Great new kids’ science book

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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.

Have you read the breakthrough novel of the year? When you are done with that, try:

In Search of Sungudogo by Greg Laden, now in Kindle or Paperback
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  1. Dear Greg,
    I have been asked by a friend to help track down Barbara Isaac. In searching for her I found that you had written about her on a webpage. Do you know where she is? Perhaps she is no longer alive? If you are in contact with her perhaps you could tell her that Dr Judith Fleming wants to get in touch. Judith is a medical doctor who met Barbara Isaac on a ship sailing in the Pacific (to Niue as well as other places). If you have any information can you send it to me please? I was asked because I am an anthropologist who also studied at Cambridge but after searching numerous sites I realise Barbara Isaac’s work is really archaeological.
    Yours hopefully,
    Martha Macintyre
    Principal Research Fellow
    Anthropology, SPSS
    The University of Melbourne

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