The Child's Book of Nature

The Child's Book of Nature

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1867 edition. Excerpt: ...thus makes the same use of lus bill that an old man docs of his cane when he stands leaning upon it. There is a fish that has a singular instrument. It is a squirtgun for shooting insects. It can shoot them not only when they are still, but when they are flying. It watches them as they are flying over the water, and hits one of them, whenever it can get a chance, with a fine stream of water from its little gun. The insect, stunned with the blow, falls into the water, and the fish eats it. I could give you a great many more examples of the different tools that we find in animals, but these are sufficient. You can observe other examples yourselves as you look at different animals. Questions.--Whnt is said about the saw-fly? Tell about the boring and cutting instruments of a certain kind of bee. Whut is said about silk-wonns? What ubout spiders? What about wasps? Why do some animals have such long, sharp teeth? What kind of machine is an elephant's trunk? What is the proboscis of an insect? Tell about the tongue of the humming-bird. How many instruments are there together in his tongue? What is said about the cat's tongue? Tell about the heron. Tell about the bird that lives on oysters. What is told about the tailor-bird? Tell about the bird that has no wings. Tell about the fish that shoots insects with water. Fighting instruments of animals. Why man has none of them. CHAPTER XXV. INSTRUMENTS OF DEFENSE AND ATTACK. Animals have various instruments for defending themselves. Some have claws, some horns, some hoofs, some spurs and beaks, some powerful teeth, and some stings. These they use to defend themselves when attacked. But man has none of these things. Why is this? It is because, as I have told you about tools, with his mind he can contrive...show more

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  • Paperback | 114 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 218g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236617967
  • 9781236617965