young readers on adventures ofself-discovery and fulfilment.

Women & Weasels: Mythologies of Birth in Ancient Greece and Rome

by Maurizio Bettini translated by Emlyn Eisenach

If you told a woman her sex had a shared, long-lived history with weasels, she might deck you. But those familiar with mythology know better: that the connection between women and weasels is an ancient and favorable one, based in the Greek myth of a midwife who tricked the gods to ease HeraclesOCOs birthOCoand was turned into a weasel by Hera as punishment. Following this story as it is retold over centuries in literature and art, a"Women and Weasels"atakes us on a journey through mythology and ancient belief, revising our understanding of myth, heroism, and the status of women and animals in Western culture. aMaurizio Bettini recounts and analyzes a variety of key literary and visual moments that highlight the weaselOCOs many attributes. We learn of its legendary sexual and childbearing habits and symbolic association with witchcraft and midwifery, its role as a domestic pet favored by women, and its ability to slip in and out of tight spaces. The weasel, Bettini reveals, is present at many unexpected moments in human history, assisting women in labor and thwarting enemies who might plot their ruin. With a parade of symbolic associations between weasels and womenOCowitches, prostitutes, midwives, sisters-in-law, brides, mothers, and heroesOCoBettini brings to life one of the most venerable and enduring myths of Western culture.

The Wonder of Birds: What They Tell Us About Ourselves, the World, and a Better Future

by Jim Robbins

A fascinating investigation into the miraculous world of birds and the powerful—and surprising—ways they enrich our lives and sustain the planet. Our relationship to birds is different from our relationship to any other wild creatures. They are found virtually everywhere and we love to watch them, listen to them, keep them as pets, wear their feathers, even converse with them. Birds, Jim Robbins posits, are our most vital connection to nature. They compel us to look to the skies, both literally and metaphorically; draw us out into nature to seek their beauty; and let us experience vicariously what it is like to be weightless. Birds have helped us in so many of our human endeavors: learning to fly, providing clothing and food, and helping us better understand the human brain and body. And they even have much to teach us about being human in the natural world. This book illuminates qualities unique to birds that demonstrate just how invaluable they are to humankind—both ecologically and spiritually. The wings of turkey buzzards influenced the Wright brothers’ flight design; the chickadee’s song is considered by scientists to be the most sophisticated language in the animal world and a “window into the evolution of our own language and our society”; and the quietly powerful presence of eagles in the disadvantaged neighborhood of Anacostia, in Washington, D.C., proved to be an effective method for rehabilitating the troubled young people placed in charge of their care. Exploring both cutting-edge scientific research and our oldest cultural beliefs, Robbins moves these astonishing creatures from the background of our lives to the foreground, from the quotidian to the miraculous, showing us that we must fight to save imperiled bird populations and the places they live, for the sake of both the planet and humankind.

The Wonder of Lost Causes: A Novel

by Nick Trout

In this unforgettable novel, perfect for fans of An Unexpected Grace and A Dog’s Way Home, a single mom and her chronically ill child receive a valuable lesson from an unlikely source—a very special dog who unexpectedly enters their lives and shows them that one person’s lost cause can be another’s greatest gift . . .Dr. Kate Blunt will do anything for her son, Jasper. Well, almost anything. Since Jasper has the incurable lung disease cystic fibrosis, Kate’s always told him he couldn’t get a dog. It’s a tough call, but she’s a single mom taking care of a kid who fights for every breath he takes. The daily medical routine that keeps Jasper alive is complicated enough. Worse still, Kate’s personal resolve runs contrary to her work as the veterinarian in charge of a Cape Cod animal shelter, where she is on a mission to find forever homes for dogs in desperate need.The scarred, mistreated wreck of a dog that turns up doesn’t stand a chance. Named Whistler, he’s too old, too ugly. But the dog forms an instantaneous bond with Jasper. Whistler never makes a sound, yet he speaks to Jasper in a myriad of mysterious ways. The clock’s ticking, the dog’s future hangs in the balance, and Jasper would do anything to find him a home; but Whistler has chosen them—for a reason.

The Wonderful Adventures of Nils

by Selma Lagerlöf

Considered a masterpiece since first published in 1907, this enchanting, remarkably original work by a Nobel Prize-winning author records the adventures of a mischievous 14-year-old who is changed into a tiny being, transported across the Swedish countryside on the back of a goose, and learns about nature, geography, and folklore.

Wonderful Alexander and the Catwings (Catwings Series #3)

by Ursula K. Le Guin

After being rescued by a flying cat, Alexander the cat decides to make good on a promise to do wonderful things. Book 3 in the Catwings series.

