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Science Rhymes eNewsletter #6 September 2014.
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Metamorphosis:  in zoology it refers to the process some creatures go through to radically change their structure and function.  There's the classic caterpillar-chrysalis-butterfly life-cycle and the tadpole-frog transformation.  Many insects undergo metamorphosis.  You'll find another example in the CSIRO segment.
 
The first volume of Science Rhymes has gone through a kind of metamorphosis.  It started life as a free PDF from the Science Rhymes website.  Now it's transforming into a REAL BOOK!

Celia Berrell's Science Rhymes


If you live in the Cairns area, you're invited to a POETRY PARTY on Saturday 11th October.

Tadpole Tails
by Celia Berrell

There's no such thing as baby frogs.
They don't have pups like seals or dogs.
When hatching from their frog-spawn eggs
they don't have any froggy legs.

They're just a body with a tail
that wriggles through its swimming trail.
But over time they start to change
in ways that we find very strange..

They grow two arms and legs and lungs.
Their tail goes back inside their tums..
As frogs, they're hardly recognised
until they've met-a-morph-o-sized!.


In May, Tadpole Tails featured on Ripple Poetry. Dr June Perkins is a writer and poet who enlivens our spirits with her collaborative & multimedia projects. 
To share this poem, I chose a Dainty green tree frog.  The illustration is an excerpt from the painting Time To Grow by Sharon Davson.
 
In June, 22 year-4 students at St Rita’s School in South Johnstone gave a celebratory poetry recital of The Doof-Doof Car, after taking first place in their category at the Innisfail area’s Eisteddfod contest. 
Teacher Rebecca Eilers coached and conducted the students in their winning poetry recital. 
The Doof-Doof Carwith illustration by Amy Sheehan, features in the Celia Berrell's Science Rhymes book.

CSIRO Science Snippets


In July, the Helix Blog featured another Science Rhyme from the Scientriffic magazine.  Bombyx mori is a moth we know best as the Silkworm.  As a young caterpillar, it eats mulberry leaves then spins a cocoon of silk.  Silk has been used by humans for many hundreds of years to make a luxurious, fine cloth.  In Silken surgery you’ll find out how silk is helping to heal our injuries as well.
 


 

THE BOOK Celia Berrell's Science Rhymes can be purchased on-line from Harleys Educational in Cairns.  It is also sold at Collins Booksellers, Smithfield and (after the launch), at Plan B Café, Edmonton.
 




The Frill-neck Lizard on the discarded Coke can (pictured right) was painted by Australian artist Sharon Davson. He is a regular visitor and ambassador for Science Rhymes.
Would you like to see your own poem on the internet? 
If you have written a short poem about science, nature or the environment, send it to feedback@sciencerhymes.com.au for consideration to be posted on the Your Poems page on the Science Rhymes website - or read out at the Book Launch Poetry Party on 11th October!.
Rainforests
by Ava  -  Whitfield State School


Rainforests: beautiful, lush and green
Bursting with wildlife, a treat to be seen.
One bird starts to chirp and amazing song
then all other birds start to sing along.

A shiny green tree-frog has climbed a tree
as bush bees fly round very happily.
Owls and bats roam in the night.
They'll not let prey escape their bite.

To figure out their current location
bats use precise echolocation
while owls can see in very low light.
Their vision's right for sight at night.
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And when the night turns back to day
diurnal creatures start to play.
And once the birds all start to cheep.
nocturnal creatures go to sleep.

Rainforests: beautiful, lush and green.
This place full of trees is a treasured scene.

 
Previous eNewsletters: Best Wishes,
Celia
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