Weird Nature (Mystery Files Series)

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Children's Literature - Jennifer Greene
Do you know why a kind of giant flower in South-East Asia smells like rotting flesh? Or why the scarab, a type of dung beetle, was worshipped in ancient Egypt? This book, from the "Mystery Files" series, offers readers a glimpse at the odd, creepy, and amazing side of nature. Including subjects not covered in your run-of the mill science curriculum; this book will appeal to hesitant learners while exploring subjects about which many adults may not even know. Touching on everything from plants and animals to insects and fish, the book features an introduction and twelve subjects, each as weird and wonderful as the next. The topics are as varied as deep sea fish, ancient trees, living fossils, Australian platypus, and more. It also offers explanations for some of nature's mysteries, like why bugs swarm and how salmon migrate. Each two-page spread focuses on a different surprising topic and features a condensed "Mystery File" sidebar, word definitions, colorful photographs, and captions. The book also contains a table of contents, a glossary, an index, and a list of resources containing everything from books to websites and even an online BBC documentary, making it an excellent starting place for developing science classroom activities and projects. A conclusion to mirror the introduction may have been nice to give readers a sense of closure, but there is little to criticize in the text itself. One heading titled "Plants from Outer Space" may be misleading, and some of the captions lean toward the gross-out, however this may just make the book of even more interest to children. With its interesting facts, nice illustrations, fun to read layouts, and wide appeal, this book is highly recommended as an offbeat science resource perfect for homes, libraries, and classrooms with children aged eight and up. Reviewer: Jennifer Greene
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778711278
  • Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 1/28/2013
  • Series: Crabtree Mystery Files Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 860L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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