The Wonderful Birthday Gift

by Valeri Gorbachev

Little Turtle and his friends want to draw birthday gifts for their friend, Mole—but they all draw the same picture of a tree! How will Little Turtle and his friends fix Mole's gift?

Wonderful Nature, Wonderful You

by Karin Ireland

Nature can be a great teacher! With a light touch especially suited for children, Karin Ireland explores the lessons of nature and finds their relevance to all of us. She gracefully weaves together inspiration and fascinating fact. By looking at various animals like an opossum, a green sea turtle, a snake, and many more, nature becomes a metaphor for positive social and emotional development, dynamically brought to life by illustrator Christopher Canyon.

The Wonderful World of Slime

by Liz Huyck

Did you know that humans are actually pretty slimy? Slide into the wonderful world of slippery, sticky slime! Learn about the important functions of slime, and how it is necessary for most living organisms. Slime helps with many important functions including eating, breathing, moving, and self-defense. Learn how many animals depend on slime—the number may surprise you!

Wonderland: A Novel

by Barbara O'Connor

From Barbara O'Connor, the beloved author of Wish, comes a big-hearted story about the meaning of friendship, the challenges of growing up, and one lovable runaway dog.Mavis Jeeter is fearless and bold, but she has never lived in one place long enough to have a real best friend. Her flighty mother has uprooted them again to another new home and taken a job as a housekeeper for the Tully family. Mavis wants this home to be permanent—which means finding herself a best friend.Rose Tully is a worrier who feels like she doesn’t quite fit in with the other girls in her neighborhood. Her closest friend is Mr. Duffy, but he hasn’t been himself since his dog died. Rose may have to break a few of her mother’s many rules to help Mr. Duffy—and find someone who really understands her.Henry has run away from home, but he craves kindness and comfort—and doesn’t know where to look for them. When Mavis and Rose hatch a scheme to find Mr. Duffy a new dog, their lives and Henry’s intersect—and they all come to find friendship in places they never expected.

Wonders: Spectacular Moments in Nature Photography

by Sylvia A. Earle California Academy of Sciences Suzi Eszterhas

Nature is full of fleeting wonders. This breathtaking collection of nature photography reveals rare creatures, transports us to distant landscapes, and captures uncommon moments of drama and beauty in the natural world. From a heart-pounding shot of the Wildebeest Migration to a glimpse of the elusive Pampas cat, each image tells a story about the diversity and grandeur of life on earth. Bold, surprising, and jaw-droppingly beautiful, these photographs are all winners of the California Academy of Sciences' BigPicture Natural World Photography Competition. With more than 100 photographs and captions explaining the scientific phenomena and photographic techniques behind each picture, this book will captivate nature lovers, science enthusiasts, photographers, and adventurers.

Wonder’s Champion (Thoroughbred #21)

by Joanna Campbell

Cindy McLean's colt, Wonder's Champion, is facing the three most challenging races of his career. To win the Triple Crown, he has to sweep not only the Kentucky Derby but the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes as well.

Wonder’s First Race (Thoroughbred #3)

by Joanna Campbell

Against all odds, Wonder, has come through training with flying colors. Now Ashleigh and Wonder's trainer, Charlie, are putting everything they have into getting Wonder ready for the biggest race of her career: The Kentucky Derby.

Wonders of Seals and Sea Lions

by Joseph E. Brown

From the book jacket: Playful, popular performers of many occanarium shows, seals and sea lions are air-breathing mammals that began leaving the land continents many millions of years ago to adapt to life in the sea. Called pinnipeds by scientists, their streamlined bodies and powerful flippers and fins make them adept, agile swimmers and divers. Once a year, however, they return briefly to land to form breeding colonies where their young are born, nourished, taught to swim, and finally weaned. wonders of seals and sea lions tells the story of these remarkable animals: their natural history, how they have adapted to life in the oceans, and of life in the colonies. It also describes how many species were tragically exploited and driven nearly to extinction by man, one of the pinnipeds' few predators. A summary chapter looks at the future, and what scientists are learning from seals and sea lions that may assist man himself in exploration of the increasingly important oceans.

Wonder's Promise (Thoroughbred #2)

by Joanna Campbell

Wonder is beginning her training to become a race horse. After a bad start with a rough handler, Ashleigh steps up and trains her with the hand she needs.

