Protozoans, Algae and Other Protists

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This book introduces you to creatures from the protist kingdom, from microscopic protozoans to seaweedlike algae. It examines the parts, life cycle, and reproduction of various types of protists. It also looks at the harmful effects some protists have on humans. Did You Know?
• The deadly disease malaria is caused in part by the protist Plasmodium.
• The fossils of one type...
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Overview

This book introduces you to creatures from the protist kingdom, from microscopic protozoans to seaweedlike algae. It examines the parts, life cycle, and reproduction of various types of protists. It also looks at the harmful effects some protists have on humans. Did You Know?
• The deadly disease malaria is caused in part by the protist Plasmodium.
• The fossils of one type of protist, the red algae, date back more than 500 million years.
• Paramecium, a well-known protist, uses hairlike cilia to sweep food into its mouth.
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Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
Protists are one-celled microscopic life forms. They may have traits of animals, plants, or both. Although they are small, they are not simple. Charts and diagrams are needed to show their many parts. The live in the soil and in water; and they thrive in both light and dark environments. Protists are found in many shapes. Some have hair, whips, or horns. Tiny algae, golden algae, brown algae, and red algae are shown and described. The process of raising seaweed is explained through diagrams and photographs. Sometimes molds cause devastation, such as the potato blight in Ireland in the 1800s. Slime molds, a mixture of molds, amoebalike protists, mushrooms, and slugs grow in damp places taking part in the decaying process. Unusual and harmful protists are also included. This book contains charts showing the Classification of Life and Groups of Protists. It also includes a glossary, a bibliography, and an index. It is a good introductory resource for middle grade students. Part of the "Kingdom Classification" series. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
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Gr 7-9–This series gives an overview of a few of the main classifications of living things. Packed with text, photos, micrographs, and insets, these titles will compel readers to look closely. The main text meanders through the loaded pages providing background information, while visuals with italicized captions provide examples and detail. Scientific terms are often defined in the text and used again in later pages. Each spread focuses on a single aspect of the life-form and either moves through the life cycle or presents variations of the classification. Final spreads examine beneficial and harmful varieties. The books close with an overview of scientific classification with a specific example. With its compelling facts and visuals, this is a quality choice.
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