In each of these glossy introductions, a crisp text describes the major physical characteristics shared by all of the featured animals, behavior, distinctive characteristics of several large groups and more than two dozen species, habitats, defense mechanisms, diets, and life cycles. Each book also mentions hibernation, migration, pollination, threats to the animals' survival, and efforts to preserve them. Butterflies explains how the insects actually mate, a detail most introductions omit. Oddly enough, it does not use the term "metamorphosis," although the process is thoroughly described. Bats has a detailed explanation of echolocation. A sharp color photograph of one or more of the featured animals in natural settings illustrates the text on most pages; about a third are almost full page, except for margins, and some spill over onto the next page. A few adequate color drawings, one of which is an anatomical diagram, appear as well. Captions in small print offer additional facts, as do sidebars. Terms are defined as they appear in the text, along with a pronunciation guide in parentheses. Both titles have more detailed information on physiology and behavior and life cycles than most general introductions to these animals aimed at about the same age level, such as Laurence Pringle's Bats! (Boyds Mills, 2000) and Jen Green's Butterflies (Benchmark, 1999). Note: These profusely illustrated titles will appeal to browsers as well as report writers.
Karey WehnerCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Batsby Julia Vogel, Andrew Recher
The newest additions to the long-running and highly-respected Our Wild World series cover two fascinating, but very different, winged creatures! Outstanding nature photography and thorough information combine to make this a perfect purchase for the most curious readers! Bats and butterflies are common subjects in classrooms. Butterflies are perennially popular
The newest additions to the long-running and highly-respected Our Wild World series cover two fascinating, but very different, winged creatures! Outstanding nature photography and thorough information combine to make this a perfect purchase for the most curious readers! Bats and butterflies are common subjects in classrooms. Butterflies are perennially popular (their exotic beauty and the interesting process of metamorphosis), and the mystery and lore surrounding bats fascinates many. These books focus on commonalities among species, as well as interesting differences among the wide range of species in each group. Bats also addresses the rumors and negative information about bats, by debunking myths and giving the real story (which is more fascinating than the fiction!). Websites and index give added information and help navigate.
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