Category Archives: science

Mysteries of the Deep

This past week a headline from National Geographic caught my eye: Coelacanths Can Live Past 100, Don’t Show Age? with a large picture of a coelacanth swimming right at the top. These fish were thought to be long extinct, until … Continue reading

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A book well-suited for late April, the time between Earth Day and Arbor Day. A boy picks up this book on redwoods on the subway (the reader will recognize the cover), and soon is engrossed. The illustrations reflect his inner … Continue reading

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Summer Birds

Summer Birds: The Butterflies of Maria Merian written by Margarita Engle, illustrated by Julie Paschkis. Holt, 2010. A teenage, female scientist from the 1600s? Really? The true story of Maria Merian, who lived in 17th century Germany. Apparently in the … Continue reading

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Earth Day 2010

Earth Day miscellany: Try an Earth Day poem at 30 poets/30 days: “Smaller than I thought” by Heidi Mordhorst. I always like discovering new poets. Parent and teachers can try some of the activities from  I Love Dirt! 52 Projects … Continue reading

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Watching the awards together

For the past several years I’ve enjoyed watching the webcast of the ALA Youth Media Awards. Usually I get the webcast started, feed the kids breakfast and get them on the bus, and watch the announcements. This year they were … Continue reading

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The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

Eleven year old Calpurnia Virginia Tate is the only girl in a family with seven children. The story begins in an especially sweltering summer  in a small Texas town in 1899, where Callie sneaks away on hot afternoons to cool … Continue reading

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To the Moon

I couldn’t believe my luck this week when we walked into the library and Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 was sitting right there on the new book shelf. I grabbed it, knowing my boys were headed up to Denison … Continue reading

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Living Sunlight

What an amazing book by Molly Bang, and perfect for Earth Day! Yesterday at the library  I found Living Sunlight: How Plants Bring the Earth to Life. Brightly colored, sun-drenched illustrations and a relatively spare yet accurate text work together … Continue reading

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