Satoshi Itaya Buttons and Bo

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Buttons and Bo

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Buttons' little brother, Bo, is a big crybaby. His howl is his secret weapon. All he has to do is start bawling and Mother gives him whatever he wants -- even Button's favorite red car! Buttons is fed up and angrily stomps off to the meadow to be by himself. But it's not so easy to get rid of a pesky, tagalong little brother, which turns out to be surprisingly lucky when the two bears get lost in the forest. Buttons and Bo introduces two appealing young heros in a satisfying story of sibling rivalry and brotherly love.

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Satoshi Itaya was born in Saitama, Japan. He attended art school for three years and then worked as a freelance designer at a television station, an amusement part, and a museum. He was twice awarded the Bologna Ragazzi Prize at the Bologna Children's Book Fair.

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Many organisms utilize the atmosphere as a medium to move from one terrestrial habitat to another. Some accomplish this by drifting passively and allowing atmospheric motion systems to transport them. Others take a more active role, shifting their appendages to remain aloft while moving with the flow. Still others engage in directed flight and may navigate across or upwind when atmospheric conditions permit. Within the complex of organisms that utilize the atmosphere for transport, a multitude of distinct morphological, physiological, and behavioral characteristics that expedite movement between one geographical location and another have evolved. Despite this vast biological diversity, general principles that govern the aerial movement of biota exist, in large part because the movement occurs within a common medium, the atmosphere.

Aerobiology and understanding the dynamics of populations in ecosystems. The rates of movement of biota into and out of an ecosystem, along with birth and death rates, are among the fundamental processes that regulate the dynamics of populations. These rates are interactive, and almost without exception, very little is known about the role that movement plays in the dynamics of local populations. Throughout history, humans have decreased the diversity of the biotic and abiotic components of many terrestrial habitats. Thus resources needed by their other inhabitants are becoming concentrated in areas that are becoming further and further separated. This is increasing the importance of long-distance movement in the life history of many biota. Organisms move among terrestrial habitats by floating, soaring, and flying in the air, using a variety of forms of terrestrial locomotion, and on occasion, by floating and swimming in water. It takes substantially less energy per unit body mass to float, soar, fly, or swim a given distance than to walk, and many organisms can increase the efficiency of their movement by taking advantage of air and water currents. For these reasons, it is not surprising that there is more movement among terrestrial habitats by organisms which use the air than by those which move over the land surface or through water, and that many of these aerobiota are highly mobile in that they have adapted to moving long distances in the atmosphere.

A large number of species important to humans move in the atmosphere, including plant and animal viruses, fungi, bacteria, pollen and seeds of higher plants, soil nematodes, arthropods, and birds. Yet empirical data on aerial movements of these organisms is sparse. From the perspective of science, these data are critically needed to increase our understanding of aerial movement processes. However, equally important, these data are necessary to provide the knowledge required to ensure human health and to efficiently and safely manage many terrestrial ecosystems.

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