The Story Book of Science

Jean-Henri FABRE (1823 - 1915), translated by Florence BICKNELL (1880 - )

The famed French naturalist Fabre covers a large variety of subjects in these 70 short but fascinating essays about insects, animals and nature in general. The translator explains in her foreword, "The young in heart and the pure in heart of whatever age will find themselves drawn to this incomparable story-teller, this reverent reveler of the awe-inspiring secrets of nature. The identity of the "Uncle Paul," who in this book and others of the series plays the story-teller's part, is not hard to guess; and the young people who gather about him to listen to his true stories from wood and field, from brook and hilltop, from distant ocean and adjacent millpond, are, without doubt, the author's own children, in whose companionship he delighted and whose education he conducted with wise solicitude." (Summary by Phil Chenevert)

Genre(s): Nature

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 01 - The Six Frances Brown
00:06:19
Play 02 02 - The Fairy Tale and the True Story Kara Shallenberg
00:06:24
Play 03 03 - The Building of the City Kara Shallenberg
00:07:43
Play 04 04 - The Cows Kara Shallenberg
00:06:21
Play 05 05 - The Sheepfold Kara Shallenberg
00:09:10
Play 06 06 - The Wily Dervish Greg Giordano
00:06:15
Play 07 07 - A Numerous Family Mike Pelton
00:11:07
Play 08 08 - The Old Pear-Tree Jill Engle
00:04:53
Play 09 09 - The Age of Trees Mike Pelton
00:08:23
Play 10 10 - The Length of Animal Life Greg Giordano
00:05:57
Play 11 11 - The Kettle Greg Giordano
00:03:58
Play 12 12 - The Metals Aiden Herrera
00:04:54
Play 13 13 - Metal Plating Greg Giordano
00:06:40
Play 14 14 - Gold and Iron Linda Velwest
00:07:59
Play 15 15 - The Fleece Greg Giordano
00:04:39
Play 16 16 - Flax and Hemp Linda Velwest
00:07:07
Play 17 17 - Cotton johnh1803
00:06:57
Play 18 18 - Paper johnh1803
00:03:50
Play 19 19 - The Book johnh1803
00:04:52
Play 20 20 - Printing johnh1803
00:04:48
Play 21 21 - Butterflies Sharon Kilmer
00:08:23
Play 22 22 - The Big Eaters Jill Engle
00:09:40
Play 23 23 - Silk Jill Engle
00:07:21
Play 24 24 - The Metamorphosis Jill Engle
00:06:27
Play 25 25 - Spiders Susan Morin
00:09:37
Play 26 26 - The Epeira's Bridge Susan Morin
00:09:36
Play 27 27 - The Spider's Web Susan Morin
00:09:01
Play 28 28 - The Chase Susan Morin
00:10:09
Play 29 29 - Venomous Insects Sharon Kilmer
00:09:47
Play 30 30 - Venom Jill Engle
00:06:01
Play 31 31 - The Viper and the Scorpion Linda Velwest
00:07:33
Play 32 32 - The Nettle Jill Engle
00:05:36
Play 33 33 - Processionary Caterpillars Kara Shallenberg
00:10:15
Play 34 34 - The Storm Mike Pelton
00:07:29
Play 35 35 - Electricity Mike Pelton
00:07:43
Play 36 36 - The Experiment with the Cat Mike Pelton
00:04:17
Play 37 37 - The Experiment with Paper Mike Pelton
00:02:57
Play 38 38 - Franklin and De Romas Mike Pelton
00:11:13
Play 39 39 - Thunder and the Lightning-Rod Mike Pelton
00:11:34
Play 40 40 - Effects of the Thunderbolt Mike Pelton
00:03:34
Play 41 41 - Clouds Linda Velwest
00:10:22
Play 42 42 - The Velocity of Sound Greg Giordano
00:07:53
Play 43 43 - The Experiment with the Bottle of Cold Water Mike Pelton
00:08:32
Play 44 44 - Rain Greg Giordano
00:06:22
Play 45 45 - Volcanoes Linda Velwest
00:06:40
Play 46 46 - Catania Greg Giordano
00:08:29
Play 47 47 - The Story of Pliny Mike Pelton
00:09:35
Play 48 48 - The Boiling Pot Mike Pelton
00:09:04
Play 49 49 - The Locomotive Mike Pelton
00:09:35
Play 50 50 - Emile's Observation Greg Giordano
00:06:50
Play 51 51 - A Journey to the End of the World Greg Giordano
00:08:46
Play 52 52 - The Earth Greg Giordano
00:08:29
Play 53 53 - The Atmosphere Kara Shallenberg
00:10:08
Play 54 54 - The Sun Linda Velwest
00:12:30
Play 55 55 - Day and Night Greg Giordano
00:11:02
Play 56 56 - The Year and Its Seasons Greg Giordano
00:09:52
Play 57 57 - Belladonna Berries Woolly Bee
00:07:40
Play 58 58 - Poisonous Plants Kara Shallenberg
00:12:35
Play 59 59 - The Blossom Larry Wilson
00:09:53
Play 60 60 - Fruit Larry Wilson
00:06:28
Play 61 61 - Pollen Larry Wilson
00:08:49
Play 62 62 - The Bumble-Bee Sharon Kilmer
00:09:59
Play 63 63 - Mushrooms Linda Velwest
00:09:12
Play 64 64 - In the Woods Jill Engle
00:07:08
Play 65 65 - The Orange-Agaric Linda Velwest
00:08:13
Play 66 66 - Earthquakes Linda Velwest
00:12:13
Play 67 67 - Shall We Kill Them Both? Greg Giordano
00:07:04
Play 68 68 - The Thermometer Kevin W. Davidson
00:04:36
Play 69 69 - The Subterranean Furnace Kevin W. Davidson
00:11:16
Play 70 70 - Shells Susan Morin
00:10:37
Play 71 71 - The Spiral Snail Susan Morin
00:07:47
Play 72 72 - Mother-of-Pearl and Pearls Susan Morin
00:08:22
Play 73 73 - The Sea Susan Morin
00:09:21
Play 74 74 - Waves Salt Seaweeds Susan Morin
00:11:56
Play 75 75 - Running Waters Susan Morin
00:08:52
Play 76 76 - The Swarm Kara Shallenberg
00:08:19
Play 77 77 - Wax Kara Shallenberg
00:07:33
Play 78 78 - The Cells Larry Wilson
00:11:23
Play 79 79 - Honey Sharon Kilmer
00:10:33
Play 80 80 - The Queen-Bee Kara Shallenberg
00:11:04