Don’t Mess With Me: The Strange Lives of Venomous Sea Creatures by Paul Erickson is part of a series that is currently small but hopefully growing by Tilbury House. I previously reviewed One Iguana Two Iguanas (about iguanas).
Like the Iguana book, Erickson’s book for third through seventh graders (8-12 or so years of age) contains real, actual, science, evolutionary theory, and facts about nature, along with great pictures. The key message is that toxins exist because they provide an evolutionary advantage to those organisms that use them. Why are venomous animals so common in watery environments? Read the book to find out.
Species mentioned includ the blue-ringed octopi, stony corals, sea jellies, stonefish, lionfish, poison-fanged blennies, stingrays, cone snails, blind remipedes, fire urchins.
Highly recommended as a STEM present this holiday season.
I usually think of flip-lift books as being appropriate for little kids who can’t read yet. I remember my daughter being obsessed, for two years or more, with an Arthur flip book. She needed to look under every single flap, in order (many were in fact numbered or had letters on them, to teach counting and the alphabet, so there was indeed an order). There were pictures, not words, under the flaps. Continue reading Life on Earth: Dinosaurs; A Kids science book
G is for Galaxy: An Out of This World Alphabet (Alphabet Books) is one of a series of kid’s alphabet books with an interesting twist. The pages have the usual big letter, a picture of something that starts with that letter, and a short sentence or two referring to that word. But on the same page is anywhere from one to a few paragraphs of extra text written at a basic level but seeming targeted to the adult who is reading the book to the kid, providing additional context, background, and details. For instance:
“G is for Galaxy, a big family of stars so bright. Our is called the Milky Way, a small part we see each night.”
Cute little poem.
Then, off to the side on the opposing page…
“A galaxy is a family of stars, but in such a huge family you’d never meet every member. There are billions of stars in one galaxy. Planets are part of a galaxy, too. So are dust and gasses. Gravity keeps the family together. We are in the Milky Way Galaxy. It is a huge galaxy of about 100 billion stars, but astronomers remind us that the Milky Way is just one galaxy out of billions. Galaxies come in different shapes and sizes. Our galaxy has been compared to a big pinwheel”
I think it is a brilliant idea. Huxley was not that impressed but sometimes a specific book will grow on him after a while.
Other books in the series include A is for America, W is for Wind: A Weather Alphabet (Sleeping Bear Alphabets), I is for Idea: An Inventions Alphabet (Sleeping Bear Alphabets), Z Is for Zookeeper: A Zoo Alphabet (Alphabet Books), and T Is for Teacher: A School Alphabet (Alphabet Books).