Children's Literature - Joyce RiceChildren of all ages can recall a night when the darkness was broken only by the light of the firefly. Many of us grew up trying to capture fireflies in a Mason jar, just to be closer to the magic. Although the firefly has fly in its name, it is not a fly. It belongs to the order of insects called beetles. Young readers fascinated with bugs will be entertained by the many photographs and brief facts presented in this volume. Part of the "Smart Apple Bugs" series, this is a visual treat. Additional resources are included in the form of an index and references for additional reading, web pages and museums. This is an excellent source for the middle school student looking for information on this specific subject. However, the inclusion of technical language such as class and order names will make it difficult for older elementary students who will be attracted to its abbreviated, 32-page length. Middle school classroom teachers will find this a good resource for a unit on insects.
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