The Puzzle of the Platypus: And Other Explorations of Science in Actionby Jack Myers, John Rice (Illustrator)
Scientists probe eleven animal mysteries. Why do some parrots eat clay? Which elephants are the wisest? Is the platypus a bird, a mammal, or something else? In this collection of science articles from Highlights for Children magazine, teams of researchers travel the world to solve some of nature's most intriguing puzzles. One team uses a high-tech camera to find
Scientists probe eleven animal mysteries. Why do some parrots eat clay? Which elephants are the wisest? Is the platypus a bird, a mammal, or something else? In this collection of science articles from Highlights for Children magazine, teams of researchers travel the world to solve some of nature's most intriguing puzzles. One team uses a high-tech camera to find polar bear dens under the snows of Alaska. Another group teaches dolphins how to play a game in order to study their sonar. Still other teams spend years studying elephants, crows, wild horses, rattlesnakes, cliff swallows, and other animals. Full-color illustrations bring these fascinating animals to life, and Jack Myers, in his warm, personal style, re-creates the scientists' adventures in discovery. His stories are true cases of science in actionthe challenging and often creative process of revealing nature's secrets. He will start young readers thinking about the many secrets that still wait to be discovered . . . maybe by them.
Gr 3-6- This collection of 11 articles originally appeared in Highlights magazine during the 1990s and early 2000s. Each article tells how a scientist was able to unravel a mystery about some kind of animal. Myers's stories about dolphins, polar bears, elephants, and other animals contain many interesting scientific facts and are written in accessible and engaging prose. The book has a clean, uncluttered layout that invites consecutive reading. Most of the pages have attractive watercolor illustrations. Each article opens with a humorous picture, and more informative images and diagrams appear in the body. This is a good choice for children who can read chapter books, and who enjoy nonfiction.-Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT
Meet the Author
Jack Myers, Ph.D. (1913-2006) was the senior science editor of Highlights for Children for more than forty years. He was also a scientist at the Unversity of Texas at Austin where, at the time of his death, he was professor emeritus of zoology. HIs many science books for children include How Dogs Came from Wolves, about which the Booklist reviewe wrote, "The writing is clear and the science is explained well without being oversimplified" and the Children's Literature reviewer wrote, "The author distills complex information well."
John Rice is a wildlife artist and the illustrator of the following four books by Jack Myers: On the Trail of the Komodo Dragon, On Top of Mount Everest, What Happened to the Mammoths?, and How Dogs Came from Wolves. He lives in Mount Kisco, New York.
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