The Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland
“Moose, Lion, Zebra, and Sheep take shelter in a cave on a cold and rainy day, only to realize that a bear is there. The bear roars loudly and says that he is trying to sleep. Not understanding why the bear is so cranky, the other animals come up with ways to cheer up the bear. Moose finds antlers for him, Lion gives him a mane, and Zebra paints on stripes. Is there anything the four well-meaning friends can do to help the bear sleep?” [JPB BLAND]
Shipwreck Island by S. A. Bodeen
“Sarah Robinson is deeply troubled in the wake of her dad’s second marriage. She now has to deal with a new stepmom and two stepbrothers, Marco, who is her age, and Nacho, who’s younger. Even though they’ve all moved from Texas to California to start life as a new, blended family, none of the kids seem remotely happy about it.
“Sarah’s dad and stepmom then decide to take the whole family on a special vacation in order to break the ice and have everyone get to know one another. They’ll fly to Tahiti, charter a boat, and go sailing for a few days. It’ll be an adventure, right? Wrong. Dead wrong. Shipwreck Island is the first installment in a series from S.A. Bodeen.” [J BODEEN]
5 Elephants by Rob Laidlaw
“Elephants are truly remarkable, unmistakable animals. Their huge size, giant ears, amazing trunk and incredible intelligence make them unique in the natural world. They are highly active, complex, wide-ranging animals who play a key role in the ecosystems they inhabit.
“In 5 Elephants, you will read the stories of five famous elephants. You will meet Echo, a wild elephant who thrived in her natural environment, surrounded by her family. You will also read about Lucy, a lone elephant trapped in a Canadian zoo, and Tarra, an entertainment elephant who is now living out her days at a sanctuary. You will discover why Tusko, a travelling entertainment elephant, had such a tragic life. And you will meet Thandora, a zoo elephant who was given a new life in the wild.” [J599.67092 LAIDLAW]