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Children's Literature - Chris Newsham
This title from the "WOW" or "World of Wonder" series, is an introductory level book about dragonflies. Each two page chapter has one page of simple text and an accompanying full-page color photograph. The photos of the dragonfly life cycle and physical characteristics are labeled for easy identification. This book has a table of contents, index, and glossary, with the words from the glossary shown in bold in the text. If the book was being used for a beginning research experience, the table of contents rather than the index would be more useful to direct students to typical research information such as data concerning the life cycle, physical characteristics, diet, and habitat of this insect. "What Does a Dragonfly Look Like?" and "What's for Dinner?" are listed on the contents page. The words "legs" and "hunting" in the index will lead readers to the same information, but it will not be easy for a beginning research student to make the connection. There are instructions for making a model of a dragonfly using simple materials, and while they are not too difficult to follow, a picture of the final project would be helpful. For further information, the reader is directed to visit four websites. All four have long website addresses that would be difficult for a young child to type in accurately. Two of the sites were current, but two were no longer available which was a bit surprising considering the recent date of publication of the book. This book would best be used for its colorful photographs and introductory information for early elementary school grade teachers looking for a book on insect life cycles. Reviewer: Chris Newsham
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590368657
  • Publisher: Weigl Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/2008
  • Series: World of Wonder Ser.
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Table of Contents

What is a Dragonfly?     4
Back in Time     7
Dragonfly Life Cycle     8
What Does a Dragonfly Look Like?     10
Incredible Eyes     13
Above and Beyond     14
What's for Dinner?     16
Wetland Homes     18
Insect Lore     20
Make a Dragonfly
Find Out More     23
Glossary/Index     24
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