Wonder’s Sister (Thoroughbred #11)

by Joanna Campbell

Samantha McLean is ecstatic over finally owning her own horse and sets out to turn Shining, Wonder's difficult and neglected half-sister, into a winner, but then the parents of a little girl who cannot walk offer to buy Shining.

Wonder's Victory (Thoroughbred #4)

by Joanna Campbell

The fourth book in the Wonder series continues the story of the filly that was saved at birth and is on her way to becoming a prize winning race horse.

Wonder’s Yearling (Thoroughbred #6)

by Joanna Campbell

When Samantha McLean hears that her beloved horse, Wonder's Pride, is about to be sold by the owner of the farm where Samantha lives, she thinks her heart will break. She has to be strong if she's going to save Wonder's Pride from the auction block.

Wondrous Rex

by Patricia MacLachlan

Newbery Medal-winning author Patricia MacLachlan has written a magical and funny tale about the joy found in using words, sharing stories, and loving a wondrous dog: Rex.Grace’s aunt is a writer. She works with words every day and teaches Grace interesting words like “melancholy” and “delirious.”But Lily is often “flummoxed” by her writing. Her stories don’t go anywhere, her desk is a mess, and her writer’s group can’t help.So Lily posts an ad for an assistant: A writer of books needs an assistant, a coach, a helper, for inspiration and some magic!The next day, Grace opens the door, and there is Rex: a Labrador retriever who will change Grace’s life, and Lily’s. The word “amazing” is an everyday word for Rex, who inspires Lily, and helps Grace find the words to write her own story.

Won't You Be My Kissaroo?

by Joanne Ryder Melissa Sweet

From sticky breakfast kisses to playful "gotcha" kisses to cozy bedtime kisses, each kiss celebrates a happy moment of the day. And when one little lamb's mama and friends surprise him, all those silly, slippery, snuggly kisses make a special day even more memorable. Acclaimed author Joanne Ryder and talented illustrator Melissa Sweet have together created an exuberant celebration of children and parents--and of all the cherished kissable moments between them.

Woo-Hoo ... Chris P. Is 2!

by Kristina Tracy Len Lucero

Chris P. Bacon is one remarkable pig. Born with malformed hind legs, he was taken to a veterinarian to be euthanized—but luckily, that vet was Len Lucero, who saw that the little guy was special. Chris P. went home with Dr. Len and within a matter of weeks became an Internet sensation and a media darling, winning thousands of hearts all over the world. Before long, he was a famous author, too!In Chris P.’s first two books, Chris P. Bacon . . . My Life So Far and How to Roll Like Chris P. Bacon, readers watched him treat his pals to ice cream cones, decorate the barn for a hoedown, bake a batch of Pigs in Mud cookies, and much more. Now he’s back—and it’s his birthday! He is turning two, and, boy, is he excited. He can’t wait for a day full of fun, friends, and family (and grapes and Cheerios, of course!). Follow Chris on his big day, starting with his morning rounds on the farm, where he shares his contagious happiness with all of his friends. Watch him prepare for his big party, and finally join him in the celebration and see what his furry and human friends have to say about Chris’s first two years as everyone’s favorite Pig on Wheels!

The Wood Ducks (Fountas & Pinnell Classroom, Guided Reading Grade 2)

by Beverley Randell Christina Wald

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Woodchucks (Nature's Children)

by Laima Dingwall

Which North American animal has a holiday named after him? Do woodchucks really sleep through the winter? What do groundhogs eat? Read all about the physical characteristics, habits, and natural environment of woodchucks.

Woodland Dreams

by Karen Jameson

In Woodland Dreams, young readers say goodnight to beloved woodland animals as they prepare to sleep.This sweet bedtime book is at once a picture book and a lullaby, pairing familiar bedtime routines with nonfiction elements.Little ones will follow along as each animal returns to their warm and cozy woodland home.• Each adorable animal has their own special nighttime routine.• Charming illustrations by celebrated artist Marc Boutavant• Each animal is presented in an approachable, sleep-affirming way.And once every creature is tucked in tight, shhh . . . It's time for everyone to say goodnight.From the fox curling up in her den to the turtle dozing off in his shell, Woodland Dreams will send your little one off to sleep with a gentle and loving goodnight.• The lyrical text is perfect for bedtime read-alouds, engaging little readers with beautiful illustrations and a cozy rhyming narrative.• Ideal for children ages 3 to 5 years old• Perfect for parents, grandparents, and caregivers• You'll love this book if you love books like Time for Bed by Mem Fox, The Goodnight Train by June Sobel, and If Animals Kissed Good Night by Ann Whitford Paul.

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