ITCH!: Everything You Didn’t Want To Know About What Makes You Scratch

ITCH!: Everything You Didn’t Want To Know About What Makes You Scratch

Itch! You know the feeling—that tickly, tingly, crawly sensation that you just have to scratch. And it’s always in a place just…out…of…reach.

But why do we get itchy? Lots of reasons: mosquitoes, poison ivy, blackflies, bristly caterpillars, cactus, lice. Why do these things affect us so drastically, and how can we stop the itch? And can itching ever be a good thing?

ITCH is a nonfiction book that delves into the science behind our most irritating encounters with nature. Readers will discover:

–spiders that throw itchy hairs at their enemies,

–plants that sting, bite, and scratch,

–bugs that glue eggs to your hair and saw their way through your skin.

The book explains the biology of plants and animals which use irritation as a weapon of defense. Divided into short, fun chapters, the book will help young readers learn about the science of their own bodies and the amazing diversity of other organisms that also get itchy.

The text includes ways that young readers can safely avoid irritating plants and animals when exploring the outdoors. Each chapter contains helpful suggestions for easy, nontoxic ways for kids to soothe an annoying itch. (Try the inside of a banana peel on mosquito bites!)

A Junior Library Guild Selection

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