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View all copies of this ISBN edition:. Synopsis About this title Over fifty short myths about animals, birds, and natural subjects, suitable for the child's own reading in the second grade. About the Author : Florence Holbrook - was an educator in Chicago schools for more than 50 years and an author involved in the peace movement during the early years of the 20th century.

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Here, Dougal Dixon and illustrator Hannah Bailey opt for something else, offering 13 stories about the early experimentation of animal forms in a bid to help younger readers understand how we got here. Besides the eponymous whale, there are chapters on early dinosaur flight and warm-blooded crocodiles, alongside more familiar stories of snakes with legs and fish with feet.

The book achieves this with great success. How much do you think you know about dinosaurs? Garrod writes flawlessly with his own unique blend of well-honed skill as a scientist as well as the contagious curiosity and endless exploratory mindset usually reserved for children. Included are practical guides to fossil hunting and quizzes to test your knowledge, together with the latest dinosaur research ensuring the everyone discovers something new.

Appetite whetted, she can depend her understanding through this charming book. Prolific author Jen Green caters for short attention spans among readers aged , catering admirably through 30 topics encompassing the what, where and how of rainforests, plus their wildlife, human residents and β€” importantly β€” threats. Odd factual glitches include an assertion that sloths favour the rainforest understory rather than the canopy. But such minor grumbles do not detract from a well-presented product.

This beautifully illustrated book will be pulled off the shelf time and time again, artfully combining rhythmic verse for younger listeners with interesting and accurate content to keep older children engaged. Flipping through the pages is rather like floating over a real reef, with colourful new vistas and different species at every turn.

The huge cast of both familiar and lesser-known reef characters is introduced on the inside covers, adding a puzzle dimension to the book as you search for the royal blue tang, star coral and cone snail. Though it ends with a strong ecological message about coral bleaching, featuring key facts and the actions we can all take to safeguard the sea, it first and foremost immerses children in the colourful, diverse and fascinating world of the coral reef. This is a beautiful book.

I keep returning to the centrepiece β€” a depiction of shadowy wolves creeping across a midnight landscape. The writing is succinct and lucid, communicating to children what they need to know about wolf biology, geographical range, place in the ecosystem and current threats. According to the myth, Ra eventually began to grow weary of his duties.

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This made his people question whether he should be their ruler. When Ra learned this, he sent his daughter, the 'Eye of Ra,' to kill those who doubted him. She went on a rampage and Ra took pity on the humans. He tricked her into getting so drunk she couldn't continue killing. After this, Ra left the earth for the sky. This myth can be interpreted as a reflection on the flaws of humanity. Poseidon was the god of the sea, son of Kronos and Rhea. He became ruler of the sea when the universe was divided after the fall of the Titans. Poseidon was bad-tempered and when he became angry, he would cause earthquakes.

He managed to upset even Hades, the ruler of the underworld. Poseidon was most often depicted with his trident, and sometimes riding a horse he is sometimes claimed to be the creator of horses. Natural disasters still leave us flummoxed, even today.

The Book of Nature Myths

So, how could earthquakes be explained in ancient times? An angry god who shook the earth is one way. In English, we refer to them as banshees. The bean sidhe didn't cause death but announced the death or warned loved ones that death was near, so they could prepare. Some believed she escorted their loved ones safely to the afterlife. Death - like creation - is one of those inexplicable facets of life.

Many cultures employed myths in order to wrap their minds around how and why these things occurred. Izanagi and Izanami are Shinto creator gods. Izanagi and Izanami created the Japanese islands and the deities of the sea, wind, mountain, river, trees, and rice.

The Book of Nature Myths by Florence Holbrook

When Izanami gave birth to a fire god, it fatally burned her. Izanagi resolved to have his wife returned to him and sought her out in the underworld. Izanami could not return because she'd eaten 'the dark food,' but said she would beg the gods to let her go.

After waiting a long time Izanagi lit a torch to go find her and when he saw her rotting body he fled and sealed the door to the underworld. Izanami then vowed to kill 1, people each day and Izanagi promised to create 1, to replace them. This myth would once have been used to explain how everything came into being and the cycle of life and death.