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Batty About Texas
     

Batty About Texas

by J. Smith, Kathy Coates (Illustrator)
 

In this beautifully illustrated picture book, Bo the Mexican free-tailed bat takes children on an educational adventure across the great state of Texas. With Bo as a guide, readers learn that Mexican free-tailed bats do not just live in Mexico but also across the Lone Star State and that there are 32 different kinds of bats in Texas, more than in any other state in

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In this beautifully illustrated picture book, Bo the Mexican free-tailed bat takes children on an educational adventure across the great state of Texas. With Bo as a guide, readers learn that Mexican free-tailed bats do not just live in Mexico but also across the Lone Star State and that there are 32 different kinds of bats in Texas, more than in any other state in the country!

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School Library Journal

Gr 1-2

This book is a little bit batty, a little bit Texas, and a little bit about how beneficial bats are to Texas agriculture, all told in the voice of "Bo," a Mexican free-tailed bat. This fictionalized narrator partially describes his life cycle in the "great state of Texas," the other bat species in his state, and how they help the farmers. This voice is stilted, and the text is sprinkled with exclamation points in an attempt to generate the excitement that is not present in the information. Small fact boxes appear occasionally. Garish colors are the salient feature of the careless, slapdash-looking illustrations. Accuracy is often sacrificed; e.g., one adult is drawn with four baby bats, but Mexican free-tailed bats bear only one offspring each summer. Some of the most interesting facts about these creatures are omitted (the colonies are made up of the pregnant mothers; the babies roost apart from the mothers, and each mother must identify her offspring by its call in order to feed it). By having more than one focus, the book shortchanges readers on all counts.-Frances E. Millhouser, formerly at Chantilly Regional Library, Fairfax County, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781589805828
Publisher:
Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/15/2008
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,339,378
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

J. Jaye Smith spent her childhood in Slidell, Louisiana, and found her passion in the creative arts while still in high school. She attended Belmont University and graduated cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in elementary education in 1993. Smith has worked as a vocalist and a music teacher for most of her life and is also an accomplished songwriter. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her family and spends her free time reading, dancing, and gardening.

Kathy Coates’ work is on permanent display in gallery collections throughout the Southeast. Coates uses illustrating to combine her love of art, the South, and the natural world. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and her illustrations appear in Batty About Texas and Cowgirl Alphabet, both available from Pelican. She lives and works in her hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina.

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