Each fact comes from one of Gail Gibbons' books. Can you name the book for each fact?
1. They have different kinds of feet. Some have sticky toes for climbing. Some have pointed toes for digging. Others have webbed feet for swimming.
2. The hottest temperature ever measured in the shade was 136 degrees Fahrenheit (58 degrees Celsius) in the Sahara in 1922.
3. It is said that he got rid of all the snakes in Ireland. By beating his drum, he frightened them into the sea. Today there are no snakes in Ireland.
St. Patrick's Day
4. They may swim 40 miles a day in their search for food. The leatherback is the largest of the eight different kinds.
5. Before sandpaper was invented, people used this animals' skin to smooth and polish wood. Indians used the sharp, hard teeth for arrowheads and jewelry.
6. 842 pounds were brought back by Apollo astronauts.
The Moon Book
7. The largest is the emperor. It can weigh about 90 pounds. The smallest is the little blue or fairy. It weighs about 3 pounds.
8. Now and then they accidentally swim onto a beach and become stranded Sometimes, people help them return to the sea so they won't die. One is so big that 50 people could stand on its tongue.
9. An early one was called the boneshaker. It was very uncomfortable to ride. The Tour de France is a very famous race. It last for 23 days and covers about 2200 miles all over France.
The Bicycle Book
10. When they hunt in snow, they walk in single file. They take turns making tracks for the others to walk in. Their howling can be heard from as far away as ten miles.
11. They can have a wing spread of 3 1/2 inches. About a hundred million of them migrate each year.
12. Before you toss six_pack rings into the garbage, cut all the circles with scissors so animals and birds can't get caught in them. Instead of using paper towels, use cloth towels, which can be washed and reused again and again.
13. There are 59 kinds in the world. The largest nest ever seen weighed about 2000 pounds, as much as a car. They live to be about 40 years old, and has no enemy except for people.
Soaring With The Wind (Eagles)
14. There are about 500 of these in the United States. The tallest one is in Japan and is 348 feet tall. The Statue of LIberty was the first one with electricity.
Beacons Of Light : Lighthouses
15. It's not true that they always fought with Indians. They had more in common with most Native Americans than they did with city people. The favorite hat is the Stetson.
Yippee - Yah! (Cowboys and Cowgirls)
16. There is no dry season so it is always green. A storm in these can drop as much as one inch of rain in 30 minutes.
Nature's Green Umbrella (Rain Forests)
17. When they find many of the same kind of tracks in one area, they know these traveled in herds. Footprints can tell how big it was.
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