What’s The Eight-Year-Old reading this week?

Books4-17Our semi-weekly survey of the tidbits that cross The Eight-Year-Old’s desk. Caterpickles Central is all abuzz with news of the bobcat that caught a shark and the three new dwarf dragons discovered in South America. 

A sampling of this week’s books:

How to Draw Cats by Barbara Soloff Levy

Step by step instructions for drawing cats so simple even I can follow them.

Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder (Illustrated by Garth Williams) 

Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi by Cindy Neuschwander (Illustrator: Wayne Geehan)

Another in the series of math adventures that The Eight-Year-Old enjoys re-reading on occasion. A magic potion has turned Sir Cumference into a fire-breathing dragon. To save him, Radius must discover which magic number is the same for all circles. 

In the news:

ICYMI: Bobcat dragging shark onto beach pic no hoax (Patch.com)
A hungry bobcat catches a small shark near Vero Beach, Florida. (Photo: John Bailey)

A hungry bobcat catches a small shark near Vero Beach, Florida. (Photo: John Bailey)

Last week, a bobcat went fishing at the Sebastian Inlet State Park and caught herself and her kittens a tasty shark for supper. Sadly for her kits, the bobcat dropped the shark after spotting John Bailey, the park visitor who took this amazing photograph. Mewls of protest were heard throughout Sebastian Inlet State Park and here in Caterpickles Central when we learned that the bobcat went home without her supper.

Colorful new dwarf dragons discovered (National Geographic)
Although we just got word on this new dragon species this week, this particular dragon lizard Enyalioides altotambo was actually discovered in 2005. (Photo: Pablo Venegas)

Although we just got word on this new dragon species this week, this particular dragon lizard Enyalioides altotambo was actually discovered in 2005. (Photo: Pablo Venegas)

Three new dwarf dragon species have been discovered in the wilds of Ecuador and Peru. Chances are they aren’t the only dwarf dragons out there. Although the lizards were originally discovered in 2005, political unrest in the region meant scientists had to wait nearly a decade to identify them. Names have now been assigned to each, however. Sadly, the names don’t include the word dragon. Instead, the new species have been classified as wood lizards: the Alto Tambo wood lizard (Enyalioides altotambo), rough-scaled wood lizard (E. anisolepis), and Rothschild’s wood lizard (E. sophiarothschildae), to be precise. The Eight-Year-Old is busily writing up a letter of complaint to the appropriate authorities.

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About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book, Did Dinosaurs Have Belly Buttons?, is currently planned for release in 2018. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, chatting about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.blog, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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