This book gives school-age children instructions for finding, collecting, and keeping live crickets. He also presents a broad range of fun topics including how to make a "cricket field", how to play an awareness game with a friend and a cricket, how to make a model cricket, and many others. Children are sure to want to learn more about this fascinating insect after reading and seeing pictures that peek into the lives of these little "chirping neighbors." Part of the "Backyard Buddies" series, which also includes Snailology.
- Debra Briatico
Part of a new series for children, this book introduces young readers to the biology, life cycle and habits of crickets. The author includes tips on where to find these unique creatures and instructions for a wide variety of hands-on activities and simple experiments. Young bug lovers will treasure the colorful photographs, humorous illustrations, and factual information included in this excellent resource. Part of the "Backyard Buddies" series.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5Hands-on learning is emphasized in these introductory titles. Each one tells how to collect, house, and care for the subject animals; suggests about a half dozen simple activities designed to develop observation skills; and describes eight experiments testing the invertebrates' responses to various stimuli. The texts also briefly describe the major physical and behavioral characteristics and life cycles of crickets and snails, respectively. Clear full-color photographs are interspersed throughout. The depictions of the children are effectivetheir excitement and wonder are palpablebut little can be seen of the small animals they hold. Only one close-up of each creature appears, along with simplified anatomical diagrams and a number of cartoons, a half dozen of which are full-page. They add nothing to the texts. While the books are clearly written, anthropomorphism occasionally crops up. Other titles, such as Joanna Cole's An Insect's Body (Morrow, 1984) and Jennifer Coldrey's Discovering Slugs and Snails (Watts, 1987; o.p.), present more detailed information on these animals. While they do not include the activities and experiments offered in Ross's titles, their approach is uniformly scientific.Karey Wehner, San Francisco Public Library