How Dogs Came from Wolves: and other Explorations of Science in Action

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How did snarly wolves change into loving pets? Do dogs really see everything in black and white? How can elephants talk to one another even while they are miles apart? These are just a few of the questions that scientists tackle in this book of true science stoires. In his warm, personal style, Jack Myers shows that science is much more than a collection of facts. It's an adventure of discovery.

Jack Myers (deceased) delighted curious kids with his articles in Highlights for ...

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Overview

How did snarly wolves change into loving pets? Do dogs really see everything in black and white? How can elephants talk to one another even while they are miles apart? These are just a few of the questions that scientists tackle in this book of true science stoires. In his warm, personal style, Jack Myers shows that science is much more than a collection of facts. It's an adventure of discovery.

Jack Myers (deceased) delighted curious kids with his articles in Highlights for Children for more than forty years. He was Professor Emeritus of Zoology at the University of Texas at Austin and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. He is the author of On the Trail of the Komodo Dragon and What Happened to the Mammoths?

John Rice is a wildlife artist and illustrator of What Happened to the Mammoths? and On the Trail of the Komodo Dragon. He lives in New York City.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
This volume, one of a series by the senior science editor of Highlights, collects twelve of his articles about animal discoveries that originally appeared in the magazine. Each chapter is based on a book or report published in a scientific journal by researchers in the field. The author distills complex information well for middle grade readers and often provides excellent detail about chemical reactions using simple language. Animals discussed in this volume include elephants, dogs, whales, common wild birds, puffins, albatrosses, ants, seals, and fish. Each chapter takes a refreshing, conceptual look at its subject and ties that in to a scientific study. For example, the chapter "How Birds Hatch Their Eggs" discusses the work of scientists who placed small thermometers in the nests of weaverbirds in a Los Angeles aviary in order to record the temperature of the eggs when the parent bird was on the nest, when the parent flew away, and the discovery that, despite the parent's need to leave the nest sometimes, egg temperatures were held almost steady. This particular volume concludes with three related chapters about fish: how fish manage to live in Antarctic Ocean water temperatures without freezing; how cold-blooded fish everywhere manage to keep warm; and fish which have bodies capable of creating electric fields. Although there is no single theme to the book, aside from the amazing diversity of the animal world and the remarkable research going on about animals, the diversity of species represented here is stimulating, and the author's curiosity and genuine appreciation for his subjects is inspiring. 2004 (orig. 2001), Boyds Mills Press, Ages 8 to 12.
—J. H. Diehl
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590782781
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 1,421,411
  • Age range: 9 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.96 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack Myers, Ph.D., (1913-2006) was the senior science editor of Highlights for Children, the nation's largest-circulation magazine for young readers. He was recruited for the job in the late 1950s by his parents, Highlights Founders Dr. Gary Cleveland Myers and Caroline Clark Myers. For more than forty years, he delighted curious kids with his answers to their science questions and with his many articles about true science discoveries. In addition to his role at Highlights, Jack Myers was a scientist at the University of Texas at Austin, where at the time of his death, he was professor emeritus of zoology. He was a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

John Rice is a wildlife artist and is the illustrator of How Dogs Came from Wolves, On the Trail of the Komodo Dragon, On Top of Mount Everest, and What Happened to the Mammoths? He lives in Mount Kisco, New York.

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Table of Contents

· How can fish live in ice-cold water? · Do dogs really see everything in black and white? · How did snarling wolves change into loving pets? · How can elephants talk to one another even while they are miles apart?

These are just a few of the questions that scientists tackle in this book of true science stories that feature some of the world's most fascinating animals, including dogs, elephants, whales, fish, puffins, albatrosses, and harbor seals.

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