as a mom of elementary school kids,
i've seen my fair share of
every week for four years,
m has checked out a book.
for two of those years,
g has also checked out a book.
that's a lot of books.
i'm not sure if their library
is chock full of crappy books,
or if my kids just gravitate toward
the crappy book section.
we've read books highlighting -
maine coon cats
newts and salamanders
(fill in the blank)osaurus
rocks and gems (an encyclopedia)
-this one has come home at least five times-
i know i'm missing hundreds more,
but you get the idea.
but then -
g's selection -
lassoing their prey?"
"an eelworm wriggling through the soil finds itself attracted toward some curious tiny rings. these rings make a substance that the eelworm finds hard to resist. it decides to wriggle its way through a ring. it presses its body against the inside walls of the ring. suddenly, in just a tenth of a second, the ring tightens like a lasso! the eelworm is trapped."
"the rings belong to a fungus called arthrobotrys anchonia. it has many rings. each ring is made up of three cells. within a short time after capturing an eelworm, the arthrobotrys starts to grow into it. the fungus devours the eelworm from the inside."
well, now - that's more like it!
minus the nightmares, obviously.
and may we all strive
to avoid curious tiny rings.