The Book Power Showcase is described this way: Readers will discover the biographies and histories of those who shaped the world around them. These titles remind readers that they too can inspire and spark change no matter their age!
Several of our picture book animal biographies were selected for the showcase, as well as the story of a British scientist, Michael Faraday. These books are true biographies of an individual animal. They weren’t written to cover a particular species but to help kids connect with the individual circumstances this animal is faced with.
Mims House Books Included in the CBC Book Power Showcase
Wisdom, the Midway Albatross
The March 2011 Japanese tsunami put the oldest bird in the world into jeopardy. Wisdom is a Laysan albatross who lives on Midway Island. Strategic during World War II as a refueling station for airplanes, Midway Island is now Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and Battle of Midway National Memorial. When the tsunami hit Japan, it took thousands of lives and damaged the nuclear plant. However, the tsunami waves spread across the Pacific, too. Scientists on Midway Island knew the tsunami was coming, so they moved to the highest point, the third floor of an old barracks. The tsunami struck about midnight. They said the scariest thing was that they could HEAR the water coming, but couldn’t see it.
The next morning, thousands of birds wee dead. Wisdom’s nest was on relatively high ground, so her chick was safe. But she was missing. Read more about her story here.
Nefertiti, the Spidernaut
Another book in our animal biography series is Nefertiti, the Spidernaut: The Jumping Spider Who Learned to Hunt in Space This book chronicles the story of a Johnson jumping spider who traveled to the International Space Station. Why? To participate in a unique experiment. On Earth, most spiders spin a web and passively wait for food to come to it. However, jumping spiders actively hunt for prey. Whey they see supper, they jump to catch it. The question is this: what happens when a spider jumps in space? Will it adapt and successfully hunt? Or will it die of starvation? This book was named a 2017 National Science Teacher’s Association (NSTA) Outstanding Science Trade Book.
Abayomi, the Brazilian Puma
The Book Power Showcase also features a third animal biography, Abayomi, the Brazilian Puma: The True Story of an Orphaned Cub. It was named a 2015 NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book. It tells the story of how a cub is orphaned and how he survives. Amazingly, this cub lived in an urban environment with skyscrapers visible on the horizon. When the mother puma takes shortcuts in her hunting by raiding a chicken coop, the farmer sets a trap. This is a poignant, heart-warming story.
Burn: Michael Faraday’s Candle
Travel back in time to December 28, 1848 in London, England to one of the most famous juvenile science Christmas lectures at the Royal Institution. British scientist Michael Faraday (1791-1867) encouraged kids to carefully observe a candle and to try to figure out how it burned.
Since Faraday’s lecture, “The Chemical History of a Candle,” was published in 1861, it’s never been out of print; however, it’s never been published as a children’s picture book – till now. Read Burn: Michael Faraday’s Candle.
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