Insects (The Plant and Animal Kingdoms Series)

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Buzz ... Hiss ... Chirp ... A fly, a snake, and a bird? Guess again. They're all insects. There are more species of insects than all other animals put together. What are the secrets to their success? One is the ability to fly, which helps many species of insects evade predators and travel long distances. Another is their body structure, something that is unique to insects. Where do insects live? Everywhere -- including cold climates and hot ones, mountaintops, lakes, rivers, and oceans. Want details on these ...
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Overview

Buzz ... Hiss ... Chirp ... A fly, a snake, and a bird? Guess again. They're all insects. There are more species of insects than all other animals put together. What are the secrets to their success? One is the ability to fly, which helps many species of insects evade predators and travel long distances. Another is their body structure, something that is unique to insects. Where do insects live? Everywhere -- including cold climates and hot ones, mountaintops, lakes, rivers, and oceans. Want details on these amazing little creatures? See how much you can learn right here -- in Discovery Channel's Insects.

Discusses the life cycles and life styles of insects, including such varieties as the grasshoppers, dragonflies, flies, beetles, true bugs, moths, butterflies, ants, bees, wasps, and termites.

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School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-A great deal of information is packed into these introductory volumes. Both are brightly colored and lavishly illustrated with high-quality, full-color photographs. Blocks of text, each one with its own heading, make the material accessible. The texts are a combination of useful facts and trivia emphasizing the more extreme aspects of the topic, adding to the appeal. Colorful charts make it easy for readers to grasp concepts. Conservation efforts are discussed and activities that combine hands-on experiments with suggested research topics are scattered throughout. Concluding "Your World, Your Turn" sections encourage readers to explore their local ecosystem and learn about the creatures that live there. Worthwhile additions for browsing and recreational reading.-Michele Capozzella, Chappaqua Public Library, NY Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780836832150
  • Publisher: Gareth Stevens Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/28/2002
  • Series: Discovery Channel School Science Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.44 (w) x 10.26 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Table of Contents

Insects 4
At-a-Glance
What do 900,000 different kinds of insects have in common?
Swoop and Scoop 6
Q & A
The life of a dragonfly is anything but boring
It starts life in the water, and, by the time it grows up, it's an aerial acrobat
My, How You've Changed 8
Timeline
Follow the courses of two insects from birth to adulthood
The different paths they take may surprise you
We Are the World 10
Almanac
The numbers don't lie--insects dominate
Food Stuff 12
Picture This
How do they eat that stuff?
Insects have developed an array of characteristics that allow them to find a meal in the strangest places
Dressing for Success 14
Amazing but True
Predators are a problem
To ward them off, lots of insects use camouflage to escape notice; others display colorful features that say "back off."
Doing Good Works 16
Scrapbook
They're not all pests--not by a long shot
Many insects work to help us out
High Society 18
Virtual Voyage
Enter a whole new world when you take a trip through a mud tower that five million termites call home
Making Cockroaches a Career 20
Scientist's Notebook
Berta Scharrer realized cock-roaches were ideal specimens for studying the brain and the nervous system
Don't Bug Me, PLEASE 22
Map
Insects and humans don't always get along
Destructive conflicts have taken place all over the world
Forward March 24
Eyewitness Account
The way army ants behave in a fictional story is based on fact
The Case of the Fossil Filcher 26
Solve-It-Yourself Mystery
A museum's collection of fossilized insects has been stolen--or has it?
A detective is suspicious when he hears that the missing goods have been recovered
Should he call off the search?
Making a Home 28
Heroes
An interesting job turned Arthur Bonner's life around
Now he's working against the odds to restore the dwindling blue butterfly population
Bug Bites 30
Fun & Fantastic
Fascinating facts and some scary-looking pictures expose the wild side of the insect world
Final Project: Bug Biographies 32
Your World, Your Turn
You don't need to leave the school yard to observe insects up close
Take a walk
You may be in for some surprises
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