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A Crackle of Crickets: A Compilation of Insect Collective Nouns

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A compilation of creepy-crawly collective nouns complete with stunning and appealing illustrations perfectly designed for challenging enquiring minds

A plague of locusts, a flock of lice, a colony of ants: these are some of the insect collective nouns you may already know. But have you heard of a loveliness of ladybirds, a clew of worms, or a kaleidoscope of butterflies? Then turn the pages of this book to discover a collection of ...

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Overview

A compilation of creepy-crawly collective nouns complete with stunning and appealing illustrations perfectly designed for challenging enquiring minds

A plague of locusts, a flock of lice, a colony of ants: these are some of the insect collective nouns you may already know. But have you heard of a loveliness of ladybirds, a clew of worms, or a kaleidoscope of butterflies? Then turn the pages of this book to discover a collection of lesser-known and sometimes more fanciful terms, and hope that you will never be forced to encounter a ghost of knats or a bike of wasps—but if you do at least you'll know what to call them!

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School Library Journal
Gr 3–5—A Filth of Starlings (2011), and A Shiver of Sharks (2012, both PatrickGeorge) are among the publisher's books focusing on collective nouns. This one is devoted to insects and includes many unfamiliar terms such as "a loveliness of ladybugs," and "a ghost of gnats"; however it mistakenly groups "a culture of bacteria," "a clew of worms," and "a venom of spiders" in its insect classification. Each collective noun is followed by a few short statements. The locust and the grasshopper are treated as though they were separate insects, which they are not. Some explanation should link the two entries. The digital artwork employs saturated colors and abstract silhouettes of the creatures. The image for "a plague of locusts" shows a black silhouette of the Grim Reaper holding a long stick; his sickle blade is a white silhouette of the locust. Ruth Heller's A Cache of Jewels (Grosset & Dunlap, 1987) is a beautiful introduction to collective nouns. Of course, adults who love language will also want to refer to James Lipton's The Exaltation of Larks (Grossman, 1968), which includes an extensive index of collective nouns.—Teresa Pfeifer, The Springfield Renaissance School, Springfield, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781908473004
  • Publisher: PatrickGeorge
  • Publication date: 10/9/2012
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 1,319,313
  • Age range: 7 years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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PatrickGeorge is an independent publisher that offers a full range of graphic design and illustration services. By focusing on unique designs and bold illustrations, they aim to produce books for kids that are witty and educational, colorful and accessible, challenging and stimulating, and—perhaps most importantly—fun.
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