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Summary: Twenty-one (21) insects from all over the world are featured in this informative book. The author discusses the adaptations - big and little - that enable these creatures to survive. You'll discover why male Stag Beetles have giant jaws and why the Toothbrush Caterpillar sports bunches of short hairs on its back. This is an informative guide about insects for young audiences.
Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, independent reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9
Interest Level: 5 to 7
Reading Level: 4.5
Age of Child: Read with an 8-year-old boy.
Young Reader Reaction: He thought the some of the pictures were "gross" but most were given a "really cool" rating!
Adult Reader Reaction: My first reaction was,"Oh no, not another bug book!" but the information about insects was excellent. In fact, there is material here I haven't seen in other books of this nature.
Pros: This is an excellent resource for a report or science project. The author does not water down the text! Excellent color photos and the world map of where the bugs come from is very helpful.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. This should certainly be in the school library and science teachers may wish their own classroom copy. If your child is "into" bugs - buy it!
Educational Themes: This is a book for learning about insects. It is part habitat study, part guide book.
Notes: Bob Walch, Monterey, California, sent us this review. Bob's reviews appear in the Salinas Californian, Watsonville Register-Pajaronian, Aptos Times, Ride/Western Times and Coast Views Magazine. His online are at MyShelf, Roundtable Reviews, Parent Click, Midwest Book Review, and I Love a Mystery.
Literary Categories: Nonfiction - nature, insects, picture book