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Volume 3, Number 2 - December 1956

Children's Books for Nature Studies:
Second in the Series



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Published by
The Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia

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, Robert F. Clarke, Helen M. Douglass, Gilbert A. Leisman, Dixon Smith

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Children's Books for Nature Studies: Second in the Series


When the first "Children's Books" issue (Vol. 1, No.3) of The Kansas School Naturalist was prepared, it was thought that such an issue might appear about every five years. Since then, so many fine new books have been published, and we have received so many requests for information about them, that we now present a second list, even though the interval between the two lists is only two years.

While the general organization of this issue is like that of the former one, two major changes have been made. First, a number of book series, such as the Golden Nature Guides, are listed together on page 13, even though some of the individual books of the series may be much older than two years and may have been included in the former list. Second, the addresses of all publishers represented are placed together, on page 16, instead of being given with the first mention of the publisher, as was done before. It is hoped that these two changes will make this issue more convenient to use.

The book list is concerned with nature study and related science for children f;om 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 situation. Children in specific grades may, of course, read books that have been rated above or below their grade level; for example, the book about the barn swallow has been listed as intermediate, but an interested third grader may be able to read it profitably.

All the references, except some of those listed among the series, 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 texts, the books were 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 useful to elementary teachers, and within each category are listed alphabetically by author. To conserve space, the followins, symbols are used: P-primary grades, I-intermediate grades, Uupper grades. Also, shortened names are used for the publishing companies, the full names of which are found on page 16.

Copies of the first "Children's Books" issue are still available, and may be obtained by writing to the editor.

As was the case with the former list, the text material for this issue was prepared by Ina M. Borman, science teacher, with the assistance of Helen M. Douglass, third grade teacher at Thomas W. Butcher Children's School on the campus of the Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia. The headlines for the categories were drawn by Robert F. Clarke, biology teacher at Roosevelt High School, and the photographs were taken by E. L. Anderson, Department of Art, Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia.


1. BARLOWE, SY, A Child's Book of Stars, Maxton, 1953, $.59 - Describes planets, comets, meteors and meteorites, stars, eclipses, and many of the more common constellations. I

2. EPSTEIN, SAMUEL And BERYL, WILLIAMS, The Real Book About the Sea, Garden City, 1954, $1.95 - Describes the sea from the time it was formed: includes such things as tides, ocean currents, waves, life in the sea and sea food. Few pictures. I, U

3. FENTON, CARROLL LANE, World in the Sky, John Day, 1950, $2.00 - Earth and its relationship to other heavenly bodies. The sun as a star, and its function. I, U

4. GALLANT, ROY A., Exploring the Moon, Garden City, 1955, $2.00 - Text describes the origin of the moon, its craters and mountains. Takes the readers on
an imaginary journey to the moon. I, U

5. HAMILTON, ELIZABETH, The First Book of Caves, Franklin Watts, 1956, $2.00 - How caves are made, animals that live in caves, cave plants, chart showing caves in the National Parks, and many other items. Good illustrations and diagrams. P, I

6. HUTCHINSON, WILLIAM M., A Child's Book of Sea Shells, Maxton Publishers, 1954, $.59 - Excellent book concerned with shells found along the sea shore. Many of the pictures are in color, such as coquina, knobbed pear conch, coweries, and helmet shells. P, I

7. IRVING, ROBERT, Hurricanes and Twisters, Knopf, 1955, $2.50 - Causes of hurricanes, how they begin and travel, signs of their approach. Well illustrated. I, U

8. JENSEN, DAVID E., My Hobby Is Collecting Rocks and Minerals, Hart, 1955, $3.00 - Information about common rocks and minerals; how to start a collection; how to classify, handle, catalog and house a collection. Good section on rock and mineral museums. Excellent book. Fine illustrations. P, I, U

9. LEWELLEN, JOHN, The True Book of the Moon, Sun and Stars, Children's Press, 1954, $2.00 - Describes the moon, how it reflects light, and the relationship of the moon to the earth. Vocabulary for first and second grade children. P

10. LEWELLEN, JOHN, You and Space Travel, Children's Press, 1951, $1.50 - Traces actual progress that has been made toward flight beyond the earth's atmosphere. Much progress has been made along this line since 1951, but this gives the beginning of the study. I, U

