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Science and nature books for third graders

From great whites to garbage, let these books spark your child's interest in science by presenting a range of natural (and not so natural) phenomena. Learn how predators use camouflage to hunt more effectively, for example, or how to keep trash out of landfills. Your third grader might even start asking questions about the relationship between humans and nature.

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Great White Sharks

Great White Sharks
by Sandra Markle
Lerner Publishing Group (2004), $7.95

Take one look at the grinning, jagged-toothed great white on the cover of this book, and you'll get a clue as to what's in store for readers. Younger children (or adults still scarred by Jaws) will want to steer clear of the graphic photos of the shark on the hunt. But budding marine biologists will be excited to learn about these much-maligned ocean predators, including their eating and sleeping habits.