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Ticks: Dangerous Hitchhikers
     

Ticks: Dangerous Hitchhikers

by Sandra Markle
 

Avoid these tiny, disease-carrying hitchhikers—they are ticks!

In this book, you will learn how ticks are similar to and different from other arachnids. Close-up photographs and diagrams reveal extraordinary details about the tick's body both inside and out. And a hands-on activity will show you how a tick's bite can spread disease-causing organisms through

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Avoid these tiny, disease-carrying hitchhikers—they are ticks!

In this book, you will learn how ticks are similar to and different from other arachnids. Close-up photographs and diagrams reveal extraordinary details about the tick's body both inside and out. And a hands-on activity will show you how a tick's bite can spread disease-causing organisms through your body—or your pet's body. Learn more about this fascinating member of nature's Arachnid World.

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Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
An introduction describes the difference between arachnids and insects; then explains that ticks are parasites. Their lives depend on sucking blood from other living beings and they sometimes pass on diseases in the process. Detailed diagrams with appropriate labels show every aspect of the tick from both the outside and the inside. Soft ticks differ from hard ticks in significant ways, but they both bite into the host's body and swell as they eat. Some of the diseases ticks spread are Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and Tick-Borne Encephalitis. The stages of a tick's metamorphosis include egg, larva, nymph, and adult. Some ticks live their full lives on one host; others drop off to rest, to mate and to deposit their eggs, living on two or three animals. The description of the mating process is accompanied by an informative photograph. Insets in octagonal shapes appear frequently offering facts that supplement the text. Extraordinary enlarged photographs depict every aspect of the tick's existence. The back matter includes information about other arachnid troublemakers, a glossary, a bibliography, an index, and directions for a learning activity related to the way that ticks spread disease-causing organisms. A good reference source for upper elementary and middle school students. "Arachnid World" series. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761350415
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/28/2011
Series:
Arachnid World Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
840L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 11 Years

Meet the Author

Sandra Markle is the author of numerous award-winning books for children. A former elementary science teacher, she is a nationally known science education consultant. Markle has received many honors for her series Animal Predators, Animal Scavengers, and Animal Prey. Several titles have been named as National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)/Children's Book Council (CBC) Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12, and Animal Predators was honored as a Top 10 Youth Nonfiction Series by Booklist. Markle is also the author of the Insect World series and several single titles. Her book Rescues! was named a Best Book by the Society of School Librarians International and a Recommended Title of Outstanding Nonfiction by the National Council of Teachers of English's (NCTE) Orbis Pictus Award committee; Animal Heroes was named a 2008 Lasting Connections title by Book Links. Markle lives in New Zealand with her husband, photographer Skip Jeffry.

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