Chirp, Chirp!: Crickets in Your Backyard

Chirp, Chirp!: Crickets in Your Backyard

by Nancy Loewen, Rick Peterson

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Describes the physical characteristics, life cycle, and behavior of crickets. Includes anatomy diagram and activity.


Describes the physical characteristics, life cycle, and behavior of crickets. Includes anatomy diagram and activity.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Loewen and Peterson do a great job of introducing a love of entomology to a young reader. Part of the "Backyard Bugs" series, this title has an early reader vocabulary, a picture-book layout (large spread format) and a series of topics listed in the table of contents, like a chapter book. The topics, which take two to six pages, include "Evening Singers," "The Cricket's Body," "Waiting to Hatch," "Eating and Growing" and six others. Short sidebars are printed on a picture of a collection jar. These sidebars contain fun pullout facts such as "Crickets hear with special body parts on their front legs. They breathe through tiny holes in their abdomens." The book and publisher should also be praised for the "To Learn More" section, where they introduce, an internal search engine. Readers log onto Facthound, type a question and Facthound searches approved websites—not the entire World Wide Web. By keeping the website at the publisher, the publisher can continue to vet Web sites so that young readers do not accidentally link to inappropriate sites. Other back matter includes: "Fun Facts," "Keeping Crickets," a glossary, and an index. 2006, Picture Window Books, Ages 4 to 8.
—Amy S. Hansen

Product Details

Capstone Press
Publication date:
Backyard Bugs Series
Product dimensions:
11.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.30(d)
NC760L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Nancy Loewen has published many books for kids. She’s a two-time Minnesota Book Award finalist (Four to the Pole and The LAST Day of Kindergarten) and the recipient of a Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of Educational Publishers (Writer’s Toolbox series). She holds an MFA from Hamline University in St. Paul. Nancy has two children and lives near Minneapolis. To learn more, visit www.

Rick Peterson uses both traditional and digital media to create images for a wide range of publishing, advertising and editorial projects - including a long list of children's titles. His work has received awards from Graphic Design USA and the Association of Educational Publishers. Rick lives in Minneapolis with his wife, two children, a cat, a gerbil, and a lovable but barky dog.

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