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Volume 1, Number 3 - February 1955

Children's Books for Nature Study

Children's Books for Nature Study

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Published by
The Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia
John E King, President

Prepared and Issued by
The Department of Biology, with the cooperation of the Divisions of Education and Social Science

Editor: John Breukelman, Head, Department of Biology
Editorial Committee: Ina M. Borman, Helen M. Douglass, Dixon Smith, H.A. Stephens

The Kansas School Naturalist is sent upon request, free of charge to any citizen of Kansas.

The Kansas School Naturalist is published in October, December, February and April of each year by The Kansas State Teachers College, Emporia, Kansas. Second-class mail privileges authorized at Emporia, Kansas.

Children's Books for Nature Study

A teacher reads a book to small children


In this issue of The Kansas Naturalist are listed 102 childrens' books published during the past five years. This restriction does not mean that books published before 1950 were deemed inadequate for school use, but rather it is assumed that teachers and schools have available earlier listings in which most of the older books are included.

The present list is concerned with nature study and related science for children from the primary level through the eighth grade. The suggested grade level is indicated for most of the books. This, we hope, will help teachers to choose the most suitable books for their own teaching situations. Children in the specific grades may in their own studies use books that have been rated above or below their grade level; for example, the book about the green snake has been listed as intermediate, but an interested third grader may be able to read it profitably.

Nearly all the references have been annotated. No books have been included which the committee thought were unscientific in their approach or conclusions. With the exception of a few that were unavailable at the time of preparing the text, the books we r e personally examined. Nearly all were checked with such authentic sources as the American Library Association Book List, the Elementary English Journal, and the Nature Program Guide.
The books are grouped into categories the committee thought would be most useful to elementary teachers, and within each category are listed alphabetically by author. To conserve space, the following symbols are used: P-primary grades, I-intermediate grades, U-upper grades.

THE BEAVER POPULATION IN Kansas has increased to the extent that there was a trapping season for beaver during December, 1954, and January, 1955 ... More people hunt rabbits than any other kind of game in the state of Kansas ... Venison was on the table at the Methodist Children's Home in Newton, as a result of a deer being killed in a collision with an automobile near Halstead ... The live-bearing mosquito fish, Gambusia affinis, has been introduced into Lake Wooster, on the campus of Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia, and is apparently doing well .. . A white quail was shot near Holton during the 1954 quail hunting season; the white bird was in a covey of normally colored birds . . . The foregoing notes are taken from the February, 1955, issue of The Kansas Sportsman, the official organ of The Kansas Association for Wildlife, and sent to all members of clubs affiliated with K.A.W.


1. BLACK, IRMA SIMONTON, Pete the Parrakeet, (sic) Holiday House, 8 W. 13th St., New York 11, N.Y., 1954, $2.50
Story about the life and habits of a pet parrakeet. (sic) P, I

2. BRONSON, WILFRED S., Starlings, Harcourt, Brace and Co., 221 N. LaSalle, Chicago, Ill., 1948, $2.00
Black and white sketches and simple large print offer excellent information on physical structure and life cycle of the starlings. I, U

3. CURTIS, MARY I., Our State Birds, Lyons and Carnahan, 1947, $1.25
Descriptive stories about various species adopted as state birds, all pictured in color. P, I

4. EARLE, OLIVE L., Birds and Their Nests, William Morrow and Co., 45 4th Ave., New York 16, N.Y., 1952, $2.00
Forty-two species of birds and the type of nests they build are presented; for each species, the author describes the nest, where it is built, the eggs, their color and size, song, and habits of the bird. I, U

5. EARLE, OLIVE L., Robins in the Garden, William Morrow, 1953, $2.00
Story of the robin and his mate that invaded the garden one March morning. Nest building, appearance of eggs, babies, training of fledglings. P, I

6. EARLE, OLIVE L., The Swans of Willow Pond, William Morrow, 1955, $2.00
One year in the swan's life; describes homes, habits and characteristics. P, I

7. ESCHMEYER, R. W., Bob White, Fisherman Press Inc., Oxford, Ohio, 1952, Paper 50c, Cloth $1.50
The quail, its habitat, nesting and enemies. Value of conservation of quail. I, U

