Traveling through books

10 books about science that kids won't get bored of

Now there is a little more free time that can be spent on your favorite hobby. My main hobby is traveling. But since they are not in the immediate plans, I dream of future travels, reading books. I re-read some of them and rediscover the moments I missed, for unknown reasons.

Books about travel, cities and countries, travel guides, essays take pride of place on my shelf. I try to buy these in paper form, although lately I prefer electronic ones.

So, my selection of books inspiring travel, for a good mood and exciting leisure:

Mark Twain Simpletons Abroad, or the Path of New Pilgrims

Mark Twain is one of the writers who claims that travel has a beneficial effect on the minds of people: "Travel is disastrous for prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, which is why many people need it so badly." On my own I will add: they give life experience, save from depression and generally change life for the better.

"Simpletons Abroad, or the Path of New Pilgrims" became the best-selling book during the life of the author. The book tells about the author's fun half-year journey in the company of compatriot friends. They made a pleasure trip to Europe and the Holy Land, visited Morocco, Venice, Rome, Paris, Jerusalem, Odessa, crossed the Atlantic Ocean twice and disembarked unharmed in the New York port.

Orhan Pamuk Istanbul

A book for those in love with Istanbul. This is not my favorite city, but Pamuk so skillfully notices the mentality of Istanbulites and their way of life that I want to return to the city again and rediscover it for myself.

Tommy Dewar Traveling Around the World

This is one of my favorite books on travel in the 19th century. The book is a travel notes written by Dewar following the results of his voyage around the world.

Team nomad

Fiction for children is one of the many domestic inventions in the field of culture, as unique as the "Russian classic novel". This type of informative literature literally flourished in our country in the 30s of the twentieth century thanks to the efforts of the editor, poet and translator S. Ya. Marshak.

Through the efforts of domestic authors and editors, science in such books met with poetry, technology with art, giving rise to full-fledged works of art. In these books there are adventures of a special kind - the adventures of thought. We offer a review of several such books, which was compiled by the children's writer and editor of the almanac "I Want to Know Everything" Sergei Iv. Ivanov.

Ian Larry "The Adventures of Karik and Vali"

This sci-fi tale (and at the same time a fascinating treatise on the life of insects - entomology, botany and ecology) was written by a former street child, journalist and biologist by education Ian Larry commissioned by Marshak and was first published in 1937 year. Since then, it has been constantly reprinted.

After secretly drinking the elixir created by an entomologist neighbor, brother and sister Karik and Valya shrank to the size of a pinhead and found themselves in the mysterious world of insects. A dragonfly takes them to a pond, where the children fall into the bell of an underwater spider, and when freed from captivity, they collide with other inhabitants of reservoirs, meadows and soil. They fight an aggressive bear, get acquainted with beetles and aphids, predatory plants. The inventor of the elixir, who diminished after them, helps children get rid of dangers, teaches them (and readers) to find edible plants, survive in extreme conditions, and, most importantly, acquaints in detail with the small living organisms around us. The story is filled with adventure, gentle humor and is imbued with respect for the "man who knows."

Suitable for reading for children from 6 years old.

Vitaly Bianki "Lesnaya Gazeta"

The Lesnaya Gazeta was first published in book form in 1928. The book is constantly reprinted in different editions.

Bianchi explores the world of wildlife through newspaper genres: reportage, news, telegram, announcement, feuilleton. The heroes of "Lesnaya Gazeta", as in a fairy tale, speak the "human language", argue, argue, tell about their lives. At the same time, there is nothing fabulous in the content of the book: every fact from the life of animals and plants is scientifically accurate.

Organizes the entire narrative calendar: the book describes the annual cycle in the life of nature. It is divided into chapters by month and shows the reader the inextricable connection of celestial phenomena (the movement of the Earth in its orbit) with the world of living nature.

Bianchi's works are also close to us because he talks about the nature of his native land - the Russian North-West.

Suitable for reading for children from 6 years old.

Through the territory of the Saratov region there are 180 small rivers with a total length of about 10 thousand kilometers, belonging to the Don basin in the west, Kamysh-Samara lakes in the eastern part and to the Volga basin in the central regions. The main river is the Volga, 420 kilometers of which flows through the Saratov region and divides it into the (western) right and (eastern) left banks. In the southern part of the course, the Volga forms the Volgograd reservoir, in the northern part - the Saratov reservoir. The largest rivers on the left bank are Bolshoi Irgiz and Maly Irgiz, Bolshoi Karaman, Eruslan. The river network of the right bank is denser; the most important rivers include Khoper, Medveditsa, Tereshka, Alai, Chardym, Kurdyum. Most of the region's lakes are located in the floodplains of rivers, mainly on the right bank. In the steppes of the Trans-Volga region, many ponds have been built for agricultural purposes, supported by spring melt water.

The wind, the sound of the surf, mountain peaks - these are the pictures that readers of adventure novels have seen. Remember?

During my school years, I was practically an "omnivorous" reader. I read absolutely everything that fell into my hands, because the choice of books, even with a large home library, was limited. Therefore, even my mother's medical literature and my father's speeches of Lenin went into action. By the way, later the history teacher was very surprised that I actually read Lenin's speeches and could quote them. But now we are not talking about that, but about adventure literature.

