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March 06, 2018
5.7 X 8.4 X 0.6 inches | 0.61 pounds
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About the Author
Leslie Bulion has graduate degrees in oceanography and social work. She has written parenting and education articles and is the author of several children's science-related poetry books and novels. When she's not writing, she enjoys exploring nature with her binoculars, hand lens, and camera; collecting specimens to examine under her microscope; or going SCUBA diving and or kayaking. Leslie lives in Connecticut. Designer and illustrator Robert Meganck, retired professor of illustration, graphic design, digital imaging, and color theory at Virginia Commonwealth University, received a BFA degree from the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan, and an MFA degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He has received over 300 awards for illustration and graphic design work, and been recognized for excellence by such organizations as The Society of Illustrators New York and The Society of Illustrators Los Angeles.
★ "The poems are expertly crafted in a variety of forms (identified in the backmatter). The language is lively and the imagery appropriate. With alliteration, internal rhymes, and careful rhythm, these will be a delight to read aloud and learn. . . . Meganck's engaging digital drawings give each creature pop-eyes and attitude. . . . A delightful, memorable introduction to an unsung ecosystem." --Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review "Bulion stuffs her poems with scientific detail and puts even more into accompanying "science notes." Meganck's cartoons strike sillier notes. . . balancing all of the information Bulion provides with hefty doses of fun." --Publishers Weekly "In this ecological poetry collection, Bulion works her own magic, turning potentially dull life science into zany fun. . . . An amusing way to get the dirt on food chains." --Booklist "Educational and highly entertaining. . . rich with cross-curricular teaching opportunities. Meganck's humorous, digitally rendered cartoon artwork will have readers giggling as they learn.. . . An excellent find for science fans and teachers alike." --School Library Journal