Don't Touch That!: The Book of Gross, Poisonous, and Downright Icky Plants and Critters

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9781556527111: Don't Touch That!: The Book of Gross, Poisonous, and Downright Icky Plants and Critters
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You've probably heard the warning about poison ivy: "Leaves of three, leave it be." If only it were that simple! Do you know that a plant that has been dead for years can still cause a rash, or that if you burn poison ivy you can get a skin reaction just by walking through the smoke? And that's just one species to avoid--if you're not careful, you can also run into poison oak, poison sumac, trumpet creeper, giant hogweed, stinging nettle, and all sorts of cacti. There are also things that can run into you--critters and creepy crawlies such as velvet ants, killer bees, pit vipers, wasps, scorpions, mosquitoes, tarantulas, bats, black widow spiders, gila monsters, and more. What's a kid to do? Doctor Jeff Day offers helpful advice on how to avoid getting stung, bit, poked, jabbed, or poisoned . . . and what to do if you are. You'll learn about everything from rashes to anaphylaxis, tetanus to spider bites, bee stings to rabies. And though the information he provides is serious, Day's cartoons will have you laughing and scratching along.

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"Humorous without sacrificing usefulness." "--School Library Journal"

"Humorous without sacrificing usefulness." --School Library Journal

"With its combination of history, culture, and activities, this beautifully designed book will be a useful and popular addition to most collections." --BioScience



"Just in time for long, sunny days of outdoor play." --The Commercial Appeal



"A fun, informative read for you and your kids." --Sunday Citizen

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This book is suitable for readers aged 7 to 9 years. Offering helpful, humour-laced advice on how to avoid getting stung, bit, poked, jabbed, or poisoned - and what to do if it happens - this guide explains everything from rashes to anaphylaxis, tetanus to spider bites, and cat-scratch fever to rabies, all in kid-friendly language. A strong foundation in biology grounds the discussion, which explains how certain plants and animals can be dangerous and reveals medical information on the physical reactions they can produce. The topical trivia and goofy puns make learning fun both in the classroom and at home.

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