Scorpions!: Strange and Wonderful

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We have been taught to fear scorpions in any form. But scorpions usually sting either to subdue their prey or to protect themselves. In fact, Earth has two thousand scorpion species, but only a few dozen are deadly to humans. With vivid descriptions of scorpions’ life cycle, body structure, habits, and habitat and beautiful, realistic illustrations, this new entry in the popular Strange and Wonderful series explores one of nature’s feared and misunderstood creatures.

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Overview

We have been taught to fear scorpions in any form. But scorpions usually sting either to subdue their prey or to protect themselves. In fact, Earth has two thousand scorpion species, but only a few dozen are deadly to humans. With vivid descriptions of scorpions’ life cycle, body structure, habits, and habitat and beautiful, realistic illustrations, this new entry in the popular Strange and Wonderful series explores one of nature’s feared and misunderstood creatures.

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"Veteran science writer Pringle delivers another stinging success with this fascinating look at the similarities and differences among the many varied species of these much feared but mostly misunderstood arachnids. . . The informative and engaging text is complemented by Henderson's detailed, realistic watercolors, which reveal the great diversity among the many species of scorpions. Budding arachnologists will find this an enlightening introduction." --Kirkus Reviews 

"Pringle's careful research and Henderson's painterly eye are clearly in evidence as they explore the world of scorpions . . . Libaries should make room for this handsome, informative work." --School Library Journal

Children's Literature - Nancy Garhan Attebury
Scorpions scurry across the pages of this well-researched book from the "Strange and Wonderful" series. Many facts are included on each page of text. Some facts are that scorpions have poisonous stingers that serve two purposes; the stingers help scorpions fight enemies and kill food, big scorpions are larger than lizards and frogs, scorpions have great eyesight, and out of 2,000 kinds of scorpions, only three dozen can kill a human with their sting. The scorpions are classified as arachnids meaning they have eight legs. Interesting information tells about water scorpions, wind scorpions, false scorpions, and whip scorpions. All of these are not real scorpions due to some of them lacking poisonous glands, poisonous stingers, eight legs, and no tail stinger. The constellation Scorpio and ancient tales are highlighted on a few pages. Black silhouettes depict the real size of certain kinds of scorpions. A plethora of detailed illustrations help in identification of different scorpions. The vivid illustrations add extra appeal to the well-written text. Resources and a pronunciation guide round out the package. This book is billed as being for readers ages eight to ten, but the heavy amount of text could easily stretch it to work for older students keen on science. It is an excellent supplement to science lessons. Reviewer: Nancy Garhan Attebury
School Library Journal
09/01/2013
Gr 5–7—Pringle's careful research and Henderson's painterly eye are clearly in evidence as they explore the world of scorpions. Ancient dwellers on Planet Earth, armed with often-formidable pincer-claws and tails tipped with a venomous sting, these rather unlovely and unwelcome arachnids have adapted to habitats ranging from arid deserts to tropical rain forests, all the while evolving in size and shape and habits to meet the dangers of environments and predators. Pringle does an excellent job of describing the "average" scorpion and deftly goes on to present its eating habits (no chewing, mostly slurping), courtship (daringly risky for the usually smaller males), reproduction (females give birth to live young), and predators (often larger scorpions-cannibalism seems to run in the family). The colorful paintings faithfully depict the physical makeup of many varieties and are carefully coordinated to match the text. Even libraries that have Pringle's own "golden oldie" Scorpion Man: Exploring the World of Scorpions (Scribner, 1994), an interesting look at scientist Gary Polis and his work, or Sandra Markle's Scorpions: Armored Stingers (Lerner, 2011) should still make room for this handsome, informative work.—Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
2013-09-15
Veteran science writer Pringle delivers another stinging success with this fascinating look at the similarities and differences among the many varied species of these much feared but mostly misunderstood arachnids. Do you think scorpions will sting you and inject you with deadly venom? Not quite. Scorpions typically sting to subdue prey and protect themselves. Of 2,000 species, only about three dozen can kill a person. Only one species with a sting deadly to humans lives in the United States. The deadliest species are found in warm, tropical climates. Scorpions were on Earth before dinosaurs, and their appearance has changed little over hundreds of millions of years, though their size has. Habitats, size, coloring, mating, hunting, movement, molting, physiology and reproduction are among the many topics covered. Pringle convincingly shows readers that scorpions are fascinating creatures. The informative and engaging text is complemented by Henderson's detailed, realistic watercolors, which reveal the great diversity among the many species of scorpions. Budding arachnologists will find this an enlightening introduction. (bibliography, pronunciation guide, resources for more information) (Nonfiction. 6-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590784730
  • Publisher: Highlights Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2013
  • Series: Strange and Wonderful
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 804,857
  • Age range: 8 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: NC920L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Meryl Henderson has illustrated more than 40 books for children, including Cicadas! Strange and Wonderful and other books in the Strange and Wonderful series. She lives in upstate New York.
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