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Silkworms (A Lerner Natural Science Book) [Paperback]

By Sylvia A. Johnson (Author) & Isao Kishida (Photographer)
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Details the stages of a silkworm's development, shows the role of silk-thread production in its life, and explains how silk thread is made into cloth

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Supports the national science education standards Unifying Concepts and Processes: Systems, Order, and Organization; Unifying Concepts and Processes: Form and Function; and Life Science as outlined by the National Academics of Science and endorsed by the National Science Teachers Association.

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Studio: Lerner Publications
Pages   48
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.66" Width: 7.26" Height: 0.13"
Weight:   0.3 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 1989
Publisher   Lerner Publications
Age  9-11
ISBN  0822595575  
ISBN13  9780822595571  

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More About Sylvia A. Johnson & Isao Kishida

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Sylvia A. Johnson has had a long career as a writer of nonfiction for young people. Her books on scientific and historical subjects have received many awards. A recent title for Atheneum, "Tomatoes, Potatoes, Corn, and Beans: How the Foods of the Americas Changed Eating Around the World," was chosen as a Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies and was also named a 1998 New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age. It was while doing research for that book that Ms. Johnson saw some fascinating old maps, which led her to think about the role of maps in human history and to write "Mapping the World."

In addition to her career as a writer, Sylvia A. Johnson also works as a freelance editor of books and educational materials for young people. She enjoys gardening and traveling, especially to warm climates during cold winters in Minnesota, where she makes her home. Ms. Johnson lives in Minneapolis in a gray-shingled house that she shares with a gray-striped cat named Smokey.

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Here I come...unless you want my silk  Dec 1, 2007
In the 15-30 minutes it takes to read "Silkworms," the reader has a good working knowledge of the life cycle of these silk-making critters. On page one, the introduction, the reader is hooked. In fact, the intro serves as a concise summary. Can I just read the introduction then? Absolutely not. The details are in the book.

Writer Sylvia A. Johnson and photographer Isao Kishida collaborated to produce a fascinating book for students, probably ages 9-13. Why this arbitrary age? Johnson discusses the mating cycle in fairly detailed anatomical terms. Parent, teacher, if this is a problem, you now know it.

The book explains that silkworms are totally at the mercy of humans because they have been farm-raised for centuries. As silkworms go through their various stages, farmers handpick any deformities and discard them. Only perfection is allowed. The final stage before becoming moths is the death knell: pupae are destroyed, leaving only the much desired silk cocoons which are used in making silk. A few moths are left to hatch in order to mate and begin the process anew. Males dies shortly after mating.

This story, well-written and expertly photographed, is an example of a perfect pairing of text and photo to present an informational book for students. If the reader wonders why there is no explanation for making silk into fabric, that is not the focus of this book. The focus is the life cycle of silkworms. Highly recommended for school libraries and nature lovers.
silkworms in the 1st grade classroom  Oct 12, 2005
Provides excellent background information for any teacher planning on doing a silkworm project. Pictures are excellent and parts of the book can be read to the class.
Great book for raising silkworms!!  Aug 26, 2005
I bought this book to raise silkworms for my bearded dragon. I had no problems raising silkworms and in fact had way too many since I just had one bearded dragon!! Silkworms are amazing little creatures and I had fun raising them. I no longer do since my dragon is full grown and doesn't need the that much protein.
Silkworms are wonderful  May 27, 2001
This book is the best book on teaching both young children and adults about silkworms. The photographs are wonderful!I use this book the most in school. The kids tend to pick this book up the most when I have the display of silkworms in the room.
Wonderful photos and detailed description  Dec 16, 1999
I'm a Japanese and my hobby is making flowers from silk cocoon. Even though I deal many cocoons, it was my first time to see silkworms. Even in Japan, there is few opportunity to see real silkworms... This book tells me a lot about silkworms and silk farmers in Japan.

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