Friday, January 18, 2019

Fact Friday: Death Eaters: meet nature's scavengers by Kelly Milner Halls

Death Eaters: meet nature's scavengers by Kelly Milner Halls. 40 p. Millbrook Press/ Lerner Publishing Group, August, 2018. 9781512482003. (Review of purchased finished copy.)

If the title doesn't lure readers, the enticingly repulsive cover is nearly impossible to resist. This informative volume will provide your fact hounds with everything they want to know about the science of decomposition and the animals that help in the process and thrive on it. I never knew that sea gulls' ease in finding garbage to eat at waterways have impacted their role as scavenger!  Also surprising was the ripple effect caused by India trying to eradicate vultures resulting in a spike in the population of feral dogs. I think I'd prefer the vultures. Ever since learning about Bio-urns, I have wanted an eco-friendly burial. Now, I want to be buried at sea. Definitely looking into that!

Conversational in tone, the fascinating text is accompanied by equally fascinating full-color photos served with a side of gross. Backmatter includes a glossary, source notes, books, websites and videos for further reading and an index.

Display this prominently and it won't sit! A delightful addition to the STEM collection!

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