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Dragons, giants, sea serpents-these are the monsters of yesteryear, but they lived only in the imagination. People today still like to create monsters, but everyone knows they aren't real. Or are they? There are scary creatures in the world that may seem like monsters, and they can be very dangerous. But many "monsters" are less exciting and harmful than people would believe. The truth about these creatures-and some that live only in the human imagination-is in this book! The black widow spider has a scary name and a deadly reputation, but its bite is rarely fatal. "Killer bees" are honeybees which originally came from central and southern Africa and are not aggressive; however, they will defend themselves when threatened. Komodo dragons are real. They are the world's largest lizards and live only one place on earth. Up to forty feet long, it wriggles through the water like a giant eel, with tall red spines rising from its head. A sea serpent? No-a rarely-seen oarfish. While a mythical vampire may "suck your blood," a real vampire bat usually prefers lapping its dinner from a cow's neck. The reputations of these dangerous creatures - along with the others discussed in this book - begin to change as people understand them better. It's exciting to pretend, and to create scary monsters, but reading the truth about the real animals can be even more exciting. LAURENCE PRINGLE is known for his many fine books for young people on science and nature. He holds degrees in wildlife conservation from Cornell University and the University of Massachusetts, and for seven years he was an editor of Nature and Science, a children's science magazine published at the American Museum of Natural History. He has received awards from the National Wildlife Federation and the American Nature Study Society, and many of his books have been selected as Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children by the National Science Teachers Association. About Animal Monsters, Mr. Pringle says, "I've encountered alligators, wolves, scorpions, and poisonous snakes in the wild, but I was harmed just once - when I backed into a cactus while taking photos of a rattlesnake in Arizona." He lives in West Nyack, New York.
A simple discussion of death as it applies to the plant and animal kingdom. Straightforward in its approach to the role of death in nature, this classic book will help youngsters toward an understanding and acceptance of this mystery of life.
Feral! The very word has disturbing, even frightening connotations. The reality of the situation, the rapid increase in our country's population of feral animals-tame animals gone wild-is equally disturbing and potentially dangerous. Laurence Pringle, who has been called "the acknowledged master at getting across complicated scientific concepts and the politics of environmental issues to older children" by Environmental Action, here examines the many complex factors involved in this tragic situation. He presents the history of America's most common feral animals (birds, pigs, dogs, cats, burros and horses) and the impact they have on people, livestock, food crops, native wildlife and the ecology, and he explores the growing, highly emotional controversy surrounding them involving environmental, humane, political and economic issues. Laurence Pringle is one of the most widely noted authors of books for young people on biological and environmental subjects. Among his critically acclaimed works-over forty to date-are the "Science for Survival" series: Water; Lives at Stake; Nuclear Power; Our Hungry Earth; Energy; Recycling Resources; Pests and People; Ecology; One Earth, Many Peo pie; and The Only Earth We Have. Many of Mr. Pringle's books have been chosen as ALA Notable Books, as "Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children" by the National Science Teachers Association-Children's Book Council Joint Committee, as "Children's Books of the Year" by the Library of Congress and as Junior Literary Guild selections. In 1978, Mr. Pringle received the National Wildlife Federation's Special Conservation Award, and that same year the U.S. National Section of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) included Our Hungry Earth in its International Book Exhibition.
SAVE YOUR LIFE! "With older customers dying and others managing to quit, young people represent the tobacco industry's main hope of maintaining sales. Teenagers are the primary source of new smokers." --from Smoking: A Risky Business. You've heard the hype. Now read the facts. What you don't know about cigarette smoking can hurt you--bad.
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