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Cristina Steiner

Predators in the Backyard / Lifecycle and Mythology

Discover six predators lurking in your very own backyard. Their size may not be impressive to humans but their skills and weapons are mighty and efficient. Because they are deadly to their selected prey, they are essential to the natural balance of the insect world. These predators were honored by ancient and new civilizations and became the source of legends, fables and lore. The bounty of nature is a treasure chest depicted here in the incredible world of insects and spiders. Go out there, study these hunters, respect and admire their abilities and always, always treat your environment like the most precious gift.

Author Christina Steiner has created a superb book, perfecting a blend of science and mythology in “Predators in the Backyard—Life Cycle and Mythology.” The Dragonfly, Praying Mantis, Tiger Beetle, Black Widow Spider, Robber Fly and Lady Beetle are not only formidable and recognizable predators in our gardens, each species is surrounded by fascinating myths and legends from ancient to modern civilizations. Science-minded middle grade students, teachers and gardeners are sure to find this book captivating. ―Bette A. Stevens

About the Author

Christina Steiner was born and raised in Switzerland. In the late seventies, she settled in the San Fernando Valley, California and raised her two daughters. All her life she was a passionate reader. When the children were grown she went back to school and received a AA degree from Moorpark College, California in General Studies – Social & Behavior Sciences and earned a Diploma in Writing for Children and Teenagers from the Institute of Children’s Literature West Redding, Connecticut
She earned multiple awards for her short stories and poetry, was featured in centennial edition West Winds Centennial of the California Writers Club, the Moorpark Review and received an honorable mentioning from Writer’ Digest for a juvenile story.

Steiner is a nature enthusiast, who loves to hike and ride her horse Xena and play with her dogs. She lives in Ventura, California. When she is not on the computer, she helps her partner make wine and raise Chesapeake Bay retrievers. Spending time with her two grandchildren inspires her to write enchanting stories to introduce young readers to the amazing natural world.