WorldCat Identities

Simon, Hilda

Overview
Works: 52 works in 117 publications in 1 language and 10,270 library holdings
Genres: Juvenile works  Field guides  History  Pictorial works 
Roles: Author, Illustrator
Classifications: QL767, 595.7
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Hilda Simon
The splendor of iridescence : structural colors in the animal world by Hilda Simon( Book )

6 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 817 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A remarkable aspect of this book is its combination of art and science. The author, an accomplished professional artist in the field of natural history, particularly in drawings of birds and insects, is the daughter of a scientist who specialized in optics and was an authority on light interference, the optical phenomenon which plays an important role here. It was this background which enabled the author to approach the subject in a refreshingly original way. What makes a blue bird blue? Why is its color fundamentally different from that of a red bird? What causes the iridescence of a hummingbird's throat? of a peacock's train? of a Morpho butterfly's wings? Why do so many brightly colored birds in museum collections soon fade to a dim washed-out hue, while the hummingbird and the peacock retain their brilliance almost indefinitely? Here we touch on the fundamental difference between structural and pigmentary, physical and chemical colors - a difference which is the main theme of this book - and the various ways in which these structural colors are produced in the tissues of living beings. Also unusual are the means and method of illustration and reproduction. Most illustrators desiring colored reproductions of their art paint colored pictures, and then turn these paintings over to the engraver or lithographer, who uses elaborate cameras with filters to separate the colors so that they can be printed in different inks. Instead of relying on mechanical filters, Hilda Simon translates in her mind each color into the percentages of its component colors. She then prepares in black pencil one separation for each of the four or five colors used in her illustrators. The results are astonishing and original. She has captured some of the most elusive colors as no other process can. Here are to be found, in scientific analysis and microscopic detail of feather structure as well as in all their glory, birds of all sorts from hummingbirds and sunbirds to peacocks, the fabled birds of Juno, and birds of paradise. Here we see the quetzal, symbol of ancient Aztec royalty and emblem of modern Guatemala. Here is a glittering array of iridescent tropical butterflies and moths, golden beetles that gleam like living embers, multicolored fish, shimmering opalescent shells, and even rainbow-hued snakes. -- from dust jacket
The magic of color by Hilda Simon( Book )

3 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 654 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Briefly defines color and explains how colors are perceived
Insect masquerades by Hilda Simon( Book )

5 editions published between 1968 and 1996 in English and held by 571 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Surveys the many techniques and devices used by insects to trap prey or escape their enemies through camouflage or trickery
Bird and flower emblems of the United States by Hilda Simon( Book )

2 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 560 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Text and illustrations introduce the bird and flower emblems of all fifty of the United States
Easy identification guide to North American snakes by Hilda Simon( Book )

1 edition published in 1979 in English and held by 542 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Large, detailed color illustrations group the snakes by color, pattern and size, and range maps show the parts of North America where the species is found
Color in reproduction : theory and techniques for artists and designers by Hilda Simon( Book )

7 editions published in 1980 in English and Undetermined and held by 499 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chameleons and other quick-change artists by Hilda Simon( Book )

3 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 489 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the characteristics and behavior of a variety of creatures with the ability to change colors rapidly, discussing psychological, as well as physiological or biochemical, explanations for the phenomenon
Snakes : the facts and the folklore by Hilda Simon( Book )

1 edition published in 1973 in English and held by 462 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses the history and mythology of the snake, its evolution and anatomy, the habits and characteristics of a variety of the world's snakes, and how to keep snakes as pets
The courtship of birds by Hilda Simon( Book )

6 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 457 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Frogs and toads of the world by Hilda Simon( Book )

1 edition published in 1975 in English and held by 441 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the physical characteristics, habits, and natural environment of various frogs and toads
Sight and seeing : a world of light and color by Hilda Simon( Book )

2 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 402 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses the importance of the sense of sight, the difference between sensitivity to light and the actual formation of images, and the various sight organs found in animals
Dragonflies by Hilda Simon( Book )

2 editions published in 1972 in English and held by 395 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Text and illustrations describe the physical characteristics and life cycle of dragonflies, one of the oldest species of insects
The racers : speed in the animal world by Hilda Simon( Book )

3 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 358 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Briefly discusses the mechanics of animal speed and the characteristics of 14 of the fastest creatures on land, sea, and in the air, including the dragonfly, marlin, and jackrabbit
Feathers, plain and fancy by Hilda Simon( Book )

5 editions published between 1960 and 1971 in English and held by 350 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explains how feathers evolved, how they develop, how they differ from each other, and how their varied colors and patterns are produced
Snails of land and sea by Hilda Simon( Book )

2 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 331 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the evolution and anatomy of different types of land and sea snails and explains how they are beneficial and harmful to man
Exploring the world of social insects by Hilda Simon( Book )

3 editions published in 1962 in English and held by 307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Habits and characteristics of bees, wasps, ants, and termites: the insects that live in communities. Grades 5-7
The date palm, bread of the desert by Hilda Simon( Book )

4 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 301 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the history, importance, and biology of the date palm and notes the requirements for its successful cultivation
Partners, guests, and parasites : coexistence in nature by Hilda Simon( Book )

3 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes associations made between different animal species for temporary gain or convenience as well as more permanent alliances formed for mutual survival
The private lives of orchids by Hilda Simon( Book )

5 editions published in 1975 in English and held by 292 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Living lanterns; luminescence in animals by Hilda Simon( Book )

3 editions published in 1971 in English and Undetermined and held by 266 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the physical characteristics and habits of a variety of animals that produce their own light
 
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