8. FENTON, CARROLL LANE and DOROTHY CONSTANCE PALLAS, Birds and Their World, John Day Co., 210 Madison Ave., New York 16, N. Y.,1954
Structure, flight, ranges, migration, feeding and nesting, incubation, protection and defense; introduced through narrative accounts; black and white illustrations. I, U

9. KIERAN, JOHN, An Introduction to Birds, Doubleday and Co., Inc., Garden City, New York, 1950, $1.70
For beginners, to help them know the common birds of lawns, fields, woods, waterways, and shores. Colored plates with full description and habits of 100 different birds. I, U

10. LEWELLEN, J0HN, Birds and Planes: How They Fly, Thomas Y. Crowell Co., .;132 4th Ave., New York 16, N.Y., 1953, $2.00
Nontechnical, accurate and interesting comparison of man's flying machines with those found in nature; structure of bird wings compared with airplane wings; gliding flight with flapping flight. More than 100 illustrations. I, U

11. MASON, G. RUSSELL, Picture Primer of Attracting Birds, Houghton Mifflin Company, 2500 Prairie Ave., Chicago 16, Ill., 1952, $2.00
Guide to attracting birds at all seasons. Directions for feeding, building bird houses, use of bird baths, appropriate planting. Illustrated with paintings in full color. I, U

12. McCLUNG, ROBERT M., Ruby Throat, The Story of a Hummingbird, William Morrow, 1950, $2.00
An accurate story of one year in a hummingbird's life, with an appropriate picture for every page. P

13. MURPHY, ROBERT CUSHMAN and AMADON, Land Birds of America, McGraw Hill Book Co. Inc., 330 W. 42d St., New York 18, N.Y., 1953,
There are 221 colored photographic bird plates. The informal material is condensed but readable and accurate. I, U

14. PETERSON, ROGER TORY, How To Know the Birds -Simple Aid to Bird Recognition, Houghton Mifflin, (Hardcover edition) $2.00. New American Library, New York City (Paper edition) 1949, 35c
Bird recognition without color or field glasses. All the tricks of quick and easy indentification.(sic) Excellent for both beginner and advanced bird student. Over 200 species illustrated by line drawings and silhouettes. I, U

15. PETTIT, TED, Birds in Your Backyard, Harper Brothers, 49 E. 33rd St., New York 16, N. Y., 1949, $3.00
How to recognize common birds, and attract birds to your yard by means of appropriate planting, use of bird houses, bird baths, and feeders. Useful in East or West. Fully illustrated. I, U

16. ZIM, HERBERT, Owls, William Morrow, 1950
Describes many kinds of owls, their habits and nesting places. How they catch food and raise young. Many misconceptions and superstitions explained. P, I

17. ZIM, HERBERT S. and IRA GABRIELSON, Birds-A Guide to the Most Familiar American Birds, Simon and Schuster, 630 5th Ave., New York 20, N.Y. , 1949, $1.50 (Paper $1.00)
Contains 112 full color illustrations of common American birds. Good in East and West. Concise notes on nest, eggs, food, geographic range, and migration time table. Using the 112 color plates as keys, this book will identify 250 birds. I, U


18. BUCK, MARGARET WARING, In Yards and Gardens, Abingdon-Cokesbury Press, 810 Broadway, Nashville 2, Tenn., 1952, $3.00; (paper $1.75)
Information, authentic and fascinating, about the world that lies outside your door, even if your yard is a tiny one in a city amid rushing traffic. Fully illustrated in black and white. Adapted for eastern North America. I

19. FENTON, CARROLL LANE, Wild Folk at the Pond, John Day, 1948, $2.50
Stories of animals that live in fresh water, and plants that grow around the animals' homes. Easy to read, interesting text, and simple line drawings. P, I

20. GOLDSMITH, MARGARET O., Picture Primer of Dooryard Gardening, Houghton Mifflin, 1952, $2.00
How to have a beautiful yard at all seasons, whether a city plot or a country acre. What to plant, and care needed. Attractively illustrated in color. I, U

21. HOGNER, DOROTHY CHILDS, Odd Pets, Thomas Y. Crowell, 1951, $3.00
Tells how to care for living things that normally make their homes in ponds, rivers, woods, fields and gardens, and are brought into the house; life history of each animal; exceptionally fine photographs. I, U

