LIBRARY ACQUISITIONS FOR MEMBERS'
August -- 2001
California Academy of Sciences Library
.S5 J63 2000
Sierra Nevada: The Naturalist's Companion Revised Edition / Verna R. Johnston. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2000.
Traveling west from the western foothills to the eastern side of the range, in the rain shadow that merges with the Great Basin desert, the author takes you a journey through the habitats found in the Sierra Nevada range. Plants, animals, topography, and more are examined.
Maps, illustrations, and a section of color photographs are included. References, notes by chapter, and an index are provided.
Wild Berries of the West / Betty B. Derig and Margaret C. Fuller. Missoula, MT: Mountain Press Publishing Company, 2001.
Berries are everywhere in the west, and this is a fantastic guide to those that grow wild. After a brief introduction, the authors quickly get down to the the good stuff: what kind of berries are you likely to see. Each entry is sorted by family with individual species getting mention within the text. All entries contain information on edibility, historic uses, location, size, and more, with color photographs accompanying the entries to help with identification.
Recipes are included in a separate section, but a symbol is used within entries to indicate the presence of the recipe. A map, and illustrated glossary of plant parts, glossary of terms used, reference, and index are all included.
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Juv QL617.2 .L565 1990z
Fish is Fish / Leo Lionni. New York: Dragonfly Books, 1970.
Fish's friend Tadpole becomes Frog and lives outside the water, but he comes back to tell about what he's seen in the outside world. Fish imagines each creature as frog tells the story, and then Fish wants to see for himself!
GT4995 .A4 J66 2001
Ghost Wings / Barbara M. Joosse. San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books, 2001.
Monarch butterflies and celebrations for the Day of the Dead feature prominently in this touching story. Narrated by a child who spends a great deal of time with her best friend, Grandmother, the story follows them through daily life and their love of the monarch butterflies that winter near their home in Mexico. When Grandmother dies, it seems like the narrator will never be happy again, but Day of the Dead celebrations, and the return of the butterflies, cause her to remember Grandmother with love, not grief.
QL122.2 .F56 2001
In the Swim / Douglas Flourian. San Diego, CA: Voyager Books, 2001.
Cheerful, frequently funny, and short verse accompanied by interesting drawings are featured in this work that talks about blenny, trout, crabs, and more.
Juv QL467.2 .L32 2000
Roberto: The Insect Architect / Nina Laden. San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books, 2000.
Roberto wasn't like the other termites. While they ate wood happily, he used his to create magnificent structures. He wanted to be an architect, and he knew that to do that, he was going to have to go to the big city. But termites were considered to be pests and destroyers, so he couldn't find work anywhere. So Roberto decided to take matters into his own hands, helping people, becoming famous, and changing the ways that others looked at termites and that termites looked at wood.
Bright and interesting illustrations are highlights of this entertaining story.
QK49 .K59 2001
Skunk Cabbage, Sundew Plants, & Strangler Figs: And 18 More of the Strangest Plants on Earth / Sally Kneidel. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2001.
Enter the strange and mysterious world of plants in this interesting book. Each section is divided into a particular group or species of plants, and illustrations are included in each chapter. Acacias, pitcher plants, and orchids that grow underground are all featured.
The book includes a resources list, a glossary, and an index.
QB801.7 .M24 1996
Star Shapes / Peter Malone. San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books, 1996.
This simple rhyming work contains realistic illustrations of animals along with representations of the constellations named after the animals. The end of the book provides further information on the constellations, including Latin name, hemisphere where it can be seen, and the best time of the year for viewing. The entries also contain information on how the constellations were named.
QH541.5 .C6 T56 1999
Wild in the City / Jan Thornhill. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Owl Books, 1999.
Just because you live in the City doesn't mean you can't see and be around nature. Animals have adapted to a city lifestyle, and this book describes how raccoons eat cat food, sparrows nest in the eaves of houses, and more. Each animal is described in further detail at the end of the story.
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QL696 .F32 S64 1990
Spirit of the Eagle. Seattle, WA: Miramar, 1990.
In this 30 minute video, a young boy and his coed group of friends travel from the city to the wilderness on a trip to learn about bald eagles. The eagle camp is at the edge of a wildlife preserve, and hiking through the woods they learn about the eagle's binocular vision that is 10 times better than human vision, they observe eagles catching fish in the river, see eaglets in the nest, observe a fledgling's first flight, watch a Native American dance of the eagle, and they learn a lot about all kinds of survival.
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.S37 G64373 1997
Golden Gate Park Discovery Kit: A Curriculum Companion for San Francisco Schools -- High School Edition. [San Francisco]: Friends of Recreation & Parks, .
Lesson ideas, including worksheets, are included for biology, chemistry, English, history, math, ESL, and art. A summary chart describes what each lessons contains, materials needed, and location of the lesson in Golden Gate Park. Pre-trip activities are described, as well as teacher background information.
.S37 G64397 1996
Golden Gate Park Lloyd Lake Discovery Walk: A Curriculum Companion for San Francisco Schools -- K-5 Edition. [San Francisco]: Friends of Recreation & Parks, .
A variety of lessons and activities are provided for this Discovery Walk in the west end of Golden Gate Park. Ocean Beach and the Dutch Windmill are just two of the areas that you and the children can explore. The walks are divided into station areas, and each station has its own objectives and activities.
.S37 G64375 1998
Golden Gate Park West End Discovery Walk: A Curriculum Companion for San Francisco Schools -- K-5 Edition. [San Francisco]: Friends of Recreation & Parks, .
The 1.5 mile walk over easy terrain between Lloyd Lake and Rainbow Falls in Golden Gate Park is a fantastic opportunity for you and your children to get out of the classroom and into some true discovery learning. Activities are provided for the stops along the way along with teacher notes and background information.
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Last update: August 28, 2001.