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Insects in Danger

Insects in Danger

by Kathryn Smithyman, Bobbie Kalman

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Children's Literature - Jean Boreen
One title in a series of Bobbie Kalman books called "The World of Insects," this book looks at the many ways that insects are being endangered by the poor choices of humans and the migration of other animals that change the habitats in which the insects live. Like the other books in the series, this one begins with a short chapter explaining what insects are, then describes the various habitats that have been impacted in a way that makes it difficult for insects native to those landforms to survive. The authors specifically define various habitats in which insects typically live and explain what it means for insects to be considered endangered. Colorful pictures aid in reader understanding of what these various habitats look like and clarify the types of insects found in each one. They then go into detail as to how each type of habitat has been impacted and conclude the text with suggestions on how people can work to make sure these habitats--and insects--survive. As with other books in the series, pastel text blocks provide "Did you Know?" type questions that add information about each insect. My favorite discusses the immigration of rats to New Zealand, an example of how other animals become insect predators and habitat destroyers. A glossary of words at the end of the book provides the necessary vocabulary to support student understanding of the text. Another solid addition to a series that does an excellent job exploring all facets of the life of insects.
School Library Journal

Gr 3�5
Lucid texts explore the problem of vanishing wildlife in a series of two-page sections, focusing on small, but key, members of the food chain. In large, easy-to-read print, each title presents basic facts about the animals (e.g., their outstanding physical and behavioral characteristics, natural habitats, diets, etc.) and then outlines the factors involved in their decline. Closing sections briefly describe conservation efforts worldwide and suggest practical ways readers can help. Illustrations of these endangered species-a mix of clear color photographs and drawings-appear on almost every page; most are identified by common names in captions. The first two titles also include diagrams of the animals' life cycle; Insects includes shots of a variety of wildlife habitats. While general introductions to these animals often have short sections on endangered species, such as Martin Schwabacher's Butterflies and Frogs (both Benchmark, 2004), the information is, of necessity, limited. Jen Green's Endangered Butterflies (Benchmark, 1999) covers similar material and provides more detail on physical characteristics; however, the Crabtree book has a greater emphasis on the environmental factors threatening the insects and is more succinctly written. Useful additions to natural-history collections.
—Karey WehnerCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Crabtree Publishing Company
Publication date:
World of Insects Series
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.30(d)
NC810L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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