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Children's LiteratureBats make a surprisingly interesting topic; even adult readers who previously had no interest in these flying mammals may enjoy reading this thin book about bats of all types. Subjects include bats around the world; how they fly; the bat's life cycle (and what a life cycle is); colonies and roosting; mating; bat babies and how they grow up; diet; hibernation; echolocation; how bats help humans (notably, by eating insects); extinct and endangered bats; and what children can do to help bats. The writing is clear and simple, but not tedious or condescending. Every page has large, full-color, absorbing illustrations, most of them photographs. Back matter includes a short glossary and an index. 2006, Crabtree Publishing Company, and Ages 3 to 10.