Pocketmouse at Crystal CovePocketmouse at Crystal Cove

story by marian parks | illustrations by melinda beavers

Pocketmouse is friendly, spunky, and absolutely determined to learn why he’s the only Pacific pocket mouse living at Crystal Cove. He asks lots of questions. He snoops and explores. Then he encounters more trouble than he’s prepared for!

A delightful read-­aloud for parents and teachers who value early environmental awareness, and a must-read for anyone who wants to nose around and explore the coastal wonders at California’s Crystal Cove State Park.

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Yosemite’s Rock-Lovin’ Bear

story by marian parks | illustrations by Christine Karron

Yosemite bears are confident mountaineers—all except Berto, who hates heights! And his problems don’t end there: a bully named Buck teases him endlessly about his rock collection. Berto wishes that he could be brave, but before things change he must learn that, just like the rocks, he has strength of his own.

Children will delight in Berto’s romp through Yosemite’s meadows, rivers, and forests. Along the way they’ll discover that they, too, have strengths of their own.

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Wanda’s Humpback Hula Show

story by marian parks | illustrations by Tammy Yee

Wanda feels displaced after the arrival of a baby brother—but she will not be outdone! She learns how to entertain a crowd and grandstands her way to fame. But then a careless mistake ruins everything! Will a disappointed Wanda give up? Or, might she show everyone that she has humility, as well as talent?

Kids, and parents too, will enjoy learning about the North Pacific Humpback Whale’s migration to the Hawaiian Islands.  And some day, when you venture to the beautiful islands of Hawaii, be sure to watch for humpbacks wintering in Maalaea Bay.

Available Fall 2017