Insects

Migration and Hibernation (2012)

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Geese flying south is a sign that winter is arriving. Through numerous fascinating examples, this colorful program illustrates the migration of animals. Also explored is the amazing process of hibernation.

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Primary
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00:10
Migration and Hibernation

The Cricket in Times Square

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Copies: 30

After Chester, a cricket, arrives in the Times Square subway station via a picnic basket from his native Connecticut, he takes up residence in the Bellinis' newsstand. There, the tiny creature is lucky enough to find three good friends: a little boy named Mario whose parents run the unsuccessful newsstand, a fast-talking Broadway mouse named Tucker and his pal, Harry the Cat. Throughout their escapades and their ups and downs in New York City, together they somehow manage to bring success to the almost bankrupt newsstand.

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780L
The Cricket in Times Square

The End of the Beginning

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Copies: 25

The two adventurers were going along. Avon was singing.
"Stop!" cried Edward. "We've reached the end of the branch." With great care the two creatures edged to the very tip.
"The end of the branch," said Avon.
"The beginning of the sky," said Edward.
"Which is it?" asked Avon. "The beginning or the end?"
"It depends on what there's more of, the tree or the sky. Think of all the things that get in your way along the branch—leaves, bark, other creatures, a million things to slow you down. Now look at the sky."

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The End of the Beginning

James and the Giant Peach

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Were the green, glowing crystals the little man gave James really magic? Maybe, but it was magic lost to James when he tripped and spilled the crystals by the old peach tree. Now it looked like he'd never escape his hideous aunts. But what was happening to that peach at the tip of the tree? It was growing bigger and bigger... it was as big as a house! And when James crawled inside, he met a houseful of friends: giant Grasshopper, Ladybug, Centipede, and more. Then with one snip of the stem, the peach was rolling away—and marvelous things started happening...

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James and the Giant Peach

Charlotte's Web (Unabridged)

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Since its publication in 1952, Charlotte's Web has become one of America's best-loved children's books. For fifty years, this timeless story of the pig named Wilbur and the wise spider named Charlotte who saved him has continued to warm the hearts of readers everywhere.

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680L
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03:34
Charlotte's Web (Unabridged)

Fly Me to the Moon

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Young housefly Nat is looking for adventure and hatches a plan to jet into outer space with his two best friends, I.Q. and Scooter. In their homemade space suits, they take a wild ride aboard Apollo 11 all the way to the moon. As their families watch at home, the three flies become the first insects ever to journey into space... but this is no ordinary thrill ride. After a potentially disastrous mechanical problem, these daredevil flies must save the day.

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Primary
Elementary
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01:25
Fly Me to the Moon

Plant Minders, Earth Movers (2004)

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• Plant Minders – takes a peek at the vibrant ecosystem of the domestic garden and the part played by pollinators, predators, and scavengers, including bees and butterflies, aphids, soldier beetles and ladybird beetles, and the reproductive structures of flowering plants.

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Middle
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00:12
Plant Minders, Earth Movers

Forest Floor Expedition (2004)

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• The Living Humous – studies the living component of soil, where dead organic material is broken down through the efforts of decomposer bacteria, sow bugs, millipedes, centipedes, and fungi.
• The Rotting Log – looks at how dead wood returns to the soil with the help of termites and the symbiotic microorganisms living in the termite gut.

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Middle
Length: 
00:08
Forest Floor Expedition

Down the Rapids and Over the Falls (2004)

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• Down the Rapids – a survey of insect larvae adapted for surviving in fast-moving water, including mayflies, caddisflies, stoneflies, and water tigers (diving beetle larva).
• Over the Falls – living in the violent torrent of waterfalls are the larvae of blackflies, a fly larva with suckers, and the mysterious water penny.

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Middle
Length: 
00:08
Down the Rapids and Over the Falls

Roberto the Insect Architect

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Roberto has dreamed of being and architect since he was a child.  As a young termite, he played incessantly with his “food,” using it to design castles and skyscrapers.

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Primary
Elementary
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00:12
Roberto the Insect Architect

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