Sara van Dyck


A former teacher, I enjoy finding ways to interest children in nature. At times I have cared for various mini-pets, including spiders, ants, black beetles, a katydid, and lots of worms. I am grateful that Edward O. Wilson has helped many appreciate the importance of what he calls the “little creatures that run the world.” My print publications include nature articles and children’s books on biological control, bees, and electric eels.

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The Boy Who Loved Ants: Edward O.Wilson
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,580. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
As a boy, famed scientist Edward O. Wilson spent happy days outdoors, hunting for fish, snakes, and bugs. Drawing from Wilson’s autobiography Naturalist, author Sara van Dyck shows how the shy boy who loved ants became a world leader in nature conservation. Written for ages 7 and up, the book includes easy activities for children to explore life in their own backyard. Color photographs.

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ants    biodiversity    biology    conservation    eo wilson    nature    scientists   

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  • The Better Country on Jan. 06, 2012

    Johnson presents us with a very limited time frame and few but well-defined characters, both of which enhance our sense of intimacy with the scenes. The problems presented occurred in reality many times during our Civil War, and the resolution here feels satisfying.
  • Where The River Meets The Sea - An Oral History Of Growing Up In The Wild King Country Of New Zealand During The Great Depression on July 30, 2013

    This is a fascinating piece of oral history, a memoir of a impoverished rural New Zealand childhood during the Depression. It is unpolished, unvarnished, so immediate that I had the sense of being in the setting. Grace, the woman telling her story, who turned 92 in 2013, has a wonderful memory for the details of life – the children harvesting shellfish off the rocks, castor oil for medicine, home-made toys, washing with carbolic soap. Her family had close relationships with the local Maoris. Grace had almost no education, nor did her mother, and both of them worked their entire lives. Yet she has happy memories, it was a “wonderful life” she says, and recalls contentedly getting up in the morning and listening to the roaring of the sea. This is worth reading as it is. If Wilks wants to make the material more available for cultural historians, perhaps she could define some of the terms used, such as he “Maori pa.”