Ants are everywhere — in forests, fields, swamps, deserts, suburbs, and cities. There are probably at least a few in your house. Most aren't dangerous, but certain species — including fire ants and army ants — can have lethal effects on humans and animals. Discover fascinating facts... read more
Insects Coloring Book by Jan Sovak Color detailed, accurate depictions of 45 species: elephant stag beetle, earwig, scorpion, tarantula, black widow spider, human flea, pleasing fungus beetle, many more. Informative captions.
Life in a Bucket of Soil by Alvin Silverstein, Virginia Silverstein Grade-schoolers learn how ants, snails, slugs, beetles, earthworms, spiders, and other subterranean creatures live, breed, interact, move about, defend themselves, and more.
Poisonous Snakes by Seymour Simon, William Downey There are more than 250 kinds of poisonous snakes, and this illustrated book reveals where they live, what they eat, how they behave, and other fascinating facts. 26 illustrations.
Strange Mysteries from Around the World by Seymour Simon Discover nine bizarre-but-true incidents: a shower of fish and frogs from the sky; treasure that remains buried, even though its location is known; the sudden disappearance of a ship's crew; and more!
Monster Bugs: A Close-Up Coloring Book by Diana Zourelias Colorists can come face-to-face with 30 fascinating insects and spiders. Magnified images offer close-up looks at the Asian giant hornet, cicada, horsefly, rhinoceros beetle, and more. Captions offer intriguing facts about each creature.
Science Dictionary by Seymour Simon Newly revised edition of a colossal resource for young scientists ages 9 and up. More than 2,100 entries cover all branches from astronomy to zoology. More than 260 illustrations.
Ghosts by Seymour Simon Nine true tales from the spirit world include the exploits of French castle-dwelling phantoms, an English specter that literally scares people to death, White House ghosts of former presidents, and more.
Deadly Insects and Arachnids Coloring Book by Jan Sovak From harmless-looking ants and flies to sinister spiders and scorpions, this coloring book abounds in lethal insects and arachnids. Twenty-five realistic drawings depict a deadly host of mosquitoes, fire ants, ticks, and beetles.
Fun with Insects Stencils by Paul E. Kennedy 6 easy-to-trace "open" stencils introduce young naturalists to the honeybee, butterfly, fly, praying mantis, beetle and dragonfly. Perfect for playtime or school projects.
How to Draw Insects by Barbara Soloff Levy, Drawing Easy-to-follow guide shows would-be artists of all ages how to create 30 accurate images, including a grasshopper, monarch butterfly, tarantula, caterpillar, cicada, praying mantis, walking stick, scorpion, carpenter ant, Japanese beetle, and other insects.
Insects CD-ROM and Book by Jim Harter This fascinating collection crawls with beetles, ants, butterflies, moths, caterpillars, centipedes, flies, mosquitoes, dragonflies, and other insects. It encompasses 642 illustrations, 206 of them in full, glorious color.
Insects Poster by Dover Thirty creatures are realistically depicted on this attention-grabbing poster: American bumblebee, field cricket, red ant, elephant stag beetle, and the praying mantis. Great for classroom use or for home study.
Insects Stained Glass Coloring Book by John Green Youngsters learn to identify 8 common members of the insect world as they color images of a fuzzy caterpillar, spider, ant, bumblebee, grasshopper, butterfly, 2 others.
Insects Stickers by Nina Barbaresi Twenty-four full-color stickers accurately depict lightning bug, cicada, luna moth, Japanese beetle, crane fly, and more. With special guide to help identify each insect.
Insects Tattoos by Jan Sovak Ten designs: desert tarantula, black widow spider, ladybug, sandhills hornet, praying mantis, desert scorpion, bumblebee, 3 more.
Insects Vector Designs by Alan Weller Over 230 high-quality digital images of insect life range from the delicate butterflies to the fearsome armor and sawtoothed mouthparts of exotic beetles. These versatile vector files come with a gallery of design ideas and complete tutorial section.
Learning About Insects by Jan Sovak 12 sticker illustrations include the bumblebee, mosquito, red ant, ladybug beetle, and other arthropods plus descriptive text for each fascinating creature.
Little Insects Coloring Book by Winky Adam From gypsy moths and bumblebees to dragonflies and glowworms, this coloring book is crawling with bugs! Sixty accurate drawings of fascinating creatures from the insect kingdom provide plenty of coloring amusement.
Origami Insects by Robert J. Lang Noted origamist presents step-by-step instructions and diagrams for 20 challenging projects: treehopper, spotted ladybug, orb weaver, tarantula, butterfly, grasshopper, dragonfly, praying mantis, more. Intermediate to advanced level.
Bugs Activities Dover Chunky Book by Dover Kids will be buzzing about the fun they're having with this amazing swarm of activities. They can decorate a butterfly's wings, find the hidden caterpillars, color flowers and dragonflies, and much more.
Bugs Activity and Coloring Book by Fran Newman-D'Amico Children will discover a hive of activity inside this big book of busy fun! Thirty puzzles include mazes, connect-the-dots, and word games galore, all starring adorable insects. Solutions.
Bugs Activity Fun Kit by Dover 59 stickers — many glitter or glow — 31 tattoos and stencils, Insects Coloring Book plus 4 stained glass coloring sheets, How to Draw Insects, plus a glitter spider.
