×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

Bats: Biggest! Littlest!
     

Bats: Biggest! Littlest!

by Sandra Markle
 

Why is the world of bats so varied? The littlest bat is as light as a penny. The biggest bat can have a wingspan as long as a bathtub. Some bats have little flaps on their noses. Others have huge ears. The unique traits of each species help it survive in its special place in nature . . . but how? Using eye-popping photographs of strange bats from around the world,

Overview

Why is the world of bats so varied? The littlest bat is as light as a penny. The biggest bat can have a wingspan as long as a bathtub. Some bats have little flaps on their noses. Others have huge ears. The unique traits of each species help it survive in its special place in nature . . . but how? Using eye-popping photographs of strange bats from around the world, Bats: Biggest! Littlest! feeds young readers’ curiosity and is certain to prompt stimulating discussions for days.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Veteran science writer Markle’s basic introduction maintains a fine balance between general observations and specific facts. She has chosen particularly well when it comes to the photos: bats in flight, at rest, seizing prey, and clearly displaying distinctive body parts (“Compared to its body size, the Tube-Lipped Nectar Bat has the world’s longest tongue”). Along with identifying 14 kinds of bats and explaining how their sizes influence their behaviors, she discusses bat diets and senses, the differences between the way bats and birds use their wings to fly, how they care for their young, and other relevant topics. . ."--Booklist

". . . The clear text is simple and readable, describing the hunting techniques of microbats and the fruit-finding talents of megabats, and even delves into some forms of bat housing. Enriched by superb color photos and complete wtih sites for further investigation, the whole presentation is interesting and useful as well as attractive. . . " -- School Library Journal

Children's Literature - Janice DeLong
Although this nonfiction picture book may not cause readers to fall in love with bats, it will certainly create a sense of wonder at the variety in size, color, and eating habits of these interesting critters. From the Gray-Headed Flying Fox with a wingspan that may reach the length of a bathtub to the Honduran White with a wingspan of about four inches, size is significant, as the title indicates. The scope of Markle's text includes a range of those that attack animals, such as the Vampire Bat to those like the Great Fruit-Eating Bat, dining only on plants and flying while eating meals. Suction cup feet on the Spix Disk-Winged, the snorting nose of the Bourret's Horseshoe, and the tongue of the Tube-Lipped Nectar Bat that is too long for its mouth and is housed inside the rib cage are just a few of the unique features of these fascinating creatures. Photographs of each bat featured enliven the page of text. Large print makes this volume one that will easily become a favorite read-aloud for science classes. The award-winning author may well garner another accolade for this amazing volume. Reviewer: Janice DeLong
School Library Journal
Gr 2–5—Markle returns to the world of bats in this simply written introduction to a fascinating array of flitterers. Using size as a starting point, she goes on to explain the benefits of being large or small, and the adaptations bats have made in their chosen habitats and lifestyles over the millennia. From extra-long tongues for nectar extraction to super-sharp talons for snatching slippery fish, flaps of skin around the nose to allow them to hear echoes from one direction at a time and suction cups on thumbs and ankles, bats have evolved to fill empty ecological niches. The clear text is simple and readable, describing the hunting techniques of microbats and the fruit-finding talents of megabats, and even delves into some forms of bat housing. Enriched by superb color photos and complete with sites for further investigation, the whole presentation is interesting and useful as well as attractive. On a par with Elizabeth Carney's equally handsome Bats (National Geographic, 2010) and far simpler than Markle's own Outside & Inside Bats (Walker, 2004), this eye-catching work fills a niche of its own.—Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590789520
Publisher:
Highlights Press
Publication date:
03/01/2013
Series:
Biggest! Littlest! Series
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
913,626
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
860L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Sandra Markle is a former elementary school science teacher and the author of many award-winning books for children. She has been named Georgia Author of the Year five times and was honored as one of Women in Technology International’s Women of the Year for her contributions to science and technology. Markle has also created highly acclaimed science specials for CNN and PBS as well as an award-winning Internet-based education program funded by the National Science Foundation. She lives in New Zealand with her husband, Skip Jeffery.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews