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Kids & Teachers Tardigrade Science Project Book: How To Find Tardigrades and Observe Them Through a Microscope Paperback – July 15, 2014
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About the Author
Michael Shaw has written several books to assist teachers and young scientists. His scientific research consisted of the tardigrade population survey for the state of New Jersey.Mr. Shaw’s internet video went viral with over 11 million views, popularizing the tardigrade as “the first animal to survive in space.” Recently Mr. Shaw has appeared in a PBS video, and on TV Globo in Brazil on their most watched Sunday night program, Fantastico.
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Top Customer Reviews
Tardigrdes are microscopic invertebrate creatures called "water bears" because they like to live in water, and move on six stubby little legs that makes them look like lumbering bears. They are also among the first invertebrates to travel with astronauts outside the earth's atmosphere. In this book Mike tells us not only what tardigrades are, but where they live, what they eat and what eats them, and how to find, capture and view them under the microscope. He also has sections telling you how to use a microscope and set it up to take photographs and digital images with it. In this small book there is even information about doing tardigrade research, and how to find more information about them. The style of writing is simple, friendly, and humorous, and appeals to all reader age groups.
Mike also has a tardigrade website [...]), which is as remarkable as the book. You can use a link there to watch a video of Mike talking about water bears and tardigrades in space. Besides being a bargain and full of useful information, this book is a visual and verbal delight. I highly recommend it!
I recommend this book for anybody who wants to introduce their kids to the wonders of nature and the experience of delving live, into a strange and wonderful world, where you can see creatures, stranger than in science fiction. These creaturs are real and alive, moving about by various means.
I am an experience microscopist and have not seen any tardigrades for over 40 years. Following this books advice, I was able to find some on my first try.
Shaw presents clear, simple directions without being patronizing. If one follows instructions, tardigrades will be found. Guaranteed. He explains what tardigrades are, where they live, how to obtain/make equipment. The book is profusely illustrated, and the illustrations show what one is likely to see, not the idealized depictions found in so many biology books.
Because the book is so good and mostly so accurate I have several quibbles: Shaw says most meteorites are mostly made of iron; in fact, rocky meteorites are most common. In dismissing panspermia, he correctly states that meteoric surfaces get far too hot for any life to survive; he does not mention that the insides stay near absolute zero in any sizeable meteorite. He avers that lichens are a hybrid of fungi and algae, which they are not--a lichen is a symbiotic relationship between a fungus and an alga, not a hybrid. And classifying tardigrades between planaria and crustacea is questionable.
The only reasons to raise these quibbles is because the book is aimed at the young. Impressions once formed can persist for decades and show up at inconvenient times.
Quibbles aside, I recommend this book without reservation to any beginning biologist.
Also to be applauded is Michael W. Shaw's book. It is a wonderful way to become acquainted with this bizarre yet beautiful creature. Geared primarily for kids, the book is highly educational and exemplary in that it doesn't dumb things down for its target audience. It will arouse maximum curiosity precisely by not speaking down to kids, but by subtly making a young audience reach and stretch and wish to know more and thereby grow and learn best. And the book is equally enjoyable for adults! You'll learn things about tardigrades that will amaze and astound you, and how perfect this book is to bring parents and their children together! Highly recommended!
This book is fun as well as educational, it will surely get you very into tardigrades. Just get it- it is worth it 100% It will guide you step-by-step on how to find and cultivate tardigrade. It also includes many interesting facts about these little critters.