The Night Book; Exploring Nature after Dark with Activities, Experiments and Information

The Night Book; Exploring Nature after Dark with Activities, Experiments and Information

by Pamela Hickman, Suzanne Mogensen
     
 
Teeming with activities, experiments and information about animal and plant life after dark, this book reveals many fascinating facts about nature at night, such as how to tell the temperature at night by counting cricket chirps, why most plants grow in the middle of the night and why cats' eyes glow in the dark. Full color.

Overview

Teeming with activities, experiments and information about animal and plant life after dark, this book reveals many fascinating facts about nature at night, such as how to tell the temperature at night by counting cricket chirps, why most plants grow in the middle of the night and why cats' eyes glow in the dark. Full color.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Susan Hepler
Directions for 13 activities are framed by lively and informative text and friendly colored pencil and watercolor illustrations that help readers explore the night. For instance, the question "What is night?" is accompanied with a ball and flashlight activity and a short explanation. Text exploring stargazing includes star and constellation identification, directions for "Making a Starscope" out of cardboard tubes and pin-pricked templates, and a sidebar describing how constellations were named is also provided. Nocturnal animal behavior and sensory adaptation in various settings (backyard, desert, woodland) also are explored. We are encouraged to examine underwater animal activity by using the light of a flashlight in a submerged closed jar. The book content roams around quite freely, making the night seem friendly and interesting to children, rather than scary or foreboding. Youth groups that meet at night will find plenty to explore here, but the primary audience for this book is families who wish to have fun while learning something in the night. The projects and information presented will appeal to a wide age range in spite of the text's readability, which seems aimed at upper elementary age children. All in all a nifty book to pique nighttime curiosity.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-A user-friendly introduction. Interspersed throughout the text are activities that, for the most part, children can perform without adult supervision. Nighttime sky watching is discussed and children are given directions to make a handy star scope. In a section on nocturnal animals, students are introduced to echolocation of bats. There is also brief mention of daytime vs. nighttime hunters. Throughout, sidebars and dialogue balloons offer many interesting factoids. However, there is some unevenness. Owls have their own chapter and activity while all desert life is summed up in one section. Illustrations, looking amateurish at times, are nevertheless descriptive and helpful. Jerry Emory's Nightprowlers (Harcourt, 1994) and Jim Pipe's The Giant Book of Creatures of the Night (Copper Beech, 1998) offer some of the same information, but the duplication is limited and all three titles are complementary. The Night Book will be useful for young researchers, browsers, and even teachers looking for simple activities that involve readily available materials.-Anne Chapman Callaghan, Racine Public Library, WI Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
While many of the night sky activities in this book, subtitled "Exploring Nature After Dark with Activities, Experiments and Information," are more applicable for children who live in the country than for urban dwellers, older students will enjoy browsing this compendium of facts about astronomy and animals. Moon-watching, stargazing, information on nocturnal animals, bioluminescence, night flowering plants, night migration, and more are discussed. Activities include dissecting an owl pellet, measuring plant growth, and making a simple star scope. Interesting and practical. (diagrams, index) (Nonfiction 8-12) .

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781550743067
Publisher:
Kids Can Press, Limited
Publication date:
03/28/1999
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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