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The Private Eye: Recommended Resources
Recommended Resources

The following list of resources, both books and videos, will be updated periodically.  We share many of these resources with teachers who attend our workshops.  If you have a resource that you think we should be sharing with our larger Private Eye family, please send us an email about it.  Don't forget to include the author, publisher, publishing date and title if its a book; the title and production company or distributor if its a video.   And thank you for your recommendations!

(For more resources, see the Bibliography in The Private Eye.)



  • A First Discovery Book Series: The Ladybug and Other Insects; The River; Flowers. New York: Scholastic Inc., 1989-92.

  • Eyewitness Visual Dictionaries Series: The Visual Dictionary of Plants. New York: Dorling Kindersley, Inc., 1992.

  • Janice VanCleave's Spectacular Science Projects Series: Microscopes and Magnifying Lenses. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1993.

  • Mound, Laurence. Amazing Insects: Eyewitness Juniors #26. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1993.

  • The Audubon Society Nature Guides: Pacific Coast. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1985.

  • "What's Inside ?" Series: Insects; Plants. New York: Dorling Kindersley, Inc., 1992.


  • Appelhof, Mary. Worms Eat My Garbage. Kalamazoo, MI: Flower Press, 1982.

  • Appelhof, M.; Fenton, M.F.; Harris, B.L. Worms Eat Our Garbage: Classroom Activities for a Better Environment. Kalamazoo, MI: Flower Press, 1993.

  • Banyai, Istvan. Zoom. New York: Viking, 1995.

  • Buffalo Horn Man, Gary and Firedancer, Sherry. Animal Energies. Spokane, WA: Dancing Otter Publishing, 1992.

  • Caraway, Caren. African Designs of the Guinea Coast. Owings Mills, MD: Stemmer House Publishers, Inc., 1985.

  • Caraway, Caren. Southwest American Indian Designs. Owings Mills, MD: Stemmer House Publishers, Inc., 1983.

  • Carroll, Lewis. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass. New York: The New American Library, 1960.

  • Chan, Anthony. Hmong Textile Designs. Owings Mills, MD: Stemmer House Publishers, Inc., 1990.

  • Editors of Owl Magazine. What's It ?: Creatures, Plants, Nature's Oddities and More. Buffalo, NY: Firefly Books, 1992.

  • Fleischman, Paul. Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices. New York: Harper Trophy Books, 1992.

  • Ingram, Mrill. Bottle Biology. Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, 1993.

  • Jeffers, Susan. Brother Eagle, Sister Sky. New York: Dial Books, 1991.

  • Johnson, Paul. Literacy Through the Book Arts. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 1993.

  • Lucht, Irmgard. The Red Poppy. New York: Hyperion Books for Children., 1995.

  • Maxner, Joyce. Nicholas Cricket. New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1989.

  • Neill, William; Photographer. Patterns in Nature: The 1993 Exploratorium Calendar for Curious People. Richmond, CA: Golden Turtle Press, 1993.

  • Norman, Jill. The Complete Book of Spices: A Practical Guide to Spices & Aromatic Seeds. New York: Viking Studio Books, 1990.

  • Norton, Mary. The Borrowers. New York: Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1991.

  • Oliver, Mary. New and Selected Poems. Boston: Beacon Press, 1992.

  • Ross, Michael Elsohn. The World of Small: Nature Explorations with a Hand Lens. Yosemite National Park, CA: Yosemite Association, 1993.

  • Taylor, Barbara. Look Closer: Pond Life. New York: Dorling Kindersley, Inc., 1992.

  • Taylor, Kim. Flying Start Science: Structure. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1992.

  • Tomb, Howard and Kunkel, Dennis. MicroAliens: Dazzling Journeys with an Electron Microscope. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1993.

  • Wiesner, David. Tuesday. New York: Clarion Books, 1991.


  • Powers of Ten (Rough Sketch), Charles and Ray Eames; Pyramid films.

  • Video Microscope 1, 2 and 3; Spiders and Mites; Pond and Puddle Life; etc. Superb live-action views that move from 10X to 20X and often to 50X and 100X by Warren Hatch. Order from Warren Hatch, 1330 SW 3rd Ave, Apt. 703, Portland, OR 97201-6636.

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