I Wish I Could...Buzz with the Bugs

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Mr. Mantida the insect guide ushers children through the weird and wonderful world of bugs. He teaches the reasons for the magnificent success of the order insecta. Ages 9-12

A brother and sister enter the world of insects, where they learn about such things as metomorphosis, insect anatomy, camouflage, and evolution.

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Overview

Mr. Mantida the insect guide ushers children through the weird and wonderful world of bugs. He teaches the reasons for the magnificent success of the order insecta. Ages 9-12

A brother and sister enter the world of insects, where they learn about such things as metomorphosis, insect anatomy, camouflage, and evolution.

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Children's Literature - Kristin Harris
Two kids, napping as they think about insects, are whisked away to a world were they are small and the insects are large. A praying mantis is their guide as they visit a number of insects and learn some interesting things. There are 115,000 species of wasps and bees, and beetles are the most successful group of insects with at least 300,000 different kinds. This is a very basic book, with illustrations that are not exceptionally exciting. However, for some, the concept of becoming small and meeting the insects will have a certain appeal.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-As a boy and a girl lie sprawled underneath a tree one lazy summer afternoon, they doze off and dream of shrinking and being escorted by a mantid on an impromptu tour of the insect world. As they visit various habitats, their knowledgeable guide points out one or two common insects, briefly describing a few of their outstanding physical or behavioral characteristics. The creature also offers bits of information about insects in general, touching upon basic structure, complete and incomplete metamorphosis, types of diets, special anatomical features, scientific classification, etc. At the tour's conclusion, the genial predator returns the children to their tree where, restored to normal size, they wake up with an even greater enthusiasm for insects than before. Vivid, realistic paintings illustrate the natural world, but the cartoon depictions of the humans are mediocre at best. The children and their insect guide have no discernible personalities and the few sequences of dialogue are inane. Robert Snedden's What Is an Insect? (Sierra Club, 1993) is a more detailed, better organized introduction of insects. Joanna Cole's entertaining The Magic School Bus Inside a Beehive (Scholastic, 1996) is more successful at mixing fact and fiction.-Karey Wehner, San Francisco Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570982200
  • Publisher: Rinehart, Roberts Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/1998
  • Series: I Wish I Could Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.56 (h) x 0.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Gordy Slack writes about history and the environment for Pacific Discovery, a natural science magazine published by the California Academy Sciences. He is the author Ferdinand Marcos, a biography of the Philippine dictator, Here Today: Portraits of Our Vanishing Species, and co-author of Witness: Endangered Species of North America. Gordy lives in Oakland, California, with his wife Adriana and son Jonah. C. Buck Reynolds has contributed illustrations to numerous science textbooks. She lives in Berkeley, California.
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