Friday, June 16, 2017

Margo's Musings: Animals with Night-Lights

I was surprised by Margo's choice this week, but that doesn't mean it wasn't fascinating! The cover of Glow: Animals with their Own Night-Lights by W.H. Beck will make you stop and take notice. Just look at that angler fish!
Once you dive into this book, the pictures help teach readers about the different kinds of animals and plants that use bio-luminescence. Margo loved trying to say it, but it came out more like “Luminess”. After you learn the definition, you'll be introduced to animals deep in the sea (thank goodness they are so far down I will never encounter them), in the woods, and even in the air. I had no idea that fireflies aren’t actually flies! I definitely learned a lot. I'd love to go where there are dinoflagellates making the water sparkle. 


If you're looking for an interesting way to learn about plants and animals, than I highly recommend this non-fiction picture book. It's great for young kids or older readers. 

Has anyone else read Glow? Or have you read another book W.H. Beck? We'd love to hear your thoughts!

Happy Reading!
~F 

47 comments:

  1. This sounds very interesting. I watched a documentary on Arte this week all about this phenomenon. Have a great weekend, hugs, Valerie

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    1. Valerie- Must have been a fascinating documentary. So many interesting plants and animals can glow. :) ~F

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  2. That's certainly an interesting choice! Yes, definitely one boys will dig, and some girls as well.

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  3. Sounds like one that's full of info indeed. A winner.

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    1. Pat- It is a glowing winner! :) ~F

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  4. Hi DMS - it will certainly amuse many a person; when I was a kid I remember seeing the 'fireflies' in the hazel nut bushes at night ... they've always interested me - and then reading that soldiers in the First World War used them to read by ... amazed me even more. Incredible creatures and all those using bioluminescence ... nature is quite extraordinary ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Hilary- I recently learned about soldiers reading by the light of fireflies. So amazing. There are such an assortment of creatures on our planet. We are lucky for sure! :) ~F

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  5. My friend's son is obsessed with marine life. He would love this book. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Kristin- He will definitely love it! :) ~F

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  6. Wow, that cover looks AMAZING. But I guess that's the point. It's like the perfect book for any kind of waiting room, isn't it :)
    Also, a bit late, but #getsocial2017 :)

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    1. Evelina- It would be perfect for a waiting room. Captivating pictures and lots of short facts. Thanks for stopping by! :) ~F

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  7. The photos are amazing. I am sure my sone would love this, he is so curious.

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    1. Heidi- I bet he would be fascinated by this one. The pictures really pull you in! :) ~F

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  8. I love those deep sea fish. I must find a kid to give this to.

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    1. Kate- It is a great book to gift to someone! :) ~F

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  9. It sounds fascinating. I am always intrigued (and awed) by natural adaptation.
    And would LOVE to be able to travel under the sea.

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    1. EC- Reading this book definitely makes you appreciate adaptations and how every creature is unique. :) ~F

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  10. Wow the photos of Glow are amazing, but also slightly creepy. I defiantly wouldn't want to run into any of those deep sea fish.

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    1. Brenda- I agree that many deep sea creatures look creepy- but the book also has many beautiful creatures and plants. :) ~F

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  11. I love books like this with strange wonders of nature. Thanks for the review. I will check this one out.

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    1. Rosi- I do too! Nature is awesome! :) ~F

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  12. This is really amazing info, and the pics are so cool! Hugs...and Happy Friday!

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    1. Ro- I really enjoyed this one and all the pictures and facts were so cool. Hope you had a happy weekend! :) ~F

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  13. I love this type of books ! I find really interesting!!

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  14. Although I don't read a lot of nonfiction now, as I a child I used to love it. I would drink in the images and what information I could read and really understand. I think it helped me grow a lot!

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    1. Olivia- I bet all that nonfiction reading growing up did help you grow. This is a great book since it is a picture book and it is a fast read for most adults and kids. I know I learned a lot! :) ~F

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    1. Dezmond- He looked scary to me too- but my sister recognized the angler fish as a character in Finding Dory- so she wasn't scared. :) ~F

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  16. What a fascinating book. It sounds perfect for a science lesson at school. (I taught science and we had a unit on animals.) I remember "lightning bugs" we called them. We'd chase them around the yard. They were so pretty.

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    1. Beverly- This would definitely be a perfect book for a science lesson. Lightning bugs is a more accurate name- since many people call them fireflies- and they are actually beetles! :) ~F

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  17. Sounds like a book my 9 year old grandson might like. Thanks for the tip! :)

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    1. Karen- I bet he would enjoy this one. :) ~F

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  18. I love these kinds of books. Thanks for posting about this one.

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    1. Lee- Me, too! You are welcome! :) ~F

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  19. The title makes me giggle. I bet my niece would dig it. :)

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    1. Robert- It is definitely a fun read! :) ~F

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  20. Lovely review sweetie :D Yay for enjoying this. I do like looking at animals :) And that angler fish is so creepy; loved it in Nemo, haha :)

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    1. Carina- Nemo definitely helped kids and adults everywhere recognize the angler fish! I agree- it does look creepy! :) ~F

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  21. What a fascinating book, a fun way to introduce a little nature and science.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Jan- Totally! Perfect for introducing science and nature. :) ~F

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  22. Sounds like a book we could all learn something from.

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  23. Love the title. This sounds like a very fun book for kids. A great way to learn about these fascinating creatures.

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  24. Now that's an interesting subject.

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  25. Aaaaah! These are why I do not touch the ocean. lol

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