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Everything Bug: What Kids Really Want to Know About Insects and Spiders

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Question-and-answer format brings (readers) right to the topics that interest the most. Accessible and photo-packed.—BOOKLIST Clear, full-color photos provide close-up views of various species. This is a fun treat for browsers. —SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

Presents twenty-five questions and answers about insects and spiders, including why bugs are important, how long they've existed, and whether spiders make noise.

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Overview

Question-and-answer format brings (readers) right to the topics that interest the most. Accessible and photo-packed.—BOOKLIST Clear, full-color photos provide close-up views of various species. This is a fun treat for browsers. —SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

Presents twenty-five questions and answers about insects and spiders, including why bugs are important, how long they've existed, and whether spiders make noise.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Kids who believe that bugs have a certain charm will find a plethora of information in this book with its easy accessibility. The question-and-answer format gives kids the lowdown on the fascinating facts they want to know about. Did you know that poop would pile up around us if dung beetles disappeared? How about the fact that the mother wolf spider carries all 100 of her babies on her back for a whole week after they hatch. It is interesting to note that female trapdoor spiders live up to 25 years, but their mates die after mating one time. Kids will learn why it is hard to swat a fly, the difference between moths and butterflies, and why we would not have chocolate if bugs disappeared. Glossy photos pack the pages and the one-page answers are clear and to the point. Bug watchers will make this a favorite and will want to check out the appended resources, which are book formats and web sites. 2004, NorthWord Press, Ages 6 to 10.
—Beverley Fahey
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-A compendium of random information about insects and spiders presented in question-and-answer format. Clear, full-color photos provide close-up views of various species as well as an occasional glimpse at children interacting with them. From the first query ("Why wouldn't we have chocolate if bugs disappeared?") through the last ("-couldn't we do without the bugs that bug us the most?"), there is no organizing principle. Although the actual information is more than adequate and often interesting, its inaccessibility is a drawback for children seeking specific facts. The lack of an index exacerbates this problem. The volume relies on its design (which is adequate but not dazzling) to drive readers forward. Although not a useful book for reports, this is a fun treat for browsers.-Dona Ratterree, New York City Public Schools Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559718912
  • Publisher: Cooper Square Publishing Llc
  • Publication date: 4/28/2004
  • Series: Kids Faqs Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 339,731
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.09 (w) x 9.19 (h) x 0.23 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7
Why wouldn't we have chocolate if bugs disappeared? 8
Were insects and spiders here in the time of dinosaurs? 10
Is there any place on Earth where bugs don't live? 12
How many kinds of insects and spiders are there? 14
What's the difference between insects and spiders? 16
Aren't spiders also different because they make webs? 18
Why don't spiders stick to their own webs? 21
What are the biggest insects and spiders? What are the smallest? 22
Why doesn't a bug grow to be as big as a dog? 24
What do spiders and insects eat? 25
Why are ants so good at finding food? 26
Why do people put ladybugs in their gardens? 27
Why are grasshoppers such good jumpers? 28
Why is it so hard to swat a fly? 29
How do crickets make that chirping sound? 30
What makes lightning bugs light up? 32
Are all spiders venomous? Is it dangerous to have spiders living in my house? 34
What do I do if a spider bites me? 36
Why do mosquito bites itch? Has anyone ever died from a mosquito bite? 38
Why do some people die from a bee sting? 40
Are butterflies and moths the only insects that start out as caterpillars and end up as adults that can fly? 42
What's the difference between butterflies and moths? 44
Do insect and spider parents take care of their babies? 46
How long do bugs live? 48
Where do bugs go in winter? 50
I once saw a cookbook with recipes for bugs. Do people really eat those things? 52
Is it true that old poop would pile up around us if insects disappeared? 54
Ok, we'll keep dung beetles, but couldn't we do without the bugs that bug us the most? 56
Tall tales about bugs 59
Resources 62
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