11. PODENDORF, ILLA, The True Book of Pebbles and Shells, Children's Press, 1954, $2.00 - Discusses the types of rocks, pebbles and shells found on land, stream and seashore. Good illustrations. P, I

12. PODENDORF, ILLA, The True Book of Seasons, Children's Press, 1955, $2.00 - Explains how the earth's movement around the sun causes seasons. Gives the characteristics of the seasons. Well illustrated. P, I

13. REY, H. A., Find the Constellation, Houghton Mifflin, 1954, $3.00 - Describes and tells how to locate constellations. Colored maps. I

14. SCHNEIDER, HERMAN, Everyday Weather and How It Works, Whittlesey House, 1951, $2.00 - An introduction to weather and its causes. Discusses storms, types of precipitation, and how to measure the moisture; also tells how to build a weather station. Many worthwhile drawings to illustrate text. I, U

15. SHANNON, TERRY, Among the Rocks, Sterling, 1956, $2.00 - Colorful development of rocks and minerals, and how they are formed. Section devoted to how to exhibit a rock collection. Chart showing man made scale of mineral hardness. Reading material very clear. I, U

16. STERLING, DOROTHY, The Story of Caves, Doubleday, 1956, $3.00 - Describes how caves are made and the superstitutions surrounding them. Information concerning all SOltS of archaeological material is developed. Lists caves to visit. Diagrams and pictures are numerous. I, U

17. SWENSON, VALERIE, A Child's Book of Stones and Minerals, Maxton, 1955, $.59 - Stones tell us the earth's history. Rocks are formed in three ways. Book deals with stones, their formation, composition and use. Some common minerals are discussed. I, U

18. TANNEHILL, IVAN RAY, All About Weather, Random House, 1953, $1.95 - The many pictures, maps and charts explain how to observe the weather, how forecasts are made and how to read weather maps. How the different types of precipitation are formed. I, U

19. WYLER, ROSE and GERALD AMES, The Golden Book of Astronomy, Simon and Schuster, 1955, $5.00 - Excellent book of astronomy told simply and in an interesting manner. Many colored plates and illustrations that help in the interpretation of the material. Outstanding chapters are those devoted to living on other worlds, rocket ships, space stations, and exploration of the moon. I, U

20. WYLER, ROSE and GERALD AMES, The Story of the Ice Age, Harper, 1956, $2.50 - Factual account of what man has discovered about the great Ice Age. Plant and animal life of this period is described in detail. The struggle for survival is clearly indicated. There are many black and white pictures. I, U

21. ZIM, HERBERT S., Seashores, Simon and Schuster, 1955, paper back, $1.00 - Marine subjects in full color. There is a pictured key to seashore life. Informative chart showing the seas and the shores. I, U


22. BLOUGH, GLENN, Lookout For the Forest, McGraw-Hill, 1955, $2.25 - Many colored illustrations. Listed outstanding book for boys and girls by Junior Literary Guild. P

23. DOWNER, MARY LOUISE, The Flower, William R. Scott, 1955, $1.75 - The story of seeds is beautifully told and illustrated. The seed is planted by a child. Cross sections show the step by step changes in the seed, the influence of weather, growth of the plant, blooming and seeding of the plant. Picture book. P

24. LANE, FERDINAND, All About the Flowering World, Random House, 1956, $1.95 - Plants produce seeds that create new plants. Bright colors and sweet nectar attract birds and insects which help pollinate the various plants. Shows that plants directly or indirectly furnish man with food, clothing, shelter and medicines. P, I, U

25. PISTORIUS, ANNA, What Tree Is It? Follett, 1955, $2.50 - Describes thirty-four different common trees. Has an illustration of the tree, the leaf, fruit and seed. I, U

26. PODENDORF, lLLA, The True Book of Weeds and Wildflowers, Children's Press, 1955, $2.00 - Helps to identify common weeds and wildflowers. Tells of wildflowers in early spring and fall. Well illustrated. P

27. SELSAM, MILLlCENT, The Plants We Eat, Morrow, 1955, $2.50 - Tells how plants grow and what part we use for food. Includes simple experiments to try at school or home. Clear drawings. P

28. SELSAM, MILLICENT, See Through the Forest, Harper, 1956, $2.50 - Since the forest is made up of many different "floors," life is at the level best suited to its own needs tor food, protection and climate. The illustratIons are colorful and help to interpret the reading material. P, I

29. STERLING, DOROTHY, The Story of Mosses, Ferns and Mushrooms, Doubleday, 1955, $2.75 - Description of liverworts, mosses and lichens, mushrooms and ferns. Tells where they live and reproduce. I, U

30. ZIM, HERBERT S., What's Inside of Plants, Morrow, 1952, $1.75 - Simple experiments make it easier for children to understand what happens inside of plants. P


31. GODWIN, EDWARD, A Child's Book of Butterflies, Maxton, 1956, $.59 - Limited discussion of many of the common butterflies with many colored pictures. The life cycle of butterflies is described in detail. P, I, U

32. LEMON, ROBERT S., All About Moths and Butterflies, Random House, 1956, $1.95 - Gives the four stages of development of moths and butterflies. There are 10,000 different kinds of moths and butterflies in the United States. Many of these are discussed in the book. I, U

33. MARCHER, MARION, Monarch Butterfly, Holiday House, 1954, $2.00 - Life cycle of butterflies and moths. Shows migration of the monarch butterfly. Illustrations are in color. P, I

34. PODENDORF, ILLA, The True Book of Insects, Children's Press, 1954, $2.00 - Tells of the walking stick, grasshopper, crickets, ants, bees, June bug and many others. A simple text that beginners can read, but older children would also be interested in the information. P

35. SEARS, PAUL McCUTCHEON, Firefly, Holiday House, 1956, $2.00 - The life cycle of the firefly. P, I

36. STERLING, DOROTHY, Insects and the Homes They Build, Doubleday, 1954, $3.00 - Many photographs. Discusses homes of insects made with mud, paper, wax, wood, plants, bubbles and silk. I, U


37. BEVANS, MICHAEL H., The Book of Reptiles and Amphibians, Garden City, 1956, $2.50 - Full color. The habitats, characteristics and the habits of a variety of reptiles and amphibians; 100 species. I, U

38. HECHT, BESSIE, All About Snakes, Random House, 1956, $1.95 - Gives excellent material on structure of snakes. Tells about milking venom from moccasin and the raising of boas. Excellent information. I, U

39. POPE, CLIFFORD H., The Reptile World, Knopf, 1955, $6.00 - Some good pictures of the different types of reptiles. The written material is a bit difficult but highly informative. U

40. SHERMAN, JANE, The Real Book About Snakes, Garden City, 1955, $1.95 - Gives general information about snakes. Tells how snakes are captured and cared for in the zoo and circus. Discusses the many myths about snakes. U

41. ZIM, HERBERT S., Alligators and Crocodiles, Morrow, 1952, $2.00 - Informative type of book about how alligators swim, how they breathe, where they live, how they lay and hatch eggs, what they eat, and how they get it. I, U


42. ASHBROOK, FRANK G., The Blue Book of Birds of America, Whitman, 1954, $.25 - Forty-seven birds are illustrated in this book. The picture is of the male bird. The descriptions of each bird are brief but sufficient to give the outstanding characteristics. Lengths of each bird are given. P, I

43. ASHBROOK, FRANK G., The Green Book of Birds of America, Whitman, 1954, $.25 - Forty-eight birds are illustrated in this book. The picture is of the male bird. Brief descriptions are given of each bird. A place to keep notes about individual observations is found in the back of the book. P, I

44. ASHBROOK, FRANK G., The Red Book of Birds of America, Whitman, 1954, $.25 - Forty-eight birds are described in this book. Colored picture is of the male bird. Brief descriptions help to acquaint the reader with outstanding characteristic. Place in the back of the book for an individual bird watcher to keep notes. P, I

45. ASHBROOK, FRANK G., The Yellow Book of Birds of America, Whitman, 1954, $.25 - Forty-nine birds are described in the book. The illustration is of the male. Descriptions are brief but help to acquaint the reader with prominent characteristic. P, I

46. DARLING, LEWIS, Greenhead, Morrow, 1954, $3.00 - The story of one mallard duck and its family skillfully interwoven with anatomy, habits and behavior of the water fowl. It includes the mystery of migration, fly ways and the balance of nature. I, U

47. GARELICK, MAY, What's Inside, William R. Scott, 1955, $2.00 - If you want to know what is coming out of the egg, you will have to read the book. A brilliant photograph accompanies each bit of short, informative text. P

48. RIPPER, CHARLES L., Hawks, Morrow, 1956, $2.00 - Story of various kinds of hawks, their courage and strength, habitat and migration habits. I, U

49. SEARS, PAUL McCUTCHEON, Barn Swallow, Holiday House, 1955, $2.00 - Gives in detail a year of a barn swallow's life from its first take-off from the nest in the Mississippi valley through its 6,000 mile migration to South America and back to the feeding of its own nestlings. I

50. SEARS, PAUL McCUTCHEON, Downey Woodpecker, Holiday House, 1953, $2.00 - The downey woodpecker, its habitat, nesting habits, enemies and how it gathers food. One year's life of the woodpecker. P

Teacher & students review books


51. ADRIAN, MARY, The Gray Squirrel, Holiday House, 1955, $2.00 - Gives one whole year in the life of the gray squirrel. It includes the spectacular migration of the entire squirrel population. P

52. BLOUGH, GLENN, When You Go To The Zoo, Whittlesey House, 1955, $2.75 - Many action photographs. Discusses how the animals came to be in the zoo, how they are alike and different, type of food and homes they need. I, U

53. BOURLIERE, FRANCOIS, Mammals of the World, Knopf, 1955, $10.00 - The material about the world of mammals is interesting and informative. The colored photographs of the animals in their natural environment are excellent. There are many black and white pictures. I, U

54. BRIDGES, WILLIAM, Zoo Babies, Morrow, 1954, $3.50 - Tells about many babies that were brought to the zoo from Africa, South America and China. Gives interesting incidents about them. Well illustrated. U

55. BURNS, WILLIAM A., Horses and Their Ancestors, Whittlesey House, 1954, $2.75 - Informative and interesting story of the development of horses through the ages, and how they affected the history of the world. Well illustrated, in color and black and white-large print. I, U

56. DISNEY, WALT, The Vanishing Prairie, Simon and Schuster, 1955, $2.95 - Many excellent photographs are included of animals and plants. The reading material is interesting and informative. P, I, U

57. DODD, ED, Mark Trail's Book of North American Mammals, Hawthorne, 1955, $1.95 - Picture book, contains minimum of written material. It is similar to the Mark Trail found in the newspapers. Pocket size. I

58. ERICKSON, PHOEBE, Baby Animal Friends, Wonder Books, 1954, $.25 - Baby animals such as kittens, bear cubs, fox kits, rabbits, opossums, raccoons, puppies, colts, lambs and piglets are discussed. Picture book with little reading. P

59. ERICKSON, PHOEBE, The True Book of Animals of the Small Pond, Children's Press, 1953, $2.00 - This book shows the type of mammals found in and around a pond area, season by season. The characteristics of the animals and habits are included. Interesting illustrations. P, I

60. LESLIE, MARGUERITE, Family Book of Dogs, Coward-McCann, 1954, $3.50 - Sixty of the most popular breeds of dogs, with drawings and text that emphasize characteristics and history. I, U

61. OTTO, MARGARET and STUART, The Horse and Pony Book, Morrow, 1954, $2.50 - Tells of horses and ponies of all kinds, their origin and description. Well illustrated with photographs. I, U

62. PODENDORF, ILLA, The True Book of Pets, Children's Press, 1955, $2.00 - Much information and hints on feeding various kinds of pets. P

63. PURCELL, JOHN WALLACE, The True Book of African Animals, Children's Press, 1954, $2.00 - During the dry summer season in Africa, the only water for miles around is the river. Animals such as elephants, baboons, buffaloes, hippopotamuses, zebras, lions, giraffes and others must come to the river for water. Factual introduction to these animals is gi\'en in an interesting manner. P, I

64. SCHLEIN, MIRIAM, Elephant Herd, William R. Scott, 1954, $2.00 - Story about African wild elephants and their community way of life. Many fine drawings of the African jungle and plains. P, I

65. YLLA, Two Little Bears, Harper, 1954, $3.00 - Stunning picture book of true photographs. The book concerns two cubs and the experiences that they have when they wander off into the woods. P

66. ZIM, HERBERT S., Mammals, Simon and Schuster, 1955, paper back, $1.00 - A guide to familiar American species of mammals. In the discussion of each animal, the guide gives characteristics, habitat, food, size and range. Illustrated.

67. ZIM, HERBERT S., Monkeys, Morrow, 1955, $2.50 - Compares the different kinds of monkeys as to description, habits and range. Tells how to care for a monkey as a pet. P, I

68. ZIM, HERBERT S., The Big Cats, Morrow, 1955, $2.50 - Gives the families and ancestors of the cats. Splendid description of the commonly known cats, their habits and some of the interesting facts that enable them to live and protect themselves. I


A sum of $53,200 has been granted by the National Science Foundation to Emporia State College for a 1957 Summer Institute for High School Teachers of Science. The six-week institute, which will begin on June 3, 1957, has been planned by Dr. Merle E. Brooks, assistant professor of biology, and Dr. Weldon H. Baker, professor of physical science, with the aid of other Emporia State staff members.


69. ANDREWS, ROY CHAPMAN, All About Strange Beasts of the Past, Random House, 1956, $1.95 - Time is pushed back a million years to the time the saber toothed tiger, giant ground sloth and others lived. La Brea tar pits of California are explained. Fossils of many, many mammals are illustrated. I, U

70. BLOCK, MARIE HALURM, Dinosaurs, Coward-McCann, IS55, $2.85 - Description of the earth and the habitats of dinosaurs millions of years ago. How the dinosaurs lived through the ages. I, U

71. CLARK, MARY LOU, The True Book of Dinosaurs, Children's Press, 1955, $2.00 - Describes and compares the different types of animals found on earth a long time ago. P, I

72. DICKINSON, ALICE, The First Book of Prehistoric Animals, Franklin Watts, 1954, $1.95 - Describes animals of long ago, not only dinosaurs, but creatures of land, sea and air. A section called "From rock to museum" that is most informative. I, U

73. FROST, BRUNO, A Child's Book of Prehistoric Animals, Maxton, 1956, $.59 -"What are Fossils" is the preface to the rest of the book that deals with ancient life such as the dinosaurs, birds and mammals. Many good colored illustrations. I, U

74. SCHEELE, WILLIAM E., Prehistoric Animals, World, 1954, $5.00 - Chart of geological time. Excellent information as well as pictures of the prehistoric animals. Gives pronunciation of each animal's name. U


KSN - Vol 3, No 275. BARNETT, LINCOLN and Editorial Staff of Life Magazine, SimonSchuster, 1956, $4.95 - Special edition for young readers. History of the planet earth. Shows relationship between living things and their environment. Wonderful pictures, 150 colored. I, U

76. BUER, WALTER, Harvest of the Sea, Morrow, 1955, $2.50 - Fish have been important part of man's food supply. This book deals with commercial fishing. Fish and fishing typical of each major coastal region is shown. Illustrated with drawings of maps and fish identification charts for each region. I, U

77. COLBY, C. B., Fish and Wildlife, Coward-McCann, 1955, $1.95 - A story of the work of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. Many photographs used to illustrate practices. I, U

78. CURTIS, MARY I., Water Is Wonderful, Lyons and Carnahan, 1955, $1.32 - Gives an understanding of the importance of water to plants and animals, as well as some of the harm water has done and is doing. Methods of conserving water, and how water is used for irrigation. I

79. GAUL, ALBRO, The Pond Book, Coward-McCann, 1955, $2.75 - The pond world becomes real through the vivid and careful descriptions of the author. All of the seasons are portrayed. Many photographs. I

80. GOETY, DOLIA, Deserts, Morrow, 1956, $2.00 - Describes in a delightful manner the life on the desert. The interdependence of plant and animal life on the desert is evident. I

81. GORDAN, E. L., Hammond's Guide to Nature Hobbies, Hammond, 1953, $2.00 - Lists some excellent types of nature hobbies and how to develop them. Some of the types listed: collecting rocks and minerals, collecting shells, wildlife photography, aquarium and terrarium, collecting butteflies and other insects. Good illustrations. U

82. HAYNES, OLIVE V., R.N., The True Book of Health, Children's Press, 1954, $2.00 - Informative book on how and why children need to protect their bodies, ears and eyes. Well illustrated. P, I

83. HODGNER, DOROTHY CHILDS, Spiders, Crowell, 1955, $2.00 - Describes the kinds of spiders, tells how each lives, how it provides for food and how it protects itself. Compares spiders and insects. I

84. MEEKS, ESTHER, Friendly Farm Animals, Follett, 1956, $1.50 - Picture book of farm animals and their habits. Small amount of reading accompanies each picture. Pictures are colored. P

85. NORLING, JO and ERNEST, The First Book of Water, Franklin Watts, $1.30 - Tells what water is chemically. Discussion of water forms, characteristics, uses, and value to plants and animals. Well illustrated. I, U

86. PERRY, JOHN, Our Wonderful Eyes, Whittlesey House, 1955, $2.75 - This book explores the subjects of how we see, nature of light, and care of eyes; it suggests many practical experiments. I, U

87. PETERSON, ROGER TORY, Wildlife in Color, Houghton Mifflin, 1951, $3.00 - Stories and photographs of the most common birds, butterflies, mammals, fish, trees and flowers; 450 full color illustrations. Excellent writing. I

88. RAVIELLI, ANTHONY, Wonders of the Human Body, Viking, 1954, $2.50 - Uses familiar objects to illustrate the parts of the body. Describes through text and pictures the machinery of the human being. Well illustrated. I, U

89. SCHEIB, IDA, The First Book of Food, Franklin Watts, 1956, $1.59 - Story of man's food before it reaches the grocery store. Includes directions for making simple foods. Well illustrated. I, U

90. SHANNON, TERRY, At Water's Edge, Sterling, 1955, $2.50 - Graphically and simply is the story told about animal and plant life to be found along the seacoast and at the edge of the inland waters. Many colored illustrations help to interpret the reading material. P, I, U

91. ZIM, HERBERT S., The American Southwest, Simon and Schuster, 1955, paper back, $1.00 - More than 400 subjects illustrated in full color. Informative on natural wonders, Indian villages, historic sights, scenic routes, guide maps, public parks, minerals, animal and plant life. P, I, U

92. ZIM, HERBERT S., What's Inside of Animals, Morrow, 1953, $1.75 - Describes how animals are classified. Tells about microscopic animals, sea animals, worms, insects and mammals. Fine illustrations. I, U

93. ZIM, HERBERT S., What's Inside of Me, Morrow, 1952, $1.75 - Picture book that helps children understand their bodies. May help parents answer many questions. P


94. ADLER, lRVING, Time In Your Life, John Day, 1955, $2.75 - Stars and planets (man's oldest time piece), rocks and rivers, history and the calendar, clocks and watches, and the time zones. Rich in informational material. Many illustrations and diagrams. I, U

95. BAER, MARIAN, Sound, An Experiment Book, Holiday House, 1952, $2.50 - Experiments written in style easy to read; simple equipment and easy to perform. Point of each experiment easy to get. Appeals to children who are interested in radio, telephone, and music. I, U

96. EPSTEIN, SAM and BERYL, The First Book of Glass, Franklin Watts, 1955, $1.95 - Relates the story of glass from early history to modern methods. Tells the many uses of glass and tells what makes glass different. Many illustrations to explain the content. U

97. FREEMAN, IRA M., All About the Wonders of Chemistry, Random House, 1954, $1.95 - Describes how the chemist has made houses more comfortable, food more wholesome, and clothing more effective . Many good diagrams. I, U

98. GOULD, JACK, All About Radio and Television, Random House, 1953, $1.95 - Explains how a television wave is made, how to send and receive waves, how a picture is changed into electricity and how to build a radio. Many good diagrams. I, U

99. LEEMING, JOSEPH, Science Experiments, Garden City, 1954, $1.50 - Experiments concerned with air, water, heat, cold, light waves, sound waves, gravity, electricity and weather. Inexpensive apparatus described. I, U

100. LEWELLEN, J 0 H N, The Mighty Atom, Knopf, 1955, $2.00 - Children are anxious to know about atoms because the world is made of atoms. This book tells what these tiny invisible particles are like, how they combine to make compounds, and how the energy in the center is released. Good . diagrams and illustrations. I, U

101. LEWELLEN, JOHN, The True Book of Toys at Work, Children's Press, 1953, $2.00 - Children become aware through the use of this book that playing with toys leads them to some understanding of science principles.

102. LEWELLEN, JOHN, You and Atomic Energy, Children's Press, 1955, $1.50 - Explains how the atom is split and the result of chain reaction. Told simply and clearly. U

103. PRATT, FLETCHER, All About Famous Inventors and Their Inventions, Random House, 1955, $1.95 - Contains the amazing stories of those inventive folk and their achievements.

104. SCHWARTZ, JULIUS, Through the Magnifying Glass, Whittlesey House, 1954, $2.50 - Lenses and how to use them. Uses of lens to view the common things nearby, to see things invisible to the naked eye and to see more clearly those things that can be seen with the naked eye. I, U

105. WYLER, ROSE, The First Book of Science Experiments, Franklin Watts, 1952, $1.25 - Experiments dealing with air, weather, electricity, and many other items. I, U

106. ZIM, HERBERT S., What's Inside of Engines, Morrow, 1953, $1.75 - Clear detailed text and pictures of what actually goes on inside a steam engine, gasoline engine, diesel, rocket, etc. Brief discussion of the atomic pile.


All About The: Random House


Ira M. Freeman


Robert S. Lemmon

The Insect World

Ferdinand C. Lane

Our Changing Rocks

Anne Terry White

Rockets and Jets

Fletcher Pratt


Ferdinand C. Lane


Anne Terry White

Volcanoes and Earthquakes

Frederick H. Pough


Roy Chapman Andrews


Child's Book of: Maxton Publishers Inc.


Luis M. Henderson


Luis M. Henderson


E. Joseph Dreamy


Tom Sinnickson


Irma Wilde


Sy Barlowe


Dorothea Kay


Valerie Swenson

Reptiles and Amphibians

Valerie Swenson


James V. Medler

Jungle Animals

Bruno Frost


E. Joseph Dreamy


E. Joseph Dreamy

Wild Birds

Alexander Seidel


The First Book of: Franklin Watts, Inc.


A. B. Tibbits


Margaret Williamson


Alice Dickerson


M. B. Cormack


M. B. Cormack


The Golden Nature Guides Simon and Schuster by Herbert S. Zim, and others











Reptiles and Amphibians



The True Book of: Children's Press


IlIa Podendorf

Sounds We Hear

IlIa Podendorf

The Circus

Mabel Harmer

Animal Babies

IlIa Podendorf

Weeds and Wild Flowers

IlIa Podendorf


IlIa Podendorf


IlIa Podendorf

Science Experiments

IlIa Podendorf


Olive V. Haynes

African Animals

John Wallace Purcell


IlIa Podendorf

Moon, Sun and Stars

John Lewellen

Farm Animals

John Lewellen

Birds We Know

Margaret Friskey

Air Around Us

Margaret Friskey


John Lewellen

Plants We Know

Irene Miner


Arizona Highways -
Arizona Highway Department, Phoenix, Arizona. $3.00 (Beautiful colored photographs of the Southwest)

Audubon Magazine -
National Society, 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York 28, N.Y.

Junior Natural History -
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park \i\'est at 79th Street, New York 24, N.Y. $1.50

National Geographic -
National Geographic Society, 1146 16th Street N.vV., Washington 6, D.C. $7.00

Nature Magazine -
American Nature Association, 1214 Sixteenth Street N.W., Washington 6, D.C. $4.00

Popular Mechanics -
Popular Mechanics Co., 200 E. Ontario Street, Chicago 11, Illinois. $3.50

Popular Science -
Popular Science Publishing Company, Inc., 353 Fourth Avenue, New York 10, N.Y. $3.50


Different kinds of feeders

The Kansas School Naturalist has received many requests for information and suggestions for feeders for winter birds. Since the December, 1954, issue, in which several such feeders were described, is no longer available, we repeat on the opposite page the sketches drawn for that issue by Evan Lindquist, junior biology student at Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia. All of the feeders shown are simple enough to be built at home or at school.

