Bats

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The world of bats is upside down. Using sharp, curved claws, bats hang from one foot or two as they rest, sleep, or even hibernate. Then they loosen their grip, spread their wings, and fly away. When they return to roost, they somersault in midair and land upside down.

Describes the physical characteristics, behavior, habitat, and life cycle of the only mammal with wings.

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Overview

The world of bats is upside down. Using sharp, curved claws, bats hang from one foot or two as they rest, sleep, or even hibernate. Then they loosen their grip, spread their wings, and fly away. When they return to roost, they somersault in midair and land upside down.

Describes the physical characteristics, behavior, habitat, and life cycle of the only mammal with wings.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Each book in the "Welcome to the World of Animals" series describes the animal in terms of wonder at what it can do and how it functions in its environment. Short chapters tell where the animals can be found, what they eat, how they communicate, what babies are like, and how they spend time. Included is a clear explanation of the bat's use of echoes to navigate functions, without the use of the word echolocation. Another interesting part of the book centers on characteristics that make it easy for bats to fly, such as their digestive system's ability to process food in 20 minutes so that the bat isn't carrying any extra weight. A report writer would easily locate habitats and other relevant features, given the functional index and glossary of this 32-page book. Interesting sidebars and well-captioned, close-up photographs picture various species of bats in this friendly and well-organized text. While there are many fine books about bats by such authors as Betsy Maestro, Diane Ackerman, or Gail Gibbons, this is a solid survey. 2003 (orig. 1998), Gareth Stevens,
— Susan Hepler
From The Critics
By diving, flipping, and flying bats can catch hundreds of mosquitoes an hour. There are a thousand different kinds of bats in the world, each with a unique collection of talents. This book provides vivid color photographs of a wide variety of bat species and is an amazing glimpse into the life of the only mammal with wings. 1998, Whitecap Books Ltd., $5.95. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: E Brittingham SOURCE: Parent Council, September 2001 (Vol. 9, No. 1)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781551107844
  • Publisher: Whitecap Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Series: Welcome to the World of.
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,025,304
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.94 (w) x 6.88 (h) x 0.11 (d)

Meet the Author

Diane Swanson specializes in nature writing for children. She is the author of many books, including Safari Beneath the Sea, which won the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Non-Fiction for Children. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.
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Table of Contents

World of Difference 5
Where in the World 9
World on the Wing 13
World of Words 17
World Full of Food 21
Sleepy World 25
New World 29
Glossary and Index 32
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