The first is an article reviewing a study (Williams et al, 2012) tracking the decline of nature-based characters, settings, and themes in children's books titled "Losing the Lorax".
This is a trend I find a little disturbing. As a child, some of my favorite books were nature based. For example:
Pickle Chiffon Pie was all about appreciating nature without dominating or altering it.
Make Way For Ducklings, taught us that sometimes nature needs a helping hand.
This study makes me wonder, where is this trend coming from? Do you think the loss of nature in children's books reflects a change in our societies priorities? Are children's book authors writing fewer nature themed books or are the publishers publishing fewer? Any thoughts?
The other cool science story really has nothing to do with writing it's just...CHECK OUT HOW TINY THIS FROG IS!!!
At less than 8 mm long, this little guy the smallest non-fish vertebrate known to man. You can learn more about the frog and its discovery from the aptly titled article "Downsizing". Enjoy!