We had very little of it at home, so until a certain time I thought that these books were more suitable for boys, and girls would be bored to read them. But then someone explained to me that the dearly beloved Three Musketeers and The Headless Horseman also belong to this genre. And this was the beginning of true and light love.

A selection of my favorite books I want to share with you. I must say right away that I could not single out a single book among some writers, so they are included in this TOP with all their works. And yet, these are the books that we, Soviet schoolchildren of the 1980s, read. It is possible that the set of adventure books that teenagers love has changed since then. Therefore, tell us about your preferences in the comments, share your impressions and interesting books, because each of them is a whole world.

Alexandre Dumas and his Royal France

It is difficult to single out one very book by Alexandre Dumas. Of course, "The Three Musketeers" are the first to come to mind, but then "The Count of Monte Cristo", "Queen Margot" and all the sequels catch up with them. There are many exciting books, after which even girls want to become real musketeers. Lucky for those who managed to read most of Dumas's books in childhood (and it was not easy, because there were practically none of them in the libraries, and there was always a queue for those that were always there). In adulthood, the adventures of the Musketeers and Edmond Dantes are no longer perceived so brightly, but at 11-14 years old it is just an explosion of emotions.

By the way, many people even teach history according to Dumas. But this is not entirely correct, because in his novels, historical events have very vague outlines, and the French monarchs have little in common with real historical figures. But just like that, alive, the whole world knows them in the end.

Jules Verne's amazing discoveries

Another author who cannot choose a single work. "Children of Captain Grant" about an amazing trip around the world, "Fifteen Years Captain" about courage and courage, "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea" about Captain Nemo and his Nautilus.

These are not just classics and cult works, this is what many generations have grown up on. What pushed for discoveries and accomplishments. From the pages of Jules Verne's books, a salty sea breeze literally blows, the cries of wild animals of the Amazon and the exclamations of sailors who set sails on the course are heard. Someone will say that for modern schoolchildren it is boring and outdated. I disagree, because how can real discoveries become outdated? Similarly, real living books cannot become outdated and boring, no matter how many years have passed since their creation.

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

Feel like you won't be able to answer all the "why?" child? Give him a book on a topic of interest! Our blogger Anna Fedulova has compiled a selection of children's popular science books that will tell about chemistry, biology, botany and even robotics.

There are books that can bring children no less (and often more) benefits than the classics. For example, publications that tell schoolchildren about the world around us: about vital inventions, about plants and rare species of animals, about the distinctive features of certain species, about scientific know-how, about what cannot be seen with the naked eye. In general, about the most interesting and really important, as well as about what you want to read yourself (and maybe even tell others).

Living World under the Microscope, Helene Rajkak and Damien Laverdan

Even if you don't see anyone around you, it doesn't mean that you are alone. Wherever you are, invisible worlds surround you. The animals that inhabit them are so tiny that they simply cannot be seen with the naked eye. Nevertheless, they are everywhere: on the surface of the ocean and the seaside, in the grass, moss, puddle, air of home cooking, in bedding, clothes, and even on your skin.

The book allows you not only to read about them in detail, but also to consider them. On the folding pages, the inhabitants of ten microecosystems are shown on a large scale: water of the seas and oceans, sandy beaches, the depths of the sea and the ocean floor, a sleeping place, human skin, home cooking, forest floor, forest moss, puddles, a clear river of temperate latitudes.

All microscopic creatures are depicted very realistically, as if you were examining them through a microscope

Moreover, each new chapter opens with a brief description of the next ecosystem, where its inhabitants are clearly depicted: tardigrades, euglena, amoeba, diatoms, hydras, marine, ixodid, flour and dust mites, ciliates, ostracods, nematodes, planaria, fleas, wood lice, false scorpions, microscopic fungi. This is a scaled picture of tiny life in a drop of seawater or a small sample of soil. Each inhabitant has a detailed description, and on the last pages there is a thematic dictionary of basic terms, a brief history and diagram of the microscope structure and illustrated tables containing an image of the main species of protozoa, ticks and crustaceans.

A stunning guide to microbiology and zoology for lovers and fans of all living things.

"Robots Awesome robots, invented by nature itself", Helaine Becker and Alex Rice

I don't think I will surprise anyone with the news that people have been striving for superpower for a long time. How to achieve it? That's right: take all the best, add a little imagination, knowledge and creativity and multiply with modern technologies. Who to get the best from? In animals, of course. It is their abilities: strength, endurance, speed, invisibility, flexibility, buoyancy that a person lacks for perfection.

On the pages of the book, you can personally see 12 unique robots created by the geniuses of mankind. Creations on the verge of fantasy. Creatures at the intersection of nature and technology! Incredible robots that took unique abilities from living organisms and supplemented with the capabilities of modern electrical engineering, mechanics and computer technology. Each has an external and internal description, general characteristics, indicated the scope and future possibilities of use. There is also a photo and a small description of the biological prototype. Beast robots are exactly what is worth working on, racking your brains and what to spend your strength on. After all, they are not our enemies, but helpers and sometimes our only saviors!

The approximate age of the reader is from seven years.

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