Bug Dictionary: An A to Z of Insects and Creepy Crawlies

Bug Dictionary: An A to Z of Insects and Creepy Crawlies

by Blackbirch Press Staff, Jill Bailey
     
 

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Children's Literature
Bugs are fascinating and they are everywhere and they have been on this earth for a very long time almost 400 million years. The introductory pages of this oversized dictionary about bugs provide readers with background information and a discussion of the bug groups and what a bug looks like. Most spreads have an inset that is entitled "Bug Out!" with an interesting bit of trivia. Then the fun starts with an A-to-Z listing of insects. It starts with ants which most of us see and the staggering fact that there are about one million trillion ants in the world!" Younger readers will love learning about the assassin bugs, bedbugs, dung beetles, fleas, jiggers, louse, stink bugs, ticks, tsetse flies and other creatures that have been a bane to human existence. They will also learn about the good things that insects do, such as breaking down the bodies of dead animals and plants and pollinating others and eating other insects that destroy crops. For example "Wood ants are valuable pest controllers in woodlands. A colony will kill an average of 6 million caterpillars and other insects in a year." Some like the bee produce honey which humans eat (but that is not mentioned in the text). The pictures are bright and bold and include information about the relative size of these creatures�and a pronunciation guide is there for really difficult bug names. The final pages include a glossary and an index. A book that will be of considerable interest to kids in the early elementary grades. 2003, Blackbirch Press/Gale,
— Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-Each page of this broad survey profiles two or three creatures in short paragraphs of text, arranged in alphabetical order according, in most cases, to the invertebrates' common name. All are accompanied by a realistic, larger-than-life, color painting. Actual sizes are indicated by small, red silhouettes of the animals with a symbol of a human eye (representing one inch) or, for larger bugs, a hand (seven inches), for comparison. Each block of text briefly describes the animal's outstanding physical characteristics and/or behavior. Some entries also mention diets, habitats, and relationship to humans. The format is visually appealing; however, the text is flawed by oversimplification, minor inaccuracies, and the omission of important facts. For instance, instead of using the terms "simple" and "complete" metamorphosis, Bailey states, "Baby bugs that are tiny versions of their parents are called nymphs. Others look very different-these young are called larvae"-a cursory explanation at best. The section concludes by incorrectly referring to dragonfly young as "larvae." Actually, these insects are called "nymphs," even though they don't closely resemble their "parents." The entry on the glowworm states that the insect is "a wingless female beetle," but fails to point out that it is also a species of firefly. Jinny Johnson's Simon & Schuster Children's Guide to Insects and Spiders (S & S, 1997) offers a more precisely written text.-Karey Wehner, formerly at San Francisco Public Library

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ISBN-13:
9781567115475
Publisher:
Cengage Gale
Publication date:
07/28/2002
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
10.30(w) x 12.30(h) x 0.48(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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