Metamorphosis

Metamorphosis

by 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

Overview

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.

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School Library Journal
Gr 3-5These series entries explain fairly complicated processes in nature, taking readers step-by-step through each cycle. The first book begins with single-cell organisms and then, following the sequence of evolution, focuses on fish, vertebrates, amphibians, birds, and mammals before ending with the appearance of humans. Each two-page spread contains several paragraphs of concise text balanced by colorful drawings and numerous, helpful captions. Metamorphosis 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. Both of these books are extremely appealing, with bright artwork and clear, straightforward texts.Melissa Hudak, North Suburban District Library, Roscoe, IL
Kirkus Reviews
First published in Spain, this entry from Llamas Ruiz (Seasons, p. 464) in the Cycles of Life series explores the concept and process of metamorphosis primarily through a focus on the growth and development of frogs, butterflies, and dragonflies.

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 places—captions aren't easily matched to the illustrations, and one—about butterflies mating—stops mid-word. Difficult words—amplexus, pheromones, ocelli, neoteny—are 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780806993256
Publisher:
Sterling Publishing
Publication date:
10/15/1996
Series:
Cycles of Life Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.28(w) x 10.86(h) x 0.33(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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