22. LATHROP, DOROTHY P., Let Them. Live, MacMillan Co., 2459 Prairie Ave., Chicago 16, Ill., 1951, $2.00
Conservation of animals found in man's environment; illustrations; good informational material. I, U

23. MARTIN, ALEXANDER C., HERBERT S. ZIM and ARNOLD L. NELSON, American Wildlife and Plants, McGraw-Hill, 1951, $6.50
Part I, introductory, provides for orientation and explains symbols; Part II, animals and their food; Part III, plants useful to wildlife. Graphs, maps and illustrations throughout. U

24. PARKER, BERTHA MORRIS, Balance in Nature, Row, Peterson Co., 1911 Ridge Ave., Evanston, Ill., 1950
Plants and animals of the earth as affected by changes in their environment. I

25. RATZESBERGER, ANNA, Pets, Rand McNally and Co., P.O. Box 7600, Chicago 80, Ill., 1954, 25c
About Pet Day at school; children bring their pets and tell the other children about them. P

26. SCHNEIDER, HERMAN AND MINA, Rocks, Rivers - The Changing Earth, Wm. R. Scott, Inc., 8 W. 13th St., New York 11, N.Y., 1952, $3.75
Story of the earth's beginning. Experiments to show the forces that lift up mountains, and make and unmake the land and sea of our changing earth. I, U

27. SCHWARTZ, JULIUS, It's Fun to Know Why, McGrawHill, 1952, $2.25
Experiments to illustrate the principles involved in the making and using of materials for everyday life. I, U

28. SMITH, F. C., First Book of Conservation, Franklin Watts, 699 Madison Ave., New York 20, N.Y., 1954, $1.75
How rivers, lakes, forests, wildlife, green growing plants, the good earth itself, all depend on nature's intricate interrelationships. I, U

29. THOMPSON, LOUIS M. and IVAH E. GREEN, Good Health From Good Soil, Wm. C. Brown & Co., Dubuque, Iowa, 1951, $1.25
What makes food good; how good food makes good health; soil and farming methods. Lively interesting style. I, U

30. WALL, GERTRUDE WALLACE, Gifts From the Forest, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1006 S. Michigan Blvd., Chicago 7, Ill., 1952, $2.50
Excellent pictures and text, covering lumber from tree to boards; western forest. Good lumber practices by lumber companies stressed. I, U

31. WEBBER, IRMA E., Thanks to Trees, Wm. R. Scott, 1952, $2.00
Excellent book, covering most important uses of trees, both as living trees and as lumber. I, U

A boy and girl pick out books from a library


32. ADRIAN, MARY, Honey Bee, Holiday, 1950
Story of what goes on in a beehive and in the field. I

33. BARLOWE, SY, A Child's Book of Insects, Maxton Publishers, Inc., 15 E. 26th St., New York 10, N.Y., 1952, $1.00
For each of 30 common insects, a page telling about life history, feeding habits and speCial features. P, I

34. GOUDEY, ALICE E., The Merry Fiddlers, American Book Co., 351 E. Ohio, Chicago 16, Ill., 1951, $1.75
Life cycle of crickets explained to "Little Boy" in simple rhythmic prose; illustrations help to interpret, and add interest to the story.

35. HUSSEY, LOIS J. and CATHERINE PESSINO, Collecting Cocoons, Thomas Y. Crowell, 1953
All about cocoons-what goes on inside, and what comes out. Interesting, practical, illustrated. I

36. LEYSON, CAPTAIN BURR, Manty, the Mantis, E. P. Dutton, 300 4th Ave., New York 10, N.Y., 1952
Life story of a pet praying mantis, and the way it preys upon other insects. Interesting, easily read, and illustrated with full page photographs. I

37. McCLUNG, ROBERT TIGER, The Story of a Swallowtail Butterfly, Morrow, 1953, $2.00
Story of one complete cycle in the life of a swallowtail butterfly. Simple text; well illustrated. P, I

38. TEALE, EDWIN WAY, The Junior Book of Insects, Dutton, 1953, $3.75
How to begin and pursue an acquaintance with insects. Where to find insects, how to observe and collect them. Illustrated with photographs and sketches. I, U

