Noisy Bug Sing-Along

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Open your ears to the wonderful concert happening every warm day and night in our yards, fields, and woods nearby. Who are making those sounds? Can you sing along?

CHIRP-CHIRP-CHIRP KERAAAAAK TICK-TICK-TICK ZEEZEEZEEZEEZEE

There's a lot going on out there, and this book is a wonderful bridge to a whole noisy, busy world of insects. Learn who is making what sound, and why. ...

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Overview

Open your ears to the wonderful concert happening every warm day and night in our yards, fields, and woods nearby. Who are making those sounds? Can you sing along?

CHIRP-CHIRP-CHIRP KERAAAAAK TICK-TICK-TICK ZEEZEEZEEZEEZEE

There's a lot going on out there, and this book is a wonderful bridge to a whole noisy, busy world of insects. Learn who is making what sound, and why. In this book the reader is treated to scientifically accurate, up-close depictions of some very cool bugs. It explains why the bugs make the sounds they do, and how they do it - and it's not with their voices! Plus the author offers several intriguing "bug games."

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Claudia Mills
Nature enthusiast Himmelman's latest picture book issues to young readers the invitation to come sing along with the often-unnoticed musicians of the insect world. Field crickets singing, tree crickets ringing, mole crickets calling, click beetles clicking, tiger moths squeaking, dog-day cicadas and bumble bees buzzing, mosquitos humming, true katydids calling, and grasshoppers snapping their wings—all are part of the chorus of insect sound in the world around us. While the realistic style of the illustrations, resembling photographs, is academically accurate rather than aesthetically appealing, the text ably catalogs a careful inventory of insect sound effects, building to a glorious closing cacophony. Additional features include a visual rendering of the sound waves for each insect, further information about each "noisy bug" presented, and helpful instructions for how to train yourself to be a better listener to insect song (e.g., how to turn your human ears into "bat ears" by cupping your hands behind them to amplify the sounds of the singing insects all around us). Himmelman engagingly celebrates these insect song sounds here. Reviewer: Claudia Mills, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—A still summer evening isn't always quiet for those who listen carefully. They might hear and identify some noisy bugs using this simple primer. Himmelman devotes a spread to each insect and its distinctive sound. Though the text is simple, with just one line per page, the author packs in the information. He includes the complete name of the bug and an easy-to-replicate phonetic description of the sound. Readers will also learn about how the noisy creature adapts to its environment. For example, a Dog-Day Cicada buzzes high in a tree, not near the ground. The textual information is set off by larger-than-life illustrations. The colors are saturated but still realistic. There are enough details in the pictures to serve as a beginning identification guide. Additional details about all of the bugs is appended. Missing, though, is any notation about where in the United States the insects live, which might have made this book even more useful. Nature activities are included. This book will be well-used on trips to the woods and in backyards throughout the summer, wherever noisy bugs can be found.—Susan E. Murray, formerly at Glendale Public Library, AZ
Kirkus Reviews
The illustrations are a feast for bug lovers' eyes, but the text could be so much more. The opening page tells readers that bugs sing day and night, loudly and softly, and that they should sing along. Turn the page, and the bugs get up-close and personal, the detail wowing readers, though they are a simplified version of lifelike. Each double-page spread is devoted to one insect and its sound, a sentence telling the name of the creature and what it does, followed by the sound the bug makes--in a huge display type that spreads across and fills the pages. "Field Crickets sing from beneath leaves. CHIRP CHIRP CHIRP." Mole crickets call "dirt-dirt-dirt," while a tiger moth emits a high-pitched "SQUEAKA." Not all the sounds are particularly identifiable, however: The bumblebee and cicada have the same sound--zzzzzz--and saying that tree crickets "ring like a telephone" is not helpful for modern children used to an infinite variety of ring tones. The most serious flaw of the text, however, is its failure to provide a why or how for the bugs' sounds. While this is provided in the backmatter, along with information about and visualizations of sound waves, many children may not sit through all this text presented in one chunk. Bug devotees may pick this up for a glance, but it is not likely to be a repeat favorite. (activities exploring sounds, link to audio file of bug sounds (not heard)) (Informational picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584691921
  • Publisher: Dawn Publications
  • Publication date: 3/1/2013
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 647,848
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD590L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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  • Posted July 15, 2013

    Ever notice the lovely sounds made by Crickets, Cicadas and othe

    Ever notice the lovely sounds made by Crickets, Cicadas and other insects? Well author John Himmelman has written an engaging book for children which teaches youngsters about the busy world of insects and the melodious sounds made by our friends, the bugs. Fabulous illustrations and graphics, paired with a fun and interesting topic, make the Noisy Bug Sing-Along book a terrific read for youngsters.

    An excellent selection for classrooms, libraries and home bookshelves, the Noisy Bug Sing-Along book is likely to become a favorite for young readers. Complete with sound-wave illustrations and interesting insect factoids, this book is an excellent resource for educating children in a way that is sure to keep them engaged and entertained.teaches youngsters about the busy world of insects and the melodious sounds made by our friends, the bugs

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  • Posted April 26, 2013

    Dogs bark and cows moo, but what kinds of sounds do insects make

    Dogs bark and cows moo, but what kinds of sounds do insects make? Well, field crickets sing from beneath leaves, “Chirp Chirp Chirp.” Most of us have probably heard them at one time or another. Author and illustrator John Himmelman describes the sorts of sounds made by twelve different insects, including three types of crickets, click beetles, cicadas, bumblebees, mosquitoes, true and bush katydids, and grasshoppers. I didn’t know that tiger moths can make very high squeaks to warn bats away. Did you? We can’t hear them, but the bats can. And do butterflies make any sound?

    When Himmelman was eight, he started his first “bug club” in a friend’s garage and has been playing with insects ever since. He is the author and illustrator of over 75 books for children. Noisy Bug Sing-Along encourages children to know that there’s a lot going on out there and to open their ears to the wonderful concert happening every warm day and night in our nearby yards, fields, and woods. The sing-song text tells kids who is making what sound and why, while the illustrations give scientifically accurate and up-close depictions of the bugs. There is additional information in the back of the book about the different bugs, their sound waves, and how to listen for them. Educational resources for teachers and parents are available at the publisher’s website.


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  • Posted April 22, 2013

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    Noisy Bug Sing-Along is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Cho

    Noisy Bug Sing-Along is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom’s Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS’s Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author and; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom’s Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.

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