All the Year Round: A Nature Reader - Vol. 2

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11. THE STARFISH.

THE starfish is sometimes called a sea-star, five-finger, or, five-fingered Jack. Its home is in the great ocean.

Starfishes are of different colors; some are orange, some crimson, some purple, and some brick red. There are others that are pale in tint, either delicate pink or faintly purplish. How pretty these little creatures must look in the water!

The starfish has five arms; under these arms are tubes which it uses as feet. It will fasten itself firmly to a rock, and will even allow its tube-like feet to be torn rather than let go.

There is a curious thing about the arms. If a hungry fish bites one off, or the big waves knock it against a stone and break one, the arm will grow again.

The starfish has an eye at the end of each arm. These eyes are

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Note to the Teacher. iii
  • Table of Contents vii
  • Winter. 1
  • Winter. 3
  • 2. the Coral. 5
  • 3. the Coral Reefs 7
  • 4. What Becomes of the Shells. 9
  • The Fossils. 11
  • 6. Testing to Find Lime. 13
  • 7. Quartz. 17
  • 8. How the Sand Became Sandstone. 19
  • 9. a Story About Glass. 21
  • 10- the Travels of the King's Window Panes. 23
  • 11: The Starfish. 25
  • 12. the Sea-Urchin. 27
  • 13. the Oyster. 30
  • 14. the Sponge. 33
  • 15. the Coal Forests. 35
  • 16. Coal Mining. 38
  • 17. the Evergreens. 42
  • 18. the Pines. 44
  • 19. the Discontented Pine. 46
  • 20. the Fir Tree. 50
  • 21. the Little Fir Trees. 56
  • 22. the Eskimo. 59
  • 23. the Eskimo. 64
  • 24. the Seal 67
  • 25. Hunting Seals. 69
  • 26. Hassan. 71
  • 27. the Camel. 74
  • 28: The Palms 76
  • 29. the Palm Tree. 79
  • 30. Black Hawk. 81
  • 31. Hiawatha's Childhood. 84
  • 32. Hiawatha's First Deer. 86
  • 33. Vapor. 88
  • 34. Clouds. 91
  • 35. Rain. 93
  • 36. Dew. 94
  • 37. Frost Pictures. 96
  • 38. Little Jack Frost. 98
  • 39. the Little White Fairies. 100
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