The The Case of the Mummified Pigs: And Other Mysteries in Nature

The The Case of the Mummified Pigs: And Other Mysteries in Nature

by Susan E. Quinlan, Jennifer Dewey, Jennifer Owings Dewey
     
 

Naturalist and wildlife biologist Sue Quinlan explores fourteen ecological mysteries: Why would a herd of reindeer suddenly disappear? How could a bird's tail feathers change color? And what would make dead pigs become mummified? Drawing upon scientific studies and firsthand interviews with scientists, Quinlan traces the steps of investigation and discovery.

Overview

Naturalist and wildlife biologist Sue Quinlan explores fourteen ecological mysteries: Why would a herd of reindeer suddenly disappear? How could a bird's tail feathers change color? And what would make dead pigs become mummified? Drawing upon scientific studies and firsthand interviews with scientists, Quinlan traces the steps of investigation and discovery.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-Quinlan presents over a dozen puzzling natural occurrences, describes the various investigations that scientists have conducted, and relates how they pieced together clues to come up with an explanation for each event or phenomena. Some of the ``cases'' involve plants, some animals; all point to the wide web of ``secret connections'' found in nature and the ripple effect any change can exert upon an environment. A few of the mysteries really are grabbers-especially the opening selection about a tragically decimated population of reindeer and the title entry. Eventually, however, the narratives become repetitive and serve to reinforce scientific concepts rather than introduce new ones. Time periods are not consistently established and settings are vague (there are no maps). Also, readers never get to know any of these nature detectives. The pencil drawings are attractive, but not distinct enough to offer clues or add excitement. Here's a clue-when curiosity is aroused, don't sate it with dry details and morals; let the puzzle make the point.-Susan Oliver, Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781563977831
Publisher:
Highlights Press
Publication date:
01/01/1999
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)
Lexile:
1000L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 11 Years

Meet the Author

Susan E. Quinlan, naturalist and wildlife biologist, lives in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Jennifer Owings Dewey, author of Wildlife Rescue, lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico

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