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Nature Close-Up - Slime, Mold and Fungi Hardcover – August 1, 1998
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From School Library Journal
Grade 3-6-Two introductions distinguished by excellent, full-color photos and succinct texts. Both books briefly describe their respective topics and include a chapter on the ways people are affected by them. The bulk of the texts discusses how to collect and house the creatures and offers step-by-step instructions for conducting experiments and related activities. About a dozen species are depicted in each title. Appendixes offer the names and addresses of biological supply companies and short lists for further reading. The texts are clearly written and well organized, and the photographs are outstanding in their clarity and composition. One or two sharp images, many of which are close-ups, appear on almost every page. With its excellent visuals and simple experiments, Ants will be a useful supplement to other material about the topic. While the Silversteins' Fungi (21st Century, 1995) provides basic facts about fungi and their various methods of reproduction, it does not give as much detail on slime molds as Pascoe's book; also, it offers only a few close-up color photographs, and they are not of the same caliber as Kuhn's photos.
Karey Wehner, San Francisco Public Library
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Scientific American
It is hard to think of a more apt topic for a middle-grades book on nature seen close-up than this! The color photographs show a mold-stricken peach, fruiting bodies, spore prints of mushrooms, and lichens both dry and moist. This is a fair representation at modest magnification of a whole living kingdom to which too little attention is paid. Even yeasts are treated, more by their gas production from sugar water than by unfamiliar high-power microscopic images. A general chapter on the distinctions between these life-forms and either animals or plants opens the 48-page book. The approach is hands-on: you are shown how to grow a dark-gray mold on white bread and green-gray penicillium on a lemon section. Emphasis is on keeping the mold cultures sealed and safely destroyed. A few more difficult tasks are set: growing slime molds on bark from the woods and looking for and watching them grow out there, too. A list of sources for fungal supplies opens the purchase of kits for growing edible mushrooms and slime molds and also names some books at a higher level. This book is a cheerful, handsome beginning; some boys or girls who enjoy these early steps are at risk of becoming microbiologists or biotechnicians.
Top customer reviews
a topic not many authors approach, especially when it comes to
explaning to children, in clear language, what molds are. Not
only does it offer detailed definitions and explanations, it also gives the child many ways in which he can experiment with
molds. The pictures are very good, too! We used it for a Science Project that will be exhibited at a Science Fair. Not only did my children learn lots, I did too!!