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Summary: From anatomy and habitat to bat myths and rescue efforts, this photo-illustrated book covers all things batty. This is a nonfiction easy reader for developing readers.
Type of Reading: family reading, independent reading, read aloud book, learning to read, developing reader
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 9; read yourself: 8 to 10
Interest Level: 5 to 9
Reading Level: 2.9
Age of Child: Read by a nine-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: My daughter's favorite parts were the bat jokes and the images of the baby bats. "They're so cute."
Adult Reader Reaction: There were things about bats I knew and things I didn't, so it was educational for me to listen to my daughter read. I liked the closeup photos of the bats so that you could see them better, although I could do with fewer teeth!
Pros: Lots of photos and a couple bat jokes entertain kids while they learn about these nocturnal animals.
Cons: None, really. This is a level 2 book for readers who are just about reading independently.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. There is lots of fascinating information, and this is a must-have for the school or public library. It is not one you'd keep long-term in your personal library.
Educational Themes: This is an excellent primer for introducing bats and mammals. You could use this to learn more about bats in other places. For example, there is a two-page spread about bats rescued in Queensland, Australia. That creates opportunities to learn about the rescue as well as add a geography lesson about continents.
Notes: This publisher sent a copy of this book as part of the 2010 Children's and Young Adult Bloggers Literary Award (Cybils) process. This review is not intended to represent the opinions of the Cybils. The book will be donated to a reader in need.
Literary Categories: Nonfiction - animals, nature, easy reader series