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Parasites: Chiggers
KidHaven Press, 2004/grades 3-5
ISBN 0-7377-1778-5

A chigger is too small to see as it attacks. But this familiar parasite creates a big itch when it feasts on its host's skin cells.


Parasites:  Hookworms
KidHaven Press, 2004/grades 3-5
ISBN 0-7377-1781-5

Hookworms infest the intestines of as many as one billion people throughout the world. The parasite threatens its host's health by using its powerful biting mouth to feast on blood.


Animals Attack!:  Bears
KidHaven Press, 2003/grades 3-5
ISBN 0-7377-1525-1

North American bears are powerful animals with sharp teeth and claws. Although they rarely confront humans, their attacks can cause serious injury and even death. This book presents true stories of people who had a violent encounter with a grizzly, black, or polar bear -- and lived to tell about it.


 
Animals Attack!: Rhinos
KidHaven Press, 2003/grades 3-5
ISBN 0-7377-1543-X

The rhinoceros is built like an armored tank equipped with horns. The force of its powerful attack can be deadly. Rhinos tells the true stories of people who came face to face with the world's second largest land mammal.

 





Animal Baby Sitters
Watts Library/Scholastic, 2001/grades 5-7  (with Dr. Paul W. Sherman)
0-531-11881-9 (hardcover); ISBN 0-531-16571-X (paper)

Some animals—from the acorn woodpecker to the African lion— work together to feed, guard, and teach their young. This book, illustrated with full-color photographs, describes the life cycle of animal baby sitters such as the lion, elephant, prairie dog, crow, meerkat, dwarf mongoose, naked mole-rat, and others.

 


Naked Mole-Rats
Carolrhoda Books, 1996/grades 2-5 (with Dr. Paul W. Sherman)
Illustrated with full-color photographs
ISBN 0-87614-995-6
American Library Association Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
American Booksellers Association Pick of the Lists
Public Library Association Top Title for New Adult Readers

A mysterious creature lives under the brick-hard soil of northeastern Africa. Most amazing is that the naked mole-rat lives in large colonies with a queen and her servants, much like an ant colony.

What Reviewers Say:

"The text is authoritative and clear, making this a good introduction to a unique animal.” ~Hornbook


The Naked Mole-Rat Mystery: Scientific Sleuths at Work
Lerner Books, 1996/grades 5 & up (with Dr. Paul W. Sherman)
ISBN 0-8225-2853-3 
NSTA & CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children (Selectors’ Choice)
Scientific American Young Readers Book Award
Society of School Librarians International’s Award in Science

The naked mole-rat is classified as a mammal, but its body temperature is variable like a reptile’s and it lives in large colonies organized like those of social insects. This award-winning book tells the fascinating story of how biologists searched for clues to explain the mystery of this extraordinary animal's behavior.

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“Written in captivating, lucid style, this book presents a myriad of surprising information.” 
~Audubon Naturalist Notes

“A wonderful look at how scientific research is done.”
~School Library Journal

 

 

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