39. TIBBET, ALBERT, The First Book of Bees, Franklin Watts, 1952
Excellent description of bees and hives; how bees gather and store food. The three types of bees in the hive and the activities of each. Included in the list for the William Allen White Award in 1954-55. I

40. URAQUHART, F. A., Introducing the Insect, Henry Holt and Co., 400 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago 11, Ill., 1949, $5.00
A book for the beginner, whether layman or teacher. Simple keys to common orders, families and genera. Fully illustrated. I, U

41. ZIM, HERBERT S. and CLARENCE COTTAM, Insects - A Guide to Familiar American Insects, Simon and Schuster, 1951, $1.50
A practical guide to help recognize, collect and appreciate many familiar insects. I, U

IF YOUR ADDRESS has changed since you sent it to us, be sure to let us know. The Kansas School Naturalist is sent by second-class mail, which cannot be forwarded.

THE TEXT MATERIAL for this issue was prepared by two members of the Editorial Committee: Ina M. Borman, science teacher at Roosevelt High School, and Helen M. Douglass, third grade ' teacher at Thomas W. Butcher Children's School, on the campus of The Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia.


42. CHANDOHA, WALTER, All Kinds of Cats, Alfred A. Knopf, 501 Madison Ave., New York 22, N.Y., 1952, $3.00
More than 100 photographs of cats in action or repose; a fine selection of verse and prose about the cat; five major breeds described and shown in characteristic poses. P, I

43. EARLE, OLIVE LYDIA, Paws, Hoofs and Flippers, William Morrow, 1954, $3.50
Distinguishing characteristics, habitats, and behavior of representative mammals; grouped according to the types of feet; well illustrated. I, U

44. KATTELL, TED, Pet Collie, All-Pets Books, Inc., Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, 1954, $1.25
How to care for a pet collie, from puppy to adult. I, U

45. McCLUNG, ROBERT M., Stripe, The Story of a Chipmunk, William Morrow, 1951, $2.00
Development of Stripe, the chipmunk from baby to grown animal, told in interesting fashion. Many color pictures. P

46. RIPPER, CHARLES L., Bats, William Morrow, 1954, $2,00
Kinds, structure, and "radarguided" flight; how they care for their young, hibernate, and catch their food. I

47. STUART, FRANK, A Seal's World, McGraw-Hill, 1954, $4.00
An adventure story of the first three years in the life of a harp seal. U

48. WHARTON, JOSEPH, The Phantom Deer, J. B. Lippincott, 333 West Lake, Chicago 6, Ill., 1954, $3.00
Story of the attempt to prevent the extinction of the tiny deer of the Florida keys. U


49. CORMACK, M. B., The First Book of Trees, Franklin Watts, 1951, $1.75
Brief, simple text and excellent drawings identify 59 trees of North America. How trees live and grow; the function of each part. An attractive and informative book. I, U

50. DICKINSON, ALICE, The First Book of Plants, Franklin Watts, 1953, $1.75
Beginner's introduction to plants, from microscopic to giant redwood; where they grow, how they obtain food, how they spread. Tells how's, why's and what's of bacteria, algae, fungi, lichens, ferns, mosses and seed plants. I, U

51. HORWICK, FRANCES R., and REINALD WERRENRATH, JR., Growing Things, Rand McNally, 25c
How a sweet potato grows; from "Ding Dong School." P

51. (sic) PISTORIUS, ANNA, What Flower Is It? Wilcox and Follett Co., 1255 S. Wabash, Chicago 5, Ill., 1950, $1.50
Identifies 50 common wild flowers. All flowers illustrated in full color; interesting text. I, U

53. ROGERS, MATILDA, A First Book of Tree Identification, Random House, 1951, $2.50
Will help to identify most familiar trees found in U.S. and Canada; illustrated with actual photographs; informational part clear and to the point. I, U

54. SCHNEIDER, HERMAN, Plants in the City, John Day, 1951, $2.50
Simple interesting story of plant food-making and its relation to animals; many good activity suggestions. I

55. SELSAM, MILLICENT E., Play With Leaves and Flowers, William Morrow, 1952, $2.00
About leaves, flowers, seeds, and fruits that move. Simple interesting text and clear black and white drawing. Many things to observe, some things to try
out. P, I

