Mighty Mole and Super Soil. Written by Mary Quattlebaum and Illustrated by Chad Wallace. Dawn Publications. 2015.
In an underground world unknown to most people, moles thrive. With long, sharp claws, they move heavy objects out of the way and dig quickly through the soil. They encounter rivals for their food – earthworms, insects, snails, slugs, centipedes, and larvae – and many creatures helped by the healthy soil. Predators, such as snakes, are close but rarely a big threat to moles. The soil moles live in is alive with nutrients and microscopic creatures. Moles are even born underground, where they have everything they need. The story is compelling and well-researched, and contains many relevant facts.
Vivid illustrations give a genuine sense of living in the underground. Kids will feel like they’re with the moles – in a comfortable way.
In the “Explore More – For Kids” section, second graders are challenge to think about the world they just learned about. “I’m a reptile that can grow up to six feet long.” A list of super powers demonstrates why the star of the book is called Mighty Mole and is a superhero. In “Explore More – For Teachers and Parents,” learning activities are outlined and encouraged. Online resources are cited for more learning and activities.
Sue Poduska – 2nd Grade Reader
The Mouse And The Meadow. Written and Illustrated by Chad Wallace. Dawn Publications. 2014.
Chad Wallace has created both an exciting, educational adventure and the endearing little critter with big brown eyes who is the adventurer. His little meadow mouse leaves “the comfort of his mother’s nest” to explore his teeming world from its “tangled reeds” to its “flowers, leaves, and weeds” to “a patch of rotting wood”. Along the way he talks to insects, mistakes a box turtle for a rock, is saved from a snake by a weasel, is comforted by a rabbit, and is rescued by an equally endearing little female mouse with whom he chats profoundly under a full moon, ending the book on a happy note and with a question mark
Go to http://www.dawnpub.com/apps/3dpopup/ to download the free 3D pop up app and sample pages from the book to test run it on. Even if your primary experience of nature is at DisneyWorld, you don’t want to miss this one. SHOP FOR THE BOOK” – Spirit Connection New York, Anna Jedrziewski, March 9, 2014
“The pleasant, rhyming text and stunning natural illustrations of The Mouse and the Meadow, all by Chad Wallace, introduce young people to the environment of the meadow not only with a story designed to appeal to children but also with scientific concepts which are entirely accurate.” – Home School Book Review, March 1, 2014
“The book is written in rhyme, which my students, (much to my delight) picked up on right away. The publisher, Dawn Publications, specializes in creative non-fiction picture books and book-apps for children that meet educational needs including Common Core and science standards. They remain true to their motto of “Connecting Children with Nature”.” – Teachers With Apps, February 27th 2014
Seahorses. Written by: Jennifer Keats Curtis, Illustrated by: Chad Wallace. Henry Holt & Company (A division of Macmillan). 2012.
Named to the National Science Teacher’s Association and Children’s Book Council’s Outstanding Science Trade Books 2013 list.
“Digital images combine naturalistic elements with dramatic luminescence in this story that follows a male seahorse through its life cycle.” – Publishers Weekly, August 6, 2012
“The dreamy digitally created illustrations take readers underwater to the small creatures’ habitat. These fascinating fish come to life and even seem to have a bit of personality in this lovely book.” – School Library Journal, September 2012 – Heather Acerro, Rochester Public Library, MN
“From the scene showing hundreds of baby seahorses released from their father’s pouch to close-ups of one particular baby as he grows to maturity, the illustrations’ soft edges, gentle colors, and filtered light give the digital illustrations a certain visual charmbeyond their value in providing information.” – Booklist, September 2012 – Carolyn Phelan
EARTH Feeling The Heat, Written by: Brenda Z. Guiberson, Illustrated by: Chad Wallace. Henry Holt & Company (A division of Macmillan). 2010.
“Wallace provides additional emotional resonance with soft-focus scenes of depressed-looking creatures in natural settings enhanced by dark lighting and subtly modulated colors.” – Kirkus Reviews, January 1, 2010
“From a polar bear in the Arctic to a butterfly on a Californian prairie, this handsome picture book shows the threat of global warming, one creature at a time.” – Booklist, November 1, 2010. — Hazel Rochman
Wake Up, Bertha Bear! Written by: Chad Mason, Illustrated by: Chad Wallace. Down East Books. 2005.
Mirounga’s Pup Written by: Sherry Shahan, Illustrated by: Chad Wallace. Richard C. Owens Publications. 2005.
Little Panda Written by: Sherry Bowen, Illustrated by: Chad Wallace. Richard C. Owens Publications. 2003.
Earth Day Birthday Written by: Pattie Schnetzler, Illustrated by: Chad Wallace. Dawn Publications. 2003.
“Sing this book to the tune of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” and you will follow the behavior of twelve North American species in their natural environment. The illustrations are gorgeous and it ends with a quick Earth Day history and a set of “gift” ideas you can present the Earth with at an Earth Day birthday party! ” – Laura Renauld Blog – I’ve Got A Book For That!