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Children's LiteratureAGERANGE: Ages 8 to 11.
Get up close and learn about praying mantises from the "Insect World" series. Find out why this insect is one of nature's heroes. After a general description that identifies the praying mantis as an insect based on its features, the external and internal parts of the mantis are labeled and described. Then, the life of the praying mantis is explained, including the incomplete metamorphic stages; the creature emerges from an egg as a hungry nymph and begins to catch food with its swift and spiny front legs. The praying mantis must exercise caution or it will be a meal for a hungry predator. Hexagon boxes throughout the book include fascinating facts about the praying mantis. The many, color photographs of the praying mantis are impressive and help to illustrate how this insect can cleverly disguise itself. Included in the back of the book is some information about other helpful insects, two activities to try out, and resources for learning more about the praying mantis. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung