Discover nine bizarre-but-true incidents: a sudden shower from the sky of fish and frogs; buried treasure that remains untouched, even though its exact location is common knowledge; the abrupt and unexplained disappearance of a ship's crew; an eerie crystal skull that influences observers' thoughts; ... read more
Ghosts by Seymour Simon Nine true tales from the spirit world include the exploits of French castle-dwelling phantoms, an English specter that literally scares people to death, White House ghosts of former presidents, and more.
Ghost Stories and Mysteries by J. S. LeFanu Remaining supernatural fiction by writer many consider greatest ghost story writer of all time. Mystery stories are equally memorable.
Body Sense, Body Nonsense by Seymour Simon Does an apple a day really keep the doctor away? Discover the truth (and falsity) of familiar adages with this illustrated volume of fun facts about the human body.
Deadly Ants by Seymour Simon, William Downey Discover fascinating facts about dangerous ants: how they live and the methods of controlling their damage. Written in direct, easy-to-understand terms, this illustrated volume is suitable for readers of all ages.
Poisonous Snakes by Seymour Simon, William Downey There are more than 250 kinds of poisonous snakes, and this illustrated book reveals where they live, what they eat, how they behave, and other fascinating facts. 26 illustrations.
Science Dictionary by Seymour Simon Newly revised edition of a colossal resource for young scientists ages 9 and up. More than 2,100 entries cover all branches from astronomy to zoology. More than 260 illustrations.
The Secret Clocks: Time Senses of Living Things by Seymour Simon, Jan Brett Illustrated explanations of why some plants blossom only in daylight, how birds know when and where to migrate, and other intriguing aspects of human and animal biological clocks. "Fascinating." — School Library Journal.
Around the World Coloring Book by Winky Adam Entertaining home or classroom aid introduces youngsters to 30 countries of the world. Maps with names of major cities and other important facts include Mexico, Argentina, Saudi Arabia, India, Spain, France, Nigeria, and 23 other nations.
Fairies Around the World by Christy Shaffer A fairy world of 30 elegant, colorable images includes a Japanese kimono-clad sprite, a Scottish pixie in a kilt, an Indian fairy wearing a sari, plus ethereal beauties from Russia, China, Germany, and elsewhere.
Holidays Around the World by Joan O'Brien Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Mexico, march along the Champs-Élysées on Bastille Day, and visit Israel during Hanukkah as you circle the globe to observe 30 festivities.
Spot-the-Differences Around the World by Tony J. Tallarico, Jr. Twenty puzzles take kids on an international sightseeing junket, where they'll take a close look at the Taj Mahal, Eiffel Tower, Parthenon, and other famous landmarks. Includes captions and solutions.
Discover nine bizarre-but-true incidents: a sudden shower from the sky of fish and frogs; buried treasure that remains untouched, even though its exact location is common knowledge; the abrupt and unexplained disappearance of a ship's crew; an eerie crystal skull that influences observers' thoughts; and more! Praised by The New York Times as "the dean of children's science writers," Seymour Simon is the author of more than 250 highly acclaimed science books. Strange Mysteries from Around the World features 13 photos and drawings and is written in a suspenseful manner that will captivate readers of all ages.
Reprint of the Morrow Junior Books, New York, 1980 edition.
5 Questions with Seymour Simon: An Exclusive Dover Interview
Mr. Simon was gracious enough to talk with us about his career as a teacher, his affiliation with the Smithsonian Institution, how humor can get children interested in science, and more.
You're a New York City native and a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science, so it sounds like you grew up in a highly urban setting. How and where did your formative experiences with nature take place? I have loved nature since I was a young child. Although I grew up in the Bronx — a very crowded part of New York City — the natural world was all around me. There is weather in the city, just as there is in the country. You can see the sun, moon, and stars from a rooftop in the city. And I explored a vacant lot on my street, which wasn't exactly a park, but still had birds, earthworms, small plants, and trees. In fact, when I grew up, one of the first books I wrote was called Science in a Vacant Lot.
You were a science teacher for more than 20 years, and you've remarked that teaching is the best possible way to learn how to write for kids. Can you offer some examples of what your students have taught you? I'm still a teacher and still a student too, for that matter. Students' interests range wide and deeply. They want to be treated with respect and have their questions answered and have you pay attention to their comments. I'm constantly writing in the same way that I think. There is a famous story that explains my writing too. The story goes that there is a teacher who is teaching a difficult subject and he can see by the expressions on his students' faces that they don't understand what he is teaching. So he teaches it a second time and he can see that they still don’t understand what he is teaching. So he teaches it a third time and finally…HE understands what he is teaching. That's how it goes with me. When I finally get it right, finally I understand what I'm writing and teaching.
Some of your books are authorized by the Smithsonian Institution, which is a highly prestigious endorsement for any science writer. How did your affiliation with them develop? My publisher, HarperCollins made the arrangement with the Smithsonian Institution. What it meant for me is that I had an expert from the Smithsonian editing each of my books, which I am quite sure just made them better! It is indeed an honor to have my name associated with the Smithsonian.
Does your recreational interest in nature photography contribute to your work? I am asked this a lot because there are so many photographs in my books. Sometimes I travel to places myself and take the photographs. I have photographed glaciers in Alaska, volcanoes in Hawaii, wildfires in California and weather in my backyard. Other times, I arrange to use other people's photographs. Often they are specialists — like a scientist who has been living in Antarctica and observing penguin behavior. Someone like that has photographs that I could never get in a single, short trip. I love nature photography, and have done many, many of my books as photo essays because I know that children love these photographs, too.
Some of your books — Body Sense, Body Nonsense, for example — take a playful look at scientific facts, so you must regard humor as a valuable tool in engaging young imaginations. What other approaches can parents and teachers take to get children interested in science and excited by the processes of observation and experimentation? I created a document for teachers called "Writing Exciting Nonfiction." This details many different ways that a nonfiction author can engage young readers. Anyone can download this resource from www.seymoursimon.com.
Bonus Question! Do you have a favorite Dover book? I'm not sure if it is bad form to choose my own book, but I must say that I love Strange Mysteries. I wrote it many years ago, but today's kids are still fascinated by these mysterious, unsolved events.
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