Why do some plants blossom only during the day? How do certain birds know when and where to migrate? Why are some people "early birds" and others "night owls"? In this easy-to-read volume, Seymour Simon examines the inner biological clocks of people, animals, and plants and explains what makes them t... read more
My First Human Body Book by Patricia J. Wynne, Donald M. Silver These 28 fun and instructive illustrations offer an entertaining way for children to learn how their bodies work. Simple text answers such questions as: What is a hiccup? and Where is my DNA?
The World Around Us! Hearing by Jillian Phillips These fun-to-color illustrations and other activities teach children about their sense of hearing. Playful pictures show what our ears look like on the inside and how they work, portray a symphony of sounds, and offer kids a look at animal ears.
The World Around Us! Seeing by Jillian Phillips Pictures to color, counting games, and other activities encourage kids to use their eyes. Whimsical illustrations explain the parts of the eye, where tears come from, and other fun facts.
Body Sense, Body Nonsense by Seymour Simon Does an apple a day really keep the doctor away? Discover the truth (and falsity) of familiar adages with this illustrated volume of fun facts about the human body.
Deadly Ants by Seymour Simon, William Downey Discover fascinating facts about dangerous ants: how they live and the methods of controlling their damage. Written in direct, easy-to-understand terms, this illustrated volume is suitable for readers of all ages.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Crime Lab 101: 25 Different Experiments in Crime Detection by Robert Gardner Kids fascinated by crime and police work will appreciate this inside look at detection and forensic science. The 25 experiments can be performed at home and offer fascinating explanations of police lab techniques.
Why do some plants blossom only during the day? How do certain birds know when and where to migrate? Why are some people "early birds" and others "night owls"? In this easy-to-read volume, Seymour Simon examines the inner biological clocks of people, animals, and plants and explains what makes them tick. The Secret Clocks was praised by School Library Journal as "a fascinating subject, well handled through Simon's open-ended questions and try-and-see approach." Readers of all ages, from students to their teachers and parents, will be captivated by these illustrated glimpses of the internal workings of their own bodies, as well as the secret lives of fish, insects, and other living things.
Reprint of the Viking 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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