56. SELSAM, MILLICENT E., Play With Plants, William Morrow, 1949, $1.36
How plants begin to grow and what is needed for them to live. Many experiments a child can do when studying plants. P, I

57. SELSAM, MILLICENT E., Play With Trees, William Morrow, 1950, $2.00
Simple tree experiments to try at home, school, or camp. Easy-to-follow directions, clear drawings, large type. I

58. STEFFEREUEL, ALFRED, How to Know the Wild Flowers, Henry Holt, 1950, $2.00
An introduction to wild flowers, stressing a working knowledge of parts of plants, their habitats, habits, and distinguishing marks of the main families. Illustrated with drawings. I, U

59. ZIM, HERBERT S. and ALEXANDER C. MARTIN, Flowers, Simon and Schuster, 1950, $l.50 (paper $1.00)
Describes and illustrates in color 260 common wild flowers representing 45 families; arranged by color; range maps. I, U

60. ZIM, HERBERT S., ALEXANDER C. MARTIN, DOROTHEA and SY BARLOWE, Trees, A Guide to Familiar American Trees, Simon and Schuster, 1952, $1.50 (paper $1.00 )
There are 130 paintings in color to help in the identification, with a range map for each tree listed. The information is short and concise. P. I, U


61. ANDREWS, ROY CHAPMAN, All About Dinosaurs, Random House, $1.95
Description of dinosaurs; their discovery by various men; kinds of dinosaurs, and probable reasons for their becoming extinct. U

62. BRONSON, WILFRED, Turtles, Harcourt, Brace, 1945
Describes many kinds of turtles; how they protect themselves, travel, and get food. Illustrations in black and white. P

63. FLACK, MARJORIE, Tim Tadpole and the Great Bullfrog, Doubleday, 1950
The life of a frog from egg to adult, in pictures and stories. P

64. HARRIS, LOUISE DYER and NORMAN DYER HARRIS, Slim Green, Little Brown and Co., 34 Beacon St., Boston 6, Mass., 1955, $2.00
The life and adventures of a little green snake, with many garden friends it meets during the year. I

65. HOKE, JOHN, The First Book of Snakes, Franklin VVatts, 1952, $1.19
How snakes eat, live, fight, and mate; the four kinds of poisonous snakes found in the United States. P, I

66. McCLUNG, ROBERT M., Bufo, William Morrow, 1954, $2.00
Life history and habits of the common toad. P, I

67. POPE, CLIFFORD HILLOUSE, Snakes Alive and How They Live, The Viking Press, 18 E. 48th St., New York 17, N.Y., 1952, $3.25
Information about feeding, defense, enemies and hibernation. Information regarding snakes as medicine, hunting of snakes, and snakes as pets make the book one that boys and girls will want to read. Illustrated key for the identification of the snakes of the U.S., as well as many photographs. I, U

68. SEARS, PAUL McCUTCHEON, Tree Frog, Holiday, 1954, $2.00
Clear and simple description of the development and life of the tree frog; how to take care of a pet tree frog. P

69. ZIM, HERBERT S., Frogs and Toads, William Morrow, 1950, $1.36
Describes frogs and toads; their habits. Explains life cycle of frog and toad and tells differences among many kinds of frogs and toads. P

70. ZIM, HERBERT S. and H. M. SMITH, Reptiles and Amphibians, Simon and Schuster, 1953, paper $1.00, cloth $1.50
Full color illustrations of more than 200 species, with brief descriptions and range maps. U


71. ADRIAN, MARY, The Garden Spider, Holiday, 1951, $2.00
How the garden spider spends one year, her life time. How she spins a web, catches prey, and provides food for her young. Well illustrated. P, I

72. ANDREWS, ROY CHAPMAN, Nature's Ways, Crown Publishers, 419 4th Ave., New York 17, N.Y. , 1951, $3.75
How animals are equipped for survival; camouflage, concealment, mimicry, speed, sight, smell, warning Signals, armor, offensive devices, food storing and foraging devices, symbiosis. Excellent pictures. U

72. BELL, THELMA HARRINGTON, Snow, Viking, 1954, $2.50
What snow is; different types; the varied life of a snowflake. Well illustrated. I

74. (sic) BLOUGH, GLENN 0., Wait for the Sunshine, Whittlesey House, McGraw-Hill, 1954, $2.25
Production of food, explained from the seasonal point of view. P