Bugs Mazes by Fran Newman-D'Amico Help a multitude of creatures navigate 48 different mazes — among them Cricket, who needs to cross the pond, and Butterfly, who can't find the path to some sweet-smelling flowers.
Bugs Stained Glass Coloring Book by John Green Color images of a blue moth, hornet, mosquito, mite, and 4 other insects with paints, crayons, or other media and watch them glow when placed near a light source.
Color Your Own Bugs Stickers by Cathy Beylon 18 cute portraits of creepy-crawlers, each reproduced twice, depict grinning grasshoppers, cuddly caterpillars, and other little beasties. Perfect for school projects or decorating flat surfaces.
Fun with Bugs Stencils by Marty Noble Easy-to-trace images of 6 creepy crawlers — wasp, winged ant, Hercules beetle, moth, weevil, and grasshopper — will add an interesting note to many flat surfaces.
Glitter Bugs Stickers by Cathy Beylon A caterpillar, bumblebee, ladybug, dragonfly, and 6 other cute critters take on a special glow in this glistening collection that will look great on lunch boxes, notebooks, and school projects.
Glitter Tattoos Bugs by Cathy Beylon Smiling bees, wide-eyed butterflies, gentle ladybugs, carefree dragonflies, and other critters — all as cute as a bug in a rug — will have tattoo fans "buzzing" with joy. 10 tattoos on 2 plates.
Invisible Bugs Magic Picture Book by Pat Stewart A pencil tip helps youngsters discover answers to 16 nature-related puzzles, including the name of a bug that's no bigger than the head of a pin. 16 black-and-whits illustrations. Printed one side only.
Shiny Bugs Stickers by Nina Barbaresi Twelve creepy crawlers with a lustrous metallic shine include a lady bug, gladiator katydid, and praying mantis. Identifications.
Twelve Bugs Bookmarks by Cathy Beylon A grasshopper, ladybug, boll weevil, and 9 other whimsically rendered insects encourage youngsters to "crawl into a good book."
Ants are everywhere — in forests, fields, swamps, deserts, suburbs, and cities. There are probably at least a few in your house. Most aren't dangerous, but certain species — including fire ants and army ants — can have lethal effects on humans and animals. Discover fascinating facts about these killer ants: where they can be found, how they organize their colonies, and the methods of controlling their damage. Praised by The New York Times as "the dean of children's science writers," Seymour Simon is the author of more than 250 highly acclaimed science books. Deadly Ants features twenty-seven black-and-white illustrations and is written in accessible language that can be appreciated by readers of all ages.
Reprint of the Four Winds Press, New York, 1979 edition.
Mr. Simon was gracious enough to talk with us about his career as a teacher, his affiliation with the Smithsonian Institution, how humor can get children interested in science, and more.
You're a New York City native and a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science, so it sounds like you grew up in a highly urban setting. How and where did your formative experiences with nature take place? I have loved nature since I was a young child. Although I grew up in the Bronx — a very crowded part of New York City — the natural world was all around me. There is weather in the city, just as there is in the country. You can see the sun, moon, and stars from a rooftop in the city. And I explored a vacant lot on my street, which wasn't exactly a park, but still had birds, earthworms, small plants, and trees. In fact, when I grew up, one of the first books I wrote was called Science in a Vacant Lot.
You were a science teacher for more than 20 years, and you've remarked that teaching is the best possible way to learn how to write for kids. Can you offer some examples of what your students have taught you? I'm still a teacher and still a student too, for that matter. Students' interests range wide and deeply. They want to be treated with respect and have their questions answered and have you pay attention to their comments. I'm constantly writing in the same way that I think. There is a famous story that explains my writing too. The story goes that there is a teacher who is teaching a difficult subject and he can see by the expressions on his students' faces that they don't understand what he is teaching. So he teaches it a second time and he can see that they still don’t understand what he is teaching. So he teaches it a third time and finally…HE understands what he is teaching. That's how it goes with me. When I finally get it right, finally I understand what I'm writing and teaching.
Some of your books are authorized by the Smithsonian Institution, which is a highly prestigious endorsement for any science writer. How did your affiliation with them develop? My publisher, HarperCollins made the arrangement with the Smithsonian Institution. What it meant for me is that I had an expert from the Smithsonian editing each of my books, which I am quite sure just made them better! It is indeed an honor to have my name associated with the Smithsonian.
Does your recreational interest in nature photography contribute to your work? I am asked this a lot because there are so many photographs in my books. Sometimes I travel to places myself and take the photographs. I have photographed glaciers in Alaska, volcanoes in Hawaii, wildfires in California and weather in my backyard. Other times, I arrange to use other people's photographs. Often they are specialists — like a scientist who has been living in Antarctica and observing penguin behavior. Someone like that has photographs that I could never get in a single, short trip. I love nature photography, and have done many, many of my books as photo essays because I know that children love these photographs, too.
Some of your books — Body Sense, Body Nonsense, for example — take a playful look at scientific facts, so you must regard humor as a valuable tool in engaging young imaginations. What other approaches can parents and teachers take to get children interested in science and excited by the processes of observation and experimentation? I created a document for teachers called "Writing Exciting Nonfiction." This details many different ways that a nonfiction author can engage young readers. Anyone can download this resource from www.seymoursimon.com.
Bonus Question! Do you have a favorite Dover book? I'm not sure if it is bad form to choose my own book, but I must say that I love Strange Mysteries. I wrote it many years ago, but today's kids are still fascinated by these mysterious, unsolved events.
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