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Happy Birthday Seymour Simon! August 9

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Sharks, coral reefs, glaciers, stars----if it exists in nature or space, Seymour Simon has probably written a book about it.  Great science information with spectacular pictures----he is the gold standard for children's science writing.  Check out some of these books and see his website for more info:  http://www.seymoursimon.com

 

 

Today the name Seymour Simon is synonymous with science writing for children. This association has been a long time in the making—through three decades of scientific discovery, Simon has penned more than two hundred children’s books, and he shows no signs of slowing down.

Simon lives on Long Island, not far from his childhood home in the Bronx. He traces his early interest in the natural world to his old neighborhood’s abundance of vacant lots, which later served as the basis for his book Science in a Vacant Lot. As a teenager he was elected president of New York’s Junior Astronomy Club and went on to earn a degree in animal behavior.

Before Simon started writing for children, he taught them, primarily about the earth sciences. His first writing assignment came in 1963 for Scholastic magazines, on the eve of humankind’s first landing on the moon. Simon’s predictions about what we might find up there led to dozens more articles and eventually to his first book: Animals in Field and Laboratory: Science Projects in Animal Behavior. Early on his work was illustrated with pencil drawings, but today many of them are accompanied by full-color photographs—some taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, nature photographers, or Simon himself. His books are enormously well received thanks to his dexterous craft, his penchant for the extraordinary, and his continued connection to kids (he credits his grandchildren as sounding boards as well as sources for new material).

Indeed, we can travel the universe by way of Simon’s canon. His books take us into vast outer space to tour the planets, then soar through the atmosphere, along the tips of icebergs, and into the mouths of volcanoes. They observe the habits of gorillas and the intricate workings of the human heart and brain; they discover the internal clocks of chrysanthemums and farm dogs; and they even squeeze into the living spaces of microscopic insects and viruses. There is no place on, in, or around the earth that Seymour Simon is afraid to explore.

By Eleise Jones  © 2005 Ruminator Review

 

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