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Herbert S. Zim was born in 1909 in New York City. He was a naturalist, author, editor and also known as the fonder and editor in chief of the Golden Guides series of nature books. Zim wrote or edited more than one hundred scientific books, and in a thirty-year career teaching in the public schools introduced laboratory instruction into elementary school science. He is best known as the founder in 1945, of the Golden Guides, pocket-size introductions for children to such subjects as fossils, zoology, microscopy, rocks and minerals, codes and secret writings, trees, wildflowers, dinosaurs, navigation and more. He was the sole or co-author for many of the books, which were valued for their clarity, accuracy and attractive presentation helped by the illustrations of James Gordon Irving. He continued to work on the Golden Guides series until Alzheimer's disease forced him to slow down in the 1990s. He died in 1994 at Plantation Key, Florida. (Bowker Author Biography)
— biography from Rocks and Minerals: A Guide to Familiar Minerals, Gems, Ores and Rocks
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Botany 92 copies, 1 review
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The Sun 18 copies, 1 review
Bones 18 copies
The universe 17 copies
Metric measure 16 copies
Rabbits 15 copies
Snails 14 copies
Crabs 13 copies
Waves 13 copies, 1 review
Plants 12 copies
Shooting Stars 12 copies
Corals 12 copies
The New Moon 11 copies
Caves and Life 10 copies
Diamonds 10 copies
Sharks 10 copies
Mexico 10 copies
Tractors 10 copies
Armored Animals 10 copies
Goldfish 9 copies
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Machine Tools 8 copies
Quartz 7 copies
Trucks 6 copies
Cargo Ships 6 copies
Life and Death 6 copies, 1 review
Medicine 5 copies
Parachutes 4 copies
Little Cats 4 copies
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Your skin 3 copies
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Parakeets 1 copy
México 1 copy
Fotografia 1 copy
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The Moon 1 copy
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editor in chief of the Golden Guides series of nature books
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