75. BUCK, MARGARET WARING, In Woods and Fields, Abingdon-Cokesbury, 1950, $3.00 (Paper $1.75)
What to look for in stream, woods, and field during each of the four seasons. Abundantly illustrated. Familiar plants and animals from Atlantic to Rockies and from southern Canada to Texas. P, I

76. CORMACK, M. B., The First Book of Stones, Franklin Watts, 1950, $2.00
Well illustrated book about rocks and minerals, how to collect and study them. I, U

77. CROSS, GENEVIEVE, A Trip to the Yard, Cross Publications, Garden City Books, Garden City, New York, 1952
Beautiful illustrations tell what Tom and Sally may see in the yard: lady bugs, monarch butterflies, ant-lions, goldfinches, spiders, frogs, snails, bees, and many other wonders of nature. P

78. DICKINSON, ALICE, The First Book of Prehistoric Animals, Franklin Watts, 1954, $1.75
Simple descriptions of various representative extinct animals. I, U

79. EBERLE, IRMEN GARDE, Hop, Skip, and Fly, Holiday, 1950
Stories about various small creatures. P, I

80. FENTON, CARROLL LANE, Wild Folk in the Woods, John Day, 1952, $2.50
What the woods animals look like, where they build their homes, how they take care of their young, how they spend the winter and what they do in
spring; 55 illustrations that add much to the use of the book. P, I

Several children gather at a library table looking at books

81. FENTON, CARROLL LANE and MILLARD ADAMS FENTON, Riches from the Earth, John Day, 1953, $2.75
Explanation of elements and compounds; rocks, ores, and mineral resources, from aluminum to zinc. Discovery, makeup, history, refining process, and practical use of each mineral. I

82. FENTON, CARROLL LANE and MILLARD ADAMS FENTON, Rocks and Their Stories, Doubleday, 1953, $1.69
The many kinds of rocks and stones; how they are formed, named and identified. How to measure the hardness of rocks. U

83. FLETCHER, HELEN JILL, The Nature Book, Paxton Slade Publishing Co., New York, 1954
Activities and projects for children; illustrated. P, I, U

84. GREEN, IVAH, Animals Under Your Feet, Grosset and Dunlap, 1107 Broadway, New York 10, N.Y., $2.75
Facts, photographs, and drawings telling about bats, moles, woodchucks, trap-door spiders, earthworms, and other creatures that spend part of their time underground. I

85. HEADSTROM, RICHARD, The Living Year, Ives Washburn, Inc., 55 5th Ave., New York, N.Y., 1950, $3.00
A story calendar for each month (northeastern North America especially). At close of each chapter is a nature calendar. Likely to make one more aware of seasonal happenings in nature. I, U

86. HOGNER, DOROTHY CHILDS, Earthworms, Thomas Y. Crowell, 1953
Habits, biological construction and habitat of an earthworm described in interesting manner, with illustrations. P

87. HUNTINGTON, HARRIET E., Let's Go to the Brook, Doubleday, 1952, $2.75
Short easy sentences tell in an interesting way the story of a brook and the animals that live in it. Large photographs, one on every other page. P, I

88. HUNTINGTON, HARRIET E., Let's Go Outdoors, Doubleday, 1939, $2.50
Full page photographs and brief text tell of small familiar creatures such as snails, toads, caterpillars, ants, spiders, and the like. P

89. HYLANDER, CLARENCE JOHN, Sea and Shore, Macmillan, 1950, $2.50
Marine plant and animal life, names and illustrations of many of the shells found along the shore. Reasons for tides, why the ocean is salty. Good illustrations and easily readable text. I, U

90. JOHDAN, E. L., Hammond's Illustrated Nature Guide, C. S. Hammond and Co., Maplewood, N.J., $7.50
A practical guide book presenting where, what, and how of nature observation; 232 original paintings of animal and plant life; the most popular nature hobbies; list of wildlife refuges. I, U

91. JORDAN, E. F., Nature Atlas of America, Hamond, $7.50
Written for folks interested in nature, but not scientists; 320 original paintings; 104 full-color range maps; large scale sectional maps covering all of U.S.: natural distribution maps emphasizing temperature, rainfall, and vegetation. I, U

