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What Happened to the Mammoths?: And Other Explorations of Science in Action
     

What Happened to the Mammoths?: And Other Explorations of Science in Action

by Jack Myers, John Rice (Illustrator)
 

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How do cats purr? How does a homing pigeon find its way home? Why do baby alligators need cavities? These are just a few of the questions that scientists tackle in this book of Science in Action. The twelve explorations cover some of kids' favorite animals. The creatures--some lovable, some creepy, and all amazing--are the reader's gateway into the world of real

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How do cats purr? How does a homing pigeon find its way home? Why do baby alligators need cavities? These are just a few of the questions that scientists tackle in this book of Science in Action. The twelve explorations cover some of kids' favorite animals. The creatures--some lovable, some creepy, and all amazing--are the reader's gateway into the world of real science. And the reader will discover that science is much  more than a collection of facts--it offers adventures in discovery. The reader comes along as scientists learn surprising new things, and as they end up with new and fascinating questions. Many full-color illustrations help draw young scientists into this stimulating book.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Children's Literature
As senior science editor for Highlights for Children, Dr. Jack Myers has written numerous articles about various scientific wonders. Here, he has compiled some of his selected works creating an interesting look into some of the mysteries of the scientific world. Including such catchy titles as: Dolphins Catch a Wave, Butterflies that Taste Bad and Alligators get Cavities Too, young readers are drawn to reading about various phenomena in our natural world. While the titles and topics are interesting, the use of the book is very limited. Due to the dry writing and brevity of the entries, the appropriate age range for such a book is 4 to around 7 or 8. Dr. Myers' writing is interesting in its subject but confusing in its construction. At times the body and conclusion of a piece do not follow the opening sentence or paragraph. John Rice's illustrations, filled with color and detail, are a wonderful compliment to the information being provided. While there were problems within some of the text, this book can still be a good addition to pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classes. 2000, Boyds Mills Press, Ages 4 to 8, $17.95. Reviewer: John D. Orsborn
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-These articles originally published in a monthly column in Highlights for Children spotlight significant scientific finds and tell the story of how they came about. They cover a wide range of topics from "magnetic bacteria" to eye tests for falcons and the possible cause of mammoth extinction. As these explorations date between the mid-1970s and the late 1990s, Myers has updated and revised the information when necessary. Colorful illustrations, some cartoons and others realistic, and diagrams accompany the conversational text. The format is attractive, and the cover is eye-catching. While a source bibliography is included, this compilation is not for serious researchers, but is fast food for scientific browsers.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590782804
Publisher:
Highlights Press
Publication date:
01/01/2004
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
930L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author


Dr. Jack Myers (deceased) delighted kids each month with his articles in Highlights for Children. He lived in Austin, Texas.

John Rice is a wildlife artist and illustrator of On the Trail of the Komodo Dragon. He lives in New York City.

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