Children's Literature - Beverly KobrinDuring their First Look At Bats, Millicent E. Selsam asks very young readers to discern similarities and differences as they compare the physical characteristics pictured in Joyce Hunt's black-and-white drawings of the flying mammals. Ms. Selsam also comments on bat diet, habitat, and how some species use echolocation to zero in on prey. She concludes with an illustrated glossary-like recapitulation.
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 1-3-- While Selsam and Hunt do outline the major characteristics common to all bats and their importance to the environment, their primary focus is on the physical characteristics that differentiate the species. Short, simple sentences direct readers to find the drawing depicting a particular anatomical feature. One or more finely detailed pencil drawings accompany the text on every page. Eighteen species of world bats are mentioned, including the flying fox and the vampire bat. Although the text is lucid and well organized, it is flawed by the omission of some important information. Most, but not all, of the species depicted are identified in the text or in captions. The map is oversimplified; many species have a wider range than is represented here. Schlein's Billions of Bats (Lippincott, 1982) provides more information on bat anatomy, behavior, and habitats at a slightly higher reading level. A First Look at Bats will be most useful as a browsing book for young readers fascinated with the animals. --Karey Wehner, San Francisco Pub . Lib .
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