Moonglow stories

Animal Adaptations

Lesson #5: Animal Adaptations The Adapted Turtle: Brumation For turtles, Brumation occurs in winter when thier bodies slow down. This allows them to survive the winter snow when their pond that might freeze over. (Move your mouse up and down…)  Animals survive by adapting to their environments. These adaptations can be anything from the shape …

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Scared of Snakes?

The illustrations take the young reader into an eastern North America forest. A factual appendix at the back of the book invites the young reader to learn more about the woodland creatures as well as interesting facts about the moon.
This teaching aid is filled with vocabulary, science and creative writing lessons.


Opossums can be nasty, vicious marsupials (animals that carry their young in a pouch, like a kangaroo).  So I was very excited when Cynthia, Moonglow’s artist, portrayed them as cute! In the natural world they are nocturnal and scavengers that also eat plants and small animals. They are well known in fiction and non-fiction stories …

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Striders and Boatmen of the Vernal Pond

A note from Peggy Dickerson: “Two of the favorites and most common were the water strider and the water boatman. Water striders look like spiders walking on water. How fascinated the students were to watch them skittering across the surface of the water. Boatman insects were my favorite since their name describes what they appear to be doing–rowing a boat! They are very common in most freshwater ponds and provide a wonderful food source for turtles and frogs.”

The oral storytelling tradition

Storytelling is an art, a skill, a talent passed down from generation to generation. It actually, was the very first medium for books. Verbal history is still valued today. Historians spend precious time with persons of interest to record their stories and memories of days past for posterity. My father was an amazing storyteller. When …

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