The window shelf, No.1, can be built as plain or as fancy as you want it. A roof may be put over it to keep off rain and snow, or the shelf may be protected by the window awning.

The weather vane feeder, No. 2, if mounted so as to tum freely, will be turned by the wind so that the closed side is always toward the wind, so the birds may eat in the sheltered space.

For birds that eat insects and other animal life, a good substitute is suet. This can be placed in a wire holder (No.6) or a knitted bag (No.4) to be suspended from a branch, clothes line, or other support. A piece of hail screen attached to a tree trunk (No. 3) is a simple and effective suet holder.

A variety of self feeders like No.5 are suitable for birds that like grain or weed seeds. You can think of several other kinds of bird feeders. All sorts of boxes or containers can be used. Do not paint your bird feeder-birds seem to prefer weathered wood.

GARDENING THIS WEEK-The following is quoted from the December 15 Emporia Gazette, from the column "Gardening This Week" by Mrs. Bert Brickell, Garden Editor of the Gazette: "I have just read a delightful book suggested for 'ages 9 up.' It is good; there is no limit, for anyone could read and enjoy this so-called children's book. It is titled 'Plants That Feed Us,' and was written by Carrol Lane Fenton and Herminie B. Kitchen, and published by The John Day Company, New York. This book tells the story of plants that furnish food from a w z-artichokes to zucchini . .. Quite as interesting is another book for boys and girls, 'The Wonders of Seeds' by Alfred Stefferud and published by Harcourt Brace and Company, New York .. ."

The quotation is interesting for two reasons: 1. Mrs. Brickell, as a member of the 1956 Workshop in Conservation, had a good deal to do with several issues of The Kansas School Naturalist and especially the forthcoming issue on trees, and 2. it is important that children's books, and especially good ones, should receive an entire column's worth of attention in a daily newspaper.


1. Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 501 Madison Ave., New York 22, N.Y.

2. Children's Press, Inc., Jackson Blvd and Racine Ave., Chicago 7, Illinois

3. Coward-McCann, Inc., 210 Madison Ave., New York 16, N.Y.

4. Doubleday and Co., 575 Madison Ave., New York 22, N.Y.

5. Follett Publishing Co., 1255 South Wabash Ave., Chicago 5, Illinois

6. Franklin Watts, Inc., 699 Madison Ave., New York 21, N.Y.

7. Garden City Books, 575 Madison Ave., New York 22, N.Y.

8. C. L. Hammond and Co., Maple Wood, N.J.

9. Harper and Brothers, 49 East 33rd Street, New York 16, N.Y.

10. Hart Book Co., New York, N.Y.

11. Hawthorne Books Inc., 70 5th Ave., New York, N.Y.

12. Holiday House, Inc., S West 13th Street, New York 11 , N.Y.

13. Houghton Mifflin Co., 2500 Prairie Ave., Chicago 16, Illinois

14. John Day Co., Inc., 210 Madison Ave., New York 16, N.Y.

15. Life Magazine, 540 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago 11, Illinois

16. Lyons and Carnahan, 2500 Prairie Ave., Chicago 16, Illinois

17. McGraw-Hill Book Co., 520 N. Michigan St., Chicago 11, Illinois

18. Maxton Publishers, Inc., 15 East 26th Street, New York 10, N.Y.

19. Rand McNally & Co., Chicago, Illinois

20. Random House, lie., 457 Madison Ave., New York 22, N.Y.

21. Simon and Schuster, Inc., 630 5th Ave., New York 20, N.Y.

22. Sterling Publishing Co., Inc., 215 East 37th Street, New York 16, N.Y.

23. The Thomas Y. Crowell Co., 432 4th Ave., New York, N.Y.

24. The Viking Press, Inc., 18 East 48th Street, New York 17, N.Y.

25. Whitman Publishing Co., Racine, Wisconsin

26. Whittlesey House, McGraw Hill, 520 N. Michigan Street, Chicago 11, Illinois

27. William Morrow and Co., 425 4th Ave, New York 16, N.Y.

28. William R. Scott, Inc., S West 13th Street, New York 11, N.Y.

29. Wonder Books, Inc., 1107 Broadway, New York 10, N.Y.

300. World Publishing Co., New York, N.Y.


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