Bats!: Strange and Wonderful

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Bats are among the world's most misunderstood animals. This Parents' Choice Award book gives readers an inside look at the earth's only flying mammals. Readers discover how bats can pluck insects from the air, fish from the water, and help giant trees and other tropical plants to reproduce, among other fascinating facts. Featuring stunning illustrations, this is a great introduction to an extraordinary mammal.

Introduces the behavior and unique characteristics of a ...

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Overview


Bats are among the world's most misunderstood animals. This Parents' Choice Award book gives readers an inside look at the earth's only flying mammals. Readers discover how bats can pluck insects from the air, fish from the water, and help giant trees and other tropical plants to reproduce, among other fascinating facts. Featuring stunning illustrations, this is a great introduction to an extraordinary mammal.

Introduces the behavior and unique characteristics of a wide variety of bats throughout the world and mentions some reasons and ways people are working to protect them.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Youngsters will immediately be hooked by the opening text ('If you were a bat, you could stay up all night. You could hang by your thumbs, or hang upside down by your toenails') and a riveting illustration of a hanging bat, wings outspread, mouth open, showing tiny teeth." --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Carefully crafted to overcome misconceptions and fears concerning bats, the text also provides basic information about the variety and habits of the flying mammals as well as their importance in the ecosystem. . . . One of the best of the many bat books." --Booklist

* "Equal to the best introduction on the subject for this age level." --School Library Journal, starred review

School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-A lucid text describes some general physical and behavioral characteristics common to all types of bats. The ways in which these flying mammals benefit world ecosystems (e.g., through insect consumption, seed dispersal, and plant pollination) are emphasized. Vibrant, realistic watercolors of representative species extend the text on every page. Some illustrations are enclosed in boxes and superimposed on larger paintings; in most, body parts extend beyond the frames, giving them a 3-D effect. A particularly effective series of paintings shows a vampire bat's ungainly walk on its hind legs toward a sleeping cow. While this title provides information similar to that in Betsy Maestro's Bats (Scholastic, 1994) and Gail Gibbons's Bats (Holiday, 1999), its simpler text conveys complex concepts in terms that most children understand. With its appealing illustrations in an eye-catching arrangement and clearly written text, Pringle's Bats! is equal to the best introductions on the subject for this age level.-Karey Wehner, San Francisco Public Library Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
From the Publisher

"Youngsters will immediately be hooked by the opening text ('If you were a bat, you could stay up all night. You could hang by your thumbs, or hang upside down by your toenails') and a riveting illustration of a hanging bat, wings outspread, mouth open, showing tiny teeth." --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Carefully crafted to overcome misconceptions and fears concerning bats, the text also provides basic information about the variety and habits of the flying mammals as well as their importance in the ecosystem. . . . One of the best of the many bat books." --Booklist

* "Equal to the best introduction on the subject for this age level." --School Library Journal, starred review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590787816
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2009
  • Series: Strange and Wonderful Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 682,909
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 820L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Laurence Pringle has written 108 books for young readers, many of them award-winning science titles. He is the recipient of three major awards for his body of work-the Eva L. Gordon Award for Children's Science Literature, the Washington Post-Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award, and a Lifetime Achievement Prize from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He lives in West Nyack, New York-a few miles from Rockland Lake, once "the ice box of New York City."

Meryl Henderson has illustrated more than 40 books for children, including Cicadas! Strange and Wonderful and other books in the Strange and Wonderful series. She lives in upstate New York.

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