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What a day it was! Ms. Mitchell was right; I was exhausted at the end on my author visit, but all of it was worth it.

Humble ISD Elementary School second, third and fourth grade students dove with me into the deepest oceans to uncover the secrets of deep diving mammals. After that, we traveled to African deserts tagging along with scientists who worked with live-sized toy lions to reveal what the lion’s mane is for.

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The students were an amazing audience; attentive, curious, and they asked so many questions that I barely had the time to answer them all.

Thank you all for a wonderful experience!

“Teachers and students learned a lot and are excited to read your books; we already have a check-out waiting list!” Ms. Mitchell said later on an email.

What else can I ask for? Happy reading!

 

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On January 5th, Archimedes Notebook  posted a wonderful review of The Secret of the Scuba Diving Spider. Unfortunately, life got in the way and I did not see it until today.

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I felt a mixture of cheer and sadness; I loved the review, but was sad that it took me so long to see it. I immediately sent an email to Sue Heavenrich, thanking her for all the great comments she had about my book. Sue, I do appreciate the time you took to review it.

And then I learned that Sue had also posted her review in STEM Friday. A bonus for The Scuba Diving Spider, which is in the company of another book also reviewed in the same post, How Many Hugs? written by Heather Swain and illustrated by Steven Henry. You would be well served checking that one out, too.

STEM Friday

I hope you take a few minutes off your day to read the review Sue wrote. If you find the book useful to teach either at school or at home, you may also find useful the accompanying teacher’s guide.

Ana

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I have wonderful news for the Animal Secrets Revealed! series. I am delighted to share the praise it received from School Library Journal, Series Made SimpleSMScover_plain

SMS compares that season’s series nonfiction, subject by subject. SLJ’s reviewers examine each set for currency, relevance, comprehensiveness, accuracy, adherence to education standards, and, of course, appeal, and provide a comparison among the series as well as a “bottom line” on which to buy.
Animal Secrets Revealed! is one of this season’s picks!

HERE IS THE REVIEW:
ea vol: 48p. (Animal Secrets Revealed!). charts. further reading. glossary. index. notes. photos. websites. Enslow. Aug. 2017. lib. ed. $27.93. pap. $11.70.

Gr 4-7 –Each book presents five examples of scientists from around the world (most from the United States and Europe) working to discover new information about an animal. Each chapter starts with a moment that triggered the scientist’s curiosity about the animal’s behavior, then describes the process of developing experiments, analyzing results, and drawing conclusions. The animal “secrets” are all intriguing, as are the strategies used to unravel the mystery. The scientists’ own words, based on interviews with the author, capture the excitement of experimentation and discovery. Most of the research is current, though dates are usually provided only in the chapter notes. Some chapters include photographs of the scientists, sometimes interacting with their subjects, but others rely more on stock photos of animals. The stories themselves, though, are highly engaging, providing insight into modern scientific techniques and animal behaviors. VERDICT: Fascinating animal science for readers.”

“Enslow’s “Animal Secrets Revealed!” stands out for its lively exploration of contemporary scientists and their discoveries.”

TEACHER GUIDES

Screen shot of teacher's guide_Page_1The Animal Secrets Revealed! series includes hands-on activities, and, in addition, teacher’s guides – a Standards-Aligned Educator’s Guide for Grades 3-6 – for each book in the series are available for free download on my website.

PUBLISHER’S OFFER

The good news don’t stop here. Enslow is offering a discount on the books to school libraries. Check the details here.

 
AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK!

And for readers who are curious about science, Animal Secrets revealed! is available in paperback. Click here and then on the image of the book to purchase.

AUTHOR VISITS
Would you like your students to have a first-row seat on the lively exploration of contemporary [animal] scientists and their discoveries”? I am available for school visits, in person and via Skype. Email me for more details.

Thank you!
Ana Maria Rodriguez
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Some scientists let their curiosity make them do truly weird experiments. Meet Ken Catania. He studies strange-looking creatures, such as the star-nosed mole and its unusual way to smell underwater. More recently, Catania has been focusing on electric eels, and their ‘shocking’ abilities.
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Click here to access the teacher guide

He discovered that eels can control how much electricity they put out. They use low voltage pulses to sense for prey, and they can turn up the power to make prey (think of fish) twitch or go numb. That was fascinating, but then Catania came across an 1800s illustration and an odd South American story from famous explorer Alexander von Humboldt. Humboldt wrote of eels attacking a group of horses that had stepped into a pool where the eels lived. There is a drawing of the time of this event, which you can see in this short video.

“The aggressive behavior of the eels, taking the offensive against the horses, seems the most fantastic and questionable part of the story,” he said.

Just when scientists thought they knew all there was to know about electric eels, here comes an old tale that makes them wonder. Can eels really jump out of the water? Catania had to solve the mystery and so he did using props shaped like alligator heads and human arms, and electric connections to see with his own eyes whether eels in his lab could jump as Humboldt’s allegedly did.

The Shocking Secret of the Electric Eel book also includes four more secrets: how parrot fish don’t let the sea bugs bite, the jumping spider’s amazing ‘hairy’ hearing, the mystery of European eels and their heads (these are much smaller that the electric eel and won’t shock you), and the secret of the underwater night hummers.

May I entice you with more animal secrets? I invite you to visit my website to explore the other titles of this series.

Teacher’s Guides for the other Animal Secrets books in this series are also available when you click on the eel above.
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In The Secret of the Scuba Diving Spider, and More book, scuba diving spiders, whistling caterpillars, jamming bats, zombie beetles, and speedy, squeezable cockroaches each reveal a secret that makes them survivors in their natural world.

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Click here to access your teacher guide

Now, The Secret of the Scuba Diving Spider, and More free teacher guide connects the book to Common Core State Standards – Anchor Standards (reading, writing, speaking, and listening), as well as Next Generation Science Standards.

Together, book and guide empower teachers to communicate scientific concepts with simple yet detailed language, while engaging students in reading and writing about the wonders of nature. And the video, also available in the teacher guide, grabs your attention as you marvel at this one-of-a-kind spider.
No bigger that your thumbnail, the scuba diving spider triggered the curiosity of scientist Roger Seymour since he was a young boy. At 10 years old, he read Erna Pinner’s book, Curious Creatures. He told me, “One of the chapters described the diving bell spider that lived in ponds in Europe. I imagined what it would be like to live inside an underwater bubble.” That image remained in Seymour’s mind until he became a scientist and studied the spider’s secret.

Seymour teamed with scientist Stefan Hetz and together they made a home for the spiders in aquariums in the lab, and observed and measured their activities. They discovered how the spiders achieve this unique and quiet lifestyle. It has worked well for the spiders; it allows them to remain out of sight from predators, trap food, and create an underwater home for them to grow and have a family.

The spider, too, has an amazing name, Argyroneta aquatica, which means “aquatic spinner of silver.”

If this book appeals to you, may I entice you with more Animal Secrets? I invite you to visit my website to explore the other titles of this series.

The teacher guides for all the other Animal Secrets books are also available here!

Follow me on Twitter @RodriguezAMaria

Facebook at Ana MariaRodriguez Writer

My website: Ana MariaRodriguez 

Contact me! I am available for school visits, conferences, and science talks at your event!

Some scientists let their curiosity make them do truly weird experiments. Meet Ken Catania. He studies strange-looking creatures, such as the star-nosed mole and its unusual way to smell underwater. More recently, Catania has been focusing on electric eels, and their ‘shocking’ abilities.

200pxElectric_eel
He discovered that eels can control how much electricity they put out. They use low voltage pulses to sense for prey, and they can turn up the power to make prey (think of fish) twitch or go numb. That was fascinating, but then Catania came across an 1800s illustration and an odd South American story from famous explorer Alexander von Humboldt. Humboldt wrote of eels attacking a group of horses that had stepped into a pool where the eels lived.

“The aggressive behavior of the eels, taking the offensive against the horses, seems the most fantastic and questionable part of the story,” he said.

Just when scientists thought they knew all there was to know about electric eels, here comes an old tale that makes them wonder. Can eels really jump out of the water? Catania had to solve the mystery and so he did using props shaped like alligator heads and human arms, and electric connections to see with his own eyes whether eels in his lab could jump as Humboldt’s allegedly did.

The Shocking Secret of the Electric Eel book also includes four more secrets: how parrot fish don’t let the sea bugs bite, the jumping spider’s amazing ‘hairy’ hearing, the mystery of European eels and their heads (these are much smaller that the electric eel and won’t shock you), and the secret of the underwater night hummers.

May I entice you with more animal secrets? I invite you to visit my website to explore the other titles of this series.

Coming up soon: Teacher’s Guides for Animal Secrets books!

Follow me on Twitter @RodriguezAMaria

Facebook at Ana Maria Rodriguez Writer

My website: Ana Maria Rodriguez 

Contact me! I am available for school visits, conferences and science talks at your event!

Meet the scuba diving spider! A one-of-a-kind, air-breathing animal that spends most of its life underwater. How does it do it?

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No bigger that your thumbnail, the scuba diving spider triggered the curiosity of scientist Roger Seymour since he was a young boy. At 10 years old, he read Erna Pinner’s book, Curious Creatures. He told me, “One of the chapters described the diving bell spider that lived in ponds in Europe. I imagined what it would be like to live inside an underwater bubble.” That image remained in Seymour’s mind until he became a scientist and studied the spider’s secret.

Seymour teamed with scientist Stefan Hetz and together they made a home for the spiders in aquariums in the lab, and observed and measured their activities. They discovered how the spiders achieve this unique and quiet lifestyle. It has worked well for the spiders; it allows them to remain out of sight from predators, trap food, and create an underwater home for them to grow and have a family.

The spider, too, has an amazing name, Argyroneta aquatica, which means “aquatic spinner of silver.”

TheSecret of the Scuba Diving Spider book also includes four more secrets: the secret of the not-so-quiet caterpillar, why bats jam with each other, zombie beetles, really?, and the secret of the unstoppable cockroach.

If this book appeals to you, may I entice you with more animal secrets? I invite you to visit my website to explore the other titles of this series.

ATTENTION TEACHERS AND EDUCATORS

Coming up soon: Teacher’s Guides for Animal Secrets books!

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