Metamorphosisby Andres Llamas Ruiz, Francisco Arredondo, Andres Llamas Ruiz
Superheros aren't the only creatures that can change from one form to another. Discover how thousands of amphibians and insects transform drastically into totally different-looking animals than they were at the beginning of their lives. ". . . explains how certain amphibians and insects transform themselves into another life form . . . . It begins with mating and follows the creatures as they change from eggs and larvae to tadpoles and caterpillars, and then to their final states as frogs and butterflies . . . . extremely appealing, with bright artwork and clear, straightforward texts."School Library Journal. 32 pages (all in color), 8 X 10 5/8.
In a metamorphosis-made-easy approach, colorfully illustrated spreads cover courtship rituals, the laying of eggs, emergence from the eggs, and newly hatched creatures who are vastly different from their parents. The complete process can be viewed for tadpoles, caterpillars, and larvae of dragonflies, while moths, mosquitoes, flat fish, newts, and salamanders get passing coverage. A body of text explains each stage in general terms; captions are used for the details of particular creatures. While the presentation is attractive and eye-catching, the arrangement of material is choppy. In order to make parallel the stages and similarities of various animals that undergo metamorphosis, the step-by-step presentations of the individual frog, butterfly, and dragonfly are broken up; readers seeking information on a particular animal will have to jump back and forth. The layout is a bit confusing in placescaptions aren't easily matched to the illustrations, and oneabout butterflies matingstops mid-word. Difficult wordsamplexus, pheromones, ocelli, neotenyare explained either in context or in a short glossary, but not consistently. Nevertheless, the dramatic transformations from larvae to insect or tadpole to frog will be of interest to budding biologists.
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