Books by Margery Facklam

NEW YORK by Margery Facklam
Released: July 1, 2007

"While no one piece provides in-depth coverage, the format is inviting to those planning a visit, whether from out of state or in. (resources, websites) (Nonfiction. 4-8)"
From the Statue of Liberty to Fort Niagara, from the short-nosed sturgeon to the endangered Massasauga rattlesnake, from cameras to Jell-O, and from Peter Stuyvesant to Roger Peterson, the state of New York is filled with natural wonders, parks and great battles and events. Read full book review >
LIZARDS by Margery Facklam
Released: April 1, 2003

"Don't let this title get away; you'll need more than one. (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
Which lizard is strong enough to kill a horse? Read full book review >
BUGS FOR LUNCH by Margery Facklam
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Long's exacting pen-and-ink style lends a naturalistic perfection to this visual playground of the insect world, enhancing this glimpse of vital link in the food chain. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The gastronomical oddity of eating winged and many-legged creatures is fleetingly examined in a superficial text that looks at animals and people who eat insects. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1996

"Exemplary. (Picture book/nonfiction. 3+)"
Introducing the green grappler, the hickory horned devil, the bagworm, and ten other crawlers. Read full book review >
THE BIG BUG BOOK by Margery Facklam
Released: April 1, 1994

"Brief glossary, but scientific names aren't given. (Nonfiction. 5-12)"
Thirteen giant insects are briefly described and dramatically portrayed in meticulous color illustrations by the author's son. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 3, 1994

"Index. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
The author of several fine books about animals and their behavior (Bees Dance and Whales Sing, 1992) surveys animal intelligence as documented in scientific studies, historical accounts, and less formal observations. Read full book review >
Released: June 15, 1992

"Index. (Nonfiction. 8- 11)"
More intriguing animal facts from Facklam (And Then There Was One: The Mysteries of Extinction, 1990), who here explains how scientists investigate animal communication, including body language, sounds, and chemical signals: in one case, a robot bee is programmed to waggle-dance, flap its wings, and secrete drops of sweetened water so that researchers can determine essential elements in bee communication. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1992

"Glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 8- 12)"
Animal by animal, from ``Man's First Best Friend'' and the most familiar species (the chapter entitled ``Who Cooped the Chicken?'' also covers other fowl) to camels and elephants, small creatures (rabbits, bees, silkworms), ``Animals That Lost Their Jobs'' (Indian emperors' cheetahs once rode horses to the hunt), and recent innovations like ``Dolphin Divers and Monkey Butlers.'' Basing her suggestions on archeological evidence and different animal characteristics, Facklam postulates how and why the first links were made, discusses the many uses of various species and how they've affected human development, and cogently weaves in topics such as selective breeding (most extensive with dogs; not done at all with elephants). Read full book review >
Released: April 17, 1989

When the "Crusade for a Clean America" comes to town, eighth-grader Luke Troy finds himself more involved in the censorship battle than he wants to be. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 1989

A combination of clear, readable text and appealing, detailed pencil drawings—in a fascinating look at the physical and chemical changes in animals during hibernation, estivation, and sleep. Read full book review >