92. LEVENTHAL, J. P., From Then to Now, Simon and Schuster, 1954, 25c
Children are interested in the world of long ago; this small book tells about the life of that time. I, U

93. MARKMAN, HARVEY C., Fossils, Denver Museum of Natural History, Denver, Colo., 1950, 50c
Written to be used as a guide to the fossil exhibts (sic) in the museum, but useful in supplying parts of the great story of life through the ages. Excellent illustrations. U

94. MASON, GEORGE F., Animal Weapons, William Morrow, 1949, $1.36
Weapons that aid in animal survival-horns, hoofs, claws, teeth, poison, odor, stings, quills. I, U

95. PARKER, BERTI-IA MORRIS, The Golden Treasury of Natural History, Simon and Schuster, 1953, $5.00
Interesting facts about plants and animals around the world. Rock and star study also included. More than 500 color plates. I, U

96. POUGH, FREDERICK H., All About Volcanoes, Random House, 1953, $1.95
Descriptions of actual eruptions, explanations of them, and precautions taken to guard against fires following earthquakes. I

97. SCHATZ, ALBERT and RIEDMAN, SARAH R., The Story of Microbes, Harper, 1952, $2.75
How microbes were discovered and how man has been able to utilize them on the farm, in industry, and in the kitchen. I, U

98. SELSAM, MILLICENT, All About Eggs, William R. Scott, 1952, $1.50
About the beginnings of life; pictures and printed matter develop the idea that many different kinds of creatures grow from eggs. P

99. STERLING, DOROTHY, Billy Goes Exploring, Doubleday, 1953, $1.33
Billy explores back yard, pasture, woods, and beach. He not only finds turtles, bird nests, cows, snails and flowers, but also learns something about them. P

100. WALTERS, MARGUERITE, See How It Grows, Wonder Books, Crossett and Dunlap, 1954,25c
How plants and animals that are in everyday environment begin their lives and how they grow. P

101. YATES, RAYMOND F., Atomic Experiments for Boys, Harper, 1952, $2.50
Explanation of principles involved in atomic energy; story of discovery of electron, proton, neutron and isotopes; numerous experiments that can be done with simple materials and equipment; interesting style. U

102. ZIM, HERBERT, American Birds and Wildflowers, Simon and Schuster, 1950
How to observe birds and flowers; points that help to identify them; colored plates and full descriptions for the 120 best known birds and flowers listed. I, U

THE FOLLOWING QUOTATION from "The School Page," by E. Laurence Palmer, in the February, 1955, issue of Nature Magazine, will be of interest to our readers: "It happens that this particular topic was selected because of the arrival of Number 1, Volume 1 of the Kansas School Naturalist, published by the Emporia, Kansas, State Teachers College . . . This new school quarterly is available to Kansas school folk, and should perform a most useful service to the schools of the state. Kansas has ranked high for its publications useful to naturalists, particularly because of those coming from the University of Kansas. It is appropriate that the State offer to the pre-college teachers material suitable to their needs...these school leaflets should serve to put into use the findings of the more technical publications of the university.

"The initial Kansas School Naturalist helps teachers use as laboratories their school windows, and the cover cleverly shows what may be seen look-out (sic) of and into an ordinary schoolroom window. Drs. King and Breukelman, and the State of Kansas, are to be congratulated on this new venture, which was, in part, the outcome of a teachers' workshop sponsored last summer at Emporia by the National Wildlife Federation."

To this quotation we wish to add three comments:

1. The idea of the views out of and into the window was suggested by Dr. Palmer himself (though he was too modest to say so) at a meeting of a committee planning The Kansas School Naturalist, during the 1954 Workshop in Conservation at Emporia.

2. The list of children's references for conservation, compiled by the 1954 Workshop, was used in the preparation of this isue (sic) of The Kansas School Naturalist.

3. The 1955 Workshop in Conservation will be held at Emporia, in two sections, as was done last year. The first will be general and open to any interested person from June 6 to June 17. It will carry two hours credit and deal with general problems of conservation. The second section, June 20 to July 8, will be devoted entirely to the production of teaching materials. Enrollment in this section will be restricted to persons who have indicated special interest in conservation education and who have the ability to